Chevrolet has been on a roll over the last few years, but how will the bowtie brand keep its momentum going? Automotive News thinks it’s figured out, giving us a glimpse into the future of General Motors’ bread and butter brand.
- Chevrolet Spark: The diminutive Spark is expected to be redesigned for the 2016 model year. AN reports the new Spark will rely on a 1.0-liter three-cylinder, as well as a possible CVT, to efficiently motivate the brand’s smallest offering.
- Chevrolet Sonic: A new Sonic is expected to come in 2018. A 2016 model year facelift holds us over while we wait.
- Chevrolet Cruze: Not surprisingly, AN reports that the next-generation Cruze has likely been previewed by the recently unveiled Chinese model. Set to come Stateside as a 2016 vehicle, AN reports that the compact Chevrolet sedan will likely rely on a standard 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with an available turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. As AN notes, “GM’s decision to sell the Trax small crossover in the United States makes it unlikely that Chevy will offer a hatchback version of the Cruze. A coupe is a longer-term possibility.”
- Chevrolet Malibu: A new Malibu is anticipated for the 2017 model year.
- Chevrolet SS: AN anticipates the SS will die in 2017, when General Motors ends production in Australia. An Impala SS may be built to replace the big performance sedan.
- Chevrolet Impala: A refreshed Impala isn’t expected until “at least 2016.” As noted above, an Impala SS may be added to the line, likely in 2017. The Impala Limited will remain available to fleet buyers until 2016, and an Impala that can run on compressed natural gas is expected later this year.
- Chevrolet Volt: The Volt will be redesigned for the 2016 model year. A 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine is expected to replace the current car’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A fifth seat will be added, and a lower-priced Volt with a smaller battery pack is likely.
- Chevrolet Camaro: The new Camaro moves to the Alpha platform and is expected to debut as a 2016 model. The car is anticipated to shed “several hundred pounds” and may offer the 272-horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine used in the ATS and CTS, as well as the 6.2-liter V8 engine from the Corvette.
- Chevrolet Corvette: Big news here is the addition of the Z06 for 2015.
- Chevrolet Trax: The tiny Trax SUV is expected to be refreshed for the 2017 model year.
- Chevrolet Equinox: AN reports that the Equinox will be refreshed for the 2016 model year. A facelifted exterior and revamped interior lead the charge. A redesigned Equinox is anticipated for the 2018 model year. The new compact SUV will likely lose weight and possibly be smaller, as it moves to the D2XX platform that also underpins the new Cruze. A hybrid variant may happen.
- The next Traverse is expected in early 2017, approximately a year after its twin, the GMC Acadia, is redesigned.
- Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban: General Motors’ forthcoming 10-speed automatic transmission is expected to find its way into these big SUVs by 2017, while the company’s eight-speed automatic transmission is expected to be attached to high-trim 2016 models equipped with the 6.2-liter V8.
- Chevrolet Colorado: The new small truck arrives as a 2015 model. A four-cylinder diesel is expected for 2016, with an off-road ready ZR2 model a possibility, too.
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500: AN reports that the next-generation Silverado 1500 won’t be shown until the second-half of 2018. Until then, consumers can expect to see the addition of GM’s eight-speed automatic on certain models equipped with the 6.2-liter V8. The truck will likely receive a refresh by 2016, while diesel and turbocharged engines may be added.
- Chevrolet Express: The 1500-series Express has been dropped for 2015, while the small, Nissan-derived, Chevrolet City Express has been added.