GM to introduce next-generation Silverado and Sierra on December 13

Article by Anita Panait, on October 25, 2012

General Motors announced that it will introduce its next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-sized pickups at a media event scheduled on Dec. 13, 2012, at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in suburban Detroit. The introduction of the redesigned full-sized pickups comes a month before the 2013 Detroit auto show, when the carmaker intends to unveil the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra to the public.

GM’s launch schedule will allow the carmaker to make a loud bang without competing with the introduction of the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette. GM is planning to unveil the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette on Jan. 13, 2012, an evening before the start of the Detroit auto show's media days.

GM has released a teaser photo of the projector-beam headlamps on the redesigned Silverado. Spy images of the Silverado released by GM and others show the pickup having a beefier, taller front end and more chrome. In a statement, GM said the bold exterior design of the new Silverado reflects the enhanced capabilities of the truck.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for GMC confirmed the introduction of the redesigned Sierra on Dec. 13, 2012. The company, however, would not give details on the rollout date for the redesigned trucks, saying only that it will commence production of the Silverado in 2013. Both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are expected to go on sale by summer 2013.  GM has seen its share of the full-sized pickup dwindle as its competitors have rolled out fresher offerings.

The current Silverado and Sierra were introduced in the fall of 2006 as 2007 models, making them as the oldest full-sized pickups in the segment.

On the other hand, Ford Motor Co. introduced the current version of its F-150 for the 2009 model year and refurbished the engine lineup for 2011, when it added two V-8 engines and its turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost powertrain. Chrysler Group, meanwhile, is rolling out this month a re-engineered Ram pickup that features stop-start technology and other innovations that allows the vehicle to return 25 mpg in highway driving.

The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is specially engineered and designed to provide the best capability with no compromises.

Its new exterior design, which is more aerodynamic, hefty and functional, combines trademark Chevy truck heritage with a dainty and modern twist. It is also equipped with a twin-port grille, dual power dome hood and a full-width bumper that creates strong presence carried through in its well-carved body sides as well as fender flares.

It also offers more than just a nice appearance as its front end is specially engineered to provide better sealing to raise the efficiency of its cooling.

Its tailgate spoiler and roof were also shaped in a wind tunnel to offer smooth airflow all over the car for a reduced drag. Its new and improved inlaid doors also fit into recesses in the car’s body to help lessen the wind noise.

Silverado 1500 is also equipped with three of the new EcoTec3 engines, two V-8s and a V-6, which are all specifically engineered for full-size trucks. All these three engines integrate direct fuel injection, a cylinder deactivation as well as continuously variable valve timing all with a mixture of advanced technologies that haven’t arrived yet in the trucks of other competitors.

All three engines switch smoothly to a four-cylinder operation in order to modify efficiency while driving in light road. All three engines are also engineered to give out more torque, more power and a better efficiency compared to its previous versions.

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