GM Design Team Shows Off Future Chevy Truck Sketches49
The Chevy truck lineup has undergone some pretty extensive updates as of late, with several different models getting either a full refresh or a whole new generation. Now, we’re taking a look at Chevy’s design inspiration with these future Chevy truck concept sketches.
Recently posted to social media by the GM Design team (@generalmotorsdesign), the concept sketches were created by Ben Wilkins, who, according to LinkedIn, has served as a Creative Designer at GM for more than nine years. Previously, Wilkins served as a Creative Designer at Navistar.
The recent social media post includes two images, one of which is focused on the front fascia, the other of which looks at the Chevy truck concept from the front three-quarters. The images recall several different production vehicles, including the refreshed Chevy Silverado 1500, refreshed Chevy Silverado HD, and all-new, third-generation Chevy Colorado. Notably, these sketches appear to be related exclusively to ICE-powered Chevy truck models, as the Chevy Silverado EV incorporates a large, blocked-off front fascia and grille.
By contrast, the concept Chevy truck looks to be highlighted by a large central front air intake with horizontally oriented intake slats. In the center of the grille, we see an illuminated Chevy Bow Tie badge, which may also serve as a “Flowtie” emblem that lets in additional air.
The lighting on this rig is also noteworthy, with a series of thin lighting signatures running from up around the outer edges of the fascia and down towards the bumper, cutting in and out in L-shaped curves. The lighting signatures are punctuated by amber lighting bits in the upper corners of the grille and bumper. The bumper itself also looks to incorporate vertical lighting that may serve as fog lights, while complementary lighting is embedded in the sideview mirrors as well.
The stance on this thing definitely looks tough, while the two-tone paint treatment adds an interesting artistic flair to the setup. All in all, it’s a good-looking vehicle, and paints a nice picture for future Chevy trucks.
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The future sure looks a lot like the present.
You have seen how people here lost their collective s*** when they saw the design of the Silverado EV, right? You aren’t allowed to do anything different in this segment or pickup truck fans will abandon you.
Are you saying the Avalanche EV is a different design or am I misunderstanding?
Are you saying the Avalanche EV is a design change or am I misunderstanding?
The look of the Silverado EV is fine its the fact that it has the one peice cab and bed and looks like an Avalanche which was fugly.
It literally has Cadillac’s ugly front vents mounted 1/2 way up! GM is reverting to badge jobs as the design language is becoming the same for all the brands!
C/K-1500 is still one of the best looking vehicles ever. While I honestly prefere the Apache, something’s just have an iconic look. Take the C7 stingray for example. Basically a modernized 1970’s vette.
Not going to lie, this looks good.
An evolutionary approach indeed, but the look fits well for the 2025 timeline, which is the perfect time to swap out my 2019 1500 Truck, overall it looks like a future ZR-2 model, I like it.
“2025 timeline”? you mean the trucks that will launch sometime after the 2025 model year? It seems about right
Why would they wait that long?, you have the 2023 Midsized truck coming on board, the 2024 Chevy HD Refresh vehicles that is expected to also hit next year along with the Refreshed Yukon and Tahoe, the all new Hummer SUV, that leaves the window opened for the 2022 Refreshed 1500’s to be completely overhauled within the next 2 Model Years, gm has the budget to make that happen, especially with these Trucks having to compete in sales with an all new upcoming ICE and Electric RAM, the Cybertruck, Canoo, even the Tundra and
F-150 may receive updates between 2024 & 2025, so yes, I believe 2025 will be the year for new 1500’s
so like it might becoming for the 2026 model year because they did it in 2007 and i never heard them saying the new silverado is coming for the 2005 model year at the time
The HD refresh is just to catch up to the 1/2 ton refresh. 2026 model year most likely. They claimed to have been rushed last time and look what happened. We don’t need a repeat of the 2019
Haven’t really been a fan of the current “Hot Wheels” shiny black plastic/blacked out bowtie look of the last 8 years or so, this looks like more of the same. Ditto on the never ending square wheel arches… I need to preface this statement by saying I trully don’t mean this out of disrespect, but I think I just grew custom to associating blacked out/alternate colored bowtie badges with douchebag/redneck “truck bros”, as that is who predominantly did such a thing before it was OEM. In all honestly, this just looks like a designer’s sketch of the current trucks, am I missing something?
To me the drawing reminds me of the old squarebodies from the 70’s. Would be nice to see something like those again.
Sort of like the Ford Bronco, very retro.
Not sure I’d go so far as call it retro. But I definitely see a bit of the 70s models in the grille area. It’s very subtle. Overall I quite like it.
