Chevrolet Cheyenne Concept
By: Michael LevinePosted:
© 2003 PickupTruck.com
At GM's first
press conference the wraps came off the Chevrolet Cheyenne concept pickup.
Ed Welburn, GM's Brand Design Center executive director calls the Cheyenne
a "huge, healthy boost for Chevy trucks. It's a look at what the
next full size pickup can be."
builds on Chevrolet's rich history in pickups to create what exterior
designer Jeff Angeleri also hopes, "will influence the direction
of the next full-size Chevrolet tremendously. It's an appearance that's
tough without being overt."
on the Cheyenne for the past 18 months, Angeleri and the rest of the team
responsible for the concept created a "heritage wall" in their
design studio that captured images from some of the most stylish of past
Chevy trucks for inspiration. These trucks included the 1955 Cameo, 1972
C10 Cheyenne and 1988 C/K Silverado because each of those trucks shared
a "common design vocabulary that was pure in form and purpose."
Chevrolet buyers we wanted to show that the Cheyenne was a true truck
and could also be an aspirational vehicle for younger buyers," Angeleri
To that end
the Cheyenne features many innovations not currently found in production
pickups, especially around the cargo box area.
The bed is
accessible from the outside through two side-access doors located just
behind the cab and a dual-folding tailgate opens two ways - horizontally
split in half or traditionally folded down.
bed are multiple storage bins that roll out from the sides and are integrated
into the bed's floor. The floor is only 28-inches off the ground, compared
to 32-inches on the current Silverado 4x2, aiding the placement of heavy
materials into the box. It's even more amazing when you consider the Cheyenne
wears 22-inch wheels while the Silverado has only 16s.
of the Cheyenne is thoroughly refined. It's clean, elegant and luxurious
retro styling neatly blends saddle leather covered surfaces with touches
of polished aluminum in the instrument panel, steering wheel and doors.
Berber carpet covers the floor.
seats are staggered higher than the front seats, stadium style. And even
though the rear roof line has a sharp rake towards the bed the Cheyenne
offers more interior room than today's Silverado crew cab. Small airplane
style trays fold down from the backs of the front seats to offer rear
passengers a small working surface and embedded seatback dials to control
a DVD-based entertainment system.
Cheyenne's front-hinged clamshell hood sits a supercharged 6.0-liter V8
engine that produces 500hp and 580lb-ft. Its surfaces have been polished
to a mirror-like sheen and a mammoth carbon fiber air intake dominates
the right and front of the compartment to force air into the supercharger.
remains body-on-frame in design and construction like today's Silverado,
the chassis the Cheyenne sits on is anything but conventional. It's formed
from extruded aluminum.
So is the
Cheyenne the next generation full-size truck from Chevrolet? Angeleri
also left us with this item of information to speculate with. Normally
the heritage wall comes down after a concept has been created and shown
to the public but in the case of the Cheyenne Chevrolet has decided to
keep it up.