The newest generation of GM trucks have barely hit the showrooms, buttalk of the next generation trucks getting a major weight reduction is already surfacing.
According to Automtive News, GM is planning on lightening the next gen pickups when they debut in 2019. Like Ford, aluminum is expected to play a key role, but Ford’s aluminum bodies F-150 will debut a full 5 years before GM’s trucks go to fat camp.
AN cites a supplier source claiming that a lightweight version of the Silverado will debut in late 2014, but it will apparently still tip the scales at over 4,000 lbs.
The massive drive to reduce weight and improve fuel economy is a result of looming deadlines for CAFE compliance, which will require dramatic increases in fuel economy for pickups.