Spied! 2014 GMC Sierra 1500

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We just received a message from photographer Chris Doane regarding the 2014 GMC Sierra. Here's what he wrote us:

"Two weeks ago, Chevy engineers were spied testing a large group of 2014 Silverado prototypes. That test group has now reappeared, but this time, test vehicles for the all-new GMC Sierra have come along for the ride!

"Fortunately, during one of the many pauses in testing, a Sierra prototype pulled right alongside a Silverado prototype, making the difference between the two trucks easy to see."

In the first photo in this set, the Silverado prototype in the background has one large crossbar running through the middle of the grille opening, while the Sierra prototype in the foreground has at least two thinner crossbars and a few thin vertical bars.

In addition to the difference in grille, visible on several of the prototypes, the Sierra test trucks are also wearing some familiar GMC wheels, with one truck sporting a set that looks almost identical to wheels on the recently debuted 2013 GMC Acadia.

Under the hood of the Sierra 1500 will be the new Gen V small-block V-8. It is said to be an aluminum block and will feature direct injection and cylinder deactivation. A V-6 will also be offered, but exactly which one remains a mystery. It could be the 3.6-liter V-6 found in many other models, but we know GM is also working on a turbocharged 3.0-liter. Given Ford's success with the EcoBoost F-150, we believe GM will want to match it.

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A Sierra 1500 Hybrid will continue to be offered for the next-gen models, but at least one industry source has it as a V-6-based hybrid powertrain instead of the current V-8 model. We're also hearing that the hybrid model may not be ready initially at launch.

Power for the heavy-duty models should come from updated versions of the 6.0- and 6.2-liter gas engines and the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel.

An eight-speed transmission is also in the works, but it may not be ready for the initial launch. The transmission may also see use only in the light-duty 1500 models.

The 2014 Sierra is scheduled to begin production as late as April 2013 at assembly plants in Flint, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Comments

for going to be so much different they still look alot like the same other then the grills smell to look alot different.

i am wondering the pros and cons of the camouflage that the auto companies use. I am thinking the Chevy guys would want to know what is coming to them along with the guys that are on the fence on what truck to buy. People that don't want to wait may go to another brand, but if they knew what was coming them might hang a little longer to buy the truck. any ways just thinking out loud here...

for once i'm with johnny doe...

"Oh, I get it Mr. GM salesman, you're right! The GMC and Chevy badges look COMPLETELY different! I don't understand why I didn't see that at first..."

Looks like the GMC in the top picture is a crew cab with a 6' bed.

Finally trying to have the complete line ford has. Wonder if they will go fully boxed frame on 1/2 tons.

I like how they copy dodge door style

There is plenty of room at the bottom of the GMC Grill for the third bar. They have been using a 3 bar design for some time and as every good designer knows, odd numbers look better than even numbers.
The boxy mirrors suggest they are going with a more squared look for this generation look.

The front grille on the GMC looks kind of like a Dodge. They both look to have square wheelwells. At least for sure the GMC does in that front clip picture. That would make sense as it would match the Terrain. Maybe Chevrolet's will be more round? That would be nice as I prefer that myself. Those beds need some fenderliners in the back though. I've read a few comments on that and looked at the Dodge's and guys are right. They have those liners from the factory and look much better. My F-150 doesn't have them but after seeing the Dodge I'm kind of let down that it doesn't. I really don't like to mess with aftermarket stuff. I really look forward to seeing this new Silverado! I hope it has the interior packages to match what my Platinum offers and that of the King Ranch as well. Maybe Chevrolet will get my sale next time.

The wheels on the Silverado are not very attractive at all. They look like 1990's Dodge Dakota wheels. I seriously hope those are like the cheap base wheels or something because they are ugly.

@Dean. It is an unfinished prototype. Not one of the spy shots have had the air dam on them. Can you imagine the bashfest that would go on here if they let anyone see the unfinished truck?? Katy bar the door!
They get better results with the carrot and stick approch than full disclosure. It's all about the Psy-ops.

GM is doing it all wrong! The leather is supposed to be on the inside of the truck. No wonder Ford and Ram are so successful with their high end trucks. Just kidding guys, hope these trucks turn out to be a success story. GM and their followers could use it.

Those beds need some fenderliners in the back though. I've read a few comments on that and looked at the Dodge's and guys are right. They have those liners from the factory and look much better.

