Facelifts are in order for a majority of the Chevrolet lineup, including the mid-sized Colorado pickup that we wrote about last week.
With pickup and SUV generation changes showcased, Chevy is turning the focus toward key cars. Launches for three key car redesigns are planned for the Cruze, GM’s top selling car globally, the Volt plug-in hybrid, and the next generation Camaro. Changes are also in store for the ’16 Chevy Equinox, but mid-sized crossover revamps aren’t scheduled until 2017.
Here are some highlights of the Chevrolet revamps
Spark: Speedy redesign as a ’16 model to equip the hatchback with a new one liter, three-cylinder engine and possibly a continuously variable transmission.
Sonic: Fresh look planned for the ’16 model, followed two years later by a redesign for the ’18 model.
Cruze: Production of the 2016 model should begin by the end of 2015. The Cruze will become the first car built on a new, lighter global impact platform. It should feature an evolutionary design change with a more rounded front end with a deeper grille, steeply raked windshield, and fastback roofline.
Impala: GM is considering an SS performance model to replace the SS nameplate of this car by the year 2017. Starting in the fourth quarter, a ’15 model of the large sedan is planned that will run on gasoline and compressed natural gas.
Camaro: In the second half of 2015, production of the ’16 model is scheduled to begin to move the Camaro to the Alpha platform, joining the Cadillac CTS and ATS as a slightly longer vehicle. The Camaro is also slated to lose a few pounds with the new design. GM may also offer a wide menu of engine choices, from the 272-hp 2.0 liter turbo used in the Cadillac ATS and CTS to the 6.2 liter V-8 used in the ’14 Corvette. The existing V-6 could possibly remain as the base engine.
Corvette: The super powerful racetrack version Z06 will go on sale in early 2015, showcasing the pinnacle in C7 performance to date.
Equinox: This popular mid-sized crossover will get a mid-2015 facelift, with interior improvements in store for the ’16 model year. A redesign will wait until spring of 2017. The next generation will move to the compact D2XX platform, which means the vehicle will shrink slightly and lose some weight.
Tahoe/Suburban: Continuous improvements are planned for the recently launched SUVs including the powertrain, where the addition of a 10-speed transmission on at least some models is likely by 2017. In 2016, GM will add to higher trim, and a 6.2 liter engine models to its eight-speed automatic transmission.
Colorado: This redesigned mid-sized pickup has already rolled out, but will soon be followed by the addition of a 2.8 liter, four cylinder turbodiesel.
Silverado: The eight-speed gearbox will be added to some of the 6.2-liter engine models. Now under development, a 10-speed should begin to roll across the pickup line starting in 2017. Front-end re-styling of the Silverado is also planned by 2016, but a next gen truck platform isn’t expected until late in 2018.
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