The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500: Revealed!

2014 Silverado front outside II

We've waited for and speculated about this truck longer than we normally like, and now it's here. Although never officially announced as being delayed, the re-engineered replacements for the long-in-the-tooth Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra half-tons were, by some reports, pushed back several times, largely because of an untimely corporate financial restructuring process and a punishing economy. 

But now it's here, ready to compete with a much-improved Ford F-150 and newly redesigned Ram 1500. (The Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan have not been significantly upgraded for several years.) 

So what has changed? In a few words, quite a bit. Maybe not as much as some would have liked, but we would expect that. This is clearly an upgrade and continued evolution of improvement to the Chevy and GMC pickup trucks, but that's not to say there aren't any brand-new features here. In fact, there are quite a few. 

The tagline Chevy is using to debut the new truck is, "Stronger, smarter, and more capable." Clearly this is not the announcement you'd use if you were redefining a segment and revealing new technology that resets customer expectations. But before we head straight to the attack settings on your weaponry, let's take a good look at what the GM engineers did do to the new Chevy Silverado. Here are the highlights, but you can expect more detailed stories to follow. 

Chevrolet-Silverado Int II

The new truck has three brand-new EcoTec3 engines. Each of the all-aluminum engines has direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation (what GM calls Active Fuel Management) and continously variable valve timing, making these the most most sophisticated (read: fuel efficient) and powerful (read: bigger horsepower and torque gains) truck motivators the Silverado has ever had under the hood. 

The three engines will be a 4.3-liter V-6, a 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6.2-liter V-8, all of which will remain pushrod engines and offer the ability to switch to four-cylinder mode. We're told the big V-8 should be the towing and hauling champion (when the actual numbers are released later next year). For a deeper look into the different types of engine tech, click here for our powertrain story. 

The exterior has had every square inch checked and rechecked for wind drag, shaving rough edges and panel fit to rounded and tight-seal perfection. A lot of attention was focused on the front end to make sure no gaps between body parts or plastic fascia were too large as to create turbulence. 

Other improvements include a completely redesigned interior dash and doors, gauge cluster, and center stack arrangement. And like Ford and Ram, GM has gone to a larger infotainment touch-screen on the console, with a 4.2-inch color display for the driver. We're also told there will be a new High Country option package, but nobody has seen it yet. 

We like that the truck has upgraded to new electric power steering for more precision. A set of stronger rear axles go along with the new engines, and the frame (though not technically new) is made with more ultra-high-strength and high-strength steel. The pickup bed area is made from rolled steel (instead of stamped) for increased strength and reduced mass. Finally, the coil-over front and leaf rear suspension was fine-tuned for better control and, we're told, a more comfortable ride when empty or loaded. 

2014 Silverado CornerStep II

Some other key features worth mentioning include the fact the pickup bed is more accessible with a bumper cutout (like the early Chevy Avalanches) for a foot-hold; the bed lip acts like a grab handle; the tailgate now offers an internal torsion bar to reduce the effort needed to drop or lift; the Z71 package now has hill descent control and monotube shocks all around; and the crew-cab Silverado will be available with the 6.5-foot bed. (This means a new wheelbase.) And, of course, we don't want to forget that the optional trailer-brake controller is now up high on the left side of the dash, where it is easily within the driver's line of sight. 

As you might imagine, there have been several considerations to weight savings in the form of the use of aluminum. All Silverados will have cast-aluminum upper and lower control arms, as well as an aluminum-lined hood. We've already mentioned the use of higher tensile strength steel and hydroforming to save weight, as was the decision to use three all-aluminum engines. And we assume all these fractional weight savings will add up to better fuel economy at some point, but we'll have to continue to wait for that. 

And it's not that we don't care about improved safety; it's just that it's not a very sexy topic. But we should note all Silverados come standard with StabiliTrak, trailer-sway control, hill start assist, rollover protection and full complement of head, side and front airbags. Various option packages will include lane departure warning, safety alert seats and a camera-based forward-collision warning setup as well. 

Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, which we're hearing will be by the summer of 2013. 

For a deeper look into the all-new powertrain choices, click here for our story. 

For a look at the full press release, click here.

Chevy Silverado with trailer II

 

Comments

Ford kicks their ass! The Raptor would really kick it's ass!

