To start your week off with something tantalizing, we bring you the very first spy shot of what could be a Corvette crossover SUV.
Yes, we just said “Corvette crossover SUV” all in one sentence. No, this is not an April Fools’ day prank… but we do feel obligated to tell you to treat this like a rumor. Treating it like a rumor yet? Great. Onward.
Unfortunately, we were only able to get one shot of the heavily-camouflaged mule as it came out for a hot lap at the GM Milford Proving Ground, only to quickly scurry away, never to reappear again.
Even so, the single photo makes it clear that we are looking at a high-riding vehicle (let’s call it a crossover) with an aggressively-raked roof reminiscent of a “coupe crossover” such as the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe.
Having run this through various sources, one rather interesting possibility stood out: a Corvette crossover.
Again, this is a rumor, so we prescribe you take it with a grain (or perhaps an entire tea spoon) of salt.
Over the last decade, leading German automakers have found ways to morph two rather compelling vehicle segments – 1) a performance crossover and 2) a personal luxury coupe with utility – into one vehicle.
BMW was first with the X6, pretty much taking the credit for creating the segment all by itself. Mercedes-Benz quickly followed with the GLE-Class Coupe.
New entrants from Audi and Porsche have recently validated the existence of the space: Audi is launching the upcoming Q8, while Porsche was recently caught working on a Cayenne Coupe.
Meanwhile, GM has been sitting on the sidelines without so much as a peep about performance crossovers or coupe-like CUVs… though it has been filling out its CUV portfolio with “regular crossovers” – but that is – quite frankly – not enough. And that’s rather problematic, since the ongoing shift in consumer buying dynamics has car buyers opting for crossover utility vehicles at the expense of sedans en masse. Without an offering in the rapidly-expanding and highly-profitable performance crossover coupe space, GM is at a significant disadvantage.
So, could it be that the prototype vehicle seen here is GM’s answer to the rapidly-expanding space of personal performance-luxury crossover coupes? Initial signs point to “yes”, but it is simply too early to deliver a definitive conclusion at this time. But be that as it may, it’s rather clear that GM is working on a crossover coupe of sorts.
The million dollar question is whether the production model will be a Corvette crossover or something else entirely, such as a Cadillac “coupe CUV” of sorts.
Stay glued to GM Authority as we work to dig up more: