The long awaited Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full size four door models have finally arrived and were worth the wait. To complete the full range of engines they soon will have an Isuzu developed diesel option. It is the first large pickup with standard four-wheel disc brakes and ABS; welcome safety features for the modern family.
With a stiffened frame, new styling and extra attention paid to the cab interior, virtually only the brand name is carried over. GM has completely reworked the interior, especially the rear seats and controls.
At the center of Avalanche concept truck's unique cargo management system is the Convert-a-Cab(tm) System. In its standard configuration, Avalanche offers a roomy, comfortable five-passenger cab along with a cargo box measuring 5'3" long. When more cargo room is needed, the Midgate(tm) folds into the cab to create a 4' x 8' cargo area. While not officially announced, look for Avalanche in showrooms next year.
The interior reflects Chevrolet's relationship with The North Face, a company that specializes in sophisticated clothing and equipment for professional outdoor enthusiasts. Avalanche's rugged interior fabrics are even designed to stand up to abuse from muddy wet clothing. In a cue borrowed from the Corvette, Avalanche's rear window is removable to create open-air driving and helps it accommodate cargo such as a quad-wheeler or motorcycle.
TOYOTA TACOMA DOUBLE CAB
Toyota is known for its off-road prowess and this Tacoma offers eleven inches of ground clearance, and a 61-inch cargo bed. Its four doors open to spacious front and rear seating and a 60/40 fold-down rear bench.
Toyota small pickups have always been a favorite among young people. The Tacoma Double Cab will appeal to singles and couples with active lifestyles, and many young families will be drawn to its hybrid utility, versatility and aggressive image. The Double Cab will serve as the perfect alternative to a minivan or SUV for on the go families with energetic plans for fun and projects.
DODGE DAKOTA QUAD CAB
The Dakota is truly a "tweener," fitting between full size trucks and compacts, and the addition of the Quad Cab with four real doors makes it a great substitute for SUVs. It is alone in this segment offering a V8 and there are two options. With a V8 it can tow up to 6400 lb. Dakota uses the aluminum 4.7 liter V8 introduced in the Grand Cherokee to complement the heavy duty 5.9.