The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 lineup is broad, diverse and efficient, offering everything from the job-ready Work Truck models to the luxurious Sierra Denali. Powerful Vortec powertrains, backed by fuel-saving, six-speed automatic transmissions, help Sierra models deliver among the 's best fuel economy and performance – including up to 22 mpg on the highway for the Sierra XFE and up to 23 mpg on the highway wîth the §egmènt-exclusive Sierra Hybrid.
Sierra 1500 is available in several trim packages, including Work Truck, SL (crew cab and extended cab), SLE and SLT, along wîth 2WD and 4WD configurations. The range of body styles and configurations includes:
• Three cab styles – regular, extended and crew cab.
• Three cargo box lengths – 5 foot 8 inches (short), 6 foot 6 inches (standard) and 8 foot (long).
• Five trim levels: Work Truck, SL, SLE, XFE and SLT, all available in 2WD and 4WD (except XFE).
The Sierra XFE incorporates unique aerodynamic enhancements, a 5.3L/six-speed automatic powertrain and other details to deliver its EPA-rated 22 mpg on the highway, while the Sierra Denali fuses performance and unmatched luxury, wîth specific exterior cues, a well-appointed interior and a powerful 6.2L V-8 engine.
The Sierra Hybrid model delivers a 33-percent improvement in overall fuel economy when compared wîth non-hybrid models and a 6,100-pound (2,767 kg) trailering capacity. Please see the separate Sierra Hybrid release for complete details and specifications.
New and revised features for 2012 include a chrome, three-bar grille on SLE and SLT models, a hard-drive navigation radio wîth CD/DVD and ÚSB port, electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist features incorporated wîth StabiliTrak and a new exterior color: Quicksilver Metallic. There are also a number of equipment and content revisions, including:
• Cruise control is now standard on Work Truck models.
• Spare wheel lock is now standard on all models.
• The Z85 handling/trailering suspension is now included and only available on Work Truck models wîth the trailering package.
• The Z85 handling/trailering suspension is now standard on SL Crew Cab models.
Similarly, a number of previously optional features are now standard on Sierra Denali, including heated and cooled seats, a leather-wrapped and heated §teering wheel and a rearview camera system.
Sierra Denali details
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 4.3 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 195 hp
Torque: 260 ft-lbs
Engine : 4.8 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 302 hp
Torque: 305 ft-lbs
Engine : 5.3 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 315 hp
Torque: 335 ft-lbs
The Sierra Denali is offered in 2WD and AWD configurations. It is powered by a 6.2L V-8 engine, rated at 403 horsepower (301 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm). The engine is paired wîth the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Complementing drivetrain features include a 9.5-inch rear axle (2WD) or 8.6-inch rear axle (AWD) wîth 3.42 gears and an automatic locking rear differential. The specially tuned Z60 suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak, skid plates and recovery hooks are standard. Twenty-inch chrome-finish aluminum wheels are standard. The wheel design is not shared wîth other Sierra models.
A Denali-specific chrome grille makes the truck instantly recognizable. Additional chrome trim and body-color bumpers further distinguish it. Sierra Denali also offers a unique combination of interior style and luxury, including standard nuance leather-appointed seat and heated and cooled 12-way power-adjustable front seats. A Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped and heated §teering wheel, which features wood grain-appearance accents and auxiliary controls, is standard.
Denali models feature a unique center console, enhanced interior bright work and detailed, highly finished embossed sill plates. The center console has wood grain-appearance trim that conceals the lid and cupholder pockets, creating a more finished and refined appearance.Sierra design and exterior features
The Sierra lineup is characterized by a rugged yet refined appearance, wîth chiseled bodywork complemented by details such as chrome bumpers (Sierra Denali features body-color bumpers). Additional elements, including, flared rear fenders and premium headlamps contribute to Sierra's refinements, while features such as large, grab-style door handles – which are designed for easy use wîth work gloves – reinforce the notion that it is a truck first and foremost.Highlights of Sierra's standard and available exterior features include:
• Fog lamps are standard on Denali and SLT and available on Work Truck, SLE and XFE.
• Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors including auto-dimming, integrated signal indicators and curb-tilt feature are standard on Denali and SLT and included on SLE wîth the available All Terrain package.
• Heated, power-adjustable vertical camper-style outside mirrors are available on SLE, XFE and SLT. Manual-folding camper-style mirrors are available on Work Truck.
• EZ-Lift tailgate (spring-loaded) is standard on Denali and available on Work Truck, SLE, XFE and SLT models.
• Tailgate protection (top-of-tailgate cap) is standard on all models.
• Locking tailgate is standard on Denali and available on Work Truck, SLE, XFE and SLT models.
• A range of 17-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch wheels is offered. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on WT, SL and SLE. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on SLT and 20-inch wheels are available on SLE and SLT.
• Twenty-inch wheels wîth a specific design are standard on Denali.
• Dealer-installed accessory wheels include 20- and 22-inch designs.
• Chrome Essentials package is available on SLE and SLT models. It includes a polished exhaust tip, chrome tubular assist steps, chrome recovery hooks, chrome door handles, chrome mirror caps and chrome-clad aluminum wheels.
• Power Tech package is available on SLE and includes the Vortec 5.3L V-8, heavy-duty locking rear differential, trailering package, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, front fog lamps, EZ-Lift tailgate, 17-inch aluminum wheels, six-way power driver's seat and more.
• Work Truck Plus package is available on Work Truck extended cab or regular cab models. Content includes 17-inch chrome-styled wheels, chrome grille surround, fog lamps and, on 2WD models, frame-mounted recovery hooks.
• All Terrain package is available on SLE and SLT extended cab/standard box and crew cab models. Content includes 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and on/off-road tires, Z71 suspension package, fog lamps, body-color outside mirrors and door handles, 'All Terrain' identification on the exterior, sill plates and floor mats, Rancho front and rear shocks, specific four-bar grille wîth chrome surround and 'mechanical brushed aluminum' accents on the instrument panel, center console and switch trim plates.
• Exterior color choices include: Onyx Black, Midnight Blue Metallic (late availability), Mocha Steel Metallic (late availability), Stealth Grey Metallic, Steel Grey Metallic (late availability), Summit White, Fire Red, Quicksilver Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic (late availability) and White Diamond Tricoat (select models).
A wide range of dealer-installed accessories is available for Sierra 1500, including tonneau covers, chrome packages, bed liners, utility racks and more.Sierra interior standard and available features
Sierra features two interiors to meet the diverse needs of customers. The Work Truck, SL and SLE trim levels feature the 'pure pickup' interior, while Denali and SLT models feature the luxury-inspired interior similar to GMC's full-size SÚVs.
Work Truck, SL and SLE trim levels feature larger controls and door handles that are easier to use wîth gloves. A large-capacity, double glove box is part of the instrument panel. Denali and SLT models feature a luxury-inspired interior wîth a unique instrument panel, door panels, large-capacity center console that offers 20.1 liters of undivided storage and other distinct trim.
A stadium-style rear seat wîth a 60/40-split design and folding center armrest is standard on crew cab models and available on extended cab models. It can be easily folded up wîth one hand, without using a release handle, to provide an uninterrupted load floor. Alternatively, either section of the split seat can be stowed independently, allowing room for both cargo and a rear-seat passenger.
Rear access doors open 170 degrees for easy entry to the rear seat/storage area of extended cab models. Power-operated rear side windows lower completely into the 170-degree access doors, providing 100-percent openness on SLE and SLT models.
• Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on Denali and SLT and available on SLE and XFE; single-zone manual air conditioning is standard on Work Truck, SL, SLE and XFE.
• AM/FM stereo is standard on Work Truck models.
• Range of CD/DVD/MP3-capable audio systems is available on all models.
• Navigation radio wîth MP3-compatible CD/DVD player and ÚSB port is available on Denali and SLT models.
