2025 Corvette SUV. For the 2025 model year, an SUV with the Corvette moniker will be offered. And it will be powered by electricity. A General Motors insider tells us that after years of hesitance. Chevrolet is finally expanding its legendary Corvette sports car nameplate to encompass vehicles with more than two seats. The company is in the process of building a new EV subbrand that will feature an SUV and a four-door sedan. With an emphasis on performance. According to sources, the Corvette SUV will have an 800-volt electrical system. And high-revving electric motors powered by GM’s 350-kW-capable Ultium battery technology. However, the SUV may not be the first Corvette to include an electric drivetrain. Since the company is also developing an electric version of the Corvette C8 sports car. This article will be updated when additional information regarding the Corvette SUV becomes available.
2025 Corvette SUV Debut
The 2025 Corvette SUV will be a brand-new addition to Chevrolet‘s lineup when it goes on sale. We anticipate that it will be introduced for the 2025 model year, which is at least many years away.
Upper trims could reach Z06 territory. However, these predicted values are now only wild guesses. The Corvette SUV won’t be manufactured for a few more years, and we likely won’t learn more about it until its release date approaches.
The Vette community has pondered the future of the Chevrolet Corvette in the EV era, and more importantly, whether or not a Chevrolet Corvette SUV would be produced, in light of General Motors’ (GM) plan to spend $35 billion more on electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous vehicles (AVs) between 2020 and 2025.
On November 30, 2022, Car And Driver stated, based on information collected from a source at the GM Tech Center, that three Corvette EVs are under development. The first conversion vehicle will be a two-door sports automobile, most likely the eighth-generation Chevrolet Corvette (C8).
According to C&D, GM will establish a Corvette brand in 2025, shortly after the debut of the first Corvette EV. If marketing theory prevails, Corvette will become a brand comparable to Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, and BrightDrop. The brand’s initial offerings will consist of an electric four-door coupe and an electric SUV. GM’s three Corvette EVs are not meant to compete with Porsche EVs, according to a source of C&D. The organization’s goal is to “create three American legends.” So what can one expect from a Corvette SUV?
Corvette SUV Design
The aforementioned expert on top-secret Corvette technology has viewed the proposed designs for the Corvette EVs. And thinks that GM will begin from scratch. The source states that they are “copies of nothing.”
Bloomberg reported in January 2021 that GM’s designers are creating various Chevrolet Corvette designs. That can appeal to a variety of buyers. Bloomberg’s sources indicate that the program’s internal moniker is Project R or Brand R. General Motors contemplated Corvette derivatives in the past but refrained from pursuing them because of worry about the nameplate’s dilution.
In light of Lamborghini‘s global success with the Urus. Which will be converted to an electric vehicle by the end of the decade. Ferrari‘s introduction of the Purosangue, and a number of other SUV launches or announcements from legacy sports car manufacturers. This possibility may be viewed differently.
The low front end follows the C8’s canopy-forward stance, which was inspired by fighter jets such as the F22 and F35. As well as Formula 1 cars. Sleek and angular headlamps, a hexagonal grille, boxy air intakes with a horizontal bar. And a vertical tail fin create an undeniable link to the renowned two-door model.
On the sides, the greenhouse is narrow and gets narrower as it approaches the rear, representing the car’s dynamic nature. The sloping roofline, detailed, muscular lines, and broad, muscular shoulder area lend an aggressive and athletic image to the high-riding Corvette.
Ford (Mustang), Lamborghini, and Porsche ensured that their SUVs were significantly impacted by their sportscars. When they entered the SUV market. Given that the Corvette SUV will be an EV, GM’s experience with aerodynamics for the Z06 would be important in ensuring a high-performance. Low-drag electric SUV. Massive air dams, a characteristic of the Corvette, may be replaced by false vents (similar to Ford‘s Mustang Mach-E). And the rear may receive a more aggressive ‘aero’ treatment, as the iconic ‘floating’ exhaust bezel will not be present on the electric vehicle.
Given the Z06’s approximately 4.5-meter length thanks to a mid-engine layout and the advantages of born-electric vehicle architecture, we do not anticipate the Corvette SUV to exceed the Mach-4.7-meter E’s length.
Corvette SUV interior
GM would go over and above to ensure that the Corvette SUV EV’s inside is as luxurious and technologically advanced as feasible. The absence of an internal combustion engine would surely free up significant space for passengers and baggage. And technology might be adopted from other luxury GM EVs, such as the Hummer EV.
