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What features & options do you want to see on the new 2014 full-size trucks?

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There's a lot of news floating around on the Internet the past two months about the upcoming 2014 GM full-size pickups and SUVs. GM is being very tight-lipped on these new offerings, having just shown them to dealership owners in Las Vegas and Milford. With such secrecy, there are lots of rumors and opinions on what these new trucks will look like, what options and features they will have, and will they truly be game changers in the truck marketplace.

So I ask you to share with us what features and options you would like to see the new full-size offerings have. Doesn't matter if you're into trucks or not, at some point all of us either drive one or ride in one.

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- I'm hoping the new styling allows for two-tone paint options again. This was a feature of GM trucks up until 2006 (2007 Classic models to my knowledge were monotone only; SUVs lost two-tone after 2001).

- Hopefully the in-bed LED lighting makes it to the option list, as last seen on the 2011 GMC Sierra All Terrain HD Concept. Roof mounted cargo lamps are good, but usually don't illuminate the entire bed (put a tonneau cover on and forget about the cargo lamp).

- Along with the lighting I'm hoping bedside storage bins finally make their appearance, especially since the Avalanche/Escalade EXT is gone. RAM 1500 & the Nissan Titan can't be the only trucks with useful bed storage options.

- I hope the option list opens up regardless of the trim style or cab configuration selected. If I want a mid-level GMC Sierra with a power driver's seat, I should be able to select that option (2013 models I can't get it, but can get Bluetooth for my cell phone!). If a buyer wants a base model with some nice features (outside of packaged equipment groups), then they should be able to select them. Why should GM limit its profit potential?

- Give Chevrolet truck models their "upscale" package. Actually, make it two - western-themed for those that want it, and urban-themed for those not into the whole cowboy thing. GMC should do the same; keep Denali (urban) and add an outdoors-type of theme (different than the western theming for Chevy). Actually, GMC should capitalize on the "All Terrain" theme they established with the Sierra. Instead of cowboy like on the Chevy, go after the off-roading enthusiasts. Think more "Hummer" than "rodeo".

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I don't really care what options they offer above what we have now, but no more silly option packages in which unrelated options are grouped together!

In fact, I'd be much happier with no option packages at all - just line-item options so you can build what you want.

I'd love this on any automobile, but it is far more critical on a truck.

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The line by line option is a thing of the past. Too expensive to built and too hard for dealers to sell if they end up with a lot of odd optioned cars on the lots.

I remember when you could do this and wished they could do it again but I expect we will never see that in any regular production cars.

The one truck option I would like to see is better bed storage like they have in the Dodge and Toyota. There is wasted space in the lower quarters and bed sides that could be put to good use.

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A height adjustable suspension option would be good...get down close to the ground when parked for ease of entry/exit and loading/unloading, as well as for high speed driving for better aerodynamics...

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I would like to see a lightweight RWD Silverado SS using the LS7 with DI and a 6 speed manual trans! With something like 550HP using Direct Injection and starting out in base work truck trim this could be a wonderful return of the sport truck for Chevrolet!

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The line by line option is a thing of the past. Too expensive to built and too hard for dealers to sell if they end up with a lot of odd optioned cars on the lots.

I remember when you could do this and wished they could do it again but I expect we will never see that in any regular production cars.

I've been hearing this for years, and I think it's a lame excuse - the way I see it, they are missing a marketing opportunity. But putting that aside, the line-item option has always been there on trucks to at least a certain degree. Given the nature of trucks that they are used in so many different ways, it's a necessity. Limiting that flexibility on trucks would be quite stupid. As for option packages, if we can't kill them they should at least make sense. Back when I was looking at Avalanches, it was those inane groupings of options that decided me against buying one. You couldn't get a locking rear diff. without ordering a huge (and expensive) option package full of creature comforts - and that just makes no sense.

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Ordering packages rather than line items for each option is more efficient from a factory perspective. It costs a lot more to do that than pursue options packages. If nobody went to the dealer and bought from existing dealer inventory, then your idea is more viable. Of course, state franchise laws may make that impossible (especially when culling dealers).

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I never understood why we haven't moved toward factory orders anyway, the dealers still gamble when they order and the customers still accept whats on the lot - makes no sense to me. I've almost always ordered my new cars and trucks. By the time I hit the dealership I can just hand them a list of codes.

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Setllemire pointed out one time confirming what we already knew. Case in point, Scott showed us that the F body went to standard power windows in all cars as it is cheaper and more profitable to make them all that way,

Second most people would not wait the 4-8 weeks to order a vehicle in this instant gratification society. I see enough people bitching because they are a week over on their order and would cancel the order if they could.

Third the more options you load in the easier it is to sell and more profitable the vehicle is.

Finally dealers would complain if they got stuck with odd optioned vehicles they can't unload and would ask for help from GM to unload them.

Like many things times have changed and auto buyers have changed.

