GMC has long been known for offering professional-grade trucks and utilities that offer both premium amenities along with power and performance. Now, we learn that another GMC utility may be coming to the lineup. Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president for Buick-GMC, recently spoke about this in an interview with WardsAuto.
Aldred said he wants to expand the GMC lineup, but not by more than one, or at most two, new additions. With one or two new offerings, this would likely expand GMC’s market share by about 5%, which is something Aldred wants to do within 10 years.
In regards to a new model, Aldred wasn’t specific, but in the interview he did say, “When you look at the portfolio, you start to think, ‘What niches are there?’ You could argue a third (CUV) between the Acadia and Terrain. But there is not much space.”
With that in mind, WardsAuto thinks that this new GMC model might not necessarily be a brand new model, but a redesigned version of the Acadia, perhaps slighter smaller and coming in as a 2017 model. If that happened, it would give the overarching Buick-GMC product line four distinct utility vehicle sizes with the Buick Enclave the largest, followed by the smaller Acadia, then the GMC Terrain, and finally the compact Buick Encore.
Do you think it would be better for GMC to add a brand new model to the lineup or just to modify an existing model to fill a gap?