The next few years will be interesting as more pickup truck makers redesign and reengineer their current half-ton models. We'll likely see different kinds of powertrains and other changes. Our spy shooters are beginning to see the next-generation GM pickups. From the looks of the cab, GM might be offering a bigger crew cab, and based on the twin tailpipes (check out the exhaust plumes in the photos below), there could be a few new engines as well.
Here's what our spy shooters shared:
"Judging from the heavily disguised prototypes we caught being loaded into a car hauler at a GM test facility, it appears that we've seen the first sign of testing for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Of the two prototypes spotted so far, both were crew cabs.
"Engineers parked a current regular-cab GMC Sierra 1500 pickup alongside the loading platform in an effort to shield the prototype from prying eyes. While it blocked a portion of the prototype, the truck also provided a nice opportunity to see the all-new truck next to today's model.
"Our sources tell us that with this new Silverado, GM is accelerating its efforts to create an aluminum-intensive body to match the Ford F-series trucks. The next-gen truck — reportedly being developed with the internal code name T1XC — is expected to reach the market in late 2018 as a 2019 model. Our sources also told us that GM has made great efforts to refine its production processes with these lightweight materials, and promises a lighter, stronger and more efficient truck than its competitors.
"It will be interesting to see how the next Silverado ultimately stacks up against the current F-150, and how GM will spin its recent criticism of aluminum-intensive trucks when it has one of its own. Now that we know that next-generation Silverado prototypes exist, we'll be on the lookout to catch them on the road. Stay tuned."
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