General Motors is expected to bring a pair of new crossovers to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. According to sources familiar with GM's plans, speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Chevrolet will show an updated Traverse three-row CUV, while GMC will debut a new version of its smaller Terrain.
The Traverse, possibly seen testing in these spy shots (and perhaps with the TrailBlazer name), will share its platform with the redesigned GMC Acadia, which is already on sale. It should come to market with a choice of four- or six-cylinder engines, seating for up to seven, and front- or all-wheel drive.
Meanwhile, the smaller Terrain will use the underpinnings from the recently unveiled Chevy Equinox. Like the current Equinox/Terrain lineup, there should be common powertrains and interior configurations, though it's unclear if GMC's version will use Chevy's new diesel engine. Of course, the Terrain will likely get a high-zoot Denali trim, though GM might save that debut for a later auto show. The Wall Street Journal says the new Terrain will probably look a little more butch than before, perhaps trying to appeal to would-be Jeep customers.
Aside from small year-over-year changes, neither the Traverse or Terrain have been updated since 2009. Crossovers are hot commodities for automakers right now, and GM's lineup is one of the oldest in the business, as the company recently focused its efforts on updating its pickup trucks and passenger cars.
We'll have the full details on both in just a couple weeks. Press days for the 2017 Detroit Auto Show kick off on Monday, January 9, though there will no doubt be a bunch of leaks and reveals prior to that.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Photos: Chris Doane Automotive