The all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 are at the top of the class. The two trucks were revealed at the North American International Auto Show in December and have been making fierce impressions on truck enthusiasts ever since.
By far, the biggest asset of the trucks is the EcoTec3 engines where engineers worked to find a perfect combination of three technologies—direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. These technologies allow for maximum torque while maintaining fuel economy. Both the Silverado and Sierra 1500 come in a 4.3L V6, 5.3L V8 and 6.2L V8.
“This is technology no other truck maker can match, and we offer it in every one of our EcoTec3 engines, for every one of our customers,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer and program manager. “It is not an extra cost feature. You get our best and most sophisticated technology regardless of trim level.”
Not only did GM engineers take careful consideration while designing, but put the trucks through a series of rigorous durability testing to ensure the Silverado and Sierra 1500 are equipped and ready for any off road driving or heavy towing needs. At the same time, engineers ensured the passenger is comfortable by producing a quiet and smooth ride unlike any other truck.
“If the exterior and running gear didn’t sell you on the all-new 2014 GM trucks, the interior just might. These trucks look like a truck but ride like a luxury automobile. The interior is loaded with features to provide a quieter ride, like triple door seals, use of sound-absorbing materials and on the 6.2L V-8 active noise cancellation technology,” said Mark Polk, owner of RV Education 101® and RV Consumer, after checking out the new trucks at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. “The door pillars were moved forward to allow for more leg room in the back seating area and the truck is quieter, roomier and more comfortable than ever before.”
Behind the scenes, safety was something the engineers took very seriously. The Silverado and Sierra 1500 have a variety of advanced safety features.
“We have late departure warnings, forward collision protection and active seat awareness,” Maria Rohrer, Director of marketing for Chevrolet trucks, in an interview with Mark Polk.
With all of these new features, the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 will be able to fit the needs of many consumers, and will be available for purchase this summer.