Originally Posted by JamieGeek
Yeah; hasn't been discussed on here yet but I've already seen about a half dozen articles about it (all seem to be regurgitating GM's press release about it).
The cool thing is, if the graphic is what the vehicle will look like, its already got a Class A front sort of
To me it looks similar in size to compact Class As common in Europe, Asia, and Australia, although itís difficult to tell just how wide it is from a picture. It probably is wider than a standard single-rear-wheel van like Mercedes Sprinter or Ford Transit (which are 80 inches wide) because it has marker lights front and rear. Iíd guess it ďmayĒ be 7-feet wide since thatís a common width for walk-in vehicles of this type.
Itís obviously only a prototype, yet itís fun evaluating pictures which reveal design details. To me the van looks like it has 16-inch tires, so probably limited to around 10,000 pound GVWR. Could be higher if new tires with higher load rating are manufactured (itís about time they do).
The rear view shows load floor should be around 24 inches high. That would make a motorhome about 9-feet tall possible, and under 10 feet likely.
Looking at closeup of rear I canít see a normal truck differential, so itís either FWD or more likely uses a more advanced rear suspension. I expect it should be independent on all four corners.
Closeup of rear also shows GM designed a slight fairing into rear cap; likely to reduce aerodynamic drag somewhat ó although still a box for the most part.
If it could do 170 miles at moderate highway speeds, and charge 170 MPH, it would have some potential as a camper.
Personally, for the time being Iíd prefer Thor build a baby Axis about that size; built on gasoline E-Series.