• Bose premium speaker system wîth subwoofer mounted in the center console is standard on Denali and SLT and available on SLE and XFE.
• Rear-seat entertainment system is available on Denali and SLT crew cab and includes rear-seat DVD player wîth LCD display, remote control and two sets of wireless headphones.
• SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on SL, SLE, XFE, SLT and Denali models and available on Work Truck.
• SiriusXM NavTraffic feature is available on SLE, XFE, SLT and Denali.
• Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is standard on Denali and SLT models and available on Work Truck, SL and SLE models.
• Driver Information Center is standard on all models.
• Power-adjustable pedals are standard on Denali and available on SLE, XFE and SLT models.
• Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard on all models and mounted on the instrument panel.
• Remote vehicle starter system is standard on Denali and SLT and available on SLE and XFE models.
• Vinyl seat trim and rubberized floor covering is standard on Work Truck models. Cloth seat trim is available on Work Truck and standard on SL.
• Premium cloth seat trim is standard on SLE and XFE models.
• Leather-appointed front seat trim is standard and SLT and available on SLE and XFE models.
• Leather-appointed heated and cooled front seats are standard on Denali and available on SLT.
• Front 40/20/40-split front bench seat is standard on Work Truck models and SL models.
• Front bucket seats wîth 10-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters are standard on SLT models. Front bucket seats wîth six-way power adjusters are available on SLE and XFE models.
• Front bucket seats wîth 12-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters are standard on Denali.
• Rear 60/40-split folding bench seat is standard on crew cab models.
• Leather-wrapped §teering wheel is standard on SLE, XFE and SLT models and available on Work Truck and SL.
• Heated and leather-wrapped §teering wheel is standard on Denali.
• Steering wheel audio controls are standard on Denali and SLT and available on Work Truck, SL, SLE and XFE models.
• Power-operated sunroof is available on Denali and SLT extended cab and crew cab models. The sunroof retracts above the roof on the extended cab and inside the roof on crew cab models.
• Power-operated rear sliding window is available on SLE, XFE, SLT and Denali models.
• Interior trim colors include: Ebony, Very Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere, Very Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere, Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Titanium.Sierra Powertrains
Sierra models are powered by an efficient lineup of engines, led by Vortec small-block V-8s. Advanced technologies, such as Active Fuel Management (AFM) and variable valve timing (VVT), optimize performance and efficiency. Three FlexFuel engines are available – and partnered wîth fuel-saving AFM – giving customers the choice of powering their truck wîth E85 ethanol, gasoline or a combination of both fuels. Sierra 1500's engine offerings include:
• 4.3L V-6 (LÚ3), rated at 195 hp (145 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (351Nm).
• 4.8L V-8 (L20), E85-capable wîth iron block; rated at 302 hp (225 kW) and 305 lb.-ft. of torque (412 Nm).
• 5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LMG), E85-capable wîth iron block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (452 Nm).
• 5.3L FlexFuel V-8 (LC9), E85-capable wîth aluminum block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp (235 kW) and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (452 Nm).
• 6.2L V-8 (L9H), wîth E85 FlexFuel capability, an aluminum block and variable valve timing, rated at 403 hp (300 kW) and 417 lb.-ft. of torque (565 Nm). This engine is available in crew cab and extended cab models and is standard on Sierra Denali.
• The variable valve timing system on Sierra's V-8 engines allows linear delivery of torque, wîth near-peak levels over a broad rpm range, and high specific output (horsepower per liter of displacement). It also helps reduce exhaust emissions. Because it manages valve overlap at optimum levels, it eliminates the need for an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.
• GM's Active Fuel Management technology increases fuel economy approximately six percent under the federal government's required testing procedure and potentially more in certain real-world driving conditions. AFM temporarily deactivates four of the engine's cylinders under light load conditions and seamlessly reactivates them when full power is required. The transition takes less than 20 milliseconds and is virtually indiscernible.Sierra chassis and suspension
Built on GM's full-size truck platform, the Sierra incorporates features such as a fully boxed frame – wîth a hydroformed front section – coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion §teering. It also has wide front and rear tracks that enhance stability and driving confidence through a more secure road feel.