Very nice truck. Look forward to test driving one.GM's EcoTec3 power train engines look to take the lead in performance and towing with those rear end gear selection will be impressive against Ford in a head to head testing in all categories.GM already has taken the diesel 3/4 and 1 ton performance and towing market from Ford.It looks a though it is going for the gas market as well.

I agree with beebe on the quality of the newer Rams. Go read any forum that is year specific to 2009/2010/2011 & you can read about HVAC failures to tie rods, driveshafts falling off, shocks that took until 2012 to address. Then you have the Hemi tick that is suppose to be like that to water coming in the third brake light. The trucks look good, but the quality is where my issue lies & would not invest my money in one based on what current owners are saying about them.

As far as the GM trucks. It is a much needed improvement & definitely glad I waited to buy a new truck.

I'm not a fan of either one of these new trucks. Been nice to of taken a 1973 and polished it up and released that. That I'd been a fan of.
Not a fan of the dash. or the square wheel wells.
But if forced, I'd take the GMC.

Ford and Ram are the best looking trucks on the road. PERIOD!!!
I drive a 2011 F150 Lariat Supercrew.
I can't bring myself to drive a Mopar anything.

@beebe, ive never really paid attention to '98 n older but do know for a fact, '99+ to current has the steering wheel offset to the right of the driver. by the pix of this, looks like its carried into the new ones too. driven many gm fullsize n can never get use to it. not for me no matter how good it is. i would never own one simply bcuz of this.

as far as looks, ram easily looks the best. n since we know nothing yet about the specs of these new(refresh) gm's, we'll just have to wait for a comparison shootout.

I'm sorry - the ecotec name is almost as stupid as the 4 tech iron duke. Ecoboost, magnum, triton, iforce, Endurance...all these are tough names associated with performing real work.

Cripes...don't they have any marketing sense? Where's the vortec name? Ecotec. Maybe they have an embroidered makeup bag and lacey boots listed on the accessories page of the brochure.

Do they know their customer? Wait...maybe they do. I guess ladies need a choice in pickups too.

GM quality continues to improve,with JD Powers,and Consumer reports showing marked improvements in cars and trucks. My 2011 has been outstanding.I have only 2 issues 1) I wish I had cylinder AFM on my 6.0L. 2) Grab handle on drivers side. The 4:10 rear gear is outstanding and is giving me a solid 18 hwy at 70-75 mph freeway.It is a class leading truck. The 2012 Chevy trailer towing for a 5th wheel is set at 14,3000 lbs. I am currently towing are 5th wheel at 12,500 lbs. The grade braking programing in the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 truck if it is like the the 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500/3500 Drama that alone will earn it Motor Trends truck of the year,AFM,ride,towing,grade braking.Yes General Motors you truly are raising the bar once again.By the way who ever heard of naming a pickup after a dinosaur.

I'm sorry - the ecotec name is almost as stupid as the 4 tech iron duke. Ecoboost, magnum, triton, iforce, Endurance...all these are tough names associated with performing real work.

Cripes...don't they have any marketing sense? Where's the vortec name? Ecotec. Maybe they have an embroidered makeup bag and lacey boots listed on the accessories page of the brochure.

Do they know their customer? Wait...maybe they do. I guess ladies need a choice in pickups too.

Posted by: FW | Dec 13, 2012 11:20:34 AM

Who cares what it's named as long is it's powerful, efficient. reliable, and gets the job done. You people are unreal. I bet if Ford or Ram's engine family was named Ecotec you wouldn't hear about it. This site is truly pathetic.

here I sit broken hearted ....
paid my dime and only farted!

I feel like Clark Griswold when he found out he was a member of the "Jelly of The Month Club"!!

13 grand off on a 2013 Silverado...it's a good time to jump on that! Did the sheet metal change at all??? The dash sucks donkey! They just opened the door for RAM to close the gap!!!

This just looks like a facelift...the grille looks like a JC Penny aftermarket!!!!!

