According to a report on Autoblog, General Motors is looking at a 2013 model-year launch for the next-generation of its large SUVs.
Based on the GMT900 platform, the Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, and Chevrolet Suburban should all continue on in some form or another for 2013. As Autoblog states, high gas prices and GM's financial woes stalled future development of these SUVs, and there was talk of the large land barges moving to a stretched version of the Lambda crossover SUV platform. But Autoblog thinks that won't happen, due to the fact that large SUV buyers have different needs than large crossover buyers.
I happen to agree. The Lambdas solve a lot of problems, and they make sense for buyers who need space but don't want to pay a fuel-economy penalty. However, they can't tow the way their bigger brethren can, and they provide even more cargo and passenger space for those who need/want it. With GM emerging from bankruptcy and doing well so far, and with fuel prices stabilizing and American consumers adjusting to higher costs at the pump, I'd expect that these SUVs will still sell. Perhaps they will sell in lower numbers than before, but they will still be in demand.
Yes, crossovers will steal some sales. But in GM's case, that's not a bad thing, since the Lambda group--Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia--will pick up some of those sales. And serious towers will still need to step up in size. With other automakers shying away from this segment, GM has a chance to dominate.