GM’s upcoming pickups will be extensively re-engineered

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 14, 2012

Let’s see what General Motors has in store for its full-sized pickup enthusiasts. GM has been saying that it will be redesigning them but we’ll know soon enough just how extensive these will be. Next year, dealerships will be getting GM's new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. These trucks have improved fuel economy due to enhanced aerodynamics.

They also come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, less mass, engine improvements as well as other modifications.

It will be getting a new chassis and there will also be revisions to its exterior and interior. Numerous engineering improvements were made to GM's heavy-duty models -- the Sierra and Silverado 2500 and 3500 – last year. Aside from the new chassis and the re-engineered diesel engine, it also received some major changes to its suspension and steering. It received a new hood and there are slight changes to the grille and front fascia.

The interior was simply carried over. Set to arrive next year are the redesigned light-duty 1500 trucks. Expected to arrive one year or so later are the "new" heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 models.

Most of the major changes are to its appearance, including new sheet metal and interior treatments.

The Chevrolet Silverado features systems and technologies that make it a great vehicle for both leisure and work. These include a new navigation radio, improved display and a new hard drive that does away with discs with map data. Other segment-exclusive features are the OnStar Directions & Connections with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Automatic Crash Response, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth for phone and USB connectivity.

Chevrolet WiFi powered by Autonet can be installed by official dealers, making the Silverado a mobile internet hotspot and an office on the road. It enables internet access for multiple users from inside the vehicle to up to 150 feet away.

Chevy WiFi can provide access to online ordering sites, municipal sites with building permits and building code information and other sites to help get work done. At the same time, families on trips can connect with friends via social media sites, stream videos, check weather or use maps to find fishing sites, camping sites or other places.

Silverado is also thoroughly equipped with features that enhance control and responsiveness. One of these is StabiliTrak, which now includes Trailer Sway Control, a system utilising the truck and trailer brakes and the powertrain controls for truck and trailer path maintenance. Hill Start Assist, which prevents roll-back prior to acceleration on inclines, is also included.

Silverado's improved 6-speed transmission now features Cruise Guide Braking, enabling downshifts while decelerating when in normal mode. It uses the engine compression to complement the braking system in order to slow the truck down more efficiently and reduce brake wear. This feature now works whether Tow/Haul mode is activated or not. It is available on 1500 models powered by either the 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 engine.

Custom Sport Truck Package

Chevrolet has long been able to offer additional amenities for their full-size pickups. Their Custom Sport Truck package first became available in 1967. Its exterior consisted of a chrome front bumper, bright trim and badging while inside, it comes with full carpeting, chrome interior details and 40/20/40 bucket seats with under-seat storage. This marks the first time a Chevy truck had this. Customers loved it, leading to higher sales during its initial three-year availability.

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