1999-2006 Chevy Sil­ver­ado 1500

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THE mod­ern era of Chevro­let/gmc trucks (‘99+) in­cludes the first-gen­er­a­tion Sil­ver­ado model (’99-’07), which has re­ally out­per­formed any of the pre­vi­ous Chevy mod­els in both sales fig­ures and over­all power. Light duty 1500 model pick­ups were made avail­able in 1999 along­side the last batches of the OBS style that were still be­ing re­leased from the fac­to­ries for nearly two more years. The 1500 Sil­ver­ado was ini­tially only avail­able in reg­u­lar cab and ex­tended cab of­fer­ings, and came fac­tory equipped with Vortec 4300 V-6 and 4800 and 5300 V-8 power plants. It wasn’t un­til one year later that Sil­ver­ado pick­ups were made avail­able in three 1500HD, 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty mod­els that were built to ex­cel in the fields of tow rat­ings and haul­ing heavy car­gos. The in­clu­sion of high-out­put Du­ra­max diesel en­gines, the Al­li­son 1000 trans­mis­sion and dually twin rear wheels in later mod­els of this first gen­er­a­tion of Sil­ver­ado pick­ups. This first gen­er­a­tion gave truck fans so many more op­tions than ever be­fore whether they were look­ing to work or play hard. Other no­table re­leases dur­ing this first era also in­cluded the Sil­ver­ado SS, which was de­signed to be a fac­tory-tuned high-per­for­mance pickup that featured an up­graded driv­e­train, Z60 per­for­mance sus­pen­sion and 20-inch alu­minum wheels and, of course, badg­ing that let other driv­ers know this was an en­hanced ver­sion of the rest of the other Sil­ver­a­dos on the road. In 2004, a Sil­ver­ado hy­brid was re­leased, which was GM’S first ever hy­brid pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle. There re­ally was a Sil­ver­ado model be­com­ing avail­able for al­most ev­ery type of con­sumer as the first gen­er­a­tion pro­gressed on­ward. As the nat­u­ral life­span of any suc­cess­ful ve­hi­cle ex­pands, there is a con­stant cy­cle of evo­lu­tion, and over the years the Sil­ver­ado con­tin­ued to grow right along with the needs and de­mands of the con­sumer. A sig­nif­i­cant body

style re­design that boasted in­creased aero­dy­nam­ics (which in turn in­creased bet­ter fuel econ­omy fore­casts) was at the fore­front of set­ting the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Sil­ver­ado (’07-’14) apart from the last. The in­te­rior also re­ceived a healthy change, nat­u­rally, as did the H-D sus­pen­sion sys­tem that changed to a fully boxed, high strength steel frame in 2011. An­other no­table change in this gen­er­a­tion is the ditch­ing of man­ual trans­mis­sion in full-size truck of­fer­ings as of 2008 within the U.S. and Canada—who re­ally wants to be think­ing of shift­ing in traf­fic when go­ing out shop­ping for a newer truck any­way? These up­grades are the types of specs that im­pressed the con­sumer base, au­to­mo­tive me­dia and in­dus­try lead­ers to award the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Sil­ver­ado with the hon­ors of North Amer­i­can Truck of the Year. The third gen­er­a­tion (’14-’19) kept the mo­men­tum mov­ing with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Mylink touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem that in­cor­po­rated a lot of what truck buy­ers were once look­ing to af­ter­mar­ket au­dio brands to pro­vide in their in­te­rior.

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