2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra: Details Before 2013 Detroit Auto Show Debut

2013 Detroit Auto Show


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    2014 Chevrolet Silverado Picture

    2014 Chevrolet Silverado. | December 13, 2012

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2013 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • GM doesn't get tricky with new-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra: three body styles, three box lengths and a V6 and two V8s backed by a six-speed automatic.
  • Crew-cab configuration gets the option of a longer, 6.5-foot bed; extended-cab rear doors now hinged at the front.
  • Fourth-generation 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter small-block V8s get direct injection and continuously variable valve timing.

PONTIAC, Michigan — General Motors presented the media today with the first look at the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck lineup, prior to the world unveiling at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show next month. Without shedding much light on crucial dimensional details or specifications for the three available engines, GM's new 2014 pickups follow the company's tradition for careful evolution in this crucial market segment.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are an updated but not particularly radical styling departure from the outgoing GMT900 generation. The power-dome hood and full-width front bumper highlight a body design geared toward optimizing aerodynamics, including a "sealed" grille, inset doors that don't wrap over the roof, optimized cab-to-body sealing, and air deflectors under the chassis and for the rear wheels.

There is the now-conventional three-body lineup: regular cab, extended cab and crew cab. The rear doors for the crew cab body are larger, with ease of entry and 2 inches of newfound legroom without adding to overall length. In a move that will ease parking-lot tension across the nation, the extended-cab model's rear doors now are front-hinged.

There are three available engines — goodbye to the Vortec name, get ready for EcoTec3 — for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 lineups, all based on GM's new, Gen V small-block V8 architecture. The 4.3-liter V6 mirrors the previously available displacement, while replacing the outgoing 4.8-liter entry-level V8 is the new EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 and a 6.2-liter variant becomes the top-of-the-line V8 for GM's full-size pickups. All have aluminum blocks, direct fuel injection and cylinder deactivation that cuts operation to four cylinders under light loads. No engine specifications were presented, but GM did allow that all three will generate better horsepower, torque and fuel economy than their previous-generation Vortec counterparts.

A new active-exhaust design will manage and fine-tune engine sound when in four-cylinder mode and trucks fitted with the 6.2-liter V8 will have an additional active noise-cancellation system.

Backing each engine is a six-speed automatic with a new Cruise Grade Braking feature that automatically requisitions lower gears on downgrades. The company said the heftier torque of the new Gen V engines dictated an upgrade to 9.5-inch or 9.7-inch rear axles, a move certain to bring cheer to future parts-department workers everywhere.

The suspension continues with upper and lower control arms and coil-over shocks up front and leaf springs for a solid axle at the rear. Front springs are 25-30 percent stiffer and models equipped with the Z71 performance suspension get Rancho monotube dampers. The new pickups follow their Ford and Chrysler rivals by moving to electrically assisted power steering.

The interior of the new full-size pickups is said to be roomier, quieter and more functional — and posted "off the charts" performance in consumer clinics, GM said. Confirmation for most of that braggadocio will have to wait for media drives, but the new trucks' interior certainly is a visual upgrade over the aged outgoing models. Particularly noticeable is the optional MyLink infotainment system's 8-inch touchscreen and retention of a traditional column gearshift — no Ram-like rotary knobs or Ford F-Series console shifters here. There are countless USB and power outlets.

The company said the new trucks' frames are updated, with high-strength steel in the main frame and crossmembers, while a hydroformed front frame adds strength but cuts mass. The cab structures are said to be entirely new, with ultra-high-strength steel in strategic areas to assure good performance in newly instituted small-offset frontal-crash tests and there's plain 'ol high-strength steel in the pillars, rocker panels and roof rails. Newly engineered shear-type cab mounts improve quietness and solidity, and crew-cab and extended-cab models double up with hydraulic mounts.

The cargo box for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra is formed from rolled steel, rather than stamped, with claimed advantages being lighter weight and improved strength and durability.

The company is expected to reveal more details about the trucks when they are officially unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January. Executives and engineers for Chevrolet and GMC would not say when the 2014 pickups will be in showrooms, but sources at GM previously had insinuated an on-sale date late in the second quarter of 2013.

Edmunds says: GM plays it safe with its new generation of full-size pickups. The market will determine if the General should've taken more risks, particularly with styling.

Comments

  • zelee zelee Posts:

    1 photo? I can't say if i like it or not with 1 photo.

  • trmckin trmckin Posts:

    As expected, the chevy version won't win any beauty contests but the sierra is sharp. Look forward to some real world testing to see if they improved the rear diff logic for those of us that live in colder climates. I'm actually excited that I have 3 good choices when it comes to domestic pickups when I start shopping next summer.

  • jeepsrt jeepsrt Posts:

    Pretty boring redesign.

  • yamahr1 yamahr1 Posts:

    "Edmunds says: GM plays it safe with its new generation of full-size pickups. The market will determine if the General should've taken more risks, particularly with styling." Leave it to Edmunds to take the most negative spin it can with any new GM introduction. They probably had this alternate version ready just in case: "Edmunds says: GM takes risks with its new generation of full-size pickups. The market will determine if the General should've been more conservative, particularly with styling."

  • rocket_ rocket_ Posts:

    holy crap the new blog format is awful.

