Many General Motors brass insisted 2016 would be the year the automaker’s passenger car program was put back on track. That turned out to be quite true—the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu and LaCrosse all ushered in some of the best sedans GM has built.
Now, it’s the year of the crossover.
Automotive News reports GM is heavily vested in making 2017 a banner year, and fresh crossovers are expected to help make that happen. The sheer amount of CUVs are impressive; the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, 2018 GMC Terrain, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2018 Buick Enclave are all hitting the market this year.
“Our pipeline and mix of new products are strong,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in April. “In the U.S., 10 all-new or recently redesigned crossovers are expected to drive sales and market share higher this year.”
Next year, more good news for a booming auto segment will arrive: redesigned full-size pickup trucks. 2018 will likely see the introduction of both the 2019 GMC Sierra and 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, arguably two of GM’s most important products.
Things can always change, however, and GM’s brands have their bases covered. Mid-size and compact sedans, trucks and crossovers of many sizes create a diverse portfolio and provide a failsafe should the market’s crossover craze fizzle out. Whether some sedans will continue on may be up for debate, but GM is poised to reap the rewards of crossovers this year.