With the unveiling of their latest concept truck, the General gives us a hint of the future direction of truck design…
With 35mpg on the horizon, what did you expect?
With the Denali XT Concept, GM announced its intentions to explore unibody construction and hybrid technology applications as an answer for the need to bring to market trucks and sport utility vehicles with mileage figures closer to the federally mandated targets for 2020.
In fact, if you squint real hard, you can see the outlines of both the current Honda Ridgeline as well as the Toyota A-BAT Concept. The Denali XT features GM’s first application of its 2-Mode hybrid system with an E85 ethanol capable engine. Created by Holden Design in Australia, the “thunder from down under” features a 123.4” wheelbase. Sporting 23” wheels and rear wheel drive, GM promises a 50% increase in fuel economy over comparably powered gasoline-only trucks.
If this is the future, bring it on!