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Design Competition #4 - K5 Design Contest


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Well might as well post one of these, so let's start with this:

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Chevrolet K5 Blazer

This is the first chop I did. I tell you I had a hell of a time finding a decent Tahoe photo. This one isn't great but better than most and at a decent angle, unlike the terrible GM press photography.

Anyway, this is based on the Tahoe. Same wheelbase and overall length, so GM wouldn't have to invent in those bits. In fact only from the A-Pillar back to they need to spend the money. I don't think the Silverado translates well into a 2-door SUV, and to be honest I have always preferred the Tahoe's front end. This particular one is equipped with the Z71 off road package. Yes, I know it doesn't have the Z71 bumper, I couldn't find a subtitle donor photo. However what it does have is a lift, larger tires, and wheel flares. I happen to like black wheel flares with "bolts" in them, gives it a more rugged look, so that's what I went with.

Engines would be the same as found in the Tahoe.

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I have a question about that removable top, Z.

Can you describe its construction?

I'd say it'd most likely be very similar to the hardtop offered on the Wrangler. Most likely construction material would be fiberglass, but a high grade plastic is a possibility for weight savings. I supposed instead of having it bolted through the bedrails like the original, it'd clamp down or utilize some sort of rail system that could allow for aftermarket/accessory tops (tent, anyone?) to be easily mounted to it.

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I'd say it'd most likely be very similar to the hardtop offered on the Wrangler. Most likely construction material would be fiberglass, but a high grade plastic is a possibility for weight savings. I supposed instead of having it bolted through the bedrails like the original, it'd clamp down or utilize some sort of rail system that could allow for aftermarket/accessory tops (tent, anyone?) to be easily mounted to it.

Thanks for the feedback. In your redering the top appears to have a very interesting texture, that spurred my question.

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Well might as well post one of these, so let's start with this:

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Chevrolet K5 Blazer

This is the first chop I did. I tell you I had a hell of a time finding a decent Tahoe photo. This one isn't great but better than most and at a decent angle, unlike the terrible GM press photography.

Anyway, this is based on the Tahoe. Same wheelbase and overall length, so GM wouldn't have to invent in those bits. In fact only from the A-Pillar back to they need to spend the money. I don't think the Silverado translates well into a 2-door SUV, and to be honest I have always preferred the Tahoe's front end. This particular one is equipped with the Z71 off road package. Yes, I know it doesn't have the Z71 bumper, I couldn't find a subtitle donor photo. However what it does have is a lift, larger tires, and wheel flares. I happen to like black wheel flares with "bolts" in them, gives it a more rugged look, so that's what I went with.

Engines would be the same as found in the Tahoe.

Thanks for the details!

Interesting take on the "B" pillar.

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Well might as well post one of these, so let's start with this:

post-1757-0-53904400-1295234315.jpg

Chevrolet K5 Blazer

This is the first chop I did. I tell you I had a hell of a time finding a decent Tahoe photo. This one isn't great but better than most and at a decent angle, unlike the terrible GM press photography.

Anyway, this is based on the Tahoe. Same wheelbase and overall length, so GM wouldn't have to invent in those bits. In fact only from the A-Pillar back to they need to spend the money. I don't think the Silverado translates well into a 2-door SUV, and to be honest I have always preferred the Tahoe's front end. This particular one is equipped with the Z71 off road package. Yes, I know it doesn't have the Z71 bumper, I couldn't find a subtitle donor photo. However what it does have is a lift, larger tires, and wheel flares. I happen to like black wheel flares with "bolts" in them, gives it a more rugged look, so that's what I went with.

Engines would be the same as found in the Tahoe.

Great job! The only things I don't like are the JC Whitney bolt-on fender flares (not an insult to you), because the Tahoe is too classy of a truck for that kind of treatment, and the thin b-pillar (I don't associate thin pillars with BOF trucks). For the classy 2-door (3-door?) full-size SUV, the Tahoe is the right basis for this job; for the off-roading, butch-looking 2-door (3-door?) full-size SUV, I think the Silverado is the better basis (I'd buy that Tahoe though in a Heartbeat :) ) Again, great job DF and I agree with Camino - this just got more difficult to judge!!

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Didn't expect to finish it this quickly... Though I'd like to do another view to showcase certain design aspects. We'll see.

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Definitely a worthy challenger there BV. For some reason though I don't see this as full-size (maybe your intent), but rather Equinox-sized and built as the off-road version (2-door of course) to the more street-able 4-door Equinox. I love the look you went with though and this is a great entry.

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Great job! The only things I don't like are the JC Whitney bolt-on fender flares (not an insult to you), because the Tahoe is too classy of a truck for that kind of treatment, and the thin b-pillar (I don't associate thin pillars with BOF trucks). For the classy 2-door (3-door?) full-size SUV, the Tahoe is the right basis for this job; for the off-roading, butch-looking 2-door (3-door?) full-size SUV, I think the Silverado is the better basis (I'd buy that Tahoe though in a Heartbeat :) ) Again, great job DF and I agree with Camino - this just got more difficult to judge!!

I just don't care for the Silverado's disjointed looks. There's a chop from page one of it and that immediately turned it off to me. :P

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Didn't expect to finish it this quickly... Though I'd like to do another view to showcase certain design aspects. We'll see.

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Bella Hood Looking Good!

Here's the Chevy 'KFap' Blazer.

The watch is mine, losers.

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Fapper, Fapper, Fapper!

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Not full size but who says full sizers need to have all the fun?

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Based on the Colorado, I'd call it a TrailBlazer to separate it from it's full size Blazer sibling, and besides I like the name. It would be built off the extended Colorado's wheelbase. In a perfect world it would get updated powertrains including a 6-speed auto and a decent manual. I personally think the I5 sounds like a blender but its at least peppy so it could serve as a base engine with the V8 being the option/range topper.

One more to go. Saving my personal favorite for last...

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Not full size but who says full sizers need to have all the fun?

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Based on the Colorado, I'd call it a TrailBlazer to separate it from it's full size Blazer sibling, and besides I like the name. It would be built off the extended Colorado's wheelbase. In a perfect world it would get updated powertrains including a 6-speed auto and a decent manual. I personally think the I5 sounds like a blender but its at least peppy so it could serve as a base engine with the V8 being the option/range topper.

One more to go. Saving my personal favorite for last...

Great job man, and it looks like something the General coulda/shoulda/woulda offered.

Now a request - since they're badge-engineered anyway, can you put the GMC Canyon's face on it for me? :)

Glad to see a branching-out into other sizes.

...and my job gets even tougher.

Make it a voting poll, though I do agree that it would be very hard to choose the top 3 or 4 and in what order I would place them.

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