If it’s a combination of performance and utility that you’re after, then the ute body style could be the choice for you, offering a coupe cabin mated with a pickup-style rear bed. Unfortunately, the ute body style is something you’d typically find in Australia or New Zealand, and not the U.S. Nevertheless, we can’t help but stare at this performance ute concept sketch, which, to our eyes, is giving us some heavy Chevy Camaro vibes.
Recently posted to the official GM Design Instagram feed (@generalmotorsdesign), the concept sketch was created GM Lead Exterior Designer Brian Malczewski, who reposted the sketch and commented that he had to go “back into the archives for this one.”
“Looks like some kind of Chevy muscle truck sketch from 2015,” Malczewski writes.
The overall look definitely appears to be related to sixth-generation Chevy Camaro, which first hit the scene for the 2016 model year. Although the concept image only shows the side view, what little we can see of the front end provides a familiar design, with aggressive lighting leading into a forward-leaning nose section. The lines lead back into an indented profile section and highly raked windshield plus greenhouse combo.
As the eye trails back along the shoulder line, we find the B-pillar dropping suddenly into a flat rear bed section. Bulging rear fenders enhance the overall girth of the tail, while the rear lighting wraps around into the rear fenders with slim, horizontally oriented housings. The wheels present the typical plus-sized concept layout with only a smear of rubber around the periphery.
To our eyes, it looks like a Chevy Camaro ute concept, which is something that some fans would undoubtedly find very appealing indeed.
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Interestingly, the last ute that GM planned to launch in the U.S. was a vehicle known as the Pontiac G8 ST, or Sport Truck, which was shown at the New York International Auto Show in March of 2008. Originally slated to become GM’s first coupe utility in the U.S. since the discontinuation of the Chevy El Camino in 1987, budget cuts resulted in the eventual cancellation of the Pontiac G8 ST.
Now, with the sixth-gen Chevy Camaro sunsetting after the 2024 model year, the question is what the nameplate may be used for next. We know what we would like to see.