Chevrolet Corvette Lineup Could Gain EV Crossover

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, Automotive Editor - January 15, 2021

If there’s one thing about automotive rivalries to keep in mind, it’s that nothing goes unnoticed. Ford recently stuck its most iconic nameplate on an electric crossover as a sign of just how serious it is about an electrified future. Obviously, this didn’t go unnoticed by cross-town rival, Chevrolet. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Chevrolet is looking to do something similar with the Corvette.

The outlet, citing unnamed sources familiar with the plans, claims Chevrolet is looking to merge the qualities of the Corvette sports car with a crossover body. Sound familiar? While a detective may think that the timing sounds a little too convenient, Bloomberg claims that Chevrolet has been thinking about the idea for a while, but never pursued the plan because it didn’t want to upset purists. The Corvette name stretches back to 1953 and has always represented a high-performance sports car. Putting the nameplate on an SUV could ruin the vehicle’s name and anger Corvette fans.

General Motors is so serious about the idea, that the automaker has reportedly designed a few concept vehicles to expand the Corvette name. These concept vehicles look to blend the Corvette sports car’s performance and aggressive design in a body style that’s more spacious and versatile, claim the sources. Internally, the concepts are called “Project R” or “Brand R.”

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If Chevrolet actually decides to come out with a Corvette SUV, the vehicle would go on sale as early as 2025. Any new vehicles to the Corvette family would be fully electric vehicles. With the Corvette sports car expected to receive a hybrid version for improved performance, an all-electric crossover could further cement the nameplate’s place in the future.

While GM has a lot of plans for EVs in the future, Chevrolet is only expected to get a few new models in the near future. One of those is an unnamed SUV that will be similarly sized to the Chevrolet Equinox and arrive in 2025. The Bolt will spawn a rugged, utility variant, which is expected to arrive in the summer of 2021. Lastly, an electric pickup truck is expected to reach production by 2025.

We have mixed feelings about a Corvette SUV. One of the major issues with the Mustang Mach-E is its name. The Mustang moniker, up until now, has only been used for high-performance muscle cars. While the Mustang Mach-E has blistering performance, it’s simply not a high-performance coupe with a V8 rumble. Names matter. An electric SUV with Corvette styling and performance would be a great thing for Chevrolet – as long as the automaker doesn’t put the Corvette name on it.

For the majority of people, the name won’t matter. Just like with the Mustang Mach-E, most consumers are more interested in styling, range, tech features, and amenities. Putting an iconic nameplate onto a vehicle greatly boosts its popularity and appeal. So, for Chevrolet, it’s a safe risk to take, even if it does anger journalists and diehard fans.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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