GMC Terradyne Concept Work Truck

GMC will take the wraps off of the Terradyne "Work Truck" concept pickup in January in Detroit at the 2000 North American International Auto Show.

The five-passenger, full-size MegaCab/Short Box pickup has a commanding, dramatic presence befitting its name; "terra" is Latin for "of the earth" and "dyne" is Greek for "strength and power." The "billet cut" styling provides clean, beveled forms with precise lines around strong, solid volumes.

The cab contains reconfigurable rear seats, storage bins, overhead console, electronic analog

gauges, steering wheel controls, 110V electrical outlets, and a mobile office with a console-mounted laptop. Remote electronic sources eliminate the need for a traditional radio. Premium industrial-grade materials suitable for heavy use but comfortable for the user make up the interior. The uncarpeted floor has spray-out capability. Four innovative gliding doors eliminate traditional crew cab "B" pillar obstruction and extended cab pickup door "parking lot trap." A door-activated, power-assist step eases entry and exit. The Terradyne will be positioned as strictly for work related purposes and lack any of the leather and cup holders found in today's pickups. Owners should be able to hose it out after a hard day's work.

The cargo box can be extended from 6 ½ feet to 8 feet with its extending cargo box. Tools or lifestyle cargo such as hunting and fishing gear or home improvement equipment can be easily stored in the Side Storage System integrated into the outer rear side panels. A rear video monitoring system eliminates the traditional rearview blind zone and, with a power-extendable rearview mirror, enhances visibility when hitching or towing a trailer. A front winch and a platform trailer hitch add to the versatility. The piece de resistance is the 5000 watt on-board, engine-driven AuraGen generator, which provides "Power on the Go" TM. "There’s enough power to operate an entire house using the 110 and 220 outlets in the tailgate area," said GMC Design Manager Carl Zipfel.

The style of the Terradyne will point towards the direction GMC hopes to take in the future.