Sometime in 1999… I think

Old News - At Least They TriedTake a good look at this partial picture and see if you can think of what vehicle it might be.

I can tell you that it wasn’t produced.

Made it to the prototype stage
I was going through a folder of miscellaneous auto pictures in my computer and stumbled upon this one. It was the sole picture of the prototype and I don’t even remember where I came across it originally. I had noted in the description that it was from 1999, but don’t quote me on that–I’m presuming.

two-door Tahoe prototype from 1999As you can see, it appears to be a test mule of what would have been a two-door version of the second-generation Chevrolet Tahoe (or, depending on how you look at it, the fourth generation full-sized Blazer which had been renamed “Tahoe,” in 1995).

The proportions of this SUV look a bit front-heavy but that could be in part due to the fact that the front fender is wearing a flare and the rear fender is not. Also, maybe because of the shorter length, the front bumper appears bulkier than on the same generation of Suburban or four-door Tahoe.

I’ve always thought the 1992 through 1999 two-door Tahoe was one of the best designed, best proportioned SUVs out there (I’m partial having owned a 1998 Z71 and loved it); however, this prototype looks a little clumsy with regard to design.

Even though the two-door versions were not too popular with contemporary SUV buyers, this is still a model I think General Motors should have made. I can speak from first-hand experience that there was a small but devoted following. And, the truncated utes (with wheelbases shorter than regular cab, short-bed pickups) were incredibly capable when the pavement ended.

I’m sure a forecasted lack of sales volume and volatile SUV market drove the decision to can the idea. However, like I titled this post, at least it was considered to the point of a prototype. Now I wonder what happened to this truck?

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two-door Chevrolet Tahoe prototype from 1999

two-door Chevrolet Tahoe prototype from 1999