Maybe this is a look at the final version of the ICE model that’s coming out in a few years.
I don’t think the grill is retro as much as the hood and lowered roof line. It looks to me more like the C/K Blazer. The higher belt lines, over all I like it. Surprised nobody has brought up the sideburns.
Now if Chevrolet would only take a cue from that and create a “retro” full size Blazer…removable top, full frame and all. I would be up for one of those in an ICE version.
Just saw that Volkswagen is going to start building a Scout in the future which appears to be similar to the Scout II of old……Yes they own Navistar is my understanding and see the opportunity to jump into this growing market segment.
Looks like a concept mash up of the current half ton and HD. I really like retro green and white roof. They’re definitely hinting at modern retro vibe.
Has a lot of potential. Hope they don’t stop with sheet metal next time round. I’d like to see some real innovation, powertrains and gasp, IRS or coil rear suspension.
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Don’t forget snappy Ford-like blow motor and synthesized sound to go along with your “irs” wish!
(Makes it more fun to go run your mother’s errands! This way you can keep living in her basement)
How about about a regular cab long bed rendering? With a bench seat, crank windows, a manual transmission, painted steel wheels and, painted bumpers in white to contrast the green that’s what I would love to see. I don’t like my trucks fully loaded, I want them as basic as they can possibly get, except for the drivetrain.
Agreed but a good chunky arm rest also seems pretty important.
Make that manual tranny a 3 on the tree.
Would you like an NP201 in it, too?
The body looks good I guess, not nearly as bad as the nearest Silverado EV that debuted. The wheels are way too big though, so big they’re ugly!
They always go over the top with the Wheels and Tires when doing these sketches, 20’s and 22’s are reasonable enough for the Silverado 1500’s, in my opinion, though I did a Build and Price on the new Colorado and added 22”s on the Z-71Trim, it didn’t quite look right for that Midsized Truck.
I like this squared off classic styled Silverado truck. Now for GM to combine this tough truck look with by then class leading capabilities. Only thing is I think the wheel wells should be rounder.
Like an i6 based off that 2.7.
Very cool long look to it opposite what they are doing now .
Modern take on square body? Head on shots look a little narrow. Two tone is nice.
Like the way they completely do away with real cabs and give it the windshield rake off a camaro. That says real truck more than anything in a rendering.
Lose the high hood. Terrible for line of sight.
YES!! I couldn’t agree more.
I hate the high flat hood lines.
I just don’t understand the purpose of them, from either functional or aesthetic perspectives.
Now show us the regular cab (real truck) not the purse cab daddy cab version
Looks like a Rivian
um, not even close
I’m not crazy about the new look ! I bought a new 2019 Silverado, Texas Edition, right after I saw the updated version at the Detroit Auto show in Detroit on Jan. 2018. I loved the look, still do! I’m 80 yrs. old so this will most likely be my last new truck! But I hate to see the way things are going . E-everything is going to be the end of GM! If they are successful and gas vehicles disappear they will need a way to collect taxes for roads! Mark my words every road will become a toll road, with the ability to charge your battery! It will take trillions to make it so!
Green truck honestly looks beautiful and rugged and the roof I’m sure has a B-pillar but it appears mostly hidden giving the crew cab a pillarless “hardtop” look. Overall, just super cool 👍
I like it except for the high, flat hood lines.
I just don’t understand the purpose of them, from an either functional or aesthetic perspective.
Drop the hood line down to that faint white line at the top of the fender; drop the leading edge of the hood & fenders down a little more than that, and the design would be just about perfect.
Hilarious how the stupid flush door handles are incorporated behind the huge side view mirrors. Designers obviously never have their hands full when trying to open a vehicle door.
would love to see a plain two-door model like this one, with the two doors long and sleet just like the picture but only two doors. The first pick-ups I owned had only two doors, and it would be nice to see GM update a nice sleet two-door model.
What is it with GM and square wheel openings – look at the picture, the wheel and tire combo doesn’t even fit. Did GM hire all the idiots who can’t figure out that the round peg goes in the round hole and it doesn’t fit in the square hole? Come on GM get with the program.
To me, it looks more like this body style should have followed the 2018 year model. Some pretty major changes, but it has an updated design that could have followed the 2007 and 2014 body styles. I kinda like it, but it seems to me like they’d be reversing back to follow the previous design. Don’t worry though, GM is not going to show us the new design this early. Just a teaser.
I like the looks. It’s as if this designer is reading our minds. Yes it reminds me of the 70s but with refreshing looks.one can only hope that Chevrolet and GMC can follow through..