  • formerly formerly Posts:

    One can hope that some day, evidently not today, automakers will make truck noses more aerodynamic instead of the bluff bows favored nowadays.

  • gam2 gam2 Posts:

    Ehhhh. Hate the squared off wheel wells. Just lowered my expectations for the Tahoe.......

  • For some weird reason the silverado is just screaming Colorado Colorado. I feel like I see too much Chevy Colorado in the design doesn't blow me away as I as hoping. Interior screams Ford Super Duty real bad nothing seems to 1 off from what I've seen or read about. Put a 7 speed dual clutch auto and be a first (leader) and then buyers will come.

  • ricciwilson ricciwilson Posts:

    What is NEW here? Not happy or excited because I'm waiting to replace my 2001 GMC Yukon! Not looking forward to see this design on a redesign Yukon, or the other 3 though Cadillac should do something exciting with the Escalade as usual! Should be called a light re fresh!!???

  • One of the few GM interiors that doesn't look like it came out of an '88 Beretta...

  • rayzor rayzor Posts:

    Looks like they just slap on some after market headlights and called a day. Major fail

  • vizcarmb vizcarmb Posts:

    Man Step!!!

  • fordfrenzy fordfrenzy Posts:

    It looks a mess

  • plrider4578 plrider4578 Posts:

    Nice wheels and that's about it. Interior is an epic fail; same cheap plastic bubble buttons from the Camaro. The nav/stereo/hvac unit looks like my daughter's Leap Frog. The exterior and wheel arches are too squared off. I'll wait for the new Tundra.

  • ferrari4me ferrari4me Posts:

    So Inside Line has been killed off by the equal of a badly written dealer brochure? Gone is the humor, well written prose, and the relationship with readers. Now Edmunds has become just another tool for consumers looking to squeeze another $125 off their next Camry purchase! Hope you guys enjoy bankruptcy court cause that is what happens when you abandon your market! I'm outta here!

  • mustang5507 mustang5507 Posts:

    Ford and Dodge (Ram) haven't taken huge chances with the styling of their trucks in years. They have all been evolutionary - why should GM be any different? Sharpening the needlessly round edges has given this truck a more elegant look, and the interior looks great. Hopefully the engines are more competitive. Especially the 4.3L. That's at least 2-3 generations behind the times.

  • rayzor rayzor Posts:

    not very promising on paper or in pics, so far...

  • bigsky_klx bigsky_klx Posts:

    Horrid design, I have been a huge GM fan most of my life, especially the trucks, but this is terrible. What changed? Who designed this thing? GM constantly gets bashed for plain generic trucks. So what do they do? The come out with an even more generic truck. The interior is even worse. I didn't think the 2007-13 good get any worse, boy was I wrong. Sorry GM, I am no longer a customer.

  • donthegreek donthegreek Posts:

    They sure are scared to do a major exterior change. Too bad, this look is outdated. Get some balls gm.

  • bestjinjo bestjinjo Posts:

    I seriously don't know what they were thinking. Being redirected from a modern website with large images like InsideLine to www.Edmunds.com, is like going back in time 5 years. This is an awful experience now. Whatever they were trying to do to bring together an enthusiast website and a website for the average auto buyer is not working at all. Keep them separate or figure out how to redesign the entire website to work properly.

  • merc1 merc1 Posts:

    Yes it really sucks, Edmunds has been going down hill for years, now they're getting rid of IL, forget it. Moving on to something else. M

  • I miss the full-screen, hi-res photo option the old blog format used to have. I can barely tell if I like the interior or not because the photos are so small. :(

  • ttbuyer ttbuyer Posts:

    Terrible interior.

  • LASHAWN LASHAWN Posts:

    please go back to original blog format, i freeking hate this

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    I don't like or dislike these trucks, but I have to say: this mild reflash is just not going to get Chevy/GMC a lot of new customers. Chrysler realized their only way to sell their trucks was with eye-popping style. So, they did it. Sure, Ram is in at least third place, but they are making a profit. GMs pickups are resting on their laurels (if they had any), and they have been doing this for 10-15 years. I had a laugh when some blog said that GMs new V6 would be designed to be a truck engine only. I guess that is a snide remark about the VERY popular Ford EcoBoost V6, which of course is used in other vehicles. Perhaps GM should wait and see what buyers will buy-- before they immediately begin bragging. I was hoping for a nice, close rivalry between Ford and GM. But now it seems like it will be slow business as usual-- for GM anyway. I can hear thousands of pickup buyers heading for the Ford store after seeing these photos. What a shame.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    Okay, here is the good and the bad, in reference to my post above: 1. It was posted immediately. 2. All my paragraphs were mashed together into a stream of sentences. Should be interesting to see what it does with this post. Ah, well, just more things we have to put up with, I guess.

  • ed124c ed124c Posts:

    I give up. They shoved everything together again. But not THIS post!

  • legime legime Posts:

    This truck is GM's answer to the future? Say what? SAME truck IMHO. NO turbo. NO CNG fuel option and NO diesel? GM you represent the past.

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    My god. an actual dedesign. I didn't know that those existed. (Dedesign->Design->Redesign)

  • jpnpower jpnpower Posts:

    Cannot see pics when commenting, that sucks. ^There was an empty line left here. I changed to a new line now. This line is indented. the following is in forein characters (こんにちわ車) Lets see which ones went through...

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