GM cancels plans for unibody mid-sized pickup truck

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

General Motors had plans for a new unibody mid-sized pickup truck but after figuring out that it wouldn't be much more fuel-efficient than current body-on-frame designs, it has canceled these plans. At the Chicago Auto Show in early 2008, GM revealed the GMC Denali XT concept.

The truck was based on the Zeta rear wheel drive platform used for the Pontiac G8 but unlike the star-crossed G8 ST that was never made into a production car, the planned production truck would have been derived front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive Epsilon II architecture like Honda's Ridgeline. 

GM vice-chairman Tom Stephens said that the unibody design would not prove to boost the fuel economy much and that would have meant losing the interest of the potential buyers.

And GM certainly wants to avoid producing a car that is less profitable. Incidentally, the current four-wheel drive Chevrolet Silverado pickup has an EPA rating of 14/20 mpg while the all-wheel drive Ridgeline only gets 15/20 mpg. There seems to be a trend here.

As a mid-sized truck, the unibody would have likely replaced the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon. At the moment, it is unclear how GM will proceed in handling these products from now on.

If you liked the article, share on:

Topics: gm, pickup truck

Comments

Recommended

November 17 is considered a very special day for Tesla, as this is the day that they revealed the highly anticipated Tesla Semi. But Elon Musk did not think the...
by - November 17, 2017
More details have emerged about the new sixth generation of the BMW M3 just as the German premium practically announced the end of the current-gen 3 Series with the unveiling...
by - November 17, 2017
All is set for Volkswagen’s plans to enter the electric vehicle game, as prompted by the so-called Dieselgate scandal. In fact, the German carmaker has already made a commitment to...
by - November 17, 2017
As BMW has already revealed, the next generation of the BMW M5 (F90) is a four-wheel drive high-performance sedan with overwhelming power output and torque at its disposal. However, it...
by - November 17, 2017
McLaren unveiled a one-off Gold - on - Black 720S at the 2017 Dubai Motor Show which will be on display throughout the entire stretch of this week’s event. The...
by - November 16, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries