General Motors previously stated it plans to introduce the Ford co-developed 10-speed automatic transmission on eight vehicles by 2018. But, the California Air Resources Board may have tipped a handful of the automaker’s future applications.
A CARB certification document shows the 2018 Cadillac Escalade, 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2018 GMC Yukon are all slated to receive the 10-speed automatic for the inbound model year. The 2018 GMC Sierra and 2018 Chevrolet Silverado stick with an eight-speed transmission, however. Furthermore, the 10-speed is paired exclusively with the SUVs’ 6.2-liter V8 engine option.
Today, GMC made the news official with the 2018 Yukon Denali. The most luxurious of GMC SUVs will arrive with the 10-speed automatic as standard equipment this coming fall. As for when GM’s other body-on-frame SUVs will officially be announced, it’s unclear.
The Escalade, Tahoe and Yukon make three of GM’s promised eight vehicles to receive the transmission. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is also equipped with the transmission, which leaves four additional products yet to be announced. We’d say the 2018 C7 Corvette is a likely contender, and other Cadillac sedans, too—specifically the CTS-V and ATS-V. Keep in mind, the 10-speed auto pairs with rear-wheel drive vehicles exclusively. Front-wheel drive vehicles will adopt GM’s 9-speed transmission.