Detroit-Chevrolet engineers say that the Avalanche, which was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January, is neither a pickup nor an SUV. Although it has four big doors and comfortably seats six passengers, it can haul 4 X 8 ft sheets of plywood or drywall. The key: the Convert-A-Cab concept, which works like a trunk pass-through.
Convert-A-Cab enables users to reconfigure the vehicle, stretching its bed from 5 ft, 3 inch to 8 ft long. The vehicle, to be introduced to the public in 2001, is also expected to make heavy use of composites.