Spied! 2014 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra HD

SilveradoHD II
Photos by Chris Doane Photography

These are the first shots we've seen of the heavy-duty GM trucks. From all we've been hearing, the light-duty trucks will come out first, but it makes sense that GM would also get its three-quarter- and one-ton models ready, too. 

The frame doesn't seem to be much different, but given the tailpipe, there is likely a new gas engine under the hood. Likewise, with so much camo on the front end, we're guessing GM is experimenting with some kind of active grille and new design. And we're hearing plenty of speculation about a new transmission as well. 

Some reports have the half-ton models scheduled for production by summer 2013, with the 2500 and 3500 models coming on-line closer to the end of 2013. That would mean we're likely to see something close to the real thing at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with possible backgrounder events on topics such as powertrain, chassis and fuel economy tech before that. 

SilveradoHD 2 II

Comments

Nice float!

Could use bigger tires... wheel well openings need to be enlarged...

My 2 cents...

Half tons starting production in the summer of 2013? I thought GM was closing plants this summer for change-over to the new 2013 model to be produced late 2012.

Looks like they finally made the crew cab back seat bigger. Chevy's have the least legroom of all models. All they need now is the 6'6" bed on 1500 crew cabs.

Bigger tires, or make wheel wheels smaller, in the rear only the top third of the tire is actually in the wheel wheel, looks stupid.

I've decided that the fabric they put on the outside to conceal it should be an optional accessory for any truck.

Think about it... it would protect the paint job and nobody knows what you're driving. Would be a good for a getaway vehicle. "What color was it, officer? I dunno, it had a protective sheath over it."

I think the high arched wheel wells look cool. Even if they aren't wide enough to accommodate a tire to actually take advantage of that space. That's one of my favorite things about my toyotas. You can see clear under the bed above the tires.

The one thing it needs (other than debatable solid front axle) is a roomier, high end cab!!!

Looks like they are staying with square wheel wells. The Padded vinyl is droopy around the back wells. You can also make out the lines of the square well in the first photo. They do need a bigger crewcab like Gary M poined out. Everytime my friend's teanaged kids ride in my SuperCrew they comment on the superior comfort and legroom compared to their crewcab Chevy 3/4 ton. The back window looks like a power retractible one.
Here are some more pictures (of the 1/2 ton):
http://rumors.automobilemag.com/spied-next-gen-chevrolet-silverado-hits-the-streets-128483.html/2014-chevrolet-silverado-1500-wheel/

yeah, but that first pic is an extended cab, right? Still making those....Geeez! Same old low slung frame!

It seems odd that they go to all the trouble to conceal the rear bumpers on both the 1500 and the HDs. I'd say they are adding built in steps (cutouts) to the bumper corners.

I'm glad they still make extended cabs. I can still seat the same amount of people as your crew cab when I need to but I have a Real box and a more manageable truck. Just because we have been programmed to think trucks are only Supposed to be Crew Cab 4x4 loaded with Leather and a Diesel doesn't make it so.....

I was under the impression, too, that the new model change-over was happening this summer. Perhaps the HDs will start production in 2013?
The Frame will probably be a mid-cycle carryover again, like on the 900HD. At launch. The new gasoline engine will probably be the L92, or a derivative thereof. Of course they might be keeping a iron block for the HD trucks.

Doesn't seem all that drastically different from the current model, in terms of sheet metal.

Oh goodness. Can they get that thing up any higher off the wheels? These trucks need fenderliners bad for a more clean and finished look.. Just like this current one does. Those unfnished undersides look horrible because the wheel openings are so freaking huge. I think my kid could crawl up on top of that tire and take a nap. Too bad they didn't get round wheel arches like the 67-72's had. Chevy really needed to ditch the square opening crap for awhile. It looks really tacky.

Looks like the same ugly ass truck to me. What's up with the stupid massive fender bulges on the Silverado's now??? The thing looks like a cartoon character up front and a freaking Road Whale driving down the street. Hands down the ugliest truck ever produced in American history! And that front bumper is frightening to look at. It could scare little children!! GM needs to fire their truck designers and go back to the classics like my 97 was. Or those 67-72's like FordTrucks1 said. Or even the 80's bodystyle. Anything but this ugly pile of crap they are making now. I've all but given up on Chevy. Ford and Dodge are making way better looking trucks than Chevy now.

Ford and Dodge are making way better looking trucks than Chevy now.

@Ryan, you can say that again... Chevy's suck now in terms of looks and design. And it looks like they kept that HORRIBLE Low Slung Frame. What a piss poor design that was. You look at a Ford or a Dodge and you don't have this goofy frame staring back at you. It's a shame. All of this money we gave them and GM still can't get a HD right.