@Pete- I agree. This is something this current generation is sorely missing. If GM is going to keep using these large fender gaps and not filling up the space with more tire then they really need to clean up the underside. The Ford's are more filled out but I'm with you, Ford should still be using liners. They make it so much easier to powerwash off mud and grime at the carwash. You don't get all of that crap packed up in the frame and brakelines etc. Plus it looks so much more 'finished'. It also matches the front then which obviously has a liner. Without liners under the beds the GM twins look like they were trying to cut costs and just half assed it. Dodge is doing it right by their customers.. Since this is supposed to be the truck that saves Chevrolet's dying reputation you'd think they'd go all out here. Very disappointing.

Plus it looks so much more 'finished'. It also matches the front then which obviously has a liner. Without liners under the beds the GM twins look like they were trying to cut costs and just half assed it.

@CJ50, I noticed that too. Look at the side shot and the front wheel space has an all black background. The rear wheel space is plain white metal which not only looks bad now but will look worse with time. Add me to the list of people who insist on rear liners like Dodge has. This is something I'm going to push Ford to do on their updated trucks. You'd think that on an all new truck that Chevrolet would get these things down right. Stevadore does have a point though that it's still unfinished. Maybe the finished Silverado will have the proper liners. I also agree with Pete that the Sierra looks Dodge'ish up front. Both trucks look pretty much the same outside of that though. I actually like the lines of the cab.

I hope the Silverado has a clean front end this time. It also must retain those 'Evil Eyes' headlights like the Tahoe, current Silverado and Camaro have. Those look exactly how a Chevy should look. Clean and MEAN!! :)

for going to be so much different they still look alot like the same other then the grills smell to look alot different.

@Johnnydoe, I think I read somewhere that it cost GM too much money to do two different bodies on these current trucks so they were going to go back to doing them the same like the used to do to save money. It looks like they will probably switch up the grilles and hoods. It's probably better that way anyhow. I think this whole current generation of Chevy's/GM's turned out to be a mess. The Chevy should have just had the GM's body with a different grille. Even the GM's body wasn't perfect though and could have been better on the wheel flares.

Is that a pumpkin I see on the Sierra? Look at the top pictures underneath in the center of the truck. It's clear as day something is under there. Are we looking at a real offroad package? It sure as heck better come on the Silverado too if that's the case. I've been wanting a brand new Chevy that was truly offroad capable for Years now.

Is that a pumpkin I see on the Sierra? Look at the top pictures underneath in the center of the truck. It's clear as day something is under there

@Randy, naw bud. What you're seeing is the rear end of the Silverado parked next to it. It just kind of lines up like that in the picture. You can see the shocks mounted on the axle in the very top picture. Both trucks side by side are the same.

@RandyK, I think what you see is the rear diff on the Silverado behind it.

They are wasting a lot of money creating two truck lines of the same truck.

The GMC front end is more slanted forward with a taller hood like the Dodge Powerwagon. In fact, if I didn't know it was the GMC I'd have thought it was a Dodge myself. The Chevrolet looks to retain a more classic (80's/90's) front end. It also looks like the Silverado does have those evil eyes which makes me happy also. That's about all I can really tell. Both trucks look to be the same design again like the old days which IMO is a good thing. This current generation I also agree sucked. Especially for Chevy. I can't wait to see how this new Silverado looks fully dressed! It just might be my new truck.

It looks like the Silverado has a complete bumper again! Fantastic.. I think the cabs of these trucks look great. I hope the Chevy goes back to clean fenders as well. And yes, liners in the back would be preferred. Maybe I won't give up hope just yet. Especially if that Silverado Outlaw interior package comes out as a King Ranch killer. I want one in all black for my personal truck. The other 4 Silverado's I need would be blue with the Cheyenne interior package or possibly the Scottsdale interiors. It just depends on what my guys want as they will be their work/personal vehicles. I'm kind of excited about Chevrolet again today!

C'mon Chevy! Make us old diehards proud again! Just one more time before my time is up... I've owned a 38,44,56,67,70,72,79,84,89,93,98 and a 2001. All Chevrolet's and 8 of them brand new! I'd never own another brand. My 2001 was where my love for Chevy trucks stopped. It didn't end, it just went on a long pause. It wasn't built anywhere near as well as my previous Chevy's. And when they made it look Japanese in 03 I had to pass. I didn't like these new ones either. So I still have my 01 and my 98 to drive regularly. I'm restoring my 1972 to it's original glory! I'd like one last new Chevy though. One that comes back full circle and is better than anything before it and better than what Ford is building. Us Chevy guys used to always chuckle at Ford's. It's not so easy to do right now. Make us proud again! God Bless the Bowtie.

