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points, 12 fixed and nine mov­able. The new fixed points are also twice as strong as the cur­rent truck’s, now tak­ing 500 pounds of force be­fore bend­ing.

One way to max­i­mize the use­ful­ness of the new box on the Silverado is to buy the new Chevy Ac­ces­sories stor­age bins, which per­fectly fit over the wheel wells and into the bed sides. The new bins of­fer nearly 7 cu­bic feet of lock­able stor­age for short box mod­els while still ac­com­mo­dat­ing a 4x8 sheet of ply­wood flat on the box’s floor.


Hon­estly, the in­te­rior im­prove­ments are a bit lack­lus­ter, but the Silverado in­te­rior is al­ready a pretty nice place to spend time, and al­ready full of in­dus­try-lead­ing in­te­grated tech. Over­all there is a ton more in­te­rior vol­ume, which can espe­cially be felt in the rear legroom and im­proved head­room for all pas­sen­gers. Rear seat stor­age op­tions are also much more plen­ti­ful, with op­tional in-seat cub­bies be­hind the cen­ter cush­ions on each seat and an un­der­seat stor­age bin. While some may not be fans of the chunky cen­ter con­sole styling, it is ex­tremely func­tional and easy to use.


The three biggest up­grades this truck will need, espe­cially for those of us who like to take our trucks off road, will be a new front bumper, a lift and bet­ter sus­pen­sion. A new bumper won’t be easy to in­te­grate cleanly but should help im­prove the en­try an­gle. A lift will greatly im­prove the break-over an­gle, which will prob­a­bly suf­fer as a re­sult of the longer wheel­base.

It will also be in­ter­est­ing to see what the af­ter­mar­ket of­fers for things like fender flares and grille in­serts. While th­ese items are sure to be of­fered, they will be chal­leng­ing to in­te­grate well into the lines of this truck. Flares will prob­a­bly be the hard­est, as the sides of the truck are very flat, which will make it hard to make flares look like they be­long.

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