2014 Chevy Silverado Spy Photo Special!!

  GM Silverado Spy Shot II

Photography by GM, Chris Doane Photography, and KGP Photography

The folks at GM are at it again. First, they sent us — and by "us," we mean all the major outlets — a video of the new Chevy Silverado towing a load up a hill. Now they're sending us a very specifically angled spy shot from their own photographers. 

There's not a lot we can tell from the photo, but then again that was probably the point. Still, it does look like the dash is padded, it is a Chevy bow-tie on the grille, and the engine is likely the new smaller V-8 or new V-6 engine. There is a small detail that prevents us from thinking the rear suspension will still be leaf springs, and the wheel and tire combo almost looks carryover. 

We do like the bigger Silverado HD-style towing mirrors, leading us to believe this particular truck could have stronger towing numbers than previous models. Here's exactly what GM said in the accompanying press release:

"GM engineers are conducting the final validation of the next generation Silverado light-duty pickups. In addition to all of the torture testing, the team has paid considerable attention to delivering a comfortable, well-balanced ride which is being refined on a variety of track surfaces at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds. The new Silverado will start production in 2013."

But that's not all.

As you might expect, some of our spy photographers were also out and about when this particular truck was moving around the streets of Detroit and grabbed even more shots, from various angles. This is what Chris Doane sent us, regarding the same truck, with a wider variety of details. 

"After months of seeing Chevy's next-generation Silverado completely covered in heavy camouflage, we were almost shocked today to see a production-ready, 2014 Silverado with almost all the heavy camouflage removed!

Under the hood of the Silverado 1500 will be the new Gen V small-block V-8. It is rumored to be an aluminum block and feature direction injection and cylinder de-activation. A V-6 will also be offered, but which one exactly is still a mystery. While it may be the 3.6L V-6 found in many other models, we know GM is also working on a high-output, turbo-charged, 3.0L V-6. Given Ford's success with their EcoBoost F-150, we think GM will want to match it.

An 8-speed transmission is also rumored to be in the works, but may not be ready for the initial launch. The 8-speed is likely to only see use in the light-duty, 1500 models.

While a hybrid Silverado was originally in the works, recent reports have implied that GM will cease making hybrid variants of their big trucks and SUVs or, at least, delay their arrival.

Codenamed "K2XC," production of the regular, the 2014 Silverado is currently slated to begin production in April, 2013. The heavy-duty models, codenamed "K2XCZ," will follow in October of 2013. Both will be built at the Flint, Mich. and Ft. Wayne, Indiana assembly plants."

We note that these two trucks are similarly camoed but they are not identical--look closely at the mirrors, front hood, sidesteps, and chrome accents. We're guessing this one is the LTZ model. 

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Comments

Good god. How old is this truck? The wax dipped frames ALREADY starting to RUST. Cheap and typical cost cutting for GM. Won't spend a few more pennies to paint the frames properly like Ford and Dodge do. It's nice to know you can still sit an entire lunchpail or toolbox on the rear tires. Maybe crawl up there and take a nap there's so much dead space. The square wheelwells look horrible.

Doesn't look terrible, I see this model has the plastic in the wheel wheels which make it look better, I only wish the wheel houses were round. Interested to see what the front end look like.

Looks kind of boring... Hopefully when it's actually released it has a better interior that puts it head and shoulders above it's current generation because based on those shots, the exterior will be nothing to write home about.

Doesn't look terrible, I see this model has the plastic in the wheel wheels which make it look better, I only wish the wheel houses were round. Interested to see what the front end look like.

@Ben, I agree. At least it has wheelliners this time. I don't like the square openings at all though. I too wish they were round. It's the one thing that makes the Ford's and Dodge's look so sharp. Oh well. :(

Those wheel openings look like ass. Why are they SO square?? It doesn't even match the rest of the truck. They should have made them more like the current Avalanche/Tahoe. Those look really nice. Either that or just made them round. Very disappointed in how this turned out. This is two trucks in a row with seriously screwed up wheel opening/fender shapes. It's like they forgot how to design the sides of a truck to make it attractive. Eh. It's off my list now.

I am not trying to be a hater but what changed? Looks almost exactly like the old one. I thought this was an all new model? Put this and the old one side by side and the average person could not tell any difference whatsoever. I know I can't.

