2013 NAIAS: All-New 2014 Chevy Silverado [Live Photos]
It and its twin sister the GMC Sierra are making their world premiere right now in Detroit, at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Despite looking a bit like the old one, this new Silverado features a new chassis, a new set of engines, new body and better features. It’s the result of no less than 6 million miles of durability testing at the Milford Proving Ground, in Nevanda and Ontario, and Chevrolet is understandably proud of it.
To keep its off-road capabilities, the new Silverado still used body-on-frame construction. The rigidity of the chassis has been increased through the use of high-strength steel, incorporated throughout the cabin, chassis rails and other supporting structures.
“Don’t let the work boots fool you. Truck customers are among the most discerning and demanding in the business,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for full-size and midsize trucks.
“The designers and engineers who created the new Silverado share this passion for trucks. They have built this truck – and tested it to the extremes – to give customers the right tools for the tough jobs, and they have created dozens of solutions to the challenges truck customers encounter every day.”
The engine range has yet to be fully detailed, but GM has announced three new EcoTec3 generation units will be available: a standard 4.3-liter V6, a 5.4-liter V8 and a 6.2-liter V8, all featuring more advanced fuel-saving technologies like direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing.
“We believe these engines are the most technologically advanced engines ever offered in light-duty pickups, and they are specifically designed for the way customers use trucks in the real world,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer and program manager.
“EcoTec3 engines offer technology no other truck maker can match, and we offer it in every one of our engines, for every one of our customers,” said Lee. “It is not an extra cost feature. You get our best and most advanced technology regardless of trim level.”
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