I am sure they have done more and mabe look better in real vision...but really disapointed ...just not enough change !'

love that color, they did a nice job cleaning up those horrible wheel wells from the previous model, looks wise id put it in third place but definately an improvement so much that i wouldnt be embarassed to be seen in one anymore. That grill is hideous though ! and still square wheel wells with a low slung frame :(

Nice looking truck, love the color.

oh and interior went backwards for looking nice, so sad but thats just a bleh interior unfortunately

@01ls1
Didn't know that about dodge owners forums and all the common problems. I haven't checked any of the forums as yet. I do regret buying my ram but I'll probably keep it for a long time. The great thing about my truck is that it does have a lifetime unlimited miles powertrain warranty. I don't know if my warranty will be up as soon as I replace engine or transmission but I'm planning on cashing in on that warranty sooner or later. The tick from my engine worries me but it does still run strong and has tons of power. If I could go back I'd have waited a few years and bought a f-150 5.0. I think no doubt the fords are the best made for the work we do on our farm. I like knowing they test these trucks so much and that kind of impressed me with the new chevy testing video that came out recently. I'm worried ram might have fallen short in the testing and finding and fixing problems before they happen thing.

@ gopher and Charles and dean
would you fags shut up and stop being jealous cause your fords and rams suck so much and are going to be beat up by the new chevy and gmc! get off the crack and meth you drug heads!

GM shares should tank today...

It's definitely better than it was, they should have made it more appealing by offering a half-ton diesel. I think all the hype just led to disappointment.

This truck actually looks pretty good. It is kind of Super Duty'ish but I'd guess that's because the Colorado is coming. I think they said it was nearly the size of a regular fullsize truck. I'd say if the Colorado gets it's exterior design right, Chevrolet might be doing better than I anticipated. If I did anything to this truck, I'd either lower the crossbar in the grille or take the crossbar out of the headlights. I think it looks odd. I'd also spruce up the interior more. Outside of that, this is a far better truck over what they have. If it had a SFA and a tucked up frame I might actually consider a test drive to see how it compare to my Super Duty. Color me impressed.

All metal bumper, I've read. Thank goodness. It's a step back to working trucks. I don't care who makes a truck, as long as it can do hard work. Just would love to see lower height overall. Full-sizers, like many occupants, are just too big today and don't seem made to do work.

It's definitely bold. Not really my taste, then again, if it's like the new Super Duty, took about a year for that style to grow on me.

Then again, most of the time pictures never do any vehicle justice (inside or out). Just got to see how it looks when they are on the road.

Not impressed, and I own a chevy, probibly wont be back, Ram Looks Awsome and Ford super duty looks great also, GM not so much.

Also, where is the "High Country" and "Outlaw" trims?

-That's what I was wondering? High Country? Nowhere to be found. Silverado Outlaw? Nowhere. Outlaw or High Country Limited? Nowhere. Just a basic cheap looking old Dodge like interior. The outside looks better than the current truck but WTF is up with the inside? And square wheel openings again? I thought those spyshots of the interiors and exteriors were just to throw the competition off. Apparently not.

@FORD AND RAM SUCK
@ gopher and Charles and dean
would you fags shut up and stop being jealous cause your fords and rams suck so much and are going to be beat up by the new chevy and gmc! get off the crack and meth you drug heads!
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Dear Dingle Berry,
You have such anger in your message, could it be you are disappointed too? As everyone here knows...If you're going to shell it out, you better be able to take it! OK numb nuts, I did look up the GMC and it is better...Am I jealous? Not a bit...but like alot of people who endured the BIG build up GM put everyone thru to come up with this BASIC face lift...now that's disappointing!
It's funny their new engines are the same sizes as the old engines...They couldn't even hang a turbo off the 4.3!! I guess they're still working on those "New Engines" !
I suggest you pull your head out of your ass and take another look at those 2013's that they are trying to give away cause there is not much difference!

@josh / @beebe

As for the tach being a 6k, more likely is because the truck motors will produce their power/torque at a lower rpm for pulling and not rev up as high compared to the Corvette's motor.

Perfect example is the 1996 Covette and 1996 Impala SS. Both had the LT1, but the where the Corvette produced it's peak torque around 4400rpm's, the Impala produced it's torque around 2200rpm's to help get it's 4100 pound self moving.

I hate the square wheel wells. Wished they gone back to being round.

I've always been a Chevy guy, but GM has not impressed me lately and was not doing much to keep my loyalty.

