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I can't foresee too many scenarios where the split tailgate would prove worth the cost but do think it would have been better execution of design to have the two pieces or tailgate double hinged so they would get out of the way when using the feature. They just don't look to open far enough for a scenario where two guys are lifting something into the truck, there's not enough room between the two sections to have decent room to maneuver.
I'm looking forward to "subtly" replacing "gaudy" in the design process but fear I may be waiting a very long time... Isn't it time for one of the manufactures to come out with a retro look? Something well executed, though...NOT like the SSR!
I agree, this is a solution looking for a problem. The more new gee-whiz gimmicks they come up with the more overly complex they're making the pickup to bait people into spending ever more money. I'm starting to like Toyota's formula: never change anything and keep it reliable
I like the looks of the GMC better save for the chrome piece on the hood. If it were body colored instead I'd like the looks of the front much better. The chrome piece on the hood reminds me of an old lady that gets lipstick all over her upper lip. The only other thing I'm a bit concerned about is the sheer size of the mirrors. Between them and the A pillars I could envision a scenario slowly moving through an intersectrion where a pedestrian could be crossing the road and the driver never see them. Other than those two things, it'd be the GMC for me. I know the interior isn't as flashy as the new Ram's but having experienced electrical issues three Jeeps and a Dodge Ram but have never experienced those type of issues with any of the Chevys I've owned, I would buy the GMC over the Ram. Unless of course after driving both, the GMC drove much bigger than the Ram. Then I'd get the Ram Bighorn. The 3/4-tons are bordering on becoming too big (or I'm getting too old (mid-50's) - sad but true, no doubt). How much more one-up-manship can occur before it becomes overkill...or has it alreay reached that point...?!?
@TNTGMC "Now, correct me, but I thought you could get a Trailboss with a 6.2L? It just comes standard with a 5.3L in a Chevy, but an option, and a 6.2L is standard on the GMC? " I believe you can only get the 6.2L in the LTZ or High Country trim levels. Sad as that seems.
In the shot of the two together the 2500 makes the 1500 look like a midsize pickup. And that 1500 makes my 2002 Chevy 2500HD look like a midsize pickup!. It's going to be interesting to see one of these new 2500's out in the wild. I may have to park next to it and snap a picture to see just how small my 2500 looks compared to the new one. What a difference 17 years make in the auto industry...
The tiny pickup market could get crowed quickly with the Courier (or whatever they'll call it), the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Subaru bringing they're brat-like vehicle back. Maybe Chevy will bring an El Camino based on the new Trailblazer...
I hope there's going to be a trim level where the hood portion of the massive grill is body colored. A little subtlety and tad bit conservative would be my preference.
@redbloodedxy "It's amazing to see the magnitude of Ford's influence on the rest of the industry." Actually the F250 was changed drastically for the 1999 model year as a direct result of Dodge Ram game changing redesign that first appeared in 1994.
Why is soooo much character assassination being committed on this site...?!? It seems to happen with virtually every article posted. Does it make those of you doing it feel better about yourselves personally when you electronically knock someone down? Seriously...?? The comments offer less than ZERO value. I say "less than ZERO" because a) they have nothing to do with ANY topic, b) are a complete waste of time for those of us who generally like reading the articles and coherent comments and c) the comments actually devalue the site itself. I'm a firm believer in freedom of speech but am an equally firm believer in common sense and dignity. I suggest the next time you type up some snarky comments directed at someone you've never met and most likely never will that you step away from the keyboard for a few minutes then BEFORE posting read the comments as though someone wrote them about you.
Why must there be soooooooo much character assignation to the posted comments on almost every article every day? Those comments add absolutely no value to any topic. The idea that people feel the need to teardown complete strangers for their own enjoyment or to make them feel better about themselves is a sad thing indeed. "Social Media" should be referred to for what it truly is: "Anti-Social Media"
As an avid RV'er I'm looking forward to see what the motorhome manufactures will do with the medium duty crew cabs. Could be an interesting year in the Super C category.
Since the manufactures all like to one-up each other with max torque and payload numbers strictly for marketing purposes knowing full well VERY few truck owners ever haul or tow at those numbers, it would be nice to see some sort of torture test where the trucks are all tested towing and hauling at their max numbers for a week or so to see each performs and what level of confidence they instill in the drivers when under heavy load. Personally I think the Tacoma would give the driver a considerably more confident feel which I would take over MPG and 0-60 times. Disclaimer: I'm not tied to any one particular brand (I've owned a Datsun pickup, a Toyota pickup, two Dodges, two Fords and a Chevy).
Since the manufactures all like to one-up each other with max torque and payload numbers strictly for marketing purposes knowing full well VERY few truck owners ever haul or tow at those numbers, it would be nice to see some sort of torture test where the trucks are all tested towing and hauling at their max numbers for a week or so to see each performs and what level of confidence they instill in the drivers when under heavy load. Personally I think the Tacoma would give the driver a considerably more confident feel which I would take over MPG and 0-60 times. Disclaimer: I'm not tied to any one particular brand (I've owned a Datsun pickup, a Toyota pickup, two Dodges, two Fords and a Chevy).
According to this article the recall is for 900,000, not 410,000: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ford-truck-recall-f150-pickups-after-fires/
This one looks like it will be better looking than the Chevys. The High Country looked the better of the two but the "high country" must have been where the designers were when coming up with the new front ends. Don't care for the bed step. I understand it's very functional but it just looks tacky. Will look even more so with full length running boards/tubes. Personally I've grown tired of the high hoods and the windshields raked back so much for efficiency sake. I'm no doubt in the minority when I say I'd give up some efficiency and get more visibility out the windshield and with perhaps smaller A pillars.
The new front end is polarizing for sure. Will be interesting to see what the GMC front end will look like. I can't help thinking the big sales winner of this design will be RAM. I'll continue driving what [in my mind] is Chevy's last aesthetically pleasing design - 2002 Chevy 2500 HD
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