What’s next for GMSV? These are the Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC models that companies in Australia should add – Car News

It has been two years since Holden’s death and the founding of General Motors Specialty Vehicles in Australia. By that time the brand had successfully formed the Chevrolet Silverado pick-up line and introduced the much-anticipated Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray.

Which begs the question – what’s next?

The goal of establishing ‘GMSV’ as opposed to Chevrolet was to open up the possibility of other models in General Motors’ wider portfolio, such as Cadillac and GMC.

It’s also designed to be what GM calls a ‘niche’ player in the Australian industry, rather than worrying about carrying a model that has to be sold in significant volume like the Holden. That’s why it focuses on low-volume, high-margin models like the Silverado and Corvette pick-ups.

Fortunately for GMSV, there are several models that could potentially meet the criteria in General Motors’ current catalog. Obviously a business case needs to be built for each, and the fact that most need to be converted locally to the right drive will make it difficult, but one (or all) of these models will make for an exciting new addition to the GMSV lineup.

Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

This is the most interesting model on our list – but also the least likely. Cadillac has been on a mission for the past few years to become a serious rival to the German luxury giants (Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz) in its home market.

And nothing touches the hearts of the three brands more than a track-ready sports sedan. That’s what the CT5-V Blackwing looks like – powered by a 6.2-liter 498kW/893Nm supercharged V8 and available with a six-speed manual transmission and the largest brake package the company has ever installed on a production model.

It would be an ideal replacement for the HSV sports sedan that was once a key element of Holden’s overall success in Australia. And while that market is starting to decline, the CT5-V Blackwing will give the likes of the BMW M3, Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 something to think about – and fit into GMSV’s ‘niche over volume’ philosophy.

Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

Prior to GMSV taking over local operations, HSV was considering expanding the Silverado/Camaro lineup with a Chevrolet Tahoe and/or Suburban SUV as they share the same platform as the Silverado 1500.

Holden briefly offered the Suburban in Australia in the late 1990s but that was arguably too many SUVs for the time. But over time, our love of SUVs has grown, especially big ones like the Tahoe and Suburban.

There’s no doubt, looking at the prices for the Silverado range that should GMSV introduce their Tahoe/Suburban duo it will be priced well above $100k, but that would line up nicely against the Toyota LandCruiser, Nissan Patrol and even the likes of the Range Rover and BMW X7.

Chevrolet Silverado EV

Speaking of electric models, perhaps the most obvious choice is the upcoming Silverado EV 2024. This will obviously fit into the current range, but adds new options that will expand its audience significantly.

Like the Lyriq, this car is also built on the Ultium architecture which provides sports car-level performance and meaningful driving range. Importantly, if GMSV makes the call early enough, it could be ahead of what will be a key period for the power line. The US will soon have all-electric pick-ups from Chevrolet, GMC (Hummer), Ford (F-150 Lightning), Rivian (R1T), Tesla (Cybertruck) and Volkswagen (Scout), so it’s only a matter of time before the trend spreads across the country. lower.

GMC Hummer

If GMSV is considering an electric future then the reborn Hummer looks set to be an ideal addition to its local reach. Sold under the GMC logo rather than its own sub-brand, the new Hummer retains the aggressive, boxy appearance of the original ‘Humvee’, but will be available in SUV and ute body styles.

This will give GMSV entry into not one, but two segments that could potentially boom in the second half of the decade as people want to switch to EVs without sacrificing space and practicality.

The Hummer Edition 1 is powered by a trio of electric motors that GM claims are good for 745kW/1085Nm, but expect a less powerful (and therefore cheaper) variant to be available before GMSV thinks about it. If they did, it would be a great addition to General Motors’ Australian operations.

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