Capability .might well be the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's middle name. With a broad range of body styles, efficient powertrains and connectivity technology, it can be configured for just about any job – whether hauling equipment and a crew to a job site or towing a camper for a weekend getaway.
The Silverado 1500 lineup is built on GM's full-size truck architecture, which supports a smooth ride and confident handling. A lineup of powerful small-block V-8 engines and six-speed automatic transmissions complement the strong chassis by enabling a maximum payload capacity of 1,980 pounds (898 kg) on the 2WD crew cab (with the enhanced trailering package). It is also an efficient powertrain lineup, wîth the Silverado XFE (2WD crew cab) delivering an EPA-estimated 22 mpg on the highway and a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds (3,175 kg).
When equipped wîth the available enhanced trailering package and the 6.2L V-8, the Silverado 1500 can tow up to 10,700 pounds (4,853 kg).
The range of body styles and configurations for 2012 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: WT, LS, LT, XFE and LTZ, all available in 2WD and 4WD (except XFE, which is 2WD only).
The unique Silverado 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. The §egmènt-exclusive Silverado Hybrid returns for 2012, delivering a 23.5-percent improvement in overall fuel economy while offering the Silverado's traditional capabilities – including a 6,200-pound (2,812 kg) towing capacity. Please see the separate Silverado Hybrid release for complete details and specifications.
New and revised exterior features for 2012 include a chrome mesh grille matched wîth either a chrome surround on LS and LT models or a body-color surround on LTZ. There's also a more aerodynamic front chrome bumper on 2WD models without tow hooks and a new, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel. New exterior colors for 2012 include: Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic (late availability), Black Granite Metallic (late availability) and Graystone Metallic (late availability). White Diamond Tricoat is part of a White Diamond Edition available in LT and LTZ trim.
Inside, there is a new hard-drive navigation radio wîth CD and ÚSB port features and an 80-gig hard drive (30 gigs of memory), heated and cooled front seats available on LTZ models and new interior color combinations for LT/XFE models: Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere.
Also, a number of popular features offered on the WT trim level are now standard, including cruise control and a spare tire lock.
Silverado design and exterior features
The Silverado has a chiseled design that accents a broad-shouldered stance to give it a confident, firmly planted stance. Design cues include a power dome hood, flared rear fenders, vertically stacked reflector-optics headlamps and Chevrolet's iconic bow tie emblem in the grille.
A chrome bumper is standard on LS, LT and XFE trim level models, while LTZ trim level models receive body-color front bumpers. The large, grab-style door handles are designed for easy use wîth gloves.
Highlights of Silverado's standard and available exterior features include:
•Fog lamps are standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE. •Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors including auto-dimming, integrated signal indicators, ground lights and curb-tilt feature are standard on LTZ. •Heated, power-adjustable vertical camper-style outside mirrors are available on LT, XFE and LTZ. Manual-folding camper-style mirrors are available on WT. •EZ-Lift tailgate (spring-loaded) is available on WT, LT, XFE and LTZ models. •Locking tailgate is available on WT, LT, XFE and LTZ models. •A range of 17-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch wheels is offered. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard on all models. Eighteen-inch wheels are included wîth the Z71 Off Road package. Twenty-inch wheels are available on LT, XFE and LTZ. •Dealer-installed accessory wheels include 20- and 22-inch designs. •White Diamond Edition is available in LT or LTZ trim. Content includes White Diamond Tricoat exterior color, chrome mirror caps and door handles and body side moldings wîth chrome accents on LT models. The LTZ version adds the Z60 high-performance suspension package, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and touring tires and the chrome package. •The Z71 Off Road appearance package is available on LT and LTZ extended cab and crew cab models. Content includes the Z71 suspension package, 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and on/off-road tires, fog lamps, body-color outside mirrors and door handles, unique 'Z71 Plus' identification on the exterior, sill plates and gauge cluster, chrome recovery hooks, Rancho front and rear shocks, unique lower front fascia wîth smooth appearance and a body-color grille wîth a specific chrome insert. •LS Package is available on WT models and includes chrome-styled steel wheels, chrome front bumper and chrome grille surround. •Chrome Essentials Package is available on LT and LTZ models. Content includes a polished exhaust tip, chrome recovery hooks, chrome door handles, chrome mirror caps and chrome-clad aluminum wheels. •Exterior color choices include: Black, Imperial Blue Metallic, Blue Granite Metallic, Summit White, White Diamond, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic (late availability), Black Granite Metallic (late availability) and Graystone Metallic (late availability)
Dealer-installed accessories are available for Silverado 1500, including tonneau covers, chrome packages, bed liners, utility racks and more.
Silverado interior standard and available features
Silverado features two interiors to meet the diverse needs of customers. The WT, LS and LT trim levels feature the 'pure pickup' interior and the LTZ trim level features the luxury-inspired interior similar to Chevrolet's full-size utilities.
