GMC Says They’re Ready to Fight Ford…with a Tailgate?!?

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A good truck is about much more than fancy gizmos and pointless tech. Too bad nobody told GMC that.

Sometimes you just have to sit back and wonder if GMC has given up on trucks. Look, we get it, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck for decades, and it’s hard to overthrow the king. But is General Motors even trying anymore? GMC has a brand new version of the Sierra coming for 2019, and they decided the best way to try and dethrone the F-150 is…a tailgate that folds six ways.

There are no redesigned engines to push horsepower and towing capacity. There is no talk of advanced alloys to decrease weight while improving performance. Instead of actually trying to make a better truck, GMC made a more complicated tailgate. We guess if you can’t beat them, confuse them?

Yes, we are being serious. Just watch the video. It’s 45 seconds of “new style” followed by another 45 seconds of  “Yo, our tailgate though! And then they end the video with the tagline “Live like a pro.” We don’t know any professional in need of a truck who cares more about tailgate design than capability, power, or fuel economy.

 

Our favorite comments cover how real trucks used to have 8-foot beds so you didn’t need fancy tailgate-folding to make a sheet of plywood fit.

 

We’re not the only one who feels this way either. Just one look through the comments on the YouTube video and you are beaten in the face with jeers from the Internet crowd. There are soft comments like, “That tailgate is totally useless.” But there are some that get more personal, like “A power tailgate, WOW!!! Finally makes it easier to load up your purse.” Keep digging in deeper and you’ll find comment after comment about how the new truck looks like a Ridgeline, and more than a few people placing bets on how fast that fancy new tailgate breaks.

Personally though, our favorite comments cover how real trucks used to have 8-foot beds so you didn’t need fancy tailgate-folding to make a sheet of plywood fit.

To save you some of the effort of digging through all those comments on your own, we collected screenshots of some of our favorites below.





Of course, please feel free to chime in over in the forums. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Tell us why you think GM blew thousands and thousands of research dollars creating something this pointless and complicated.

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Christian Moe contributes to many of Internet Brands' Auto blogs, including Corvette Forum, Club Lexus and Rennlist, among other auto sites.

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