General Motors plans new full-size SUV from 2014 image

General Motors has announced that will invest $331 million into its Arlington Assembly Plant in Texas for tooling and equipment to expand its Arlington Assembly Plant in Texas, “to make future Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.”

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

“This investment will allow us to continue building award-winning full-size SUVs that offer better fuel efficiency than ever before without sacrificing the features and functionality they’ve come to expect,” GM Manufacturing Manager Larry Zahner said Thursday. “We remain committed to providing customers the utility and capability of our world-class full-size SUVs.”

In addition to sprucing up the place, GM has also announced the creation of 110 new positions at the plant, adding to the 2,400 person workforce there now.

Notably absent from the GM announcement is any word on the Chevy Avalanche or Cadillac Escalade EXT. It’s no surprise those body-on-frame “sport/utility pickups” will fade into the sunset. They have been slow sellers, and it’s unlikely they’ll be replaced by Lambda-based sport/utility pickups.