CARS.COM — A rising tide may lift all boats, but it’s sink or swim for SUVs, and two GM models — the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Terrain — have failed to benefit from surging sales in their respective segments. Can overhauls for both help them successfully traverse the fiercely competitive terrain of the compact and mid-size SUV markets? GM hopes to get an idea next month at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
According to The Detroit Free Press, redesigned versions of the Traverse and Terrain will bow in the Motor City during the media preview Jan. 9-10. It’ll be the first major redo for both vehicles in eight years despite a flood of new and redesigned models from competitors.
The Free Press said the Traverse will share a platform with the born-again-svelte 2017 GMC Acadia and the Terrain with the redesigned-for-2018 Chevrolet Equinox. GM hopes new-model excitement will be the shot in the arm both SUVs need, as the first 11 months of this year have seen Traverse sales sag 4 percent and Terrain sales 21 percent despite mid-size and compact SUV class sales each improving by around 3 percent.
We’ll be on the floor at the Detroit auto show next month to bring you all the action live, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, get the full story on the redesigned Traverse and Terrain from The Detroit Free Press here.