The one thing it needs (other than debatable solid front axle) is a roomier, high end cab!!!

-Yep, I agree. There's no way they'll ever topple the Super Duty until they get their act together. And a SFA is not debatable because you have to drop the frame rails to tie in those cheeseball torsion bars without it. Nobody wants to look at a frame. Plus it ruins ground clearance. That's why snow plow companies generally use Super Duty's. Farmers do too. The frame doesn't get caught up in packed snow or field ruts. And since GM is the cheapest truck manufacturer out there they will probably wax dip their frames yet again unlike Ford who paints them. That wax will be gone with 2 years time and all you'll see from either side is 2 big bars of low slung rust. GM trucks are the worst anymore.

@mike11silverado your comments are interestiing in a Chevy fanboi sort of way.
Quote:
1. "glad they still make extended cabs. I can still seat the same amount of people as your crew cab when I need to but I have a Real box and a more manageable truck"
You cannot sit 6 people comfortably in an extended cab.(At least a Chevy extended cab) Big difference.
Non-Chevy guys can get a crewcab 1/2 ton with a 6.5 box. Ram will have a 6.3 box soon and a crewcab.
2. "Just because we have been programmed to think trucks are only Supposed to be Crew Cab 4x4 loaded with Leather and a Diesel doesn't make it so....."
Well, in a Chevy you basically need a diesel to be able to tow or haul anything. You also need a crewcab in a Chevy to get marginally better room for rear passengers. Same goes for leather and loaded. In a Chevy you need to get "full load" to match a competitor's intermediate trim level.
You need to get out (of a Chevy) more often.
There is a big, bold, beautiful world beyond that bowtie.

All I see is a rolling pos. It doesn't look any different than the current model. Looks like those Chevy guys get stuck with those itty bitty baby tires again. Man those look just terrible on a heavy duty. Can't run a larger tire though. You'll void the warranty on the chintzy IFS. Ford and Dodge executives must just sit back and laugh at this stuff.

That cab isn't high enough. It looks way out of proportion to the rest of the truck. At 6ft4 I'd be hitting my head on the ceiling the whole time. The only way to compensate for that is to drop the seats down low but that makes it feel like you're driving a freaking old fart Buick or something. Those tires as mentioned are Way too small. I'm not impressed... I thought GM was supposed to blow the world away with these new trucks? There's nothing under that camo that would make the overall design much different. Blah... This is almost like a bad joke.

nothing new here...square wheels wells-still
small trainging wheels-still
low dragging frame-still
weak front end-still

nothing new here...square wheels wells-still
small trainging wheels-still
low dragging frame-still
weak front end-still

@Scott. THIS! These guys couldn't build a truck to save their damn life anymore. I can't believe I once 'worshipped' at the alter of all things Chevy. And what's up with the gun slit windows? This isn't a Camaro.

Let's see, Baby tires, Low Slung frame, Goofy fender flares, Poor overall shape of truck. Hmmmm. Yep, it's all there! Just your typical modern day GM truck. Nothing to see here.. What a major letdown. This is like being so freaking depressed about the Chinese looking 03-06 Silverado's. I couldn't Wait for the 07 to arrive! I was hoping Chevy would right all of their wrongs. Boy was I wrong.. I had to wash my eyes out after the 07 was unveiled. What a major letdown this Silverado was. I guess major letdowns are just par for the course anymore when it comes to GM. It's no wonder Ford is kicking Chevy's ass on a daily basis.

Note to GM: Tires are Round. Not square. Get a clue.

Ahh... same old typical GM bashing.

Please tell me that those pictures are of a rolling cab and chassis of the next truck and those horrendous bulging front fenders and that horrendous bulging bed are leftovers from the current Silverado and they just tacked them on to throw people off. I'm begging for mercy here Chevy. God don't make me look at another Silverado again like this one! This whole current truck should be in the Smithsonian Museum of what Not to do when designing a truck! A complete disaster.

Square fenders are so 1970's/80's. You would have thought Chevy would have learned their lesson by now. Like shag carpet and bellbottoms, that design is Way out of date. Lame.

Look at the front wheel opening. It's all blacked out because it has the proper fender liner like Dodge's have. The back looks like crap because Chevy is too damn cheap to give you a proper fit and finish on your truck. If you blacked out that rear wheel it would look proper. It does have a nice round shape to it.

Square wheel openings blow. My 69 C-10 is the last Chevy truck that had proper wheel openings. The GMT-400's looked ok. They weren't too blocky but they still didn't hold a candle to what Chevrolet was doing in the late 60's. This is so depressing being a Chevy guy anymore.

This whole current truck should be in the Smithsonian Museum of what Not to do when designing a truck! A complete disaster.