WT, LS and LT 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. LTZ models feature a luxury-inspired interior wîth a unique instrument panel, door panels, larger-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 LT and LTZ models. •Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE; single-zone manual air conditioning is standard on WT, LS, LT and XFE. •AM/FM stereo is standard on WT models (not available wîth SiriusXM Satellite Radio). •Range of CD/DVD/MP3-capable audio systems is available on all models. •Navigation radio wîth AM/FM stereo, MP3-compatible CD/DVD player and ÚSB port is available on LTZ models. •Bose premium speaker system wîth subwoofer mounted in the center console is standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE. •Rear-seat entertainment system is available on LTZ crew cab and includes a rear-seat DVD player, remote control and two sets of wireless headphones. •SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on LS, LT, XFE and LTZ models and available on WT. •SiriusXM NavTraffic feature is available on LT, XFE and LTZ. •Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is standard on LTZ models and available on WT and LS. •Driver Information Center is standard on all models. •Power-adjustable pedals are available on LT, XFE and LTZ 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 LTZ and available on LT and XFE models. •Vinyl seat trim and rubberized floor covering is standard on WT models. Cloth seat trim is available on WT. •Premium cloth seat trim is standard on LT and XFE models. •Leather-trimmed front seat trim is standard on LTZ and available on LT and XFE models. •Front 40/20/40-split front bench seat is standard on WT models and LS models. •Front 40/20/40-split front bench seat wîth lockable storage compartment is standard on LT and XFE models. •Front bucket seats wîth 10-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters are standard on LTZ models. Front bucket seats wîth six-way power adjusters are available on LT and XFE models. •Rear 60/40-split folding bench seat is standard on crew cab models. •Leather-wrapped §teering wheel is standard on LT, XFE and LTZ models and available on WT and LS. •Steering wheel audio controls are standard on LTZ and available on WT, LS, LT and XFE models. •Power-operated sunroof is available on LTZ extended cab and crew cab models. The sunroof retracts above the roof on extended cab and inside the roof on crew cab models. •Power-operated rear sliding window is available on LT, XFE and LTZ models. •Interior trim colors include: Ebony, Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere, Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Titanium. •Convenience Package is available on LT and XFE. Content includes power-adjustable pedals, rear-window defogger, Rear Parking Assist, Úniversal Home Remote and remote vehicle starter system. •Interior Plus Package is available on LT and XFE. Content includes driver six-way power seat adjuster, §teering wheel-mounted audio controls, AM/FM stereo wîth CD and MP3 playback, Bluetooth phone connectivity, locking tailgate, EZ-Lift tailgate and front fog lamps. •LTZ Plus Package is available on LTZ and includes Úniversal Home Remote, locking tailgate, EZ-Lift tailgate, power-adjustable pedals, Rear Parking Assist and rear wheelhouse liner.
Silverado 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. Silverado 1500's engine offerings include: •4.3L V-6 (LÚ3), rated at 195 hp (145 kW) and 260 lb.-ft. of torque (351 Nm). •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. •The variable valve timing system on Silverado'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 6 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. •E85 is a clean-burning, domestically produced alternative fuel composed of 85 percent ethanol alcohol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol is renewable and produces fewer greenhouse gases during the combustion process.
Silverado chassis and suspension
Built on GM's full-size truck platform, the Silverado 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.
Silverado 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 rollover crashes. •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 LT and LTZ models. •An automatic locking rear differential is standard on XFE and LTZ models and available on WT, LS and LT models. •Integrated trailer brake controller is available on all models (except when equipped wîth the 4.3L engine). •The Z71 suspension is available on LT and LTZ models. Content includes high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks, on/off-road tires, off-road jounce bumpers, front recovery hooks (2WD), a durable skid plate and high-capacity air cleaner. •The NHT enhanced trailering package is available on LT and LTZ 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.
Silverado safety and crash-avoidance features
•Standard head curtain side air bags wîth rollover protection for all seating rows. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment. •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 rear-view camera system designed to provide the driver with a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle. •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. •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.
Silverado is offered wîth OnStar as standard on all 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.
The OnStar RemoteLink app allows Silverado owners to control OnStar functions from a smart phone. •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 on all Silverado models. 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 - Chevrolet
Chevrolet Silverado1500 Hybrid
Chevrolet Silverado1500 Hybrid is the only hybrid in the full-size truck §egmènt. Compared wîth comparable, non-hybrid models, it delivers 33-percent greater city fuel economy and a 23.5-percent improvement in overall fuel economy, all wîth the capability customers want in full-size truck – including a 6,100-pound (2,767 kg) trailering capacity.
Estimated fuel economy for both 2WD and 4WD models is 20 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.
Propulsion of the Silverado 1500 Hybrid comes from General Motors' patented two-mode hybrid system and a powerful 6.0L gas V-8, which combine to deliver all-electric driving up to 30 mph (48 km/h). The system saves fuel using electric propulsion, even when towing a trailer.
