Unveiled | 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
The highly anticipated 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were unveiled in Detroit on Thursday. These will be the 5th generation of pickup from General Motors, and will feature direct injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation. According to GM, these are the most technologically advanced light pickups on the market. Each model from the standard V6 up to the 6.2L V8 will come equipped with the power for heavy hauling when it’s needed, and seamless cylinder deactivation when it’s not. Following the Silverado and Sierra will be a line of HD trucks, as well as a new Canyon and Colorado.
Available Summer ’13, the 2014 Silverado and Sierra are reimagined from the ground up and are built to be used.
Each model will offer a 6-gauge instrument cluster with an optional “Enhanced Driver Information Center”. This displays vital information on your EBC, coolant temperature, and more. The cluster also works with the optional MyLink Radio, and can display the channel or song you’re listening to. Steering wheel controls allow hands free dash and radio operation as well. GM claims that the new 2014 Silverado and Sierra will be the quietest cabins available, making them the most comfortable pickups available.
All models will have extensive interior storage with a customizable center console. Multiple USB ports come standard with 12-volt and 110-volt power outlets which help connect multiple devices.
Many consider the new look to be a tribute to the retro styling of the 80’s with the stacked lights, and boxed style. LTZ models will feature projector lamps, which will be a first for light trucks. The new hood streamlines the design, and pushes wind over the windshield wipers for reduced noise and better aerodynamics.
At the core of the 2014 Silverado and Sierra sit three new EcoTec3 engines. They are:
- New standard 4.3L V-6. Its large displacement delivers the torque to power a crew cab and pull a substantial trailer, yet it can seamlessly shift into four-cylinder mode under light loads for improved efficiency.
- New 5.3L V-8. It is engineered to provide more horsepower, more torque and better fuel economy that the current 5.3L V-8, making it an excellent choice for mainstream customers.
- New 6.2L V-8. It is engineered to be the most capable engine in any light-duty pickup. Like the other two engines in the family, it can seamlessly switch to four-cylinder mode under light load conditions for improved efficiency in daily driving.
The program manager, Jordan Lee sates: “Not only did we work to improve the horsepower, torque and EPA fuel economy estimates of all three EcoTec3 engines, but we worked hard to improve real-world efficiency as well, especially when towing and hauling…”
Both the Silverado and Sierra feature independent coil-over-shocks, and a rear solid axle with leaf springs. The Z71 models offer Rancho monotube shock absorbers and hill descent controls.
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