Next-Gen Chevrolet, GMC Pickup Trucks to Go On Severe Diet
As a response to Ford's upcoming 2015 F-150, which is rumored to shed at least 700 pounds thanks to an all-aluminum body, GM plans to put the next-gen Silverado and Sierra twins through a severe diet by using more lightweight aluminum and composite materials instead of conventional steel.
"We're going to look at all the levers we can pull -- materials, aerodynamics, powertrain -- to continue to improve fuel efficiency, both on an interim basis and as we go to the next-generation trucks," said General Motors spokesman Tom Wilkinson, who declined to revealed any details.
Lighter versions of the Silverado/Sierra pickup trucks could also show up as a mid-cycle refresh, one supplier source told Automotive News. According to him, GM plans to introduce in late 2014 a special aluminum-intensive version of the Silverado that could be up to 250 pounds lighter, with 20-percent better fuel economy.
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