We fully expect to see more and more spy photos of the next-generation 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra over the next 12 months. This will be the big catch for spy shooters looking to satisfy a very curious group of truck-loving enthusiasts.
This recent shot gives us a pretty good idea what the overall shape of the crew-cab body and standard bed will look like. With the exception of the smallish tires on the vehicle, there doesn't seem to be much visually unique about the shape. However, it should be noted that the tires themselves seem a touch smaller than normal and could be made of a special compound to work with new powertrains for added or extended fuel economy.
The Ford F-150 is the full-size pickup truck gas-mileage leader, and you can bet both Ram and the new GM vehicles will be looking to employ every piece of technology at their disposal to move past the fuel economy leader. Fuel economy is likely to be the single biggest hurdle for big truck makers in the coming years as federal regulations will require pickup trucks to have much higher average standards than they do today.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the EPA will hold three public hearings next month (Jan. 17 in Detroit, Jan. 19 in Philadelphia and Jan. 24 in San Francisco) regarding the stricter 2017 and 2025 fuel-economy targets for U.S.-sold full-size trucks.
Expect more MPG-stretching technology to make it into all full-size truck models — light-duty and heavy-duty — in the coming years.