2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Debut in Detroit

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onJanuary 14th, 2013

If you pay any attention to then you likely already know that the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are due for some major updates and have been keen to see what they are. Well I can tell you first-hand that they’re numerous and significant. Last year Ram came out with a new 1500 and Ford is due to bring a new F-150 concept here to Detroit, but right now it’s GM’s turn to unveil the latest weapon in the ongoing war of trucks in North America. The focus with this generation seems to be the driving experience, with massive improvements to comfort, style and driveability while maintaining the working capabilities that these trucks are designed for.

Starting at the core, they’ve done a great job of both improving strength and reducing weight with the liberal use of boxed and hydroformed high strength steels for the frame. The means a stronger, safer chassis along with a quieter cabin and the multitude of benefits that come from lower weight. New shear-style body mounts help isolate the cabin from everything the chassis has to handle and provides significant NVH improvements. The interior of the cabin gets an update with more modern technology but nothing groundbreaking or surprising. I’ll be perfectly honest, I haven’t been in a current generation Silverado, but I can tell you that this new one is a nice place to be.

Moving to the exterior, we see a slightly more muscular front with trademark Chevy stacked grill and headlights above a taller front bumper. Not too much else has changed in terms of appearance but even the minor tweaks have positive side-effects. The entire front end has been redesigned to improve sealing and cooling. The doors are inlaid into the side instead of wrapping over the roof to reduce drag and wind noise. The underside is packed with aero devices to smooth the airflow and guide it around the rear wheels. It’s clear that GM spent a lot of time in the wind tunnel with this truck and the result is the quietest cabin to date.

Lastly, the 2014 Silverado and Sierra get three new engines, all designed specifically for truck duty. The entry-level is a 4.3L V-6 but I expect most people will go for either the 5.3 or 6.2 litre V8 models. All three engines have cylinder deactivation, direct injection and continuously variable cam timing for maximum power and efficiency. The outgoing 5.3L is already the most efficient motor in its class and the new one will only improve on it. The only available transmission is a 6 speed automatic with Auto Grade Braking functionality, which will downshift on declines to reduce brake wear.

All in all it’s a meaningful refresh which offers plenty of reasons to upgrade your existing truck. Whether or not it’s better than the current offerings by Dodge, Ford and Toyota is still going to be a matter of personal taste though, because nothing here is mind-blowingly different.



When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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