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.