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Here are the 12 electric vehicles General Motors is introducing by 2023

General Motors is making big promises for its all-electric future.

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General Motors has been readying for an all-electric future for the better part of a decade. In its annual sustainability report, GM has committed to 20 new electric vehicles by 2023.

The new vehicles are possible because of the company's new flexible architecture, which allows for a more streamlined design, engineering, and production process.

Though not all the model names are known, GM does tell us which brands are getting the models and what type of vehicles they are. Well, at least most of them. Of the 20 promised models, the company went into depth regarding 12 of them. The other eight are still up in the air.

Cadillac

Cadillac logo Photo courtesy of Cadillac

There are five models coming that will wear the Cadillac badge.

The Cadillac Lyriq is a SUV that is designed to "hit the heart of the crossover market". It is a global model that will debut on August 6. Much of what to expect from the model is already known as it was originally set to debut in April but had that date moved due to the impact of the coronavirus.

A "globally sized luxury three-row SUV that emphasizes interior space and cargo capability for the modern family" is also on the list. The 2021 Cadillac Escalade has already been revealed and if this was that, it would have been labeled as such. It's logical to think that this three-row SUV is something about the size of a Nissan Pathfinder or Toyota Highlander, which would fill a gap in the Cadillac lineup.

The Cadillac XT4 is getting a brother. An electric model similar to it will debut, aimed "at this key global growth segment".

A full-size, three-row luxury SUV that "builds o the DNA" of the Escalade is on its way. This is the Escalade EV, which will be produced alongside the GMC Hummer EV and Cruise Origin at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

The last model on the list is the opulent Cadillac Celestiq "Statement Vehicle", which designed to be an "ultra-lux EV with bespoke, hand-assembled craftsmanship". GM is expected to only built 1.2 of these models per day and sell them for over $100,000 each.

GMC

2022 GMC Hummer EV Render

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GMC will be home to the Hummer EV truck and SUV. The truck will have 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 pound-feet of torque, and get from zero to 60 mph in three seconds. The Hummer EV SUV builds off the truck and is configured as an off-road capable SUV.

GMC has a really let some information slip about the models.

Chevrolet

2022 Chevrolet Traverse

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A new mid-sized SUV target at "customers who are looking for an electric option in this segment". This model could be the Chevy version of the promised Cadillac three-row SUV.

Chevrolet's BET Truck will be the brand's first electric full-size pickup. GM promises over 400 miles of range on a single charge. The truck is slated to go head-to-head with the likes of the Ford F-Series EV and Rivian R1T.

The forthcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV will features "a distinctive SUV design inspired by the Chevrolet Blazer". It will offer Super Cruise driver assistance. This will be the first model outside of the Cadillac brand to employ Super Cruise. There are some indications that the model could be similar to the Buick Velite 7, which is sold in China.

Buick

2019 Buick Regal Avenir

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Buick will be getting two new all-electric models. The first, a Buick SUV will be a model that offers "more conventional crossover proportion that maximizes interior space and cargo." The second is a Buick CUV that has "expressive proportions with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion."

Cruise

Cruise Origin Photo courtesy of Cruise LLC

The Cruise Origin will be the first production vehicle that is made from the company's partnership with Honda. This model is outside of the other two models that will be created by the partnership.

The two companies previously confirmed that the two new Honda models that will be produced under the agreement will be built using GM architecture and power source while the interior and exterior of the vehicles will be exclusively designed by Honda. Those vehicles will be assembled at GM plants in North America starting with the 2024 model year for Honda's U.S. and Canadian markets. It is not know if GM is counting these vehicles toward the 20 total.

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The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo will be the next member of the company's all-electric family.

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There's a new Porsche car coming and despite the way it looks, it's not a fresh all-electric Panamera. It's the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. The car was spied on the roads east of Weissach, Germany, doing its finally testing wearing very little camouflage.

We already know that the underpinnings of the new car are pretty much the same as what's in the Taycan sedan. Its outside isn't too dissimilar from the Taycan either, with much of the face holding the family looks and its back getting a sport wagon treatment that's similar to the Panamera - new fenders a longer roof, and a hatchback. The car also has an increased ride height.