Look at this 2013 for comparison:

http://cars.oodle.com/view/2013-chevrolet-silverado-1500-lt/3149027584-las-vegas-nv/

I like the Dodge in that second picture better. I agree, the squared off look is like 3 decades past it's prime. You compare the sides of this new Chevy to that old Dodge and there's no comparison. The Dodge looks far better with the round wheel cut outs. This looks like the only tool they had to work with was a square so they stuck it up on the sides of the truck, traced around it and cut straight along the lines. They need to stick the metal back up there, get some new tools and come up with a better shape. Save for the waviness over the rear wheels, the current cut out design is much better than this. I can't stand the current fender and bed bulges but the wheel shape is better. This one looks like they fixed the cartoon bulges only to wreck it with a bad cut out shape for the tires. The rest of it doesn't look too bad though. I can't see this being a big seller wih those cut outs like that myself. It just looks too dated and unattractive for mass sales.

I"m still trying to see where this looks new? still looks like a 5 year old truck, those tow mirrors up on top pic look terrible, wow GM, if this is what we have to look forward to, No need to goto a GM dealership anytime soon

Now that the camo is off I can't see the looks blowing away the competition like that guy on the otherwebsite claimed was going to happen.

The only way the exterior of the 2014 is going to blow you away is if the the 2013 looks blew you away. They are exactly the same. Save for the front grille change and lights - that's why they are the only part that is covered. Big whoop!

The 2013 Ford had all new grilles and hid headlights, too. Ram had some new griles and new hid headlights. There are going to be a lot of dissapointed Chevy fans.

I am not trying to be a hater but what changed? Looks almost exactly like the old one. I thought this was an all new model? Put this and the old one side by side and the average person could not tell any difference whatsoever. I know I can't.

@Dan- I agree. Looks like they took the current truck and just cleaned up the flared out sides a lot of us guys didn't like. Like others here have said, I too think the wheel wells took a serious step backwards though. That's the one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb to me as a big negative. Maybe this isn't production ready? From a side shot though, if the wheel wells weren't so boxy shaped, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference from the current truck to this one unless maybe I was staring at the new handle position of the back doors. I really think Chevy needs to get some new designers for their trucks. They've been screwy looking in one way or another since 03.

What's the background of this statement in the article: "There is a small detail that prevents us from thinking the rear suspension will still be leaf springs,"

Is that left-over from an earlier version of the article before the pictures at the bottom were available?

This is the "blow you away" truck I have waited on for years? Unbelievable. Square wheel wells again? This looks like their attempt to catch up instead of leading the way. I should have listened to others and moved on sooner. I'll be on the Ford dealer lots this weekend, and possibly a Ram dealer too.

Underneath the right tail-light behind the wheelwell, it looks to be a lip (or whatever you want to call it) that might be going along the entire length of the side of the truck so that way they can do a two-tone color.

Apparently GM is keeping the old looks.

The only significant change in looks will be in the larger crew cab, one new luxury interior, and a new grile/headlight setup.

Those who were hyping this as some "phenomenal blow away the competition" next generation have egg on their face.

It looks like an oversized Dodge Dakota from the 90's. I swear those are 90's Dakota rims. Why would Chevy want to copy those? They're ugly. The squared fender openings don't do anything for me either. It also reminds me of 90's Dodge or those box Chevy's from the early 80's. I just never liked that. Major buzzkill here..

This truck looks greatso far. Can't wait untill we get to see the rest. Its kinda hard to judge it without seeing it all. Rear bumper has steps in it that you can really use without having to open the tailgate, pull out step, unfold step, and then fold the handle. Looks like there is going to be so much room in that backseat and I already have plenty in my 2009. I also love that they are going back to the bar going across the front grill.

@Dan The side of the body is more flat and less round, the cab in a lot bigger, and looks like the cut down on the bumps on the side of the bed. Basically made it more square, bolder, mean, and clean looking. I like it still good looks, and motors that will rip RAM HEMI'S APART!

If Chevrolet and GMC want a more traditional truck look so be it, but for God's sake use a round wheel well. That square design looks like absolute crap! I feel sorry for Chevy fans.

Looks like they took out most of the dough-boy fender flares and streamlined the sides to be more like the F-150. I'm not sure what I was expecting since there is only so much you can do, but I am disappointed.

