The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks were on display at the Detroit Auto Show last week. The last time the trucks were significantly updated was for the 2007 model year. General Motors has also launched a 2014 Silverado online configurator, so you can build the truck you want before it goes on sale later this year.
"Hitch up the hay wagon, the battle for pickup bragging rights is about to resume as new versions of the Chevrolet Silverado . . . and GMC Sierra full-size trucks hit the road," writes the Detroit Free Press.
Autoweek says, "The trucks have the same basic styling as the previous generation of pickups, but underneath the hood is a trio of engines from the fifth generation of GM's small-block engine family that introduce a suite of fuel-saving technologies: direct fuel injection, which puts the fuel directly into each cylinder; continuously variable valve timing, which adjusts the opening and closing of the valves based on engine load; and cylinder deactivation, which shuts down some of the engine's cylinders during light-load driving."
The 2014 Silverado and Sierra lineup will feature a 4.3-liter V6 engine, 5.3-liter V8 engine and a 6.2-liter V8. Power and fuel economy ratings haven't been announced yet. Full pricing information has also not been released yet. The trucks will be available with regular, extended and crew cabs. For the first time, buyers will be able to get a full 6.5-foot bed on extended cab models.
Even without the pricing information, you can build and explore the new Silverado. Chevrolet launched a 2014 Silverado configurator and microsite where users can build a truck, share it with friends, explore features and take a closer look at the new styling. "The new Chevrolet pickup range won't be on dealer lots until sometime this summer, so whether you're a building contractor, an avid sportsman or just a guy or gal that loves full-size trucks, you might want to check out the link below to keep your appetite whetted," says Autoblog. There is currently no similar site for the 2014 GMC Sierra, but the Chevrolet site is at http://www.chevrolet.com/new2014silverado/#/welcome
Of course, GM wasn't the only car company with truck news at the Detroit Auto Show. Ford launched its Atlas concept, which hints at the future direction of the F-150 and The Ram 1500 won North American Truck of the Year.
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