GM's Next Plug-In Hybrid Coming In 2027

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After realizing that demand for electric vehicles isn’t strong enough to warrant becoming an all-electric brand, General Motors confirmed that it would be introducing some plug-in hybrid cars earlier this year. Beyond confirming that PHEVs were coming, GM didn’t provide a lot of information on what kind of PHEVs were in the pipeline and when they would be coming out. GM CEO Marra Barra recently sat down with The Detroit News for an interview where she confirmed that a new PHEV will arrive in 2027.

Three years may seem like a long time, especially when Chevy had one of the best PHEVs on the road with the Volt that was discontinued after the 2019 model year, but GM has a good reason for choosing that date. Barra told the outlet that the timing of the release of its new PHEV was due to when the EPA’s updated rules regarding federal emissions standards would go into effect. The government’s updated federal emissions standards will affect vehicles starting with the 2027 model year through the 2023 model year.

In addition to influencing when General Motors will come out with a new PHEV, the updated federal emissions standards are also why the automaker is looking into PHEVs. Barra told The Detroit News that “plug-in hybrids are an important part of meeting the regulatory space and giving consumers more options, so as the regulatory space evolved, it made sense for us to assess our strategy.”

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Despite confirming when a new PHEV would arrive, Barra didn’t provide the outlet with any information on what vehicle would become available with a plug-in hybrid engine. Our best guess is that the Chevrolet Equinox will be the first model in line to get a PHEV engine. Chevy currently offers the Equinox PHEV in China, which would, theoretically at least, make it easier for the automaker to offer a plug-in-hybrid version of the vehicle in the U.S. With Ford, RAM, and Toyota offering their respective full-size pickup trucks with hybrid engines, we could see GM follow suit with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or the GMC Sierra 1500.

Automakers change their plans on the future direction of vehicles all the time based on what’s selling well, gas prices, the economy, and government regulations. So, we’re not surprised to see GM shift its focus on PHEVs. We were surprised to see GM pull the plug on the Chevrolet Volt, which was one of the better PHEVs on the market, and completely exit the segment. We’re also surprised to see that GM, which is a massive American automaker with a market capitalization of $51.15 billion, didn’t see this coming when it originally decided to only sell EVs.

New PHEVs from GM are a great thing for shoppers. Unlike all-electric vehicles, PHEVs offer drivers with the flexibility to use gas for longer trips and electricity for shorter ones. If Chevy does introduce an Equinox PHEV in the U.S., it would compete against the Toyota RAV4 Prime, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Kia Sportage PHEV, Hyundai Tucson PHEV, Dodge Hornet R/T, and Ford Escape PHEV.

Pictured: 2025 Chevrolet Equinox (Top), 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 (Middle)

Source: Car and Driver

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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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