GM planning electric successors based on Ultium platform
GM plans to replace the Bolt and Bolt EUV electric models in 2023 and 2024 with Ultium-based electric crossover models. In addition, numerous combustion models are to get electric successors.
As an example, the Chevrolet Camaro is to be replaced by a performance-oriented electric sedan in 2024. According to earlier US reports, there were also scenarios according to which the sixth Camaro generation could continue to be built until 2026. According to the current article, however, GM has now made the decision for 2024, including the electric successor, albeit probably in sedan form instead of a coupe.
Cadillac’s XT4, XT5 and XT6 models could also get all-electric successors in the form of the Lyriq, Optiq and Symboliq. That Cadillac is to become GM’s electric pioneer has been known for some time.
However, Automotive News also lists models such as the Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore as those series that are to be phased out in the coming years, to make room for further electric models. Direct successors or platforms were not yet named, however.
General Motors had only presented a detailed facelift of the Chevrolet Bolt this February and also introduced the somewhat larger Bolt EUV variant. Both models rely on the familiar 150 kW electric drive system, which is coupled with a 65 kWh battery. It is not known whether the successors on the Ultium platform will continue to be sold under the Bolt model name.
The US carmaker had announced the flexible Ultium platform in March 2020. Not only the body, but also the batteries and the powertrains are to be modularly adaptable. Then in November 2020, GM had announced it would accelerate its electrification plans (30 BEVs by 2025) and also increase its investment in electric and automated driving vehicles from $20 billion to $27 billion by 2025. As a concrete measure, the market launch of the Cadillac Lyriq was brought forward from late 2022 to early 2022.
Uggg, please don’t let them turn the Camaro marque into a sedan! There is no way that goes right. Use the Chevelle marque, and then do a smaller, second gen Camaro clone to bring the Camaro Marque forward as a Performance EV to run against the Corvette.