Anyone who really believed these two trucks would be very different is an idiot.

Same old song and dance, two truck lines and giving the Sierra the top trim.

Bvonscott lied.

C'mon Chevy! Make us old diehards proud again!

-How about making us younger diehards proud again too! Lot's of us Chevy diehards in our 20's, 30's and 40's... We've been waiting for them to take on Ford again!

two truck lines and giving the Sierra the top trim.

-That's stupid. Chevrolet should have the same top trims. Just use different names and slight styling changes. I suppose they could make more things standard on the GMC's for marketing purposes and charge more for it though. Those same things should still be optional for people who prefer Chevrolet's.

Especially if that Silverado Outlaw interior package comes out as a King Ranch killer.

-Let's hope! I want a Silverado Outlaw too!! The whole Cheyenne, Scottsdale, Silverado Outlaw line of trims (base, subtle luxury, King Ranch type) is an awesome trim line!

It looks like the GMC is going for the tougher truck look, the Chevy styling appears to be less aggressive looking. That being the case, I think this may be the first time where I would prefer the looks of the GMC over the Chevy.

All the hype but I see this coming. GM is trying to catch up but is having a hard time. Ford and RAM is far ahead of the game.

As usual, GM is doing the Copy-Cat game. Ford wannabees !!

"The best part: the Sierra looks PHENOMINAL and will blow people away, and doesnt look like a chevy, which will be the more "work truck" kinda feel and more "vanilla". Sorry Chevy guys. GM is aiming to increase GMC sales ALOT. Yukon/Tahoe is said to look several generations ahead of the current ones. Will also blow away competition." - bvonscott

I call BS. They both look very alike. None blowing the other away. I think bvonscott was creating this in his own mind hoping the Sierra would blow away Chevy because he doesn't like Chevy and is a GMC fan.

It looks like Chevy is finally going to take on Ford again like the old days. It's about time. Not a big GMC guy myself but this Ram look it appears to have out front is kind of a cool characteristic. I look forward to the full reveal of both trucks. Especially the Silverado..

What was bvonscott smoking? I'm not blown away.

Ooooooohhhh - it has tiny mirrors, two bar grille and GMC Acadia wheels! Where is the phenomenal looking truck that was promised to blow you away, bvonscott????? You lied!

I call BS. They both look very alike. None blowing the other away. I think bvonscott was creating this in his own mind hoping the Sierra would blow away Chevy because he doesn't like Chevy and is a GMC fan.

@Jason, I agree. I'm happy about it too. I followed what that tool wrote for awhile to see what the heck he was talking about. It was obvious he was a GMC nutswinger from California but the guy was off his rocker in his GMC fantasyland. I've always been a Chevy guy so clearly this is good news for me.


the Chevy styling appears to be less aggressive looking.

@Alex, I hoping when the wraps come off that the Chevy is more agressive looking than it appears as well. I'd guess the aggression would be designed more into the headlight assemblies. As previously noted, the "evil eye" look. That alone would be perfectly fine by me. The GMC does look to be more slanted forward like the Dodge which is fine too. Both ways of creating aggression are often used in design. Especially on muscle cars. I'm a big fan of clean aggression so the classic Chevy grille with mean looking headlights is perfect in my book.

These trucks are so camo'd up its hard to tell. We can seethe general outline but there's a lot of unknowns. I'll leave my speculation aside until I see a production model.

The GMC does look fairly aggressive in the pic. At any rate, I'm anxious to see what options and innovations it'll have. Until then it's just truck-like thing riding around with tarps around it.

It's still too early to tell anything...I'm not a bow-tie guy but I hope they succeed. The big three just keeps pushing each other. That's good for all of us.

They are wasting a lot of money creating two truck lines of the same truck.

@Tom, they gotta give a truck to those Buick dealers to sell. Buick dealers couldn't survive without a truck to sell. I still think Buicks should have just been sold as an import alternative (as they are Opels anyway) at the Chevrolet-Cadillac dealers. They'd sure save alot of money! GM will do what GM will do though.

Anyone who really believed these two trucks would be very different is an idiot.

@Joe, very true.