@Chris, me too. I am so sick of the square wheelwells I wanna puke. They never looked that great to begin with. Old school Chevy's from the 50's and 60's are where it's at. Round wheelwells and all. This truck is a total letdown. Just imagine this cab with a bed and fenders that had round wheelwells and a modern Chevy front end. Ford wouldn't stand a chance. This however looks like a mce of the current truck which looks like ass.

love that color, they did a nice job cleaning up those horrible wheel wells from the previous model, looks wise id put it in third place but definately an improvement so much that i wouldnt be embarassed to be seen in one anymore. That grill is hideous though ! and still square wheel wells with a low slung frame :(

- all of my thoughts exactly. The wheelwells are cleaned up but they are still square. The grille is piss poor. Low slung frame on the 2500's still. Interior sucks. I don't know what the hell happened to Chevy. They might as well get happy with 3rd place. If even that.

This was a piss poor launch. It's obvious the truck wasn't even ready yet. Why the rush? Same old GM I guess. Half baked products just like the new Malibu.
It's a shame too because this was Chevy's last chance to really hit a homerun against the Ford and Dodge.

A sure guarantee that RAM will soon be #2. Would you buy a pickup from Osama Obama? Neither would I!

Ok, im a little disappointed but I can see some '81'-'87 style with the stacked headlights and the wide wheels look great but I wanted more ground breaking design! But ANYTHING would be better than the current crap they are selling so I'll be glad to give the new Silverado a chance!

The outside looks much improved (though not great still) but that interior.. MY EYES!! Yikes! Just horrible. Who inside of Chevrolet thought that looked good??? Just awful.

I did read in the detials (in the links) that the High Country and Outlaw trims are yet t obe released. I hope there is something a little better but I still don't like that is is effectively the same interior. This is exactly what GM said it wouldn't do anymore.

I am sure it will "work" and GM will sell a lot of trucks but I am not giddy about it like I hoped I'd be.

If the 4.3 can get equal or better MPG's than Ram and have decent payload and towing (payload is still a weak point with Ram and is more improtant to me than towing) I'll certainly cross shop the two.

Ok, im a little disappointed but I can see some '81'-'87 style with the stacked headlights and the wide wheels look great but I wanted more ground breaking design! But ANYTHING would be better than the current crap they are selling so I'll be glad to give the new Silverado a chance!

@OldGMGuy, true. It does look like the 80's trucks which I suppose is ok. They were far better than what we have now but I still liked the older Chevy's better. Even the 90's ones were better. I guess someone in GM prefers the 80's boxy ones. I don't like the headlights though. The current ones look more upscale. That's about the only thing I like about the current ones though. It's not ground breaking I agree like the 90's Chevy trucks were or the Ford's in 04. Maybe the Colorado will be better? Hopefully it's not like what was released to the rest of the world. If that's the case, I just might find a new home in Ford. Oh well.

gopher: they already have had a turbo on the 4.3, if you are old enough to remember the Typhoon, and Cyclone! in the day they were the quickest vehicle made in America! and give them time, I would bet they bring that back! Oh and after reading the build sheets I can see a couple of nice things 1) 4 wheel disk brakes on all models, 2) power window and locks on all models, 3) 6 spd trans on all models. I for one can do without p/w door p/door locks are nice, but I dont mind crank windows at all, I have never had any fail on me, but had a ML 320 we bought her new in 02, and just when the warrantee ran out so did onfe of the rear p/w! and $1800 later, but of course that is M/Benz! not Chevy. All in all this seems to be a nice start, I will hold judgement untill I see power figures but some one posted 300/300, 360/385, and 425/450, that would be very nice indeed.

Finally a proper indoor handle.

oxi: yep nothing has changed, you are still a child wanting to romp around off road! these are work trucks and travel trailer towing rucks, made to get people to work and play on the ROAD, and in a leagal way at that, there are bumper hights to concider and airresistance to take into account, and that is what they have done, you want an off road toy, that is what the aftermarket is for, plain and simple so even you can understand, yes inboard shocks would have been nice, but that is that, I am not going to condem them just for that fact alone, now we need to wait for the #'s to come out see what kind of power they produce, and what kind of mpg they get, I would bet that this full size truck with either the 4.3 or 5.3 will get better mpg than your toy truck will get, and carry more than a taco will and tow a lot more, that and the fact it is an American co. why (even if you dont agree with the gov. I dont either) do you wish American manuf. to have bad things happen to them? only a cold blooded American would think like that, go ahead and buy your foreign stuff have fun with it, but dont come on here with your trash we are all getting tired of it, if there is a toyota story on here, then post what you want, but if you have nothing good to say S Y P H!

