This past September, GM Authority discovered that General Motors patented a new tonneau cover system for pickup trucks that included a built-in cargo divider. The question now is, which GM truck will get the innovative new cover, and when.
The patented cover consists of two primary parts – a tonneau panel to cover the truck bed, and a movable flap on the inside of the cover that can be deployed to divide that space.
If forced to make a bet, we’d have to pick the GM full-size trucks – the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra – as offering the innovative tonneau cover first, simply because they are more profitable and sell in significantly greater volumes than their smaller midsize cousins – the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. As such, it might be more financially beneficial for The General to introduce the new tonneau cover on its full-size trucks, especially given that the kit will likely be offered as an option – one that’s either factory-installed or offered as an official accessory.
Any GM truck equipped with such cover would reap multiple benefits: a concealed and protected truck bed, along with improved aerodynamic performance and reduced drag. The cherry on top is certainly the divider/flap which, when in use, helps keep objects in the forward compartment hidden and from sliding into the rear compartment. And despite the availability of various aftermarket tonneau covers, a factory option is always welcome.
It’s really anyone’s guess as for when GM would introduce the patented feature as an actual option, if ever. That said, it can do so at any time – be it today, a year from now, or thereafter.