What happened to making a good looking pick up truck? Why does GM use all of these goofy looking stampings on their beds and fenders now? Look down the side profile. There's a center line that looks really nice on the cab. Then when it gets to the front fender and the back bed, it stops. Then the front fender has some odd shaped stamping (Again) and the bed likewise has another odd shaped stamping (Again)!. None of the truck flows together from front to back. It's all mish mashed and disjointed just like the current trucks are. This is where Ford and Dodge have it all over the GM twins. I likewise am disappointed to see yet Another generation of square wheel shapes. Give it a rest already! Why can't they go back to more classic lines and shapes like their 1960's trucks had? Or even the 1990's? I guess I was hoping for too much to get a good looking Chevrolet truck again. Somebody at Ren Cen needs to be fired and sent packing over this mess. And the last truck too.

Don't know what the 'small detail' is, but those are leaf springs on the back. Truck looks good, but also keep in mind the GMC will look quite a bit different from the Chevy. I for one like the Nox-Rust frame coating, you can buy it in a spray can and touch it up easily. Protects better than paint if you keep after it.

So much for the composite bed everyone was hoping for. If they cut even more weight out of this truck it will be yet another tinfoil special like the 900's are. This sucks. At least they stuck some fender liners in those ugly wheelwells and gave it some disc brakes finally. It's not the gamechanger I was hoping for. Just more mediocrity and poor design. It better have some mindblowing interior options like Ford has because outside of that, there's not much to get excited for here.

The rust on those pictures is concerning to me, I am hoping it is due to the extreme testing they have subjected it to... Like worst-case scenario type testing.

Looks like the rear leaf spring setup is made to be interchangeable with something else. Only a three leaf spring-pack? and that angled aluminum shim? Also, interesting that they put the anti-roll bar behind the front suspension.

@Matt Don't feel sorry not everyone likes the round wheel look.

This is the "blow you away" truck I have waited on for years? Unbelievable. Square wheel wells again? This looks like their attempt to catch up instead of leading the way. I should have listened to others and moved on sooner. I'll be on the Ford dealer lots this weekend, and possibly a Ram dealer too.


-THIS! I've waited for the last several years hanging onto old Chevy loyalty. These literally sealed the deal for me. I'm over it.


@Bob, Ya, like I want to spray my frame on my new 60k dollar truck every year. Eff that. For that kind of money these things should be Painted like Ford and Dodge do it. This design is another dud in my book. I'm so sick of seeing these square wheel openings on the Chevy's. They didn't even try to round them this time. It's just a plain corner to corner Square cut out. Absolutely pathetic.

it's time to take the camo off and start giving some specific details about what this truck will be (i.e. engine specs, interiors, chassis). These staged snipits aren't going to stop anyone from visiting their local Ram dealer when the 2013's are for sale. No one is going to wait until next summer to buy what appears to be another rehash from GM unless we know it's worth the wait.

Why would they do the integrated bumper steps on the sides? Why not do a tailgate step right down the center so you can use it for heaving loading straight on? This was a missed opportunity.

@Matt Don't feel sorry not everyone likes the round wheel look

-Except Most do! Leave that square stuff like the Terrain to GMC for the minority. The vast majority of folks and anyone I've ever known prefer round wheel wells. You can fit larger tires in there and it just plain looks better. Tires are round you dolts. For the love of God at least soften the square lines. This looks hideous. It's like it's a one off fake they made just to screw with the competition. Those wheels likewise look awful although this isn't the first time I've seen those. I seriously, Seriously hope those wheel well shapes aren't the real deal. If they are, it's a deal killer for me. I can't even believe I'm looking at such a disaster yet again. It's the the let down reveal of the GMT-900's all over again.

I agree with johnny doe. I don't like the looks of the round wheel wells on the Fords and Rams.

So if I am lifting 100+ lbs onto the truck I am supposed to insert my foot into the little hole in the bumper. Then jockey my other foot over the tailgate and somehow pull myself onto the truck. This is a poor design. Might be an improvement on the bumper but doesn't replace the tailgate step.

looks more like a refresh than a new model... ala ford....

Why would they do the integrated bumper steps on the sides? Why not do a tailgate step right down the center so you can use it for heaving loading straight on? This was a missed opportunity.

