The New Year is almost upon us, so naturally, it’s time to start speculating what General Motors products will debut at the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Big Three usually have something interesting to show in Detroit and this year should be no different, with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler all set to debut new products in Detroit next month.
It was initially believed that GM would have the most attention-grabbing debut in the way of the mid-engine C8 Corvette, but a snag in the supercar’s development has pushed its arrival back to mid 2019.
So while we won’t be seeing the highly anticipated C8 in Detroit, it looks as though GM still has some unveilings planned for NAIAS 2019. Let’s take a look at what we might see.
2020 Cadillac XT6
The 2020 Cadillac XT6 will debut in Detroit, General Motors previously confirmed.
The XT6 will bridge the gap between the two-row XT5 and the hulking body-on-frame Escalade. It will be based on GM’s C1XX platform and is expected to offer a 3.6-liter V6 LGX engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Cadillac’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged LGW V6 engine will hopefully appear in well-equipped versions of the crossover.
Cadillac has scheduled an event for January 13th at 6:00 pm ET at the Garden Theater in Detroit – likely for the debut of the XT6. Check back to GM Authority around that time for full details on the new mid-size crossover.
2020 GMC Sierra HD
We’ve already seen the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, so where’s the 2020 GMC Sierra HD? We’re expecting it to debut soon – perhaps as soon as NAIAS 2019 in just a few short weeks. Expect similar equipment to the 2020 Silverado HD, along with a slightly more well-appointed cabin. Photos previously captured by sharp-eyed spies (one of which is above) revealed portions of the HD pickups styling.
It’s also possible that the 2020 Sierra HD will debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show in February rather than in Detroit.
2020 Silverado 1500
Small updates are expected for the 2020 Silverado 1500. New exterior and interior color options may be offered along with new interior and exterior options. Slight changes to equipment groups and packages may be on the table as well.
Similar to the Sierra HD, if we don’t see the 2020 Silverado 1500 in Detroit, it may appear in Chicago a month later.
A Glimpse Into The Electric/Automated Future
So far we’ve addressed the possibility that GM will debut trucks and crossovers in Detroit, but that’s only two thirds of new three-pronged product approach. GM is intently focused on EVs and AVs right now, so it may give us some more information on its Cruise Automation program or its future electrification strategy.
We recently learned that GM president Dan Ammann had stepped down from his role to serve as the chief executive of Cruise Automation, a move that could help the automaker meet its goal of launching a driverless ride sharing service by the end of 2019. We know there’s lots going on behind the scenes at Cruise, so an announcement in Detroit wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
GM just killed off a bunch of products to free up cash for EV investment as well, so it may outline future product strategies in Detroit, although we’d be a little surprised.
Check back to GM Authority for all the news and updated from General Motors at NAIAS 2019 when it kicks off on January 13th, 2019.