From what we know, General Motors has some serious plans in store for its next-gen full size pickup trucks which are expected to be in lots by the year 2013. And according to the latest word on the street, the trucks are expected to share a very similar shape with and will borrowing plenty of design cues from the exoskeleton of the Chevrolet Cheyenne Concept that was on display seven years ago during the 2003 North American International Auto Show.
To make the design possible, an all-new frame is expected. Starting with the concept, the design features a sleeker, rounded off body for optimal aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, as well as side-entry doors to the truck bed. The cabin looks to be as large as a house, only with more headroom and no kitchen. It is also planned that the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado will be more identifiable and distinguishable through platform sharing, abandoning the questionable practice of badge engineering.
The powertrain is also expected to get a huge boost in both power and options. Many direct-injected engines are expected to be on the menu, along with the (obvious) possibility of a hefty displacement. Furthermore, the next generation of GM’s hybrid technology for full size models such as the Tahoe/Yukon Hybrid and the Silverado/Sierra Hybrid will be in store, granting an increase in towing by as much as 50 percent. This would practically (if not exactly) put them on par with the gas-only versions. How about that?