General Motors has previously announced that it will introduce 20 new or refreshed models in China in 2019. Delving further into the announcement specifies that roughly half of the models being introduced will have nameplates that are new to China. So, let’s explore what these future GM models and nameplates could be.
1. Chevrolet Monza
The Chevrolet Monza debuted at the 2018 Guangzhou International Auto Show. GM classifies this vehicle as a midsize sedan in China, though the model is actually of compact dimension by North American standards.
The return of the Monza nameplate is somewhat exciting, though this vehicle will not be made available in North America. The original Chevy Monza debuted in North America in 1974 and featured a fastback body style and rear-whee-drive.
The new Monza rides on the GM-PATAC K platform – a simplified, low-cost version of the GM D2 platform that’s directly shared with the Chinese-market Buick Excelle GT. The new sedan slots between the Chinese-market Cavalier and Cruze.
2. Chevrolet Onix
The Chevrolet Onix nameplate is looking to venture out from the Latin American market (where it’s the best-selling vehicle) to launch in China this year. This all-new, second-generation Onix has undergone significant changes, adopting a new architecture called the GEM platform, which is an acronym for Global Emerging Markets.
The new model features Chevrolet’s most recent design language, with the exterior containing a split front grille with a narrow upper lip and a larger lower portion. The body is also more sculpted and angular, with a trunk lid that integrates the rear lights.
It is worth noting that the model will simply be called Onix in China, while being marketed as the Chevrolet Prisma in select South American markets.
3. Chevrolet Tracker
We recently dug up the new Chevrolet Tracker subcompact crossover SUV, a vehicle that’s noteworthy for various reasons. One of them is that the new Tracker will no longer be a rebadged and decontended version of the Chevy Trax. Instead, it will become a new model riding on a different platform and featuring its own sheetmetal.
The 2020 Tracker is expected to debut in China this March.
4. Chevrolet Blazer
GM has yet to confirm that the all-new Chevy Blazer is coming to China. That might be because China is getting a three-row version of the Blazer, which Chevrolet previewed as the FNR-CarryAll Concept in November 2018.
With the exception of a few exotic pieces like carbon ceramic brakes a carbon-fiber roof, The show car looks entirely production ready. Compared to the production version of the 2019 Blazer, the FNR-CarryAll concept features a less aggressive roof rake, enabling the addition of a third row. Everything else about the Chinese-market Blazer is identical to the production model. That said, we must wonder whether or not the production version will end up being called Blazer.
5. Cadillac XT6
Just introduced at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Cadillac XT6 will come to China in the very near future. It will be the brand’s largest crossover (for the time being), giving Cadillac an entry into the rapidly-growing three-row “midsize plus” CUV space.
The XT6 rides on the GM C1 platform shared with the Cadillac XT5, while having a longer rear overhang – which enables the addition of a third row. The XT6 also introduces Cadillac’s newest exterior design direction the was initially seen on the Escala concept car.
6. Cadillac CT5
The CT5 will be one of two new Cadillac sedans launching in China in 2019. Set to be a D-segment car to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and Volvo S60, the CT5 will kick off Cadillac’s sedan offensive. It will be the spiritual successor to the first-ten ATS and third-gen CTS sedans, being larger than the former and slightly smaller than the latter. In China, the CT5 will replace the ATS-L.
CT5 will be based on the second-gen GM Alpha platform. We have confirmed four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles, and a convertible could be in the cards – but doesn’t appear to be green-lit just yet. A high-performance CT5-V model is also part of the product plan.
The CT5 will be made available in all of Cadillac’s global markets, including China and North America.
7. Cadillac CT4
Following the CT5 will be the Cadillac CT4, which will serve as an indirect replacement to the outgoing ATS Sedan. The CT4 will take on C-segment luxury sedans like the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan and the Audi A3 family. It will also take on the BMW 1 Series sedan, which is currently available exclusively in China.
One of the biggest differentiating factors for the CT4 will be under its skin: whereas all those models are based on front-drive, transverse-engined architectures, the CT4 will be the only model based on a rear-drive platform. But it won’t be just any rear-drive architecture. Instead, the CT4 will use the second iteration of GM’s critically-acclaimed Alpha architecture called Alpha 2.
A sedan body style is a definite, but other body derivatives have not yet been confirmed. A high-performance CT4-V model is planned.
Like its larger sibling, the CT4 will also be available in all of Cadillac’s global markets, including China and North America.
And That’s Not All
We believe that the aforementioned models account for the overwhelming majority of future GM products that are part of the “roughly half of the  models” set to be introduced in 2019 in China, though we probably are missing a few here and there.
We should also note that slowing car sales in China are not deterring GM from continuing to pursue the world’s largest auto market, which has been GM’s largest by sales volume since 2012. The automaker plans to continue exploiting its dominant position in the space by entering new segments and tapping emerging opportunities in the new energy vehicle segment (NEVs). In fact, the automaker expects to exceed its five-year plan of launching 60 new or refreshed vehicles between 2016 and 2020 in China, 10 of which will be NEVs.
Apart from new vehicle launches, General Motors is also set to launch new technologies like Super Cruise and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication. The automaker continues to expand its presence in China through acts like opening a new campus for the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), launching the SAIC-GM Battery Assembly Plant, and creating a new venture with SAIC in the area of automotive financial services.