Using high-end graphics from Unreal Engine. The driver and central infotainment screens (which measure 12.3 an 13.3 inches respectively in the Hummer EV) would be adapted for the dynamic nature of the ‘Vette SUV. Similarly to the Hummer EV, the electric Corvette would be fitted with UltraVision with High Definition Surround Vision. Allowing the driver to view feeds from nine exterior cameras.
For rear-seat passengers, one could envision a flat floor with ample knee-room. A glass roof to give the impression of ‘open-air’ driving, and possibly adaptive seats that adjust side bolstering. Or vibrate to compensate for the lack of a V8 and feature integrated speakers with synthetic sounds to enhance the sporty feel.
Corvette SUV Specifications
The Chevrolet Corvette electric SUV would utilize the GM Ultium Platform (third-generation global EV platform), which has thus far been utilized by the GMC Hummer EV truck, GMC Hummer EV SUV, Cadillac Lyriq, Chevrolet Silverado EV, Blazer EV, and Equinox EV.
According to a source cited by Car And Driver, the Corvette SUV would have a high energy density battery pack. An innovative cooling method, miniaturized components, highly efficient inverters. High-rpm motors, a two-speed transmission, multi-mode four-wheel steering, brake-by-wire, and torque vectoring.
The Ultium platform is designed to meet premium specifications, including an operating voltage of 800 volts. A charging power of 350 kW, a battery pack capacity of 200 kWh, and a range of at least 400 miles. An electric Corvette SUV would approach or surpass the Z06’s 2.6-second acceleration time. The Watts to Freedom feature. Which unleashes the full acceleration capability of the Ultium propulsion system. May undergo further development. Electric motors are becoming more powerful, therefore a Corvette SUV accelerating in 2.6 seconds should not be out of the question.
There may be multiple versions of the Corvette SUV (dual motor and tri-motor). The most powerful Hummer EV SUV is rated at 830 horsepower, which is far more than the upcoming Z06’s V8’s output of 635 horsepower. Despite fan protests, the future hybrid Corvette (Corvette E Ray) is rumored to continue the AWD approach with an electric motor at the front axle.
Corvette SUV GM Ultra Cruise
Ultra Cruise, which enables “door-to-door hands-free driving” via radars, cameras, and a LiDAR mounted behind the vehicle’s windshield, may be one of the most alluring features of the Chevrolet Corvette SUV. Ultra Cruise will enable autonomous driving on nearly all roadways, not just highways, including city streets, subdivision streets, and paved rural roads.
The Corvette SUV may be used as a daily car, unlike the coupe and convertible variants of the vehicle. Ultra Cruise could be useful while grocery shopping, transporting children to and from school, or driving across town to the office.
The business case for a Corvette SUV
With the automotive industry transitioning to the EV era, where a platform as flexible as the Ultium can offer a variety of high-performance, high-revenue vehicles, GM is believed to be contemplating expanding the Corvette portfolio to encompass a whole family of vehicles. Analyst at Morgan Stanley Adam Jonas estimates that a Corvette sub-brand might be worth between $7 billion and $12 billion.
Corvette SUV Release Date
According to a source cited by Bloomberg in its January 2021 article, sales of the Chevrolet Corvette SUV might begin as early as 2025. However, given GM’s current EV manufacturing plans, this timeline seems implausible.
Given that GM must deliver numerous other advanced EVs by 2025. Including ramping up the Hummer EV pickup and Lyriq and introducing the Hummer EV SUV, Celestiq, sub-Lyriq EV crossover, Equinox EV, Silverado EV, Blazer EV, and Buick EVs. It is unlikely that the company will be able to begin selling a Corvette SUV before 2026.
When it becomes available, the Chevrolet Corvette SUV could compete with the Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV, the Audi RS Q6 e-tron, the Polestar 3, the Porsche Cayenne EV, the Lotus Eletre, and the Tesla Model X.
While the anticipated hybrid (E Ray) and electric versions of the Corvette sports car by 2025 will fulfill the needs of purists, we envision the Vette SUV as a possible second vehicle in their garage.
Furthermore, the high-performance 2025 Corvette SUV type will attract new clients to the brand. It might provide Corvette lovers with an attractive daily transportation for errands, commuting, school runs, and light off-road excursions. As America’s desire for high-riding, all-electric vehicles grows, the Corvette will acquire new top hats to ensure its continued existence. We expect GM engineers to equip the SUV with adequate handling, significant power and torque, substantial seating capacity, and ample cargo space.
It is problematic for the Corvette to follow the path of high-riding SUVs. We are aware that a real Vette cannot scale mountains or traverse off-road tracks. The Vette enthusiast will assert that the Silverado, Canyon, Sierra, and Traverse satisfy the need for a higher seating position or four-wheel drive. While we are intrigued by the SUV version of the American sports car, we agree with the aficionados!