Posted in: Cars,
by Gregg Laskoski on Oct 29, 2012 02:30 PM
GM has waited six years but is now ready to introduce its redesigned Silverado and GMC Sierra full size pickups at a news conference in Detroit slated for Dec 13.
The Silverado 1500, which hasn't been redesigned since 2006 is easily GM's best-selling vehicle in the U.S., the Detroit Free press reports.
The new vehicles will become viewable by the public for the first time at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (Jan,. 14-27) and until then, GM execs are playing their cards close to the vest.
The bold exterior design of the new Silverado reflects the enhanced capabilities of the truck while features such as jewel-like, projector beam headlamps showcase the careful attention given to every detail,” GM said in a statement.
The Silverado has entered the “final validation” phase and “torture testing,” the automaker said earlier this month. The pickup competes against Ford’s F-150 series and Chrysler Group’s Ram pickup.
Nathan Bomey of the Free Press also reported that the vehicle will start production in 2013 at the company’s plants in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Silao, Mexico.
Silverado marketing manager Tony Truelove said that the new vehicle would balance “performance capability and fuel economy.”
“We don’t trade off one to get the other. We feel we have a very good overall truck and will continue to improve on that formula for the next generation,” Truelove said.
MotorTrend says the exterior shouldn’t be a drastic departure from the current Silverado, at least from the side view. Where Chevy made big changes, however, is in the interior, which we discovered in spy shots captured in July. The center stack has been completely reworked with new switchgear and toggle switches, while the steering wheel sports a cleaner design similar to the one found in the upcoming Chevy Impala. They expect the Silverado to have GM's next-generation V8 engine...