@GaryOlmstead, I agree. This Silverado sucks bad. I'll wait for my final judgement when the camo is off but this next one doesn't really look to be all that different. Just more of the same....

Square wheel openings blow. My 69 C-10 is the last Chevy truck that had proper wheel openings. The GMT-400's looked ok. They weren't too blocky but they still didn't hold a candle to what Chevrolet was doing in the late 60's. This is so depressing being a Chevy guy anymore.

@AmericanChevrolet, I agree.

You whiny GM babies! Don't you know this is GM? They build what THEY want!.. Not want you Chevrolet customers want. (With your money of course). lol! This is hillarious.... It must suck to be a Chevy guy.

It's nice to get off work and read PUTC that's for sure. It's been a long day. Nothing better than seeing Ford has nothing to worry about for the forseable future.

Looks like the same truck to me. It's sad what Chevy became. I never did like GMC's but I was holding out hope for Chevy. They really need to just call it a day.

Ford and Dodge executives must just sit back and laugh at this stuff.

@Walt, I guarantee they do. Dodge will knock Chevrolet out of the #2 spot in truck sales this year no doubt. Chevrolet is a joke anymore. GMC was always a joke. Some things never change I guess.

If this is the new Chevy Silverado then this is a laughable half assed effort to try and take on the Ford SD or Dodge Ram.

Lets see what I am hearing. A bunch of grown men crying because of squared off openings, not sure what the big deal is there. Do you guys also get together and argue when you all wear the same watch? Jeez...

@Scott and Seth, I bet that redesigned IFS on the GM heavy duty's is stronger then your precious SFA. GM strenghtened the F out of their suspension and chassis. It shows by all the schooling they have been doing in the comparison tests...

Who is whinning about fenders, you can't even see if they have flares or anything. Good lord wait until the camo is off to pass judgement. I will give up some looks to have the truck out perform the other trucks any day. Im sorry, we have a bunch of suburban dads who all they use their trucks for is image, so it must look and match their personality and outfit. Come one, GM has always built a quility top notch truck. No reason they won't this time. It was a leader back in 07, it is old now and the others have been redesigned, what do you think is going to happen?

Also, if you can find a picture of a Ford with out the side steps you will see they have some inches of frame showing too, not as much but almost as much as gm. Id rather have frame hit something then the body...

Tires tires tires, are we going to go there? Who keeps the stock tire or size first of all (none of you that complain because it doesn't fit your image with out a mud or all terrain) and second the stock tire size on a Fx4 is about half an inch taller then a Z71. Is it that much of a difference?

Their interiors will be significantly upgraded, so don't judge til you see that too.

It is comical to read some of the stuff you guys write!

Carry on!

Tyler

if this truck look like the terrain they have a winner..

GM has always built a quility top notch truck. No reason they won't this time. It was a leader back in 07, it is old now and the others have been redesigned, what do you think is going to happen?

@Tyler, uh, no... It was Not the leader in 2007. It was a joke in 2007. The 2004 Ford F-150 FAR surpassed the Chevy in 2007 and it was 3 years older. The interior in the Silverado LTZ was a Joke compared to the Lariat or King Ranch. The base interior was a Fisher Price plastic nightmare. And that body? REALLY? You think the Silverado has Anything on the 04-Current F-150 in terms of body design? Can I please get some of what you're smoking? The Silverado is one ugly freaking truck and that is being kind.

this is not the new design ,,they test the new engine...

It looks like the bulging Toyota style fenders are gone on this model. That would be a good thing.

@miath- "this is not the new design ,,they test the new engine..."
Hahaha. You wish! They don't need camo to test an engine.

Also, if you can find a picture of a Ford with out the side steps you will see they have some inches of frame showing too, not as much but almost as much as gm. Id rather have frame hit something then the body...

@Tyler, is that the best you can do? Low slung frames suck dude. That's why Ford and Dodge own the HD market. You obviously don't know what you're talking about kid. It's impossible. And no, a frame will Never show on a Ford or Dodge. Do you even have a clue about that which you speak? As for a comparison test, I can tell right off the bat you're not a real truck guy. You're clueless. Any real off road or HD truck has a SFA. There's many reasons for it but a torsion bar IFS is a very poor and cheap way of doing things. It never has been and never will be stronger. It's only Cheaper. Typical GM... As for square fenders, tires are round. Not only do square fenders look ugly, they aren't proper. Square fenders are for posers like GMC drivers. I expected more from Chevrolet.

@Miath- The Terrain is just as ugly as the current Silverado I think. GM design really sucks nowadays.