@Dave, I agree it's dumb. What does that bumper cut out give you? Why not just step up 1 more inch to the top side of the bumper if you're using the bumper as a step??? At least you'd have a solid platform for your foot. I'm surprised GM hasn't gotten sued over these Avalanche style bumpers. It's an accident waiting to happen. And 'if' you wanted to have a lower step platform on the bumper, move over a few inches to the center where it genuinely sits low. You're dead on. A tailgate step is the only logical alternative. And Add me to the list of guys who doesn't like the wheel opening shape. It looks terrible. Who the heck in in charge of their truck program over there? These guys have been like lost puppies for over a decade now when it comes to design, function and quality control. This frame rust is very concerning to me. The 800's and 900's have horrible rust issues on the frames. They barely make it through 1 solid first winter without being coated in rust by the end. I also see they brought back rocker panels. If they turn out to be anything like the 800's were, they should have kept them off. Those things rusted through so fast it wasn't even funny.

Negatives:
- These are same rinky dink tow mirrors we saw on the other spy pics.
- The regular mirrors look like they belong on a Honda Civic.
- wheels and tires look carryover
- square wheel openings
- taillight shape looks carryover
- not going to blow away the comp
- not phenomenol
- overall looks a lot like the old model
- no tailgate step

Postives:
- larger crewcab
- got rid of the ugly bulging on the sides
- new front end
- integrated bumper side on the side - odd place but better than nothing
- but none of that exceeds the competition, it only matches it.
- haven't seen the interior but that too is only supposed to match the King Ranch

Wish they would do away with the bowtie on the tailgate and actually stamp CHEVROLET into the sheetmetal across the tailgate like they did with the first-gen Avalanche.

It's the the let down reveal of the GMT-900's all over again.

-Bingo.

So if I am lifting 100+ lbs onto the truck I am supposed to insert my foot into the little hole in the bumper

-Bingo.

I'm surprised GM hasn't gotten sued over these Avalanche style bumpers.

-Bingo.

-Except Most do! Leave that square stuff like the Terrain to GMC for the minority. The vast majority of folks and anyone I've ever known prefer round wheel wells. You can fit larger tires in there and it just plain looks better

-Bingo.

If Chevrolet and GMC want a more traditional truck look so be it, but for God's sake use a round wheel well. That square design looks like absolute crap! I feel sorry for Chevy fans.

-Bingo.

Ya, like I want to spray my frame on my new 60k dollar truck every year. Eff that. For that kind of money these things should be Painted like Ford and Dodge do it.

-Bingo.


This truck is a massive let down. It's truly that GMT900 downer feeling all over again. WTF happened to Chevy? I about need to go throw up my lunch after seeing all of this.

"I'm surprised GM hasn't gotten sued over these Avalanche style bumpers. It's an accident waiting to happen."

It's a lawsuit. You might see more of that on the trucks because they will use it more for work and heavy loading. If you're not very fit and agile you could stick your foot in bumper, lose your balance, twist your ankle and fall on your head, etc. This is not good.

Chevy has used square wheel wells since at least the late 70's on all their K series trucks. To lose that would be to turn their back on decades of an identity like when Jeeps went to square headlights in the 80's with the YJ and everyone hated them. I dont understand why people get their tighty whiteys all in a bind about that, seriously? what does the shape have to do with it? Its just as wide and tall as any other trucks which are the only dimensions that matter for tire fitament. As long as it isnt shrouding the tire like hte classic ford broncos did I dont see a reason to be crying other than having nothing to talk about.

New truck looks nice, a little bit of the same stance as a Ram if you ask me. Just wait till she takes her shirt off before judging. I would bet the value of this truck new that those rims get tossed in the dumspter before this goes to production, and heaven forbid that tow mirrors be functional but discreet unlike some anabolic roid monster walking around with his elbows cocked out to look bigger like the Wannabe Super Duties aka F150 max tow et al.

It looks like they fixed the side profile that I had a problem with on the current trucks. I think from what I see so far I kind of like it and may be time to retire this screen name. I might piss off the GM crownd and own a 2016 Silverado if I like the new powertrains.