The mirrors on the Silverado are the same as the ones on the Sierra All-Terrain HD

I think the notion was that GMC would differentiate itself and not that it would be a completely different truck. Speculation gets taken out of context on this site sometimes.

Either way, i'd like to see a production model already. I'm close to getting a Ram but I'll wait the summer out to see what the new GM offers before I drop my hard earned cash.

The important thing is:

If you look at the pictures they are 6-lug wheels which means they are 1500's, but it sure looks to me like a 6.5-foot bed!!

SK, looks like Dodge and Chevy are finally getting their act together on half-ton crews with 6.5' beds. About time.

@Matt in NH, the current 1/2 ton trucks already have fully boxed frames.

From GM in a recent email, when I inquired about a diesel Suburban

"We remain optimistic that the Duramax 4.5L V-8 diesel may be a viable option in our future portfolio."

Cadillac will sell a diesel version of the ATS in North America, VW has seen a 35% increase in sales in diesel cars over the last year. Could the 4.5 V8 diesel be on its way?

I'm so pumped to see the new Silverado.. It's about time Chevy stuck it to Ford and Dodge.

Looks like the 2014 Sierra is going to follow the grill on the GMC All-Terrain concept pretty closely.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2010/12/first-look-gmc-sierra-all-terrain-hd-concept.html

They cover up the changes for the new vehicles because they dont want to ruin the old one. If they show it too early while theres still a ton in stock, nobody is going to want to buy the old Chevy because it looks boring compared to the new. I'd guess the amount that they lose by putting of the release is about the same as they'll gain from those in other brands who put off their purchase til they saw Chevys change.

Bvonscott did not say the Sierra would be very different. His informant who has actually seen the truck without the camo and who has driven the truck, said the difference will be in the DETAILS. It will still be THE SAME TRUCK. Who cares if Chevy will not have a Denali level? Chevy guys don't. If Chevy guys really wanted a Denali that don't you think they would make it since they sell more? It's just a truck.

Who cares if Chevy will not have a Denali level? Chevy guys don't. If Chevy guys really wanted a Denali that don't you think they would make it since they sell more? It's just a truck.

@Sierra, you're an idiot. Chevy guys don't care? Is that why they've been complaining about the Lack of a Platinum and King Ranch interior in the Silverado forever now?? Do Ford guys not want their Platinum and King Ranch? Do Dodge guys not want their Laramie Longhorn and Limited interiors? Sales say otherwise. Ford and Dodge guys DO want those interiors and so do us Chevy guys. It's just a Chevrolet truck you're right. And it's not up to par with it's Ford and Dodge counterparts. That said this Silverado is shaping up to be a winner. I couldn't give a rats ass about anything with a GMC badge on it. And whatever the Chevrolet top trim is don't call it a Denali. That name is ghetto as ghetto could be. You GMC women can keep it.

Who cares if Chevy will not have a Denali level? Chevy guys don't. If Chevy guys really wanted a Denali that don't you think they would make it since they sell more? It's just a truck.

@Sierra, I bought a Platinum F-150 because Chevrolet did not offer anything as nice. I did not buy a GMC nor will I ever. I also bought a Ford Fusion instead of the new Malibu so I could stay within the same name brand and dealership family. For 30 years I purchased only Chevrolet trucks and cars. You might want to rethink your nonsense statement.

All of the asthetics aside (really guys you are whinning about something you can't even see) what I am more worried about was the statement that the 8-speed autos may not be ready in time and the new trucks will have to limp along with th 6-speed. That isn't going to be a show stopping debut if it is "we made you wait an extra year to get these trucks made right but if you REALLY want the new truck you'll still have to wait while we build the upgraded power train."

That isn't going to look good and they'll lose the "all-new " momentum if this happens.

The Sierra does look like it has a taller hood. I'm not convinced with the square wheel wells on the Sierra. Hard to say under all that camo. It does look like they have put disc brakes on the back. The dash looks like it has a different shape on the Sierra but maybe there is just a bunch of diagnostic gizmos on the Chevy.
This is like a blind date with a chick in a Sumo suite. Guys are going to get frustrated and wonder if the wait is worth it. Throw Me a Frickin' Bone Here, will ya.... LOL

Ooooh.. Ahhhh.... A Government Motor Company truck. Yippee! LOL... I still say Chevrolet is going down. GMC never mattered.

Who cares if Chevy will not have a Denali level?

-Speak for yourself screwball. I care.



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