2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – lighter, tougher and more practical with car-like fuel efficiency
Introducing a heavily modified 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Compared to 2013, Chevrolet basically revealed some of their newest advancements in the pick-up construction business. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is built using advanced materials, such as high-strength steel, aluminum and its looks are largely formed in the wind tunnels, where GM’s engineers optimized its drag coefficient. Although GM used sports car manufacturing processes to construct and build the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, be aware that this is a fully fledged American pick-up truck with all bells and whistles that will be appreciated by anyone who sits behind its wheel.
This is a new generation truck – no question there. GM used a so called Hydroforming technology to shape high-strength steel plates that are used for the creation of a new frame. This is a process where steel plates and tubes are being pressed by a high-pressure oil while standing above the mold. No heat required here, and in this manner the full strength and rigidity of the molded steel parts is retained. Thanks to this process, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 received a newly developed frame that is much tougher and much more rigid in comparison with the frames used in the preceding model all in other counterpart trucks. Use of such a technology enabled the Chevrolet to lower the overall weight of the truck. Aluminum came into play! Upper and lower control arms on the suspension are made out of this material. The hood is also an aluminum piece, while the engine block is built using the material. Although aluminum is much more rigid than steel, GM used it mainly because they wanted to lower fuel consumption by lowering the overall weight of the truck. However, the engines installed are the masterpieces that highlight the GM’s commitment for lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emission. EcoTec3 engines available in three different sizes (4.3 liter V6 developing 285 HP, 5.3 Liter V8 developing 355 HP and 6.2 liter V8 developing 420 HP) are the centerpiece of the vehicle. Equipped with a whole range of fuel saving technologies (such as direct injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing), updated engines can be used in four-cylinder mode as well. Actually, this way, GM claims that the fuel consumption will drop considerably, but the driver will not be able to notice any difference while driving in four cylinder mode. This is why the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 is able to hit the 23 mpg mark while towing up to 12,000 lbs.
Besides being more economical, the 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 received a host of new technologies in the cabin as well. It seems that it became comfortable as a usual car with roomy cabin and features such as MyLink infotainment system with touch display, Bluetooth hands free telephone, USB socket, iPhone and iPod connectivity, Bose premium surround sound system and OnStar system available as standard in every model.
“Our customers rely on their trucks to meet the day-to-day challenges of earning a living, running a business and taking care of their families,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “Chevrolet is committed to giving truck customers the most-refined, best-engineered pickups in the market.”
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available in three different lengths ranging from 5’5” to 8’, while the crew cabs will be available with a longer 6’6″ foot box – a Silverado first.
Also, the truck drips with advanced electronic safety equipment including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat, and Front and Rear Park Assist. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard on all 2014 Chevrolet Silverados.