Chevy's competitor for the Ford F-150 King Ranch
The upgrades to the 2014 half-tons would make for a decent mid-cycle refresh.
GM's other big Detroit show reveal is its new Texas Cadillacs.
What's the deal with an off center steering wheel in the four wheel drive models ?
what's wrong with GM? they made the truck even boxier which can't help in the MPG arena.
I've owned a lot of trucks over the years via my business. They range from the large 1500 Van to the 4 dr. P.U. (Incl. the S10) . And many w/ the 4.3. Glade to see an upgrade to the V6 design...But, my issues weren't w/ power but rather oil leaks. 75% of every one I owned leaked and required an engine pull. I hope this feature has been remedied! Second, GM shocks on their trucks...SUCK! and require replacement early on with Bilstein that is unless you settle for anti-motion sickness medication. Third, they missed an opportunity to offer some segment "Ground Breaking" aerodynamic tuning. I mean really....P.U. trucks are like pushing a brick thru the air, and at 70 MPH + your on board fuel meter will begin it's downward dance with every MPH increase. In Texas alone we could almost solve fuel shortages with improvement in driving style and better engine/aero performance at high speed.
Nice low front bumper (try to mount a plow on it!) but, these headlights are still a death sentence for drivers of low cars. Most people's sight line is at or below these headlights! If everyone could afford an SUV or pickup truck wouldn't be a problem. Otherwise this is another flawed design! You've got to take other drivers into consideration when you design these UTILITY vehicles! Most (if not all) European buses and rigs are safer for other cars on the road than this killer!
A few observations--
1) Your coverage makes it sound like you have never followed the truck business much. GM's been on a "7-8 year" refresh cycle for the GMT series trucks since the Eisenhower administration. These trucks are not "late" by any stretch of the imagination. The prior generations, two series back, were introduced (after the '97 Corvette and the '98 F-bodies) as '99s with transition engineering into the 2000 model year. The last generation came in during 2007. So, this generation is pretty much right on time.
2) You claim that GM's using the 6T80/90 series of transmissions?!? You do realize that the 6T designation would be for a front-drive, transverse engine configuration, correct?
3) You gloss over the fact that most of the innovation (like the F-series) is under the hood this time around. The direct injection engines help economy a lot and, frankly, with such broad torque curves on the powerplant the difference in performance between a 6 speed auto and an 8-speed is negligible. Having driven both, the "hunting" common in 8-speeds is actually pretty disracting.
Another fifty billion dollar yawn. With so many old ones left, where the hell will dealers park the new ones?
"No gamechanger" pretty much nails it.