General Motors has turned into a big tease.
It seems like it’s enjoying the slow, painful reveal of the C7 Corvette a little too much, with not so much as a carefully orchestrated “leak” of information to satisfy the legions of fans salivating over what might lie beneath the C7’s camo cladding.
For the General’s line of 2014 pickups, a similar tease has been under way. Yesterday, though, the sheet officially came off and revealed… well… a couple of big, boxy trucks. Still, the 2014 Silverado and Sierra are trucks that will set a new standard of what it takes to build a good American workhorse. It’s just too bad they look so much like Chevy trucks.
On the outside, both pickups are defined by straight lines. Square wheel arches, square grille, square bed, square doors. However, GM says the trucks offer streamlined aerodynamics that help create the quietest cabins in their class along with improved fuel economy over the previous models.
Under the hood, both trucks have undergone substantial revisions with updated versions of the company’s 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 engines. Unlike Ford and Chrysler, GM says it developed the 4.3-liter engine based on its proven truck-duty architecture, rather than adapting a car-based V6. (Though Ford’s EcoBoost V6 in the F-150 will be hard to top.) All three engines incorporate direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. Horsepower and EPA fuel economy numbers will be released early next year.
Inside is where the trucks could use the most improvement. For 2014, both trucks will have completely new interiors with a focus on soft-touch materials, something buyers of GM trucks have not really experienced! Drivers will now have a technological feast laid out before their eyes, including a six-gauge cluster that features a 4.2-inch color information display and up to five USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and even an SD card slot.
Buyers can also opt for the IntelliLink connectivity system, which is displayed through a high-definition 8-inch color touchscreen.
The 2014 Silverado will begin production in the second quarter of 2013. Pricing will be released sometime prior.
Will a 2014 Silverado or Sierra be on your shopping list?