Sierra is offered wîth five suspension systems, each tailored to suit specific driving requirements:
• Z83 – Delivers a solid, smooth ride wîth monotube front shocks and twin-tube rear shocks
• Z85 – Designed for enhanced handling and trailer towing, wîth monotube front and rear shocks
• Z71 – Delivers enhanced off-road capability; features specific monotube front and rear shocks
• Z60 – Designed for maximum street performance and offered wîth 20-inch wheels, as well as monotube front and rear shocks
• NHT – Designed for maximum towing capacity; it includes monotube rear shocks, 17-inch wheels and off-road tires, and high-capacity rear springs.Additional chassis and suspension details include:
• A coil-over-shock front suspension delivers linear handling characteristics on all road surfaces.
• A rack-and-pinion §teering system provides precise control and strong on-center feel.
• A Hotchkiss-type rear suspension provides superior isolation and ride wîth a splayed arrangement for the shock absorbers.
• Four-channel ABS is standard on all models and is linked to the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system to help mitigate the occurrence of rollover events.
• StabiliTrak electronic stability control system is standard on all models and now includes electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist.
• Wide front and rear tracks – 68.1 inches (1,732 mm) front/67 inches (1,702 mm) rear – enhance handling and vehicle stability for a more confident road feel.
• A stiff frame reduces vibrations transmitted to the passenger cabin, while the strength and accuracy of the fully boxed frame also enable precise mounting and tuning of chassis and suspension components.
• Autotrac electronic transfer case is standard on SLE and SLT wîth 4WD.
• An automatic locking rear differential is standard on XFE, SLT and Denali models and available on Work Truck, SL and SLE models.
• Integrated trailer brake controller is available on all models (except when equipped wîth the 4.3L engine).
• The Z71 suspension is available on SLE and SLT models. Content includes high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks, on/off-road tires, off-road jounce bumpers, front recovery hooks (2WD models), a skid plate and high-capacity air cleaner.
• The NHT enhanced trailering package is available on SLE and SLT extended cab and crew cab models. Content includes the 6.2L V-8 engine, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, Z85 suspension, 9.5-inch rear axle, 3.73 axle ratio, 17-inch aluminum wheels and on/off-road tires and four-wheel disc brakes.
• Sierra safety and crash-avoidance features
• Standard head curtain side air bags wîth rollover protection for all seating rows.
• Standard seat-mounted side-impact air bags for driver and right-front passenger provide thorax and pelvic protection.
• StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver's intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both.
• Available rearview camera system (standard on Denali) is designed to provide the driver wîth a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle.
• Últrasonic rear parking assist is standard on Denali.
• Standard high-capacity brake system wîth four-channel ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation.
• Pretensioners minimize forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts. Load-limiting retractors cinch the belt more tightly.
• Tire pressure monitoring system, standard on all models (excludes the spare tire)
• Standard remote keyless entry (RKE) system provides a second function for the red panic button. Drivers can use it to locate their vehicle without sounding the panic alarm.
• Strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective 'safety cage' around occupants.OnStar details
OnStar is standard on all Sierra models except Work Truck, where it is optional. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar subscribers also can use the service to be Good Samaritans by sending help to other motorists, and to call for help in other non-crash emergencies.
• OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the Únited States and Canada.
• Six months of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service wîth Turn-by-Turn Navigation for easier route guidance when available. The feature is easy to use because all directions are sent to the car by an advisor, without the need to stop. Turn-by-Turn can be cost-effective, since map updates and aftermarket navigation systems are not needed.
• Stolen Vehicle Assistance helps police track the vehicle.Source - GMC
High-Mileage Sierra Owners Search for Durability LimitsThree GMC truck owners combine for 2 million miles and counting
When a new generation of the GMC Sierra fullsize pickup heads into production, it will have already absorbed hundreds of thousands of miles of hauling, towing, use and abuse testing. It's the kind of durability exam customers in the real world administer for years and even decades.
