Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade to move to Lambda platform
As announced earlier this week, GM has cancelled its CXX program which was designed to develop the next-generation models of the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade SUVs. Prior to that it was reported that the Cadillac Escalade may move to the Lambda platform which currently underpins the GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse and the Buick Enclave.
If the guys over at GMI are to be believed, GM has now greenlighted the next Chevrolet Suburban and the Cadillac Escalade to move to the Lambda platfom. According to GMI, no votes were made against the move by board members.
Sources close to the GM/Chrysler talks also say that if the merger between the two Detroit automakers should happen, the Dodge Caravan will also move to the Lambda platform which will also spawn a Chevrolet version of the minivan.
The reasons behind the move? To meet CAFE standards, cater to consumer demand for lighter unibody SUVs and to increase overall fuel-economy of large GM vehicles.