GM has tried to counter with options like the work trucks and other packages that decontent trucks to make them cheaper or have options companies and construction workers would look for.

Ford also limits the option choice but they offer about 10,000 model combo packages and the like GM will do limited run vehicles. I once saw a F250 that had a special package for Lumber Cutting companies out west. The guys brother ordered one for him here in Ohio. It had every kind of skid plate and off road item you could think of. It also had special tires and it was factory lifted. But the company also bought God knows how many to get the deal.

Like most things anymore packages are much more profitable and easier to deal with all the way around. For the most part the public has no issues with it as long as they can find pretty much what they want on the lot or dealer trade for it.

4 of my last three cars were dealer trades and it only took a day to get them. I got what I wanted and never had any issues with missing a option I wanted.

In the past and the lack of computers finding the right car was a major issue but today it is easy. I found my HHR SS and my Terrain myself at home before the dealer and knew they could get what I wanted easy.

Besides if someone for some unknown reason wants a power passenger seat what better way to get them to pay a little more and take the LTZ package. Always leave them wanting to pay more.

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I "built" every new truck I've ever had - and wouldn't do it any other way.

Spending that kind of money, I want what I want and nothing less will do.

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I much prefer factory-ordering a vehicle, and I've done it several times. I think my next one will have to be ordered so I don't overspend.

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I have to wait a while to make sure I'm secure at this new job, but I think it is going to be a truck.

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I always expect to order but always find what I want in a dealer trade. I have never had to leave off one option.

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Theres a very tangible reason why the domestic truck lines have such a superior appeal, and its configurability & appealing to the consumer. Option packages favor the factories over the consumer. I'd settle for just a move toward more line-option choices rather than a full menu. Its not an optimal balance as it is now.

RE Roger's suggestions- better bed lighting would be great, including a switch in the rear for the cargo light. More than a 10-min interval would be good, too. What is the LED proposal? I'd like to see repeater cargo lights in the tailgate jamb, aimed inboard- they could easily be incorporated with the tails. Something along the bed rails would be tricky to protect from damage.

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What is the LED proposal?

2011GMCSierraAT004.jpg

See the white "line" at the bulkhead and on both sides of the inside pickup box? Those are white LEDs that light up the cargo bed. Works great, from what I saw of it at the 2011 NYIAS. Plus if you had a tonneau cover in place, it still works great compared to a roof-mounted cargo lamp.

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I am not a fan of plastic bedliners nor the rough-looking, painted liners. I prefer the body-colored metal bed to either of those "options", though I know it's hard to keep a painted metal bed looking nice if you actually use the interior of the bed. In this case I would suggest a composite bed/bed floor would be a nice feature (such as the picture above shows). For weight reduction I'm thinking GM may be offering this option once again.

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I really like the idea and the looks of it in the pic, but I do wonder about durability.

Still, the roof-mounted cargo lights are mostly useless.

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If they can make lights that hold up on the floor of a theater or air plane this is not an issue.

Besides most trucks are not used as trucks anymore.

The only real issue I worry about with the new truck is for the gas to spike at into again like the last time and hurt the roll out.

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The only real issue I worry about with the new truck is for the gas to spike at into again like the last time and hurt the roll out.

That's when they roll out the Eco model w/ a 1.4L engine...

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gas is already spiked.

I remember that LED concept feature now- interesting; should work.

The 'plastic bedliner vs. composite (plastic) bed' seems a mite minor AFA the bed interior goes. How about a composite liner? :P

I still have a number of tailgate work surface ideas I'd like to see.

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The only real issue I worry about with the new truck is for the gas to spike at into again like the last time and hurt the roll out.

That's when they roll out the Eco model w/ a 1.4L engine...

Might in a Colorado but not going to happen in the full size as you will get a new 4.3 with 10% more MPG and 50% more power. Or at least that is what some claim.

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gas is already spiked.

I remember that LED concept feature now- interesting; should work.

The 'plastic bedliner vs. composite (plastic) bed' seems a mite minor AFA the bed interior goes. How about a composite liner? :P

I still have a number of tailgate work surface ideas I'd like to see.

Gas has not spiked as you have not seen anything yet. With what is going on in the MIddle East and the drop in our standing over there we are heading for a world of hurt. The Global Oil Economy will bite us in the ass even if we do not use any of their oil.

To do this right they need to figure out a composite bed that works for the Half ton line to lose the weight and have no need for liners etc.

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Gas has not spiked as you have not seen anything yet.

Really, do tell. Where & when do you see gas prices spiking to in the future, Oh seer?

Diesel is still about 75% of it's historical high that I've paid, that's close enough to 'spiked' IMO.

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Again: substituting structural steel for backup cameras is the WRONG direction to work toward.

Half-tons still need to hold up to long-term use above & beyond their spec- thats a key component to how they've earned the loyalty they enjoy.

As soon as they become 'powder puff' trucks, there's another domestic segment lost.

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