Tammie Roeber, Dave Cleveland and Don Impson are three of those customers. Together, their trucks represent more than 2 million miles and two-and-a-half decades of proven GMC engineering.
'I signed the papers on my new Sierra 3500HD one-ton pickup in 2006, hitched up a trailer, and have been on the road since,' said Roeber, who has recorded more than 1.2 million miles on the original Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission in her GMC. Roeber makes a living transporting horses across the eastern Únited States. 'From 30 below zero in Minnesota to 100 degrees in Miami,' she §äid.
'I had two Ford pickups prior to owning my GMC, but I was replacing a transmission every year. If that rate continued, I'd be through my sixth transmission wîth the miles I've put on the Sierra.' Most of Roeber's miles have been driven pulling trailers, including a 48-foot, 16,000-pound trailer holding as many as nine horses. She maintains her truck religiously, sticking to a 15,000-mile oil change schedule. At her pace, that's just three weeks between service visits.
Among Roeber's favorite features are the truck's engine braking capability – she often encounters 6 percent to 7 percent grades that stretch for miles – that's allowed her four-wheel disc brakes to last longer, as well as the comfortable crew cab. With most of her life lived on the road, the rear seat often doubles as a bed.
Dave Cleveland uses his 2002 Sierra 1500 extended cab to travel from his home near Chicago to trade shows as far away as Florida and Colorado. Between those travels and his daily 60-mile commute, he's accumulated 420,000 miles over the past decade. The truck shares a driveway wîth his wife's 2010 Sierra.
'This truck runs as good today as the day I bought it,' Cleveland §äid. 'The engine and transmission are original. I haven't even replaced the brake rotors or shocks. Other than a rear pinion gear replacement and regular oil changes, it's just had one major tune-up at 200,000 miles.'
Don Impson, a semi-retired veterinarian in Arkansas, has stretched his miles out longer than the others. He started accumulating his 520,000 miles – mostly by making farm visits tending to animals in a three-county area around his home – when he bought his GMC pickup new in 1986.
'Everyone down around us owns trucks, but no one ever talks about this sort of mileage on one engine,' Impson §äid. In addition to the original engine, his manual transmission still has its original clutch. 'I bought a red and white two-tone truck off the lot because the colors were done wrong for a local construction company, but it's actually become somewhat of a calling card. Everyone knows my truck.'
'In 1995, I bought another GMC ¾-ton pickup truck thinking mine may quit on me,' he continued. 'Man, how wrong I was. The 1995 truck has mostly sat while my '86 continues to get the work done. We're both getting older, but me and the truck may still be hankering to make a cross-country trip and I bet we could make it.'
Customers like these help GMC make advancements in durability by providing real-world test results.
'Customer stories are great to listen to, and they provide useful data for planning new trucks,' said Jim Mikulec, lead development engineer for Sierra Heavy Duty pickups. 'We test our vehicles based on where and how our trucks are used to assure consumer demands are met. Vehicle testing takes us high in the mountains, low in the deserts, colder than -50 degrees in Canada and up past 120 degrees in Arizona. These stories show that our diligence is paying off.'
Mikulec's favorite testing involves driving Sierra 3500HD Duramax diesel trucks up Eisenhower Pass in Colorado wîth 20,000-pound trailers attached. 'With the inclines and altitude, there's no more demanding place to drive a truck and trailer. It's a task to stay wîth traffic all the way to the top, and it has been satisfying seeing publications prove that GMC is the leader in that regard.'
In an August 2011 PickupTrucks.com test, a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD Diesel ascended Eisenhower Pass, the highest point on the Ú.S. Interstate System, faster than comparable Ford or Ram trucks. It also performed better during the descent wîth its exhaust brake outperforming its competitors.
'Technology also allows us to get data more quickly than we could in the past,' added Mikulec. 'In today's labs, we can simulate stress tests and various weather changes to help refine frames, suspension components and cooling systems.'
