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