Spy photography by Chris Doane Automotive
With all the attention lately on how small business and contractors are returning to the new truck market and updating their aging fleets, it looks like GM is poised to benefit with both a set of new trucks — the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 — as well as a new chassis-cab storage bed option.
Our spy shooters grabbed these photos of both Chevy and GMC versions in Michigan. They look to be undergoing durability and payload testing. It's also possible that GM has decided to strengthen its relationships with certain aftermarket companies that provide "special needs" modifications to chassis cabs in order to better serve municipalities or specific industries.
We'd expect these types of vehicles to make their appearance much later in the year as the more entry-level regular cab models (produced at the plant that comes online last for the new pickups) make it to dealerships. We'd also expect these special service models could be installed right on or after the production line with relatively few modifications, but it's likely that pricing will vary widely depending on the fleet options.