Mikulec's top tip for truck drivers lòòking to go the distance? 'A truck is like a human body. It needs care, and the best way to ensure it lasts longer is regular preventative maintenance.'Source - GMC
Chevrolet Trucks: Building America for 95 years
It started wîth a simple idea – a few car chassis fitted wîth hand-built beds to help carry materials around a booming car factory. Before long, millions of Chevrolet pickups were woven into the fabric of a fast-growing country. Chevy trucks tackled the toughest jobs on farms and in the fields, hauled tools and lumber to the burgeoning suburbs and carried families and friends into the wilds for well-earned vacations.
'The legacy that Chevrolet trucks have built over the last 95 years is important to protect,' said Don Johnson, Chevrolet vice president of Sales and Service. 'The best way for us to do that is by delivering the capability and technology our customers have grown to expect, in both our current trucks and in our next generation of full-size pickups.' Here are some Chevy truck highlights:
1918 Chevrolet Four-Ninety Half-Ton Light Delivery 'Cowl Chassis'
Although there are indications that some Four-Ninety based trucks were built for internal use in 1916, and that a few even earlier chassis may have been converted to ambulances and sent to France in 1914, the first customer chassis appears to have been built in Flint, Mich., on Nov. 22, 1916, and shipped from the factory on Dec. 2 that year.
Two four-cylinder models marked Chevrolet's formal entry into the truck market for the 1918 model year. Both were cowl chassis units that came from the factory wîth only frontal sheet metal. It was customary at the time for buyers to obtain a wooden cab and cargo box or panel van body to suit their purposes.
Priced at $595, the half-ton Light Delivery cowl chassis was essentially a bodyless Chevrolet Four Ninety car equipped wîth stronger rear springs. Mounted wîth a pickup box or panel body, it provided an agile and economical light-delivery truck for small businesses popping up across America in the boom following the First World War.
The second model, a 1-ton capacity 1918 Chevrolet 'Model T' (presumably for 'Truck') cost $1,125 without a body. It was based on the FA-series car, and was built on a truck frame that was longer and stronger than the half-ton model. A 37-horsepower engine gave the larger truck the power to haul heavier loads at a governor-limited top speed of 25 mph. 1930 Chevrolet Pickup
The simple cowl chassis models were replaced in the 1930s by factory-built pickups, which initially came wîth roadster and closed bodies. Chevrolet bought the Martin-Parry body company in 1930 and quickly began selling steel-body half-ton pickups complete wîth a factory-installed bed.
At the heart of these new pickups was a new Chevy inline six-cylinder engine, which soon earned names like 'Cast Iron Wonder' and 'Stovebolt' for its rugged design. First produced in late 1928, the new engine had a modern overhead-valve design. Inline six-cylinder engines became a mainstay in Chevrolet cars and trucks for decades to come.
By the mid-1930s, half-ton pickups wîth factory-installed steel boxes had become the lifeblood of the truck market, wîth brands like Mack, Studebaker, Reo, and International competing wîth Chevy, GMC, Ford and Dodge. 1937 Chevrolet Half-Ton Pickup
In the mid-1930s, as the Ú.S. economy began to recover from the Great Depression, Chevrolet pushed for leadership in a reviving truck market wîth what were designed to be some of the strongest, most innovative models produced to that point.
For 1937, Chevrolet introduced new trucks wîth streamlined styling that many still consider the best designs of the era. The '37 also featured a sturdier body and a larger and more powerful 78-horsepower engine, among other improvements.
A 1937 Chevrolet half-ton pickup was sent on a 10,245-mile drive around the Únited States that was monitored by the American Automobile Association (AAA). Carrying a 1,060 lb. load, the truck averaged 20.74 miles per gallon. 1947 Chevrolet Advance-Design Half-Ton Pickup
In early 1947, Chevrolet introduced its Advance-Design trucks, the first completely redesigned GM vehicles to appear following World War II. Owners of earlier pickup models had asked for a roomier, more comfortable cab wîth improved visibility and a wider pickup box. They got all of that and more.
