A few weeks ago, we presented an exclusive rendering to show Chevrolet’s next big launch. Now, a report from bloomberg.com indicates that the Chevrolet BET electric pickup truck will have its world debut at CES 2021.
The report suggests that the Chevrolet BET electric pickup truck would see a digital showcase as part of GM CEO Mary Barra’s CES 2021 keynote on January 12. Mark Reuss, President of GM, will talk about the company’s EV strategy at the first-ever all-digital Consumer Electronics Show. The Chevrolet electric pickup truck previewed next month could be a near-production vehicle, with the road-ready version making first appearance closer to the market launch in 2022.
In addition to the Electric Hummer SUV, General Motors had placed what seemed like a full-size clay model of the Chevrolet BET electric pickup truck in the studio of the Barclays 2020 Global Automotive Conference last month. The company which is spending USD 27 billion by 2025 on EVs, provided a glimpse of its upcoming electric pickup truck with the Golden Bowtie badge during the corporate presentation that had future GM models play a game of hide and seek with viewers.
The Chevrolet BET electric pickup truck looks like a near-production design prototype. In the design aspect, it sticks to the traditional pickup proportions, but we spot several new-age design cues. At the front, it features a high-mounted hood with power domes and a rectangular concave enclosed upper grille. Like the Blazer and Trailblazer, the BET Truck would feature split headlamps for that little extra drama. We’ve tried capturing this aspect of the prototype’s design in our render and transitioning it to production.
On the sides, the Chevrolet BET Truck has squarish wheel arches, an angular trough on the front door skin right behind the wheel arches, a sharply designed boxy greenhouse and a sport bar behind the C-pillar. The interior could similarly carry a mix of a traditional layout and modern elements. Expect the cabin to be highly digital, though, with an intuitive virtual instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system with 5G connectivity.
Technical details are unavailable at the moment, but GM is expecting customers to have no range anxiety. “Chevrolet BET Truck, which will be the brand’s first electric full-size pickup, offering 400+ miles of range on a single charge,” GM had said in its 2019 Sustainability Report. It could be planning to offer the biggest of Ultium battery packs with an energy storage capacity of 200 kWh in the top-spec configuration of its mass-market pickup.
GM teasing the BET Truck indicates that a media unveil is planned in the coming months. The company could launch the electric vehicle a year after, around the time when arch rival Ford F150 electric is programed to go on sale. Competition will also come from the Rivian R1T, which will enter production in June 2021.