Inside, the GMT900s are bigger, longer, and taller. LTZ interiors will instantly remind drivers of the vastly improved current Tahoe and Yukon interior. Just about the only difference to the dash and gauge setup is that the four-wheel-drive dial is on the right side of the steering column on pickups (found on the left side on SUVs), and there's an added transmission-temperature gauge in the cluster. In addition, knowing that some truck buyers aren't going to want such an upscale dash and center console, the bench-seat configuration allows for a completely different dash and instrument-panel setup, keeping many of the same textures and fitment advantages, but with a flatter surface. Cool features include a 20.0 liter center console/armrest, locking underseat storage, two glove boxes, and a modular cupholder able to hold a Big Gulp. Although the models we saw were early production units, we can say both dash choices are stunning, with the Work Truck (GM calls it the "Pure American Pickup" dash) option looking light-years ahead of the GMT800 dash design.

Other standout features and options include extended-cab rear doors that swing open almost 180 degrees (the hinges are a work of art); rear seats that fold flat into the cab wall; remote start; StabiliTrak and rollover mitigation standard on all crew cabs (an option on regular and extended cabs); available 18- and 20-inch wheels; and items like a cargo rail system for bikes, lockable trunks, dividers, and extenders.

From our preliminary look, the GM strategy is clear: Make sure this new truck has everything the competitors have, and more. Maybe that's why so many resources and man-hours were dedicated to arguably the most important new vehicle GM has produced for the U.S. market in decades. Unfortunately, the fact remains that even if this is the best truck ever made (certainly, from what we've seen, it's the best pickup GM has ever made), there are looming factors that could conspire to keep buyers away from the Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra. If that happens, there may be nothing left in the bag of tricks to save GM from extinction.