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Again, you might not go shop­ping for th­ese fea­tures, but they trans­late greatly into how the truck feels and per­forms. The ma­te­rial up­grades on the Silverado are sure to be felt in the seat of your pants, sav­ings at the pump and if you ever find your­self in a col­li­sion sce­nario.


As with all things styling, you’re go­ing to have to form your own opin­ion on the new looks of this truck. We like the mod­ern, ag­gres­sive front end and mus­cu­lar yet clean side treat­ment. We’re also quite keen on the rear end treat­ment of this truck, which fea­tures in­te­grated dual ex­hausts and “Chevro­let” stamped on the tail­gate, a throw­back to the trucks of the ’50s and ’60s.

One de­sign el­e­ment of the new Silverado that is truly go­ing to be a love-it-or-hate-it thing is the front air cur­tains on each side of the new front grille. They are in­spired from the 6th-gen Ca­maro and im­prove aero­dy­nam­ics by rout­ing air around the front wheel wells. Aero is im­por­tant on this truck and is fur­ther en­hanced, 7% over­all, by the in­te­grated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab and tail­gate lip de­sign.

The Big Box

At the back of the Silverado you’re go­ing to find an all-new cargo box de­signed to do work. A class-ex­clu­sive power up/down tail­gate is prob­a­bly the most trick new fea­ture, as it is a well-ex­e­cuted sys­tem. Also not seen on other pickups are GM’S Corner­step rear bumpers, which now fea­ture larger cutouts de­signed to ac­com­mo­date steel-toed work boots. For fur­ther truck bed util­ity there is task light­ing and a 120-volt power out­let on of­fer.

Again, ma­te­ri­als mat­ter, and in this case the bed is con­structed of roll-formed high-strength steel. Dur­ing the un­veil­ing, Mark Reuss, VP of Global Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment, took a di­rect shot at Ford when he said, “I don’t think you’ll get much work done with an alu­minum ham­mer.”

The new box de­sign and ma­te­rial choices also al­low the box floor to be widened by nearly 7 inches, mak­ing the new Silverado the class leader in cargo vol­ume in ev­ery bed length, with 63 cu­bic feet in the short bed. To se­cure your cargo there are up to 21 tie-down

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