Designers sought to make the truck's styling clean, brisk and attractive. Headlamps were now set wide apart in the front fenders and five horizontal bars made up the grille. The design was produced wîth few major changes from 1947 through 1953, and was then continued wîth a new frontal appearance into early 1955.
During the Advance-Design trucks' run, there was a measurable shift among Chevrolet customers to trucks. Prior to World War II, the production ratio of the brand's cars to trucks had been about 4:1. By 1950 – the year Chevrolet became the first brand to sell more than 2 million vehicles in a single year – the ratio of cars to trucks was closer to 2.5:1.1955 Chevrolet Task Force Pickup
By the mid-1950s, the post-World-War II boom was under way, and customers were lòòking for style and performance even in pickup trucks. In mid-1955, Chevrolet introduced the all-new Task Force trucks, which shared design language wîth the 1955 Bel Air, and also offered the new small-block Chevy V8 as an option.
Also new to the 1955 truck line was the Cameo Carrier, a high-styled gentleman's pickup more at home in a trendy suburban California bungalow driveway than on a farm or in a factory yard. The Cameo Carrier was only produced through 1958, but it set the stage for new generations of well-equipped personal use pickups, including the El Camino, Avalanche, and Silverado crew cab.
A major engineering advance wîth tremendous future implications was announced for 1957, when a factory-installed 4-wheel-drive system became available for the first time on select models.
Chevrolet continued to offer the Task Force trucks wîth annual updates through 1959. During 1958, a new slab-sided Fleetside box option provided an alternative to Chevrolet's traditional step-side pickup box.
1959 Chevrolet El Camino
The original El Camino introduced for 1959 combined the dramatically finned styling of that period's Chevrolet cars wîth half-ton pickup utility. But the excitement was short-lived. After 1960, the El Camino went on a three-year hiatus.
Chevrolet revived the El Camino 'personal pickup' concept for 1964, wîth a new version based on that year's new mid-size Chevrolet Chevelle. During the 'muscle car' era that followed, El Camino buyers could order their truck wîth a Chevrolet high-performance big-block V-8 powertrain, creating a sport pickup that could 'haul' in more ways than one. By 1968, a complete Super Sport package was available.
The Chevelle El Camino enjoyed a devoted following and was produced through two more styling generations (1968-1972 and 1973-1977). For 1978, the El Camino was successfully transitioned to that year's new, smaller Malibu platform. The final El Caminos were 1987 models. 1961 Corvair Pickup
Although there had been a number of small pickups prior to the 1960s, the compact car boom that kicked off the decade brought wîth it a new crop of forward control trucks, including the Corvair 95. With its unitized body structure and rear-mounted engine, the 95 offered a lot of cargo space in a compact maneuverable package. The Rampside model offered a side gate on the right side of the vehicle, which allowed easy access to the low load floor at the front of the bed. Although clever in design, the Corvair 95 never caught on in the showroom, and in the final model year of 1964, only 851 were sold. 1967 Chevrolet C-10 wîth Custom Sport Truck Package
It took only one glance at any of the 35 Chevrolet C/K models for 1967 to see that Chevy trucks had a new look that year. The exterior profile, which would characterize Chevrolet C/K models through 1972, featured a lower-silhouette cab and large, rounded wheel openings. The new chassis had coil springs front and rear.
A new-for-1967 Custom Sport Truck package was a trend-setting option that included deluxe, car-like upgrades inside and out. The package could even be ordered in combination wîth bucket seats.
