After years of speculation, it looks like General Motors will turn the Corvette nameplate into a dedicated sub-brand.
Car and driver The current C8 Corvette sports car will reportedly be joined by a four-door coupe and a performance SUV – both electric – in 2025.
It has already confirmed plans to launch an electrified version of the C8, with an all-wheel drive hybrid set to arrive next year.
While it’s too early to know how the new models will be styled, we’ve applied the C8’s styling themes to the electric SUV and sedan to see how they look.
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The electric Corvette SUV and sedan will likely compete with Porsche’s Macan EV and Tycoon sedan.
The spin-off move will see General Motors compete with Porsche, which will offer models to compete with the likes of the Taycan and the upcoming Macan EV in an attempt to improve the profitability of the world-famous Corvette nameplate.
The electric SUV with the popular sports car nameplate is also a formula for the Ford Mustang Mach-E. However, the Corvette is expected to be a high-priced SUV.
Both vehicles are expected to be underpinned by GM’s latest Ultimate Electric Vehicle architecture, as found under the GMC Hummer, Chevrolet Silverado EV and Cadillac Lyriq. (With Honda’s new overseas Prologue as part of a partnership project.)
Unique styling and high-end EV tech
The report claims the four-door coupe and SUV are “copies of nothing”, with high-density batteries, faster software, a “patented cooling concept” and an 800-volt electrical system with 350 kW. Provides charging power.
In addition, it claims that the Corvette-branded vehicles will feature “surprising Lego-like topographic packaging, small components, highly efficient inverters, [and] High-Revving Electric Motors.”
A two-speed transmission, brake-by-wire, four-wheel steering and torque vectoring are also expected.
Although exact technical details are unclear, the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq – GM’s flagship electric vehicle priced at the same price as the Bentley Flying Spur – produces 447kW and 868Nm.
It has a dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup and a 111kWh lithium-ion battery pack, with a driving range of 483 km and Claimed 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) time of 3.8 seconds.
Earlier this year, General Motors’ design team showed off a sketch of a sharp electric SUV on social media, hinting at a high-riding Corvette.
If electric vehicles do reach production, it will herald a new era for some of America’s most iconic vehicle nameplates.
Stellantis — the parent company of Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Ram — is also preparing to launch An electric four-door Dodge Chargerfollowing the unveiling of the two-door Charger Daytona SRT concept in August.
As for the all-electric version of the C8 Corvette, it’s unknown whether it will use Ultima batteries in the current vehicle’s mid-engine architecture, or switch to the brand’s dedicated EV platform.
It is expected to launch in 2024, with several electric motors and all-wheel drive as standard.