Photos by Chris Doane Automotive
We shouldn't be surprised that General Motors is holding a few models back for a later release. In fact, it would not surprise us if they were holding back more cool technology that could push the half-ton pickups into a more advantageous position against the competition.
Gone are the days when manufacturers could invest all their time and money into one big bang and then sit back for five or six years. Nowadays they have to do something fairly dramatic every two or three years, like coming out with an all-new model, new powertrains or some other envelope-pushing technology. That certainly seems to be the pace Ford has set and others, if they're smart, will follow. Thankfully, it looks like both Chevy and GMC will doing something similar.
Our spy shooters have seen these two GM half-tons doing quite a bit of testing; they could make their debut later this year. Our first drive with the rest of the media will be in mid-May, so we'll know more then. For now, here's what spy shooter Chris Doane tells us:
GM is planning a pair of high-end luxury pickup trucks for the 2014 model year, and we've just spied both of them on their first test run.
The exterior design changes appear to be limited to the front end, with the Chevy Silverado High Country receiving a new front end. The High Country is also wearing large 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler SR-A tires.
Additionally, the Chevy looks to have a badge above the Silverado badge; it's suspiciously similar to the shape of a mountain range, leaving little doubt that this is the High Country model.
It's much the same story with the Sierra Denali prototypes, with the traditional Denali-style grille easily seen. It is also wearing large wheels, with one featuring 20-inch chrome and the other sporting 21-inch gun-metal-gray wheels.
Another detail we can see on the Denali are the white-and-red Rancho shocks peeking out from under the truck. Not surprisingly, the Denali badges on the door and tailgate are covered with black tape.
Both GM trucks will feature upgraded interior materials and luxury appointments, and most likely be powered by the 5.3-liter V-8 engine that gets 23 mpg highway.
We'll expect these trucks to debut later this summer, possibly at the Texas State Fair.