Smaller Changes For 2013 GM 1500s, Too

Even Smaller Changes to 2013 GM 1500s

With the arrival of the all-new 2014 Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras just around the corner, it won't surprise anyone to find out there aren't many changes to the trucks in their last model year. As factories carefully calculate their downtime for changeover to new body forms and stamping templates and line workers learn new and slightly modified procedures, GM is keeping the 2013 lineup as simple and predictable as possible. That means no big or medium-size changes.

Among the small changes in 2013 GM trucks, the Silverado half-ton will get two new colors: Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic. Likewise, the GMC Sierra half-tons will also get two new colors: Sonoma Red Metallic and Heritage Blue Metallic.

Also, powertrain grade braking is now included in all six-speed automatic transmissions offered in the four different V-8 GM engines. (The V-6 option will continue to offer the four-speed.) This added feature can reduce brake rotor temperatures by more than 200 degrees on grade tests by downshifting transmission gears, thereby reducing brake applications during long downhill sections.

For the full options, specs, and features list for the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, download 2013_PG_Chevrolet_Silverado_1500. For the full 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 options, specs and features list, download 2013_PG_GMC_Sierra_1500.

Even Smaller Changes to 2013 GM 1500s

 

Comments

So the 4.8 will get the 6 speed too?

If so, about time, that engine needed that trans long ago.

Until now the 1500 didn't have any transmission braking?

Add chrome bars on the grill for the last year of production. I did that to my grill 2yrs ago because it just looks better. Way to catch up with the aftermarket GMC.

I know they aren't practical for most people, but the regular cab short bed has to be the best looking bed/cab configuration.

A new grill treatment? Doesn't this classify as an "all new" 1500, Ford has certainly made similar claims on the back of far less significant updates in recent history.

The front of the GMC looks much better than the Silverado. It would be any easy enough fix to change the front of the Silverado to be more similiar to the GMC's and reduce the side bulges. I like the grill on the GMC. I would probably choose the GMC over the Chevy even though the drivetrains are the same. Much cleaner lines on the GMC. Just my opinion not trying to upset any Chevy fans.

@Jeff S, I agree. If I had to choose between the G.M. sisters.
I would choose the G.M.C. but that won't happen so it doesn't
make any difference.

Now that the big 3 have their cards on the table i can say the 2013 RAM is ahead of the competition. Congrates to RAM. You
know the rest.

@HEMI V8: I disagree about "cards being on the table". I think the closest held card is the J2807 standard.

@Hemi V8 - I agree with LJC about J2807. All of the companies with the exception of Toyota have played the "wait till next generation" to release specifications. They can then exclaim that you cannot apply the standards to "old" trucks. They have built themselves an escape claus.
When it comes to the "Cards being on the table" in relation to next years trucks, no one expects anything significant out of GMC until the 2014 models come out. GMC has been incredibly tight lipped. Ford and Ram marketing strategy has been to dribble out news to build momentum and occupy media and consumer attention. This may backfire if GM's 2014's are indeed a quantum leep foreward. Technically those trucks are not 2013 trucks but 2014's. Those trucks will hit the showrooms in the spring. 2013 GM trucks will only be around this fall and winter.
I do hope that GMC plays a Royal Flush with those 2014's. It makes the other players wince from the kick to the gonads and forces them to come back with an even better "A" game.

You mean i shouldn't light the candles on the cake yet? You do have a good point about the tow standards. We will have to wait and see.

I want NEW......(a'm getting a few new p/up trucks).....and they will only be GM products.

The front of the GMC looks much better than the Silverado. It would be any easy enough fix to change the front of the Silverado to be more similiar to the GMC's and reduce the side bulges. I like the grill on the GMC. I would probably choose the GMC over the Chevy even though the drivetrains are the same. Much cleaner lines on the GMC. Just my opinion not trying to upset any Chevy fans.

@Jeff, I'm a Chevy guy (don't like GMC's) and I agree with you. I'm not fond of this Silverado At All. They should have just kept them looking the same like they always used to. When the GMT800 came out the Silverado looked great! Then they screwed it up in 03 for the sake of making them different and totally wrecked the Silverado. They wrecked it even further in 07 with this new design. Just horrible looking. They really have to get this next one right or it's 3 strikes you're out as far as I'm concerned. I'm done with them. I'll stick with old Chevrolet cars and new Ford or maybe Dodge trucks I guess just like everyone else does anymore.

If I had to choose between the G.M. sisters.

