Next Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon for 2013

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The past few years haven’t been kind to full-size SUVs, but that hasn’t deterred GM from planning the replacements for its Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon. But rather than switching over to the more fuel-efficient Lambda platform — the one that underpins the Traverse, Acadia and Enclave crossovers — the full-sized SUVs will remain on GM’s rear-wheel-drive platform. They are scheduled to be released in 2013.

“The SUVs are aimed at people who need more than two rows, and they need capability,” said Rick Spina, GM’s global vehicle line executive for full-sized trucks. “They are very fond of their SUVs, and we will continue to serve them. Sales are picking up, plus there aren’t too many players in the game.”

GM sold 184,000 full-sized SUVs in the United States last year, down 25 percent from 2008. We all know the reasons why. Hopefully, the next-batch of SUVs are noticeably more fuel-efficient. Frankly, I predict that hybrid integration in the rear-wheel drive platform will come optional, if not standard.

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Reference: Automotive News

  • Kwame Owusu

    Hi, Miran and EJL,

    I think the issues you highlighted are common complaints that GM will likely address for the upcoming models.

  • Miran

    As a parent with 4 growing boys, I think that the GM XL suvs are great but they do need a facelift (interior and exterior) and also need to compete with the european and japanese vehicles when it comes to technology. The 3rd row fold flat seats would be nice along with a better dash layout. How about xenon, or better yet led headlamps, tail lamps, and interior lighting? Of course, MAJORLY IMPROVED FUEL ECONOMY is #1!

  • EJL

    GM…please improve your third row seating in the Yukon. Fold and tumble is no longer acceptable. Please design a 3rd row that folds flat into the floor. With the seats in, there is not enough cargo space so the third row sits in the garage. I own a 2003 Denali with 122K miles…I love this truck but would trade it in today for a new Denali if the 3rd row folded flat. Please improve this!!!

  • Myles Stevens

    Wish the Escalade, Yukon, and Tahoe would get a fresh new look at least in the 2014 year. They are very very nice SUV’s already it’s just that they have had that same look since 2007. I have a 2001 Ford Expedition and it’s alright but the GM’s SUV’s are better but all 4 of them need flat folding seats that actually go into the floor, if that’s possible

    • Kwame Owusu

      I’m with you on that, Myles. Considering that GM is no longer in financial straits, I imagine that it has the resources to develop all-new iterations of its current SUVs. Hopefully, it doesn’t botch them.

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  • Fred

    Fold flat seats, Please! And no, I don’t mean fold and tumble! I use my 1997, yes, 1997, daily and constantly have to take out put back in the third row seat. I really don’t want the Expedition EL but my ‘burb isn’t going to last another 320, 000 miles.

    • Kwame Owusu

      Fred, these GM SUVs are one of a kind. I’m guessing you’re not into crossovers?

  • Kwame Owusu

    Good to hear, Phil. GM trucks and SUVs have always been good.

  • Phil S

    I have owned 2 GMC Yukons, 1 Yukon XL (Suburban) and 1 Chevrolet Avalanche (as well as one regular bed Silverado). I will be a customer for life – as long as they adhere to the basic body-on-frame with 4WD philosophy. In fact, my Avalanche has 68K miles and I’m hoping I can hold out until the 1/2 ton diesels hit the market. At that point, I’m thinking Suburban….

  • jack c

    My 2003 Tahoe has been one of the best car /trucks I have owned but it must get better mileage and by all means flat fold seats !!! Ford did it.

  • Jennifer

    Steve…Toyota won’t be making the Sequoia’s come 2013….

  • Steve

    I have either owned or been issued 4 Tahoes, MYs 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. If GM doesn’t go to the fold- flat third row in 2013, I’m buying a Sequoia!

  • http://mk2-golf-gti.blogspot.com/ MK2GOLF

    dont like this car by any way its just so ugly