All is quiet on the Australian front as of recent, but things are moving forward behind the scenes. Holden is on schedule to launch 24 new models by the year 2020, and four of those new vehicles will be crossovers.
The news comes from Motoring after the publication had a chance to speak with General Motors product chief, Mark Reuss.
“In the 2020-21 period the convergence of that [SUV architectures] gets down to between four and five architectures globally and that is what we are working on. This is one of the first steps.”
This, meaning, a new D2UX platform, which underpins the 2016 Buick Envision. D2UX is highly flexible, and, most importantly, holds support for right-hand drive.
“There will be some very US-specific things and some China-specific things, that will continue to be that way and with joint-ventures and so on … but fundamentally we are focussing our energy and resources globally.”
Specifically, Holden seems to be in store for the following crossovers and SUVs:
- A midsize crossover to replace the aged Holden Captiva, likely based on D2UX
- A larger crossover based on GM’s C1XX platform, which underpins the 2017 Cadillac XT5 and 2017 GMC Acadia. This vehicle will likely house seven-seat capability.
- A full-size crossover based on the E2XX platform will likely surface, too. The upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave will be previews to this vehicle.
- A second-generation Holden Trax will round out the portfolio on a new architecture.
Rick Spina, GM executive chief engineer of crossovers and compact SUVs, stated each new platform has been designed for global accommodations; each platform is also significantly lighter and more agile.
“Right now I could electrify these if we so chose, we could put a diesel in them if we so chose. There is nothing to prevent us from doing either of those things.
“And I could put the steering wheel on the other side if I so chose, also.”
That’s the ticket.