If you're thinking Jeep Wrangler-like rear, then it might be okay if overall aesthetics and aerodynamics works with it. But then people still wouldn't call it a having a traditional truck design.Reading between the lines, they probably could have made the G2 quite a bit lighter by using the sail panel configuration of the G1, but then it wouldn't sell, of course.
What if you created some D-pillars (mimicking an SUV) by just using large tubing (like a rollbar), but going back from the cab, parallel to the bed, and then down, sort of like a bed rack? The unibody truck would be much stronger (probably out-tow the GC EcoDiesel), and you would lose very little pickup truck utility (probably even gain a little with the built-in bed rack - contractors would love it!). But would it sell to Joe Public?
Thx for posting the article, very interesting & informative :act024: