General Motors is prepping its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant in order to accommodate the production of a new Cadillac and GMC mid-size crossover vehicle, The Tennesean reports. GM announced it would invest $167 million in Spring Hill last August to build two new mid-size new vehicles there, but wouldn’t specify on what the new vehicles would be at the time.
The information comes from suppliers GM has contracted to make components for the new vehicles, who have confirmed the new models will be midsize crossovers from GMC and Cadillac. Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development said this week supplier ABC Group would be expanding its plant to make “console, interior trim and load floors for the new GMC and Cadillac vehicles produced at the General Motors plant in Spring Hill.”
UAW officials with Spring Hill told The Tennessean the ABC Group announcement came as a surprise for some of the workers, as they hadn’t yet heard what GM planned to add to the plant. Spring Hill currently produces the Chevrolet Equinox midsize crossover and has a line producing Ecotec four-cylinder engines.
GM declined to confirm the production line added to Spring Hill will be for a GMC and Cadillac vehicle with a shared platform.
“For competitive reasons, we haven’t announced any models yet, but we have said there will be two new midsize models for Spring Hill,” said GM manufacturing communications manager Bill Grotz.
The new GMC model comes as the real surprise for most, and GMC spokesperson Kellly Wysocki didn’t deny its existence when asked.
“We’re not ready to make an announcement on the model yet,” said Kelly Wysocki, GMC spokeswoman for SUVs and crossovers. “It’s still kind of early yet.”
As for the Cadillac, some have speculated it will be the next-generation SRX, a notion Cadillac rep David Caldwell also was hesitant to comment on.
“The (current) SRX is having a record year this year, so there is still some time left in this generation,” Caldwell said. “We’re not at a point yet where we can discuss its future.”