I think you guys would be surprised at what can be hidden under the camo and all the false bodywork added. I am sure in the next 4-6 months we'll see some better pictures with less cladding but the cab certainly looks bigger (I personally think the crew cabs are stupidly big on the Ford's. Even at 6'5" I don't need 44 inches of leg room, I'd rather have more bed space or a shorter overall truck to try and maneuver)

All of the truck makers have extremely capable vehicles and be honest most of the big eye catching numbers are for bragging rights anyway. In all the "hurt-locker" type comparisons 1st and 3rd place really aren't far apart and splitting hairs on 0-60 of .1 second difference doesn't matter. I think what will be important is what is cost effective to run, cheapest to own most efficient to drive and most comfortable to live with. This seems to be a game of continual inches since none of the companies really come up with anything ground breaking. I doubt Chevy will either but it will be much better than the existing trucks and probably incrementally better than Ford/Ram/Toyota until 2016 rolls around and someone else inches a head.

Ultimately I hope GM has success with their trucks because at the end of the day a successful company will provide for more jobs and the Detroit area could certainly use more jobs from a stable company.

It looks like the bulging Toyota style fenders are gone on this model. That would be a good thing.

@Ford850, I agree. These bulging fenders on the current Silverado should be banned from all future Silverado designs. It's effing ugly as sin. What the heck were they thinking when they did that??

Ultimately I hope GM has success with their trucks because at the end of the day a successful company will provide for more jobs and the Detroit area could certainly use more jobs from a stable company.

@Mhowarth, you mean Mexico? That's where the last GM truck I bought was made. An absolute pile of garbage it was too. Never again!

@TJ41

Sorry you had a bad experience. I am not a fanboi in any particular direction and my last truck was a Dodge which I liked but also wished it had some better features. I am open to any of the major auto makers if they make what I am looking for.

As far as the jobs I know that all of the automakers have plants all over North America due to NAFTA but even if the assembly jobs are in Mexico and engines are from who knows where (I am sure someone will chime in with the answer) the desine and engineering jobs that pay well most likely will be in the US and the increased cash flow/profits will benefit the local communities with more charity, etc. Basically it can't be a bad thing if GM is doing better because their new truck design is a success but keep in mind that the VAST majority of growth and profitaiblity won't be in the US market with a lot of attention diverted to China, India and Brazil. All of those markets are strong for GM and in turn the strong profits will allow them to develop technology and capacbilities we want in our US only trucks.

Yup, looks to have the 2011-up HD chassis and suspension. Good, that is the strongest stiffest frame in the business, and is without peer at least until the next gen. Super Duty shows up (when???). The new HD IFS has as much travel as a Super Duty SFA, and it is stronger as well. That truck looks to have a AAM 10.5 rear axle, so my guess is that it is a gas 2500 model.

@Bob, The new SD frame shows up next year. You didn't Really think Ford was going to let that frame twist video Chevy put up go to waste now did you? The wheel travel is not near what Ford has. It is not near what Ram offers. The frame while stiffer will also be prone to easier cracking. As well as it offers little in the way of ground clearance. I assure you and everyone on here, the next generation super light Ford frame is on it's way. It will offer all of the ground clearance anyone could ask for. It will not stick out like a sore thumb. It will retain the SFA front suspension heavy duty customers demand. It will offer more wheel travel than what the Silverado can ever give you. There is no restriction on tire size. The wheel wells will remain round and Ford will never be outclassed by Chevrolet. You can take that to the bank.

Those are foam blocks under that cover,looks like they trying to hide the wheel well shape.

@Big Bob
Due to the fact that trucks are subjected to cyclic loading weak frames are not what kills trucks."Fatigue is what kills truck frames — not tensile strength or yield strength." http://trailer-bodybuilders.com/mag/trucks_tips_truck_frames/

These bulging fenders on the current Silverado should be banned from all future Silverado designs. It's effing ugly as sin. What the heck were they thinking when they did that??

@CraigS.- they were thinking 'Hey, let's rip off the Nissan Titan design'. Unfortunately when you graft those bulging fenders, bulging bed, and 3 piece unfinished bumper look onto a full size truck, it looks like ass. Hello Chevy! Anyone home?? The Nissan Titan was designed as a small/midsize truck. Not a fullsizer. If I can borrow a few phrases here, your Silverado looks like a Cartoon And a Road Whale with those design elements. What morons. Sometimes I look at this Silverado and even the 03-07 classic and wonder who the hell approved such atrocities. They're as bad if not worse than the Aztec and first gen Avalanche. Good grief... I think back at all of the great Chevrolet truck designs over the last 80 years or so and this current truck becomes that much more shameful. Even look at the wavy sheetmetal over the rear wheels. How does something as obvious as that get past quality control?? Then again, we're talking about a company that still produces an engine with piston slap after 15 years in production... GM has destroyed Chevrolet trucks and even Chevrolet cars. I too was a Bowtie man once upon a time. Not any longer.



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