Future GM Anthem Vehicle
We expect General Motors to introduce a new vehicle with the Anthem name in the vicinity of the 2019 model year. The model will likely be a GMC vehicle – hence the GMC Anthem.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the new GM Anthem vehicle. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors.
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- What: an all-new model called Anthem
- When: 2019-2020 model year
- Why: TBD
- Where: TBD
Following are our expectations about the future GM Anthem:
- All-new full-size crossover (CUV) for sale in North America
- Branded GMC and slotting above the 2017 GMC Acadia, which became a midsize crossover for the second generation
- full-size crossover dimensions similar to the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, including an overall vehicle length of over 200 inches
- All-new exterior design in line with GMC’s latest design language
- All-new interior with similar dimensions as the 2018 Chevy Traverse, with three rows of seating for seven or eight passengers
- Based on long-wheelbase version of GM’s new C1 platform platform that underpins the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave; the short-wheelbase variant of the same platform underpins the 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Cadillac XT5
- Transverse engine orientation, front-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive
- All-new engine lineup consisting of turbo-charged 2.0L LTG I-4 and/or naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX engines mated to GM’s 9T65 nine-speed automatic transmission
- The latest GMC infotainment and GM active safety/driver assistance systems
- Priced to start at $35,000 or more
GM has attempted to register Anthem as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on two separate occasions, showcasing that the automaker is serious about using the name on a future product.
The first time was on June 11th, 2009. That filing never made it to registration, since GM failed to file a statement of use – a required and indispensable document that’s part of the trademark registration process which demonstrates to the USPTO that a company has a real-world product or service by the name. So, the original filing (serial number 77756972) was abandoned in July 2013.
Three years later, GM again filed an application for the Anthem name. This second application was filed on December 20th, 2016 in the goods and services category of “Motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks and vans”.
Information that follows is based on our assumption that the Anthem name will be used in associated with a full-size GMC crossover, a supposition that could be entirely incorrect.
We expect the upcoming future GM/GMC Anthem to be offered as a full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV).
We expect that the starting price of the GMC Anthem will be roughly $35,000, thereby slotting above the Acadia as GMC’s largest and most expensive crossover utility vehicle (CUV).
We expect the GM/GMC Anthem to ride on the GM C1 platform shared with the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave; the short-wheelbase variant of the same platform underpins the 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Cadillac XT5.
We expect the GM/GMC Anthem to feature the following engine choices:
We expect that the Anthem will be offered with the new GM 9T65 nine-speed automatic transmission.
The future GM/GMC Anthem will compete with the following midsize mainstream crossovers:
- Ford Explorer
- Mazda CX-9
- Chevrolet Traverse
- Buick Enclave
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