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A four-door version of Holden's El Camino-like Ute pickup is headed for the New York Auto Show in April, according GM's Bob Lutz. There's just one catch — it will be branded as a GMC and feature truck-like styling.

"We will have a ute concept at the NY show, but that is going to be badged GMC," Lutz told Australia's GoAuto. "That is a global design study — and a very interesting study in that it is a GMC tough-looking four-door ute."

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/gmc-badged-four-door-holden-ute-concept-coming-to-ny-auto-show.html

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Can't wait for pics of this. Though I guess I should be careful about my expectations, since the G8 isn't exactly better-looking than the Commodore...

Ah well - so long as they bring the car, one can always order other body kits, right?
 

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maybe this is a move to try to get people who never tow with a truck, but want a truck. Hell, I know hundreds of people who never even used a ball hitch on there truck or loaded anything over 500lbs; this would be perfect. But I doubt it will be easy. My guess, it will be like SUVs to CUVs except for trucks.
 

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I think we will see a lot more of these type cars because they are considered trucks even if they are on a car frame SUVs and CUVs will probley all increase in numbers to try to offset the larger trucks CAFE rating.
 

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The UTEs are on a modified car frame. The Zeta frame is already rather robust, but they made it MORE robust to be able to fill the role of a light truck. That 'car-based' UTE has better hauling numbers than my S-10, which is actually a 'light-truck'.

And these are RWD, unlike most of the crossovers, which are FWDs.



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I'm sorry, that is just not a pretty car... truck.... thing. It just makes me think of the Aztec. Functional but ugly. OR that Subaru thing they had a few years ago. Half car/half truck all weird.
 

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If it's a 4 door, it's not going to have a full size bed, like in that chop. That's almost limousine length.
 

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Here is a 2 door GMC chop:


The bed would probley be more like this:
 

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For some reason I think a real door version would have suicide door like on Rx-8s with a Avalanche sized truck bed (to maintain functionality and short wheelbase for a vehicle in this niche). Basically a 4 seater, instead of a 5 seater.
 

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I actually like this idea. If it ever happens, although I won't hold my breath, I'd bet GMC could sell a lot of them. Hopefully it would have the right engine in it to blow the doors off the other trucks on the market!
 

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well if you ask me it's a modern version of an el camino no matter what badge you place it on
 

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Exactly brandon.

And jinx, the real 4 door will probably have the setup of the old Crewman, which is 4 full doors, no suicide doors.
Any thing is game. Its new VE vehicle, anything is possible. Its just seems to me that minimizing wheelbase and still have mild utility; a suicide door approach would work. For all we know they may have both, but I doubt it. They prolly will have real 4 doors fro some reason but like mentioned earlier it looks too long. You know just as much as we do on the Ute. No one has crystalball.
 

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guys who can photoshop..hows this..give it fender like flares and the Arcadia front end..trust me ;)
 

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You know that face babies make when they eat strained carrots or pureed prunes? That's the face I make when I see this.

It looks like it got confused on the way out of the factory. Sort of like grabbing your wife's underwear and not realizing it until you're out the door.
 

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Well, at least it's not going to be a Pontiac, like it was originally thought to be.
 
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