New Chevrolet Silverado And GMC Sierra Slated To Offer Carbon Fiber Beds

General Motors mocked Ford for using aluminum beds in the F-150 and that struck many people as a surprise considering the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were expected to go the same route.

However, Autonews and The Wall Street Journal are reporting the upcoming trucks will instead use a mix of lightweight materials including aluminum and carbon fiber. Nothing is official but speculation suggests the trucks may use carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic which has company has been developing since 2011.

Little is known about the company’s plan but the WSJ says the mixed material bed will be offered within the next two years. The report also claims the bed would to limited to higher-end versions of the pickups which presumably means we could see it on the next GMC Sierra Denali. Over time, the beds could eventually become available on more mainstream models.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are expected to be unveiled shortly and this points to a debut at the North American International Auto Show. If that’s the case, the models will be shown alongside the 2019 Ram 1500 which is expected to be lighter and more efficient that its predecessor.

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  • lagunas3ca

    The price of replacing these carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic beds after a short time of heavy use will make up for GM’s combined sales dip of the Sierra and Silverado (-4% and -2.6% respectively).

  • Socarboy

    Boy I’ll bet Ford is ready to have a rebuttal commercial to the one Chevy did when Ford came out with their aluminum bed

    • Benjamin B.

      Those past commercials seem silly now

      • Chris Krajnik

        They really don’t. Carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics are lighter wight than aluminum and stronger than steel. Chevy’s commercials were about the aluminum bed floor, which punctures quite easily. And before people come bashing, telling me that all truck owners get bed liners, they don’t. More work trucks than I could count were the plain old painted beds, no liners. GM has used Aluminum in practical places in most of their vehicles for well over a decade. It’s not the Aluminum they were bashing, just the Aluminum floor.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Yeah, let’s see them drop 2000# of concrete blocks in/on the carbon fiber bed like they did the aluminum. Besides that…what moron is still working on a job site, dropping concrete block in the bed of a pickup truck from 5′ above it. GM is so full of crap with their commercials.

      http://gmauthority.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/2016-Chevy-Silverado-Vs-Ford-F150-Bed-Strength-720×340.jpeg

  • Benjamin B.

    Those past Chevrolet commercials seem silly now in restrospect.

  • Blackwater

    Carbon fiber is rigid, but brittle.

    You can thank the out of control Federal government for this nonsense. The push for greater fuel mileage is causing automakers to do silly things.

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