This is pretty bad...They just added new headlights! What imagination...it took GM all these years to come up with this, but then again it's GM so I shouldn't be surprised

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP

Ford & Ram is laughing really hard right now.

I am so sick of the square wheelwells. Good lord. Dodge dumped them a few years ago and Ford dumped them in the 80's. What is Chevy's problem? It's old and outdated looking. And why do they insist on fender bulges? What happened to the old Chevy's? They didn't have that crap. Chevy hasn't built an awesome looking truck in nearly 15 years and then this is what they bring out? More of the same? With a horrendous interior to boot nonetheless. I'm about to my breaking point with Chevrolet. The company has completely lost it. People can praise the updated quality all they want but that stuff should have been there 10 years ago. It's not like you Can't get that stuff in a Ford or Dodge. Chevrolet needed a homerun and they hit a double. Very disappointing. I guess John Deere country is truly Ford country now instead of Chevrolet like it was for decades. First the loss of SFA's in the late 80's, then the piss poor trucks and now what was supposed to be Chevy's triumphant return is a big joke. This sucks.

@ BrianHawn stop trolling you own a ford and you post the same crap you knock every thing chevy does we get the point you love fords and will never buy a chevy again go troll else where!

What's up with a monster looking big truck? Look at the front bumper and the damn thing sits like 2-3 inches off the ground. GM cannot be serious with this. The front end looks like a bastardized version of the 80's trucks. Just horrible. And the wheelwells are so outdated it's not even funny. Some can call it an improvement which it is but that's not saying a whole lot. I can't believe I waited for this. Given this is what pays GM's bills and will pay back the taxpayers, they might as well close shop.

@Fordandramsuck, because someone disagrees with you they are a troll? Wow. People all over the internet are voicing their displeasure over this truck concerning the exterior and interior design. You might want to take off your GM goggles. This truck is ok at best. It's what really should have come out in 2007. It's not a world class 2014 model by any means. GM caught the competition, they did not surpass it in any way. When the new Ford's and new Dodge's launch next year, this thing will be so outdated it isn't even funny. Unless GM plans on making the new Colorado the modern day Silverado which IMO is stupid, they better rush a quick refresh on this thing just like the new Malibu. I'm a diehard Chevy guy and this truck makes me interested again at best, not blown away to where I'd pull out my checkbook. Both the Ford and DOdge look fresher and cleaner with their interior and exterior designs right now and they're supposed to be the old trucks.

Both Ford and Ram are laughing at GM right now.

Not all of us pickup drivers are ignorant, bigoted rednecks. Thank you President Obama for saving American jobs and a storied corporation. Get over it, ignorant people.

@ gopher im not one bit disapointed these trucks look awesome way better then a ford f1poopy and a weak ram

(If you're going to shell it out, you better be able to take it! OK numb nuts)

well numb nuts we learned you mr crack head gopher can't take it as for them 2013s on the lots gm is still maken a profit on them read automotive.com and learn the facts you druggy crack head! oh wait i for got your probably a burnt out crack head and can't look up facts!

It's pretty evident there was a woman in charge of this. No clue as to how to compete. No way in hell Chevy will take down Ford, Dodge, Toyota or Nissan with this. It's like a giant tank with nothing great going for it. Exterior is better but not the best. Interior is better but not the best. No SFA-tucked up frame on the 2500's. No King Ranch. What the hell? It looks like a whale sized version of the 1980's trucks but with fender flares. What is in the water at RenCen? They upgraded the current truck to where it should have been 3-4 years ago. Great!!! Now where's the new truck??

Both Ford and Ram are laughing at GM right now.

-Count on it.

Thank you to President Obama?, yes he is very generous with OUR money, not his own. Can I have a handout too? I promise I will employ people if I get a billion dollars of taxpayer money. Then I could talk about how all these jobs were created! It's sad to see people accepting socialism. GM need not worry if these trucks sell or not. They can just expect us to bail them out whenever they are in trouble.

RIP VORTEC

@CrandallConst They have a High Country trim now equal to the King Ranch trim.

UGLY ! bought a 2007 silverado in 07, i also bought a chevy avalanche in 2009. I will not buy this 2014 fugly thing. They also managed to make the interior look cheaper, BRAVO.
So dissapointed at GM. well good bye, i guess i'll wait for the Tundra



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