To this day, besides the fact it prints money, Porsche purists despise the fact the Porsche Cayenne is a thing. Not only that but then Porsche went ahead and built the Macan, too. Despite enthusiasts’ moaning, there is no denying the success Porsche has found by making luxury and performance SUVs.
So, shouldn’t Corvette do the same? The Detroit News spoke with analysts and former General Motors executives to get an idea surrounding the potential success a Corvette SUV could hold. Most agreed it would be a smash hit.
The report calls its creation the XC7, ‘X’ for crossover and ‘C7’ for the current generation of Corvette and imagines the both the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 and 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine finding homes in the performance SUV. Tom Wallace, the retired GM engineer who ran Chevrolet’s Corvette program from 2006-08, said a Corvette SUV must carry the car’s performance torch in every way.
“Front engine, rear drive, with AWD option. Lots of aluminum in the structure,” said Wallace. “Aluminum is mandatory to support the theme that Corvette embraces to be the lightest vehicle in its class. The two V8s from the Corvette stable are also a must.”
Bob Lutz, GM’s former car czar, agreed with Wallace.
“Like the Cayenne, the appeal of the ’Vette SUV would be RWD proportions. It should, in fact, have a silhouette not too different from a Cayenne.”
There are a couple of various problems. The biggest issue is a suitable platform. “To be successful, this vehicle would require an all-new RWD/AWD architecture, which currently does not exist,” said Lutz. “That’s high investment for relatively low volume.” A Corvette SUV would almost certainly eat into Cadillac crossover sales as well, even though Corvette is a unique brand all its own.
“Corvette is a powerful brand that should be developed. Go upmarket with a mid-engine sedan using big Cadillac CT6 architecture, and maybe eventually something like Cayenne. They would split it off from Chevrolet — nobody makes that connection anyway,” Lutz added.
Could you imagine a Corvette SUV one day? Or is it even worse than Porsche creating the Cayenne? Talk to us below if you feel so compelled.