Chevrolet dubbed the XT-1 a truck, while it appears as a van intended to attract buyers who enjoy being outdoors. The four-wheel-drive XT-1 dropped down for ease of entry and shifted into a four-wheel-drive automatically when needed. The entire top half of the vehicle was glass, mating it appears as a greenhouse or a long glass tube. The car "s thirty computers checked the operations and transferred information to a single display screen in front of the steering pod. Four-wheel long-travel independent suspension allowed each of the wheels to travel up to 10.5 inches to individually adjust to changes in the road, surface, preventing loads from shifting and providing the passengers with a smoother ride.
The driver could also set the suspension characteristics and trim heights differently depending on the terrain. The vehicle could drop up to one inch for easy entry and could be set up to four inches higher for rough off-road exploring. Four-comer leveling compensated for uneven load distribution. The transfer case included a self-sensing four-wheel-drive operation that automatically shifted the XT-1 into a four-wheel-drive when it sensed that a wheel was beginning to slip. A computer maximized performance by sensing slip and shifting torque fore and aft as much as 30 percent to the other axle in four-wheel-drive.
Source: Concept Car Central
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