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General Motors will look to expand its luxury crossover offerings by introducing a 7-seater Cadillac crossover based on the company’s Lambda platform. GM already offers this platform in the rest of its brands with the Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.
The model was initially planned to arrive quite some time ago but GM’s bankruptcy proceedings put a hold on the project. According to InsideLine, Karl Stracke, GM’s VP of global engineering has confirmed the vehicle is now moving forward again.
The new crossover is expected to share design elements with the upcoming XTS flagship sedan and use a version of GM’s direct-injection 3.6-liter V6 engine. There’s also the possibility that it could get the rumored twin-turbo direct-injection V6.
Does GM really need another Lambda crossover?
Hyundai‘s new Accent was the star of the companies exhibit at this year’s Beijing Auto Show, but the debut of two new engines and a new automatic transmission will have broader implications for the rest of the company’s lineup.
In addition to the 2.4L GDI four-cylinder in the Sonata (pictured above), two new gasoline direct-injection engines were unveiled at Beijing, a 1.6L four cylinder putting out 138 horsepower, a 28 horsepower bump over Hyundai’s current 1.6L four banger. The 1.6 GDI should appear in the Accent, Elantra, certain Kia models and the upcoming Veloster compact sports car. Even more enticing was the mention in a product video that the 1.6 could potentially be turbocharged and paired up with a dual-clutch gearbox, though no timeline was given for either technology.
Hyundai’s long awaited GDI version of the Lambda V6 was also previewed, although the engine was only rated at 296 horsepower, which is a few ponies less than the current Lambda makes in Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe. One can assume that there will be different variations, and that the engine will see a bump in power when it comes Stateside. Hyundai also joins Lexus in the elite 8-speed automatic club, and it’s a sure bet that the Genesis Sedan and Coupe will get the new 8-speed auto option.
With Hyundai positioning itself as a premium brand, the company has an obligation to innovate on its own, and not just play catch-up – even if they’re hot on the heels of world leaders like Lexus.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]