And that's just what we can see from the photos. The car was darting along the countryside between frozen farmland and snow-covered forests. Porsche has confirmed many of these details and they were the ones that released the photos of the car testing - something usually left up to a spy photographer but in a COVID world, here we are.

They also released a video showcasing the car and its testing journey, featuring Stefan Weckbach, Vice President of the Taycan product line at Porsche. Take a watch.

The Camouflaged Taycan Cross Turismo Hits the Road www.youtube.com

Just a few days later, Porsche released video of the inside of the Taycan Cross Turismo, giving enthusiasts a peek behind the scenes on its development.

Taycan Cross Turismo - Inner Space www.youtube.com

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is expected to be fully revealed later this year.

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The 2021 Cadillac XT6 has familiar familial design attributes, inside and out.

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When people shop for a new SUV, especially a premium one, they're looking for style and sophistication as well as good seating, a modern infotainment system, and excellent safety features. Cadillac hits most of those checkboxes right on the nose with its 2021 Cadillac XT6. But all that gleams under the spotlight is not a star.

The Cadillac XT6 is mostly unchanged for the 2021 model year. That's both good and bad. The three-row SUV suffers from the sameness factor that many General Motors SUVs do and along with other weighty issues.

The face of the SUV features the same styling cues as the Cadillac XT4 and XT5, which slot lower than it in the company's lineup and the interior is much the same. Sort of a "if you like one Cadillac SUV you'll probably like them all" scenario going on here. That includes the less-then-premium dashboard and infotainment system surfaces.

2021 Cadillac XT6 The dashboard of the 2021 Cadillac XT6 is outfitted in less-than-premium materials.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

2021 Cadillac XT6

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 's upgraded engine option is a 3.6-liter V6 power plant that comes paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission in the Sport and Premium Luxury trim levels. It's powerful enough to get you going with ease and the tranissmision smoothly shifts through the gears.

The all-wheel drive-enabled XT6's biggest struggles are in terms of drive dynamics. The tester XT6 Sport felt too heavy for its frame. At 4,690 pounds the Sport model is the SUV's heaviest variant, by about an NFL lineman. In the XT6, the weightiness came from the mid-rear, where the SUV's AWD mechanics would be located. This made the XT6 less dynamic at nearly every turn from roadway to parking lot.

Small item storage in the XT6 is not ideal, but rear cargo space is better than average. A power liftgate is standard and power-folding third-row seats make reconfiguring the area easy.

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 offers a good amount of rear cargo space.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The Cadillac XT6 is a good vehicle for its target audience, but it could be better. While there are high points, like the comfortable seats that can be equipped with heating in the first two rows, the low points are mainly when the XT6 is considered versus the competition. Other premium SUVs, like the Acura MDX, have far more comfortable and plush seats.

Another plus is that adults can fit in the third row of the XT6. This is something that older midsize SUVs struggled with but has become more common in recent years with the emergence of the Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, and Hyundai Palisade, as well as the redesigned Highlander. However, the XT6 still has less head-, leg-, shoulder-, and hip room than many of those models, in all three rows.

There's nothing cutting edge about the tech in the Cadillac XT6 and that's okay. It's not the Escalade. What is there is perfectly suitable compared to the XT6's main rivals. The main pain point is the SUV's infotainment screen, which is smaller than other offerings in the segment and can appear crowded with information, or lacking information, depending on the use case scenario.

2021 Cadillac XT6 The 2021 Cadillac XT6 has seating for up to seven. Here, it's configured for six.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

All Cadillac XT6 models come with automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, following distance indicator, a high-definition rearview camera, Safety Alert Seat, and IntelliBeam headlights with rear park assist. Premium Luxury and Sport models also get lane change alert with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert as standard.

As in the XT5, the XT6 struggles with its lane keeping assist and departure warning technology, which rarely reads the lines until the vehicle is well over them, even in excellent driving conditions (new pavement, fresh lines, bright but not glaring sun). At night, just "fuhgetaboutit", as they say in any number of Martin Scorsese films.

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 starts at $48,990. General Motors loves to get buyers to add on packages and equipment to up the price of their model. All-in, the XT6 Sport tester Cadillac leant for this review had a MSRP of $70,570 after $13,375 in options were tacked on. That's a steep price to pay for this SUV. For that amount of money, it should be better.

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