New Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickups Unveiled
- 12/13/2012 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Manufacturer
General Motors took the wraps off its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra pickups today. The new pickups feature redesigned styling both inside and out, as well as a trio of EcoTec3 engines that seamlessly switch to four-cylinder mode to improve fuel efficiency. Body and chassis updates improve ride and handling as well as interior noise and comfort.
All three powerplants utilize standard direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, which switches to using just four-cylinders in certain driving situations to improve fuel economy. Among the engines is a new 4.3L V6 with improved torque and towing capacity that shares architecture from the V8 engines, instead of a adapting a V6 intended for passenger car use. GM says the new 5.3L V8 features "significant updates" to make it more powerful and fuel efficient, while the 6.2L V8 is design to provide outstanding capability. Horsepower, torque and EPA fuel economy estimates are expected to be available early next year.
Both trucks sport new exterior styling and redesigned interiors, including designed instrument panels and dashboards. All the controls are feature a special coating that makes them easy to operate when wearing gloves. The rear doors of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado have been redesigned for easier access. Crew cab model doors are larger and doors on extended cab models are now hinged at the front. 2014 GMC Sierra extended cab models also feature front-hinged doors. A new corner step bumper on both pickups makes it easy to climb inside the bed regardless of whether the tailgate is up or down.
Pricing for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra has not yet been announced.
Photos Courtesy of General Motors Corporation.