GM reveals 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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No one will be left wondering which brands sell General Motors' new lineup of full-size pickups. The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra hardly stray from the looks that have made them combined bestsellers for decades, and why should they. The handsome half-tons refine their edges to enhance aerodynamics for 2014, and once again deliver ample chrome brightwork that any lover of big rigs will adore.

The aerodynamic touches aid in interior quietness, which GM claims will be amongst the quietest in the class. All the nicer to enjoy the new trucks' interiors, which have been completely redone with more soft-touch materials, says GM. The updated gauge packages boast a new 4.2-inch colour information display, while in a brilliant move up to five USB ports can be had in some trim levels, plus four 12-volt outlets and an SD card slot. An eight-inch colour touchscreen interface is optional, which features GM's IntelliLink connectivity system.

On a totally practical note, front-hinged rear doors now make Extended Cab models more convenient for back seat entry and exit, while five-foot, six-foot, six-inch, and eight-foot beds are now available for the Crew Cab. Additionally, GM is bringing back the Z71 package featuring Rancho shocks, additional under-body protection and front tow hooks, ideal for off-roaders.

Of course safety systems such as traction and stability control can aid off-road trekking as much as on-pavement wet weather driving, and like usual these features will be standard, but GM will offer higher-grade safety systems too, such as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Driver Alert Seat.

Behind the new trucks' bold grille designs is a lineup of freshly reworked engines, including a revised 4.3-litre V6, 5.3-litre V8 and 6.2-litre V8. All are derived from GM's truck engine architecture, not upgraded car engines, and feature direct-injection fuel delivery, a new cylinder head design, and new pistons that allow for a smaller combustion chamber with a higher compression ration of 11:1 or more to increase performance while saving fuel.

Additionally, GM has applied its cylinder deactivation system across the engine line, plus upgraded continuously variable valve timing, while all engines will come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with auto grade braking. Expect engine details, such as output levels and fuel economy figures closer to launch next year.

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Topics: Pickup, Chevrolet, GMC, Sierra, Silverado, $20,000 - $29,999, $30,000 - $39,999, $40,000 - $49,999, $50,000 - $74,999, GM / GM Canada,

Organizations: GM Canada

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