Electrification may come further down the line.
The Chevrolet Corvette SUV family is officially on its way and will arrive by 2025. Thanks to new information uncovered by Car and Driver, we now know the vehicle won't be electrified. At least not at first, that is.
Because Chevy has plans to put vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus on notice, the 'Vette SUV will stick with GM's sublime range of V6 and V8 engines.
Rumors of a Corvette SUV started circulating roughly two years ago. GM vice president Bob Lutz effectively confirmed the concept, but President Mark Reuss waved it off. After it was confirmed, insider leaks suggested it would be a 600-horsepower all-electric monster.
Now it appears those electric rumors were false, or Chevrolet intends to launch the all-electric model later.
The vehicle will be built on GM's Alpha platform that underpins the Chevy Camaro, Cadillac CT4, and Cadillac CT5. The platform is adaptable, meaning the family of Corvette SUVs will most likely be similar to Porsche's Macan and Cayenne family.
Since this is GM we're talking about, the available engine options are varied and plentiful. If the company wants to keep it on par with what Porsche is offering, starting with a turbocharged four-cylinder option would make sense. Still, we feel a better starting point would be Chevy's V6 option since it will give it a little more grunt to match the car's guaranteed athletic looks. Also, we don't see Americans buying a four-cylinder Corvette, no matter what shape body it has. GM could also use twin-turbo V6 and V8 options to provide the vehicle with some power to match the Cayenne.
At the top of the heap, we expect to see the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine give it the power to compete with the best coming out of Germany and Italy. All-wheel-drive is a given.
Producing the models in Bowling Green would be a nice touch, but where it's made will most likely come down to space. There is also no mention of pricing, but we assume it will follow in the Corvette's footsteps and debut with a price undercutting competitors by a significant margin.
The biggest question is how long-time Corvette owners and fans will receive the car, but one has to wonder whether that even matters. It's a cash grab for sure, but we know whatever the company cooks up will offer exhilarating performance for a great price.
We also know the company will most likely be able to sell them as fast as it can produce them. So despite what anyone thinks, we imagine the new brand may have a more significant impact than any Corvette generation has ever had, for better or worse.