PAHRUMP, Nev. -- General Motors will offer its new 10-speed automatic transmission in eight models by 2018, said global product chief Mark Reuss.
The first to get the transmission will be the 2017 Camaro ZL1, a lightweight version of the sports coupe launching this fall that is designed for racing and street use.
Reuss, speaking at a media event here, would not identify the other models slated to get the 10-speed. But the rear-wheel-drive gearbox is designed for high-horsepower vehicles, and so it likely will be used in the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Tahoe and some versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups.
The new transmission, along with a new nine-speed automatic for front-wheel-drive vehicles, was developed in a joint venture with Ford. The first Ford vehicle to use the 10-speed transmission will be the next-generation Ford Raptor off-road performance truck due out this fall.
GM invested $343 million retooling its Romulus, Mich., transmission plant where the 10-speed automatic will be built. GM spokesman Tom Read said GM will continue to offer its current eight-speed automatic, which is available in Cadillacs and Corvettes.