As the big reveal gets closer I get a little more disappointed. This looks more like a big mid life refresh of the current model than an all new truck. Its OK if they want to do that but I am afraid that this will hurt their market share in the long run. There were a lot of hopes pinned on this vehicle and it is still too early to draw final conclusions but it doesn't look game changing at this point. Maybe it will have amazing power train options and interiors to rival the Ford and Dodge? I hope so. Those underneath shots, with the exception of rear disks (finally) and relocated rear shocks look like all of the other GM trucks of the last 25 years. The front sway bar was part of the coil over front ends from 2007 and up, it looks like that is a complete carryover. Oh well, it will be very interesting to see this play out. I can't wait. The Ford ,Nissan and the Toyota will be the next "all new" designs to bow in the next couple of years, will be interesting to see what they do.

What is with the blockishly square wheel wells?
Truly hideous and unfinished.

Negatives:
- These are same rinky dink tow mirrors we saw on the other spy pics.
- The regular mirrors look like they belong on a Honda Civic.
- wheels and tires look carryover
- square wheel openings
- taillight shape looks carryover
- not going to blow away the comp
- not phenomenol
- overall looks a lot like the old model
- no tailgate step

Postives:
- larger crewcab
- got rid of the ugly bulging on the sides
- new front end
- integrated bumper side on the side - odd place but better than nothing
- but none of that exceeds the competition, it only matches it.
- haven't seen the interior but that too is only supposed to match the King Ranch


@Dave, I agree with most of that. And just Matching the King Ranch isn't going to cut it for Chevrolet any longer. The King Ranch has been around for almost 13 years unchallenged by anything Chevy has. Even Ford has moved on to many higher trims. Chevy is screwed. Especially now that Dodge is coming after them hard and fast too. These wheelwell designs were a huge mistake IMO as well. They just don't look good at all. It's almost like GM has been trying to sabatoge Chevrolet trucks as odd as that sounds. First the last truck and now this?? Color me unimpressed. Heads need to roll for this.

This is the Silverado. The Sierra looks PHENOMINAL and will blow people away, will also blow away competition.

Chevy has used square wheel wells since at least the late 70's on all their K series trucks. To lose that would be to turn their back on decades of an identity like when Jeeps went to square headlights in the 80's with the YJ and everyone hated them. I dont understand why people get their tighty whiteys all in a bind about that, seriously? what does the shape have to do with it?

@Devilsadvocate, pure rubbish. Ford has had square wheel openings before and they changed them to round to look better. What heritage did they turn their back on? Dodge has had square wheel openings before and they changed them round to look better. What heritage did they turn their back on? Chevrolet has had Round wheel openings before and they changed them to square. Did they likewise turn their back on arguably their best heritage? It's time for Chevy to go back to round. They did it the best of all of them on the 67-72 models and it looked Far better. Add to it, this square opening on the truck above is not a classic softer square wheel opening look like the gmt400's or the current Tahoe. This is an outright literal jagged looking SQUARE CHUNK hacked right out of the body. It looks hideous. Especially on a modern truck.

What is with the blockishly square wheel wells?
Truly hideous and unfinished.

@clatterman, Exactly.

I think GM is turning to thier old ways, first the new Malibu now the 1500.

They look more angular (square) , bigger crewcab, and longer box with the crew. Disc brakes in the rear. The "blown away" part better be hidden under the hood.

@ Sierra, "This is the Silverado. The Sierra looks PHENOMINAL and will blow people away, will also blow away competition."

UH, its Spray away, SPRAY AWAY the competition, since you will need to spray the frame every year to prevent rust on your 60K dollar GMC

This is the Silverado. The Sierra looks PHENOMINAL and will blow people away, will also blow away competition.

-Will someone ban this clown? Bvonscott-Tyler-Sierra is about the most delusional individual I've ever read from. Like GM would want to give up their Chevrolet sales crown to Dodge just to make a stupid Sierra look good. Good grief. You're such a moron. GMC sucks. Always has, always will. I can't say the Chevy is looking any better though. Poor Chevy guys is right. This pile of already rusting metal is a mess. Good luck is all I can say. You're gonna need it. The truck is as ugly as the last one with those square arches like that.

The Silverado and Avalanche are both Chevy's built by GM, so why the hell would GM get sued for using Avalanche styled bumpers? If that's the case then maybe GM should get sued for the hideous Avalanche looking front-end they used on the 2003 to 2007 Silverado's.

If the wheel wells were round, everyone would be complaining that they were copied.

Why don't you all give your opinions when you actually know what it looks like.

All this yammering from the Ford gimps is pathetic.



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