Chevy says the new Silverado is 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor thanks to a new blended material design that combines aluminum and steel in the body of the truck. The upper aluminum handlebars in the suspension also save weight and improve rigidity. Mark Reuss of GM calls the Silverado bed "the most functional bed in a full-size pickup," though it uses a steel construction. The bed itself is almost seven inches wider than before and is still available in several lengths. Reservoirs above the wheel wells also provide seven cubic meters of lockable storage space. And there is even a tailgate – the first in the industry – that can be controlled from inside the truck.
Six different engine and transmission combinations are offered through the Silverado line. There's also a brand new 3.0-liter straight-six diesel engine, and Reuss says he's "really confident we'll have the most powerful diesel in this segment." The official numbers for this engine are coming soon.
Petrol engines are offered in 5.3- and 6.2-liter small-block V8 forms, both of which are updated versions of the engines used in current trucks. New features include a dynamic fuel management system that can switch between one and seven cylinders as needed. So, the Silverado can technically run as a single-cylinder engine. Strange. A 10-speed automatic transmission is coupled to both engines.
Dimensional, the Silverado is a bit bigger than before, but not much. LED lights are available in the front and rear, and the trim levels range from the basic work truck specification to a super-lux high-country version.
This story will be updated as more information becomes public.
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