• Feb 6th 2008 at 4:06PM
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Update: Video of the live GMC Denali XT reveal is available
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GM designer Brian Nesbitt publicly unveiled the GMC Denali XT concept today at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show. The Denali is the first U.S. example of the "Ute" car-based pickup that's built on the rear-wheel-drive Zeta platform. In this case, the Denali is a four-door pickup using the same rear-wheel-drive architecture as the Holden Commodore/Pontiac G8. It was even designed down under at GM's Australian design studios. Unlike the RWD sedans with which it shares a platform, the Denali has the first example of a flex-fuel engine combined with GM's two-mode hybrid system. The flex-fuel V8 is 4.9L in displacement and has direct fuel injection to maximize both power and fuel economy. According to GM, it expects the powertrain to produce 325 hp and have a 50% boost in fuel efficiency compared to a conventional V8. So far there is no indication of whether on not GMC will offer a production version of the Denali XT, but the powertrain will almost certainly appear in future GM products.





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      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is everybody so pissed off today? You'd think Hillary already won or something..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome, I was just thinking that GM really needs to add more trucks to it's line-up. They only market 41 truck/CUV/SUV's now so bumping that up to 42 should really give them a boost. As gas hits $4/gal and CAFE rises to 35mpg people will be looking to dump their small, efficient cars and buy 15mpg trucks like this instead. Bravo GM.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Polly Pants: I don't think you understand the finer details of the CAFE system.
        • 7 Years Ago
        READ: "50% increase in fuel economy over a average mid-size truck"

        That means if the average mid-size truck gets 16mpg city and 20 highway, this will get 24 and 30.

        Maybe you should read the article before posting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      are we going to get a Buick, Saturn, Chevy, and Cadillac version as well? or perhaps a Pontiacn or Saab variant
      • 7 Years Ago
      Absolutely horrendous. Why would they want to taint GMC's brand image with this thing?

      As someone who is a fan of El Camino-style coupe utilities and Holdens I had much higher expectations for this concept.

      It lacks the classic aggressive style of the El Camino SS muscle cars and the smooth sophistication of Holden's recent Utes.

      With a V8 under the hood it isn't going to save anyone any fuel over a V8 truck either and it has less capability and probably drives and handles much worse than a car.

      The appeal of El Caminos and Utes is that they ARE cars that retain thier car looks as wlel as their car fuel consumption and driving dynamics.

      I don't see that in the XT concept. I just see a truck beaten with an ugly stick.

      GM would be better off making a real Impala SS out of the Zeta structure for Chevrolet than building this truck, that crossover, this SUV-thing and endless amounts of the same gas-guzzling truckish crap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great Design!

      Just bring over the Pontiac- Holden Ute with it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      >>> Not bad. It also reminds me a lot of the Dodge Rampage concept truck that was shown at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show.

      Check out Autoblog's link: http://www.autoblog.com/2006/02/08/chicago-auto-show-dodge-debuts-rampage-truck-concept/
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like it, maybe I'm just being contrarian but its got more heft and purpose than the australian utes that look cobbled together. Those never really gel into a unique vehicle, more like someone took a sedan and did a backyard hack job and then cleaned it up a little.

      I'll take this all day long.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Denali XT is easily one of my favorite concept trucks of the past decade. There are a number of updates that would have to be made to turn this concept into a production vehicle but aside from raising the roof, adding a rear bumper, and swapping the 23" rims for 20" rims, this vehicle looks like nothing else on the road today.

      I could see why some folks don't like the design, but frankly, that's one of the reasons I love it. For me, it has the same general feel as Ford's Interceptor concept sedan and breathes new life into "American" design.

      Let Pontiac bring over Holden's 2-door Ute as the G8 ST but GM also needs to offer this Denali XT as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I prefer the styling of the Holden to this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will US automakers ever make a truck with rounded fenders?! Why would you square them off when tires are round? I never understood that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford Ranger: round wheel wells.
        Ford F150: round wheel wells.
        Ford SuperDuty: round wheel wells.
        Dodge Ram: round wheel wells.
          • 7 Years Ago
          You've only named 4 vehicles for a list in the teens at least.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find this "green" application funny since they have about 40 cow hides in the interior... I guess being green doesn't mean you are a vegetarian... :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like the dream an American car designer were to have if they took 10 hits of acid and 10 unisom...and had a 'bad trip'. Seriously, that thing is fugly.
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