The fourth generation of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon (and the Suburban, and the Yukon XL) have been on sale since 2014. Now that we're steadily approaching each car's sixth birthday, while its competitors have relatively newer offerings, it's time for a change. But there's more involved in a new generation than just flipping a switch.
General Motors announced this week that it has invested $20 million in its Arlington Assembly facility in Texas. This move will upgrade the plant's conveyor systems ahead of production commencing on GM's fifth-generation full-size SUVs. The plant, which runs three shifts at the moment, opened in 1954 and shifted from car to truck production in the late 1990s. It's the sole location where the three aforementioned models are built, employing some 4,500 people. Fun fact: Arlington was also GM's first air-conditioned factory. It's also surprisingly green, operating entirely on wind power purchased through various agreements.
Since 2015, GM has invested more than $1.4 billion dollars in the Arlington facility. While this new investment is for the conveyors that move things around the plant, previous upgrades have included a new paint shop, as well as upgrades to both the body shop and general assembly wings.