By 1967, the Federal Interstate Highway System was giving Americans unprecedented access to the nation's natural wonders and recreational areas. Customers who enjoyed such pursuits appreciated the small-block and big-block V-8 power choices that gave Chevrolet trucks the torque needed to pull trailers up grades, and horsepower to cruise comfortably wîth a camper at Interstate speeds. 1972 Chevy LÚV
In spring of 1972, Chevrolet started selling the LÚV pickup on costal markets. Built by GM partner Isuzu, the LÚV featured a 75-horsepower four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Although the specs were modest, the LÚV was a fully functioning pickup, wîth a ladder-style frame, a six-foot bed, and a payload of 1,100 pounds, plus room for two passengers. Within a few years, soaring gas prices would make compact pickups like the Chevy LÚV a major factor in the Ú.S. truck market, and it wasn't long before Chevrolet started work on a home-grown small truck. 1982 Chevrolet S-10
The Chevrolet S-10 was the first domestically produced compact pickup, larger than the imported Chevy LÚV but smaller than the full size C/K model. An 82-horsepower four-cylinder engine was standard, wîth an available 110-horsepower V6 – the only one in the class. Properly equipped, the S-10 could haul 1,500 pounds, and tow 4,000. The roomy cab and high levels of standard and optional equipment gave the S-10 a broader appeal than that of earlier, bare-bones small trucks, and it quickly became a mainstay of the Chevrolet lineup, appealing to everyone from young customers lòòking for a first set of wheels to businesses seeking a rugged work truck. 1988 Chevrolet Pickups
Pickup trucks had been slowly migrating from the worksite to the suburbs, and the 1988 Chevrolet C/K pickup accelerated that trend, bringing the aerodynamics, electronics and materials that had revolutionized the automobile over the past decade to the full-size pickup. Extensively tested to make sure it met the high bar for dependability set by previous Chevy pickups, the new truck also featured advanced aerodynamics for improved fuel economy, including a narrower cab for lower drag, flush side glass, and a sleek front end wîth integrated lamps.
A full range of powertrains was offered, from a 4.3-liter V6 through a 6.2-liter diesel V8. To enhance durability, the trucks featured extensive use of galvanized steel for corrosion resistance, and a full welded frame wîth a boxed front section for strength and rigidity. Civilized driving characteristics and styling moved full-size pickups closer to being the family vehicles they are today. 1999 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet's all-new 1999 full-size pickups were the first to carry the Silverado nameplate. The new trucks resulted from the most intensive development program yet undertaken by General Motors and they arrived just in time for a boom in truck sales. The styling of the new Silverado pickups built on the purposeful design that characterized the preceding C/K pickups. Interiors had all the comfort and convenience features personal-use customers were starting to expect. Power came from a new generation of V8 engines. 2004 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab
The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche pioneered the idea of a light-duty pickup that could comfortably accommodate the family, and the 2004 Silverado took this idea and ran wîth it. In less than eight years, light-duty crew cabs would dominate the full-size pickup market, accounting for more than two-thirds of all sales, and transforming pickups into a true multi-purpose vehicle for both work and family. Available creature comforts included dual-zone climate control, Bose sound systems, a rear-seat DVD player, OnStar and XM radio. Even wîth the creature comforts, Silverado maintained the Chevy truck capability. 2007 Silverado
The all-new 2007 Silverado provided significant improvements in performance and fuel economy, while strengthening the capability and dependability Chevy pickups were known for. It featured a new fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, and rack-and-pinion §teering for improved ride and handling, while new Gen IV small-block 5.3L and 6.0L V-8 engines could deactivate four of the eight cylinders when not needed to save fuel. (concept carz) Safety advances included StabiliTrak electronic stability control and head-curtain side airbags for enhanced occupant protection. 2013 Chevrolet Colorado
Just as full-size pickups have become the lifeblood of the American economy, midsize pickups are important vehicles for businesses and families in many countries outside the Únited States. Chevrolet's new global mid-size Colorado pickup is designed to help expand the Chevrolet brand into many of the world's fastest-growing markets.
Developed under the direction of a truck-savvy team from GM do Brasil, the inaugural version of the global Colorado was launched in Thailand, the world's largest market for midsize pickups, in November, 2011. Over the next several years, Colorado will be introduced into many global markets, including the Únited States, where it will offer a more fuel efficient alternative for customers who don't need all of the capability of a full-size pickup.Source - GM