Vehicle Preview: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

Redesigned from hood to hitch to be the strongest and most capable Silverado ever

Boasting a stronger, quieter and more comfortable cabin; redesigned steering, suspension and brakes; innovative cargo storage solutions in the bed; and three new, specially-engineered EcoTec3 engine options, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is destined to redefine the full-size pickup market yet again and will be available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

At its core is a choice of three engines specifically designed for the Silverado. All three engines use advanced technology − direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable value timing − for an optimal balance of power and fuel efficiency.

The new standard 4.3-liter V6 is extremely versatile, offering enough muscle to power a Crew Cab while pulling a large trailer. When not working hard, the V6 deactivates two cylinders for more fuel efficiency under light loads. A new 5.3-liter V8 delivers more horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency than the previous 5.3-liter, while a new 6.2-liter V8 delivers even more power while still offering four-cylinder mode under light loads for optimal fuel efficiency.

All three engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions featuring gearing and shifting that optimizes performance and efficiency. Auto Grade Braking automatically downshifts on downhill grades help reduce brake wear, especially when towing heavy loads.

Part of what makes the new Silverado so capable is its updated frame design, which uses hydroformed high-strength steel for improved rigidity and reduced weight. Whether you opt for a Standard, Extended or Crew Cab, every Silverado cab features strengthened A-pillars, B-pillars, roof rails and rocker panels for a quieter freeway ride, improved handling and top performance in more stringent government crash tests.

Suspension and steering have also been enhanced on the 2014 Silverado, featuring lightweight aluminum components that are both stiffer and lighter for a more refined ride with more confident handling and braking. An electric variable-assist power steering system improves fuel economy and reduces maintenance while delivering easier steering effort at low speeds.

The 2014 Silverado comes in three bed lengths: five feet, eight inches; six feet, six inches; and eight feet. Those who use the Silverado for work will really appreciate features like the CornerStep bumper and built-in hand grip pockets for easier bed access. An internal torsion bar reduces effort when raising and lowering the tailgate, and available LED lighting under the bed rails improves visibility when working at night. Depending on configuration, the 2014 Silverado can accommodate up to six passengers and features larger rear doors on Crew Cab models, adding two inches of rear seat legroom with improved ingress and egress.

If your Silverado will see heavy off-road use, the Z71 Off-Road Package will be available on LT and LTZ models. Featuring monotube Rancho shocks, a transfer case skid plate, front tow hooks, unique 18- or 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, an automatic locking rear differential and Hill Descent Control for improved downhill traction in rough terrain, the Z71 package is a must for those who work off the beaten path.

Subtle exterior enhancements greatly improve aerodynamics for reduced wind noise and improved fuel efficiency. A new, lightweight aluminum hood with twin power domes adds a muscular look and guides air over the windshield wipers, further reducing wind noise. Inlaid doors that fit into the body sides, triple door seals, wheel-well air deflectors and underbody shields all smooth out airflow to improve aerodynamics on the Silverado.

No matter how punishing the conditions may get outside, the environment inside the fully redesigned Silverado couldn’t be more accommodating. Designed to be quieter, roomier and more comfortable than any pickup in history, the luxurious accommodations of the Silverado could be mistaken for those of a high-priced luxury sedan.

You can get a new Silverado with luxury appointments like leather upholstery, wood-grain trim and the MyLink infotainment system with eight-inch LCD screen that enables voice control of music, media and smartphones through Bluetooth connectivity. It also remains a work horse, featuring large knobs and buttons, a column shifter with integrated tap-up/tap-down towing functions and a six-gauge instrument cluster with integrated trailer brake controller, and all controls on the Silverado can easily be operated while wearing work gloves.

Equal to its capability, the 2014 Silverado is packed with a long list of safety features. Standard safety technologies include StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist, and the popular OnStar system. New safety features for 2014 include Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, along with an available rear-vision camera with front and rear park assist.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado builds on 95 years of American truck heritage and is destined to set a new standard for full-size pickup trucks. Pricing, power, towing capacity and fuel efficiency numbers will be announced soon with availability this summer, so come in today to stay up to date on all the latest details of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.


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