For over six decades, the Chevrolet Corvette has been an emblem of American automotive excellence, known for its sleek design, high-performance engine, and thrilling driving experience. The Corvette has gone through many iterations, from coupes to convertibles, but it has never been offered as an SUV. However, with the evolving trends in the automotive industry, it raises the question: could a Corvette SUV be in the works?
SUVs Are Successful
The success of Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, the Lamborghini Urus, and the Ferrari Purosangue, three crossover SUVs, have shown that there is a market for high-performance crossovers. The trend for SUVs is undeniable, with high-end automakers supporting their sports car manufacturing with an SUV – see Porsche with its Macan and Cayenne for the perfect example here. With this in mind, it seems only a matter of time before Chevrolet follows suit with the Corvette.
Chevrolet Corvette SUV Render
A recent render by HotCars digital artist Timothy Adry Emmanuel gives us a glimpse into what a Corvette SUV could look like, and it’s an eye-catching sight. The render borrows heavily from the Corvette’s design language, incorporating iconic features such as the headlamps and rear lights, black grilles below the rear lights, and a pointed nose. The SUV’s compact body is covered in red, giving it a signature Corvette feel, and it features badging, 5-spoke wheels that resemble the Stingray’s rims, plastic cladding on the wheel arches, extra protection under the front bumper, and big wheels.
According to sources within GM, the Corvette line will expand by 2025, and it could even become its own brand, much like the Mustang Mach-E. Although the cost of a Corvette SUV is unknown at this point, it’s likely that Chevrolet would price the car below the standard Corvette to keep it at the top of the range. The render uses the quad exhaust setup from the current Corvette, leading to the assumption that the Stingray’s 6.2-litre V8 could be used in the hybridized form, borrowing electronics from the recently-unveiled Corvette E-Ray.
While the idea of a Corvette SUV might have seemed sacrilegious a decade ago, it’s now a reality for some high-end automakers. The popularity of SUVs is undeniable, and a Corvette SUV would be a testament to the Corvette’s enduring legacy.