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GM is planning a major overhaul of its full-size SUV fleet for the 2014 model year.

The automaker said today that it will spend $331 million to renovate its assembly plant in Arlington, Texas, home to its current crop of GMT900-family SUVs, including the GMC Yukon, Yukon Hybrid and Yukon XL; the Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, and Tahoe Hybrid; and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.

The expansion of the Arlington plant could add production of the flexible-bed Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade EXT, if those vehicles are brought back for a third generation of production.

GM had planned for replacements of the full-size SUVs for the 2013 model year, but it was forced to put off production as it maneuvered through its Chapter 11 proceedings. Ironically, in 2006 and 2007, GM had pulled ahead production of the GMT900 family of vehicles, just in time for gas prices to crush SUV sales as a prelude to the 2008 financial crisis.

The new investment will add 110 jobs to the site, though it's unclear if they're being added for construction or for vehicle production.

Arlington opened in 1954, and has built passenger cars and trucks. In 1997, the plant won a coveted slot in the GM empire to build its full-size trucks and SUVs, winning out over the now-shuttered Janesville, Wisconsin, plant. Truck production began as GM ended Texas production of the Chevy Caprice, Buick Roadmaster and Cadillac Fleetwood rear-drive sedans.

The plant now counts 2,400 employees and more than 3.75 million square feet under roof.

 
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  1. I believe the current Suburban is one of the best American vehicles ever. I'm glad they'll make it even better (hopefully lighter with more gears too.) I do think that the Tahoe is pointless though (too short!) and the hybrid drive in the Suburban would make it perfect w/ 20+ MPG all around. I'd probably get one.
     
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  2. It's time to see the 4.5-liter Duramax diesel engine offered as an option on these vehicles; as well as the improved next-generation two-mode hybrid system (and a beefed-up ECO-Assist system (BAS-plus) as a lower cost alternative option). All gas engines should include direct-injection. It's also time to move to an independent heavy-duty rear suspension with self leveling option.
     
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  3. I wonder why the Duramax 6600 has never been available on the current generation of Yukon/Suburban 2500 unlike their pickup trucks siblings.
     
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  4. please gm, bring back the Hummer! will always like them. But put a diesel in them.
     
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  5. GM needs to make the rear seats of these vehicles fold down into the floor, like the Expedition and Navigator. Otherwise, there's no use folding the rear seats, they have to be completely removed. Hopefully they'll improve this with the new models.
     
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  6. Guys just got my 2014 Suburban. Traded my 2012 Range Rover HSE in for it. What a great ride. Roomy and well laid out. Rides and handles better then the Range Rover. Bought my Suburban from Arroyo Grande, Ca. Chevrolet Dealership. Got great service, great price. Mike
     
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