First Look: All New 2014 Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra
Back in 2006, SUVs roamed the soccer plains across the nation; so GM started the new models out with the redesigned Tahoe and Suburban before bringing out their truck elders a few months later. The trucks featured new luxury inspired interiors and exteriors as well as upgraded suspension features. The popular LS engine platform was relatively unchanged for the new models.
Now, pickup trucks hold the Top 2 slots of vehicles sold in the US. It was only fitting to launch the next generation of GM vehicles with their flagship trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra. The 2014 model year will see the new trucks being completely redesigned for the first time in 7 years.
The exterior carries the design heritage from the previous years with a beefed up yet refined front end. Subtle lines on the fenders and dual bodylines add a modern rounded edge. The soft edges keep with current design trends. While the lights have been upgraded to projector beams up front. The gaps have been tightened and refined, the windshields raked back for better aerodynamics and the doors fit into the body rather than on top. These models have 5% better aerodynamics over the previous years. The crew cabs, which now make up 60% of the market feature longer doors and the extended cab trucks now have forward opening rear doors.
The suspension on the half-ton trucks is balancing load capacity, handling and comfort with a fully boxed frame, electric power steering, and stronger rear ends. A multitude of new safety features including a seat alert system, forward collision alert, and hill start assist is to come. After all, many use their trucks not only for work but also to chauffer their children to school and weekend family outings. The goal of the new trucks is to offer the best experience possible with refined controls, handling and comfort not just brute force. The Z71 models will be available as well that include Rancho monotube shocks, hill descent control and more.
Under the hood, the LS platform has been phased out for the all new EcoTec3 engine platforms that share technology with the LT1 in the new Corvettes being released next year. The 5th generation engine features direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and controlled timing all for better power, torque and fuel efficiency. At launch, the Silverado and Sierra will have V6 4.3L, V8 5.3L and V8 6.2L engine packages available.
The interior of the trucks resembles higher end custom vehicles with all of the usual amenities plus better connectivity. They have created pods to separate out the interior functions. Bringing the entertainment system into the modern age is the MyLink and Intellink center. The dashboard edges are fluid and refined not bulky with the look of wrapped and stitched edges. The centerpiece is the 8-inch touchscreen providing infotainment, voice recognition and optional WiFi. Multiple USB ports and even a 12-volt plug are in the console. More durable cloth seats as well as refined leather are available in the cab that is designed to be quieter and more comfortable than ever. Storage is increased in the console, glove box and doors with rubber liners.
Silverado’s sibling truck, the GMC Sierra differs more greatly this time around with more options coming standard, redesigned exterior, interior and more refined materials including aluminum and carbon fiber appearances in the interior. The target audience is detail oriented craftsmen. The head lights feature LED lights, grille inlets and more details throughout. The first trucks produced by GM were under the GMC name with Chevrolet to follow years after. The GMC truck line was kept so that non-Chevrolet dealers could offer a full line. Now, the Sierra trucks showcase the higher end refined features that are standard.
With the 2014 truck models, GM is helping to turn trucks into the best all-around vehicles on the market. They are ideal for work and play with hauling, handling, comfort and style all taken into account. The new EcoTec3 engine platforms with its features allow for better gas mileage to help in the pocket book on commutes and long journeys. The Canyon and Colorado trucks will be reintroduced as well this next year along with the HD trucks and diesel models.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks have been redesigned and reengineered from hood to hitch to make the most durable, comfortable, refined truck possible.
By Jason Mulligan