@Hemi, LOL! "GM Sisters". Real Trucks Don't Have Twins!! Of course you know that as you're a Dodge guy.

do you guy realize that about 300,000+ of us disagree with you? I like the looks of the Chevy just fine, the GMC might look a little more butch, but when you consider that there is a Chevy dealer in almost every city, and the GMC's are far and few between, well there is peace of mind in that alone, even though I have never had to vist any Chevy dealers for anything but purchase, it take all knid to make the world go round, and the sooner we all believe that , well the better things will be. I would like to know for a fact that the 2013, Chevy will have the 6spd available for the 4.8? if so I might just re-think about waiting for a newer design, I would love to be albe to get a reg cab short bed without haveing to spend the $1,700 for the 5.3, just so I can get the better tranny, I would even be inclined to get a LT that comes with the 4.8, instead of going with the LS just to save some $ to get a V-8! 6spd. I'm sure the 4.8/6spd would be just fine in a reg/shortbed! and there are thousands of options in the aftermarket.

I like the way the Chevy regular cab shortbed looks - especially a with wide rims/tires.. but for some reason, it's not comfortable for me (6'2 250lb) compared the regular cab Ram. I feel like I'm sitting upright in the Silverado.

My dream truck is a regular cab shortbed stepside with a Rambox like feature using the wells. 2 door & bench seat, but lots of leg room and space behind the seat. Hard spray on bed liner and large rear window. Around 300hp and 18mpg City. It's unlikely such a truck will ever be produced by the big 3.

I'll be in the market in late 2013 and think the closes truck to this will STILL be a Ram.

i like the bow tie better than the GMC, just don't like the square wheel wells but do like Chevy's idea of a single cab

I would have to agree wiht you Cyberpine::: but I believe the Chevy has a more sporty look to go with the slightly smaller size, and the Chevy does weigh a bit less also, but I do realize the Ram has more power, and I do like the Ram also expecaily from the firewall back! and the Ram bed storage is nice too.

If the chevy had the split grill, the HD front bumper, and smoother lines like the GMC that truck would look awesome. I love the front-end look of the HD's but the fender bulges are a deal breaker for me.

WhOUbU::: the only diff. between the 1/2t and HD's is the grill and hood are taller, and the hood has grills in it near the windshield, and the bumper is beefier, other than that the fenders look the same, it's just the HD has more clearance around the tires, because it is higher! overall the trucks share mosrt of the sheet metal, the rear bumper is also beefier, on the HD.

no matter what gm sold more pickup ....what surprise this is a older model..

So if the rotor temps are reduced by 200 degrees, how much cooler do the drums run?

JordanL::: there is an argument to be made that untill heat rises, drum brake are more powerful than disk brakes, but they do heat up faster, thus will fade faster, but the initial aplication will have more stopping power, that is why all the biggest trucks have drum brakes so far, you can have more sweep area in the space aloud. If you were to look at the drums from a class 8 rig, they look like a huge bowl they are about 18" wide and 10" deep, to have that much pad to disk sweep area the disk would have to be as big as the wheel itself! I own a Siverado with the drum brakes in the rear, and I also own a F-150 with the disk in the rear, and a Dakota with the disk in the rear, and for the life of me I can feel no diference, even loaded and or towing with either, UNTIL heat builds up! but the first time I hit the brakes the drums have a lot of power. as much or more. in a panic stop the anti lock will activate sooner with the drums! that would seem that the drums have more initial stopping power.

@sandman4x4

I know they both have the bulges but I like the look of the HD's bumper better with the split grill. There have been some angled profile shots of the truck where the bulges dont show too much and to me the truck looks clean. The silverado would look so much better without those hideous bulges.

WhOUbU: I'm not sure what split you talking about in the grill? both CHevy's have a split in there grill!

If the chevy had the split grill, the HD front bumper, and smoother lines like the GMC that truck would look awesome. I love the front-end look of the HD's but the fender bulges are a deal breaker for me.

- I agree with this. I rather like the fixed front end of the Chevy HD's from 2011 up. It's the flared bed and fender bulges that ruin the truck.

when you say powertrain grade braking, is that like in my 2011 when I have the crews control on, and I start going down hill and the truck speeds up, it automaticaly downshifts? well my truck already has that!

Most people have it backwards, a brand should have loyalty to the customer, not the otherway around. I look at the base gm truck with its ancient 4.3 and a four speed and wonder how gm stays in business, profits probably going into ceo perks and not engineering.

I like turtles



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