While Ford owns America’s best-selling line of trucks in the F-Series, it can’t hold a candle to what General Motors does in the SUV market. When added up, sales of the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe along with the GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade line, The General holds a 70-percent stake in the full-sized SUV segment, according to GM North America President Mark Reuss in a Detroit Free Press report. That being the case, the next line of large sport utility vehicles need to have the fortitude to continue that trend, which looks to be happening by the 2014 calender year.
Originally, estimates put the launch of the new full-sized SUV line somewhere in the second half of 2013, beginning with the all-new Chevy Suburban/Tahoe and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL models, with the Escalade following a few months after. This also means that GM may not officially reveal them for quite some time.
Perhaps the 2014 launch will fall in line with a powertrain improvement cadence for all of GM’s K2XX models. The implementation of eight-speed transmissions, perhaps? Our crystal ball says yes.