A Corvette Performance SUV Might Not Be A Bad Idea After All

In late June, former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz made an interesting, yet controversial, statement about the Corvette.

The outspoken manager said in an interview that if he were still working for GM he would put the Corvette name on an SUV as well. Given how popular sports utility vehicles are nowadays, that might not seem like a wild idea — even Ferrari will build an SUV.

Lutz’s reasoning is that the upcoming mid-engine Corvette will fail to attract new buyers and younger buyers. He believes the C8 will mainly appeal to Corvette aficionados which is why GM needs to use the popular Corvette name on a performance SUV as well that would rival models such as the Porsche Cayenne.

While we can’t argue there would be a strong business case for a Corvette SUV, we don’t think such a move would be well received by the Corvette community. After all, many (hardcore) Corvette fans are reluctant to a mid-engine model, let alone an SUV.

Still, the performance SUV would not target Corvette fans but rather attract new customers to the nameplate which could become a performance brand in its own right. If you’re curious what a Corvette SUV could look like, this rendering from Allcarnews offers a pretty good idea.

Also read: New Chevrolet C8 Corvette Will Get A Base 6.2-Liter V8 Dubbed ‘LT2’

Based on the Camaro-inspired Chevrolet Blazer, the hypothetical Corvette utility has the wheels pushed as far out as possible for a longer wheelbase, is wider, and features bulged wheel arches. The roofline is lower and more inclined towards the back while the front end adopts Corvette-like headlights and a massive grille.

Corvette fans will no doubt recognize the Z06 wheels, Camaro fender vents, and C7 hood vent, among other details. As for the powertrain, the 650 hp 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 from the Corvette Z06 would be a good choice. Imagine the performance an all-wheel-drive Corvette SUV could deliver.

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My Corvette SUV Render 😮 ______________________________________ [7/10/19] Firstly I don’t think there should be a Corvette SUV, unless Corvette becomes its own brand… but that’s never going to happen! Anyway here’s what i did for this render! Starting off with the “camaro inspired” Blazer, I stretched out and moved back the rear wheel, moved to front wheel up & increased the width as the Corvette SUV would have to be a Longitudinal platform not transverse FWD like the Blazer, and pinched in the center body to accentuate the rear fenders! I also lowered and slanted the roofline and stretched the wheelbase a bit! 🔥 [@Allcarnews Spec Sheet: What would power a Corvette SUV? Well let’s just say it has a 6.2L Supercharged LT4 V8 making 650HP and 650 lb-ft of torque going to… All four wheels! 🔥 Upfront was quite a challenger as all of the current Corvette SUV renders are… well crap, so this is all unique. The side vents are from a 2019 Camaro but enlarged, the grille from a Z06 and i custom made the headlights! The hood on the Blazer was quite high so i had to lower it significantly and create that signature V shape design. There also are Z06 wheels and modified door handles along with vents from the C7! Overall i quite like it, and personally think it’s better than every other Corvette SUV render 😂 ________________________________________ ACN EXTRA: If it looked right and had the proper performance… i actually wouldn’t mind a Corvette SUV… thought I still don’t think it should happen. ________________________________________ -Render Copyright by @Allcarnews -Text copyright by @allcarnews – – #Corvette #V8 An #allcarnews post #CorvetteSUV #Z06 #C7 #C8 #ZR1 #URUS #Cayenne #TrackHawk #render ||#powerful #performance #turbocharged #advanced #SupercarsRevamped #Supercar #HyperCar #ItsWhiteNoise #CarLifeStyle #MadWhips #003 #Carstagram #BlackList #AmazingCars247

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  • performante

    Bob Lutz is washed. I’m in my 20’s and if I can afford a C8, you better believe I’m scooping one up.

  • charlotteharry57

    If anyone needed more proof that this SUV/CUV thing is beyond out of control, well here’s the evidence.

  • TruthSlayer

    Sweetie – can you grab me the big bottle of lotion.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I’ll be honest, that actually looks pretty cool

  • pxsupply

    Corvette as a standalone brand with 1 or 2 SUV’s in addition to 1 or 2 sportcars. Makes total sense

    • GreenPat

      If they stretch the C7 platform to the same length as the Lambo Urus, Aston DBX or upcoming Ferrari crossover it could make an interesting entry into the super high performance crossover market.

  • MIL1234

    the automobile industry have a genre crisis too

  • Bob

    A mid engine SUV sweet!

  • Felipe Politano

    Haven’t we met “the Camaro of SUVs”? It is called the Blazer, is FWD, has the engine lineup of a 5 year old Impala and tops out at 310hp.

    I can totally see GM pulling off “the Corvette of SUVs” with the bones of a Traverse and the 335hp engine of a CT5-V.

    Sorry folks.

  • eb110americana

    First, that looks terrible. Second, if you thought people were pi$$ed about putting the Blazer name on a unibody crossover, just wait until they make a soccer mom Corvette.

    So you have 2 scenarios: 1) The crossover looks the part, but is based off of existing FWD platforms, much like the new Blazer. This basically sells out Corvette to move a few marked-up sporty family cars at the cost of watering down the Corvette name and any performance cred Chevrolet has left. At that point, you might as well just call it something else (Chevelle?) and make it look sporty.

    2) Or there’s option two, the CorvetteUV is engineered into a proper Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Porsche Macan, GLC 63 competitor–which would require either an all-new platform or a heavily modified version of the new Alpha RWD architecture. Either way, this is going to cost a ton of money to develop, and the resultant models will surely not be cheap. That is not the right product to be selling in Chevrolet dealerships. As popular as crossovers and SUVs are, GM has variants on the theme sold from Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, and Cadillac. If Cadillac is to stand out from the others, they should have the bespoke performance model, and only there would the enhanced bottom line be justifiable–but certainly not named as a Corvette of any kind.

    • Alioune Seck

      This is an excellent and very insightful comment. Well said. I’ve made a similar note above and believe that as they try to keep up with trends they continue to dilute the core brand behind Corvette.

  • Alioune Seck

    The Corvette brand seems to be straying further and further away from their core design and ethos in order to compete against the European market. What makes American cars great (such as the Corvette, Camaro, Challenger) is that they’re truly American – rugged, hard, loud. Leave the curves and tricked out interiors to the Europeans.

    • Bo Hanan

      I’ve said for years Corvette should be pulled from Chevy and be it’s own brand. And moving from their core markets and including SUV’s is why Porsche can building more of the one-off (read, 911 GT3/GT2) cars.

  • SteersUright

    Terrible rendering. Love the idea though.Gotta get with the times yet also keep something distinctly American about it like a V8, brash styling, epic performance per dollar. Something that competes with a Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Macan Turbo, GLC 63, X3M, but with better pricing and bolder styling.

  • Quinten

    The Corvette SUV would not be for traditional Corvette buyers, but for their wives. There are a plethora of guys on Corvette Forum who’s wives own sporty SUVs like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Porsche Macan, or the BMW X3. Why not offer a Corvette SUV with more performance for the price? They can put it on the Alpha platform and make it standard RWD, optional AWD. The base engine could be the Camaro’s 3.6L V6, followed by the twin-turbo 3.6, with a low-displacement twin-turbo V8 as the top dog. This Corvette SUV could be built in Lansing Michigan alongside the other Alpha-platform cars, the Camaro, Cadillac CT4 and CT5. That would bring Lansing back up to production capacity, which means more $ for GM.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    No. I don’t trust GM enough for this to be anything more than a dilution of the brand.

  • slither16

    The Blazer should have used a RWD layout. Then it could have shared engines from Camaro and Corvette.

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