Posted: December 13, 2012
All New 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Unveiled
The 2014 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado 1500 features a refined chassis and body, better fuel economy, and a rugged new look.By TTM Staff
GM today unveiled the all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra 1500 full-size pickups. The trucks feature a new design that GM calls more "muscular" but retain the traditional-looking grilles for both vehicles. Sculpted body sides, fender flares and a dome hood add to the muscular appearance. A slight roof and tailgaite spoiler reduce drag, and inlaid doors that fit into the body reduce wind noise on the highway. The full-width bumpers also add to the truck's boldness, and GM engineers also added a corner step to the rear bumpers, making it easier to gain access to cargo.
The 2014 models feature improved fuel economy from new EcoTec3 engines that include a 4.3L V-6, 5.3L V-8 and a 6.2L V-8. The engines all include cylinder deactivation as part of their engine management to improve fuel efficiency and operate quietly with four cylinders when needed. The aluminum-block engines use cast iron cylinder heads and variable valve timing. According to GM, the engines will provide improved towing and fuel economy with weight saving features that make these trucks efficient.
Both the Silverado and the Sierra feature new interiors that include an upright instrument panel, six-gauge instrument cluster and multiple storage options. The controls were designed to be operated by owners with work gloves on. In addition, larger doors were used to make it easier to enter and exit the cab and the rear doors on extended cab models are hinged at the front for easier access.
GM designed the cab to be stronger by using high-strength steel in two-thirds of the cab's structure. The frame's cross members are updated with high-strength steel with major elements hydroformed for reduced mass and improved strength. New shear-style body mounts provide a quieter and more comfortable ride. Extended- and crew-cab models have a third set of hydraulic body mounts.
The bed has also been redesigned for increased strength and reduced mass. New hand-holds are built into the bedrails to accompany the corner step bumper. The beds are also available with upper tie-down holds and LED lighting under the bedrails. It also has an optional EZ lift and lowering tailgate. Crew cab models will be available with a longer 6’6” foot box, in addition to the previous 5’8” box, enabling customers to carry more cargo while still being able to park in many garages.
The Silverado and Sierra pickups will also be available with segment-exclusive safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat, and Front and Rear Park Assist. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard. For more information, visit www.gm.com.
New rear bumper step avaiable on both the Sierra and Silverado.
Bed rails with grab handle for rear bumper corner step.
Rear three-quarter view of Sierra fender flares and bold appearance.