Chevrolet is considering building a super highperformance version of its Silverado pick-up truck. Unlike Australian counterpart Holden, Chevrolet doesn’t have a sedan-based utility to tune up and tinker with. If it wants a go-fast load hauler, its only option is to enhance the Silverado. That’s exactly what it has done with the Silverado Cheyenne concept (pictured) revealed last week at the Las Vegas SEMA show. Highpowered pick-ups have dropped out of favour in the US, with the supercharged Ford SVT Lightning and Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT-10 no longer in production. However Ford has just released the tuned F-150 Tremor and it looks as if the Cheyenne may be the General’s answer to that if production gets the goahead. Chevrolet has gone to work on the Silverado, pulling out 91kg for improved performance and handling. It did this using carbon-fibre for the bumpers, tailgate (including spoiler) and tray bed inner section. The lighter components can only help, but the Cheyenne still weighs a hefty 1952kg. Chevrolet has ditched the standard 5.3-litre V8 and opted instead with the new 6.2-litre small-block that provides the punch for the latest generation Corvette. The new V8 still uses pushrods but that doesn’t stop it from producing a tyre-searing 313kW and 624Nm of torque. Some of the heat generated by the bent eight can escape out the bonnet vent, a nod to the Camaro Z28 performance coupe. Thankfully, Chevrolet has not ignored the need to slow this rocket down and fitted the Cheyenne with hefty Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. It has also lowered the ride height and fitted a rearstabiliser bar to improve handling. At this stage Holden has no intention of importing Silverado models into Australia, including the Cheyenne should it be approved for production.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter has been upgraded in Europe and is available with super clean Euro 6 engines. This emission standard will not come to Australia for several years, so the Euro 6 Canter won’t be for sale here for some time. Euro models will run Selective Catalytic Reduction with AdBlue treatment fluid as well as a diesel particulate filter. Australian Canters run these filters, which catch diesel particulates and then burn them off at super-high temperatures, but are not fitted with SCR.
Truck makers are focusing on India as a potential growth market. Many new trucks are still sold there without cabs, which are made from timber and added afterwards, but sheer volume of trucks sold makes India more than lucrative. Mercedes set up its own Indian sub-brand, called Bharat-Benz and now Scania is entering the market. The Swedish brand is spending more than $50 million on a truck factory near Bangalore. The plant is capable of building 2500 trucks and 1000 buses every year and is Scania’s largest factory in Asia.