Illustrations from Jalopnik.com
With all the experimentation going on in the auto industry with alternative powertrains and futuristic car designs, it's only a matter of time before we see someone make an automobile transform into a suitcase (a la "The Jetsons") with the push of a button. But until then, we're likely to see manufacturers get more aggressive about clever ways to create and use storage space.
One clever (and we assume highly caffeinated) auto writer can't wait until he can have a pickup truck with a huge trunk under the hood where the engine traditionally sits. Dubbed the "Double-Bed" or "Front Bed" concept, the idea is to use a mid-engine hybrid or full-electric powertrain to maximize all the available storage space in the bed and under the hood.
Although not exactly revolutionary, this would effectively allow a truck to still look like a pickup (instead of some futuristic skateboardlike rolling chassis) and offer almost double the amount of cargo-carrying capacity and lockable storage.
What do you think? Is this a good idea or an idea good for nothing?