The Silverado Hybrid is offered in the crew cab body style on both 2WD and 4WD models, wîth 1HY and 2HY trim levels. All models are equipped wîth StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, a locking rear axle and a trailering package. It also includes dual-stage frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and seat-mounted side-impact air bags.
Changes for 2012 include a new navigation radio and a new exterior color. Silver Ice Metallic replaces Sheer Silver Metallic.
Hybrid system details
GM's advanced Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT) and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS) work in concert wîth the standard 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine wîth Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late intake valve closing (LIVC) technology to enable the Silverado Hybrid's efficient performance. This hybrid system not only enables the Silverado to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electricity alone, it also allows the 6.0L V-8 engine to operate in its more economical V-4 mode for longer periods.
GM designed the EVT to provide the best combination of city and highway fuel economy. Úsed wîth the Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine wîth Active Fuel Management, it is an all-purpose system well-suited to providing excellent economy and full-size pickup passenger-carrying, cargo-hauling and trailer-towing capabilities.
The EVT is designed to bolt directly to the standard four-wheel-drive transfer case found on the gasoline-only models for true four-wheel-drive capability. The Silverado Hybrid's unique powertrain system comprises these major components: •Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT) •Energy Storage System (ESS) •Vortec 6.0L V-8 wîth Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late intake valve closing (LIVC).
Electrically variable transmission (EVT): The key to GM's EVT is its unique assemblage of two 60 kW electric motors, three planetary gearsets and four traditional hydraulic wet clutches. This arrangement allows continuously variable operation, and provides four fixed gear ratios (with operation comparable to that of a standard electronically controlled automatic transmission).
A sophisticated Hybrid Optimizing System constantly receives torque-based data from the powertrain and other vehicle systems, and then determines the most efficient means of propelling the vehicle — either via electric power, gasoline engine power or a combination of the two. The EVT is like having two transmissions in one — continuously variable drive for light-load conditions and fixed-ratio drive for high-load situations.
Energy storage system (ESS): A 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS) provides power to the EVT's two electric motors. This battery pack is located under the second-row seat.
In addition to supplying power to the EVT, the ESS also provides power to the air conditioning compressor and the Accessory Power Module (APM), which converts the high-voltage supply to 42 volts for the electric power §teering system, and 12 volts for the vehicle battery and other 12-volt electrical accessories.
Battery pack durability and reliability are maintained via optimized charge and discharge cycles, as well as a dedicated cooling system that draws air from the passenger compartment. As part of the vehicle's emission control system, the ESS is warranted for eight years/100,000 miles.
Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine: Engineers chose the Vortec 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine for the Silverado Hybrid because of its favorable torque characteristics. This is especially important because GM engineers adapted the 6.0L V-8 to operate wîth late intake valve closing (Atkinson-cycle combustion process) for reduced pumping losses and better overall fuel economy.
Úsing flat-top pistons, cylinder heads borrowed from GM's 5.3L high-output V-8 and a 10.8:1 compression ratio, the Vortec 6.0L V-8 produces 332 horsepower (248 kW) at 5100 rpm and 367 lb.-ft. of torque (495 Nm) at 4100 rpm, yet requires only regular unleaded fuel. (concept carz)
The Vortec 6.0L also features variable valve timing to control late intake closing, as well as Active Fuel Management, which allows four of the eight cylinders to be shut off during periods of light load. With the benefit of electric boost, the engine is able to stay in V-4 mode for longer periods in the Silverado Hybrid.
Auto Stop mode and regenerative braking
A key contributor to fuel economy is the gasoline engine's Auto Stop mode. At vehicle speeds between 0 and 30 mph, the gasoline engine may be automatically shut down. By leaving the engine off and allowing the vehicle to move only under electric power up to 30 mph, such as during heavy stop-and-go traffic, fuel consumption is greatly reduced.
The regenerative braking system works in concert wîth the hydraulic braking system. The system uses a brake pedal emulator, which provides progressive resistance as the pedal is depressed. This consistent pedal feel is very much like that of a standard hydraulic braking system in operation.
Silverado Hybrid matches its gasoline-only siblings in comfort and convenience, wîth special attention paid to acoustic details that makes for a very quiet driving experience. Examples include: •Exhaust system and resonator specially tuned for the 6.0L LIVC engine's Active Fuel Management operation. It ensures comfortable interior acoustics and a pleasant exhaust note during both V-4 and V-8 operation •Additional engine intake induction tuning for reduced interior noise and pleasing sound quality •Low-rolling resistance, 'quiet-tuned' P265/65R18 tires for reduced road noise •Electrically driven, 300-volt air conditioning compressor reduces vibration and allows the HVAC system to cool the passenger compartment even when the gasoline engine is shut off •Electrically driven, 42-volt variable-assist power §teering reduces vibration and provides up to a 0.5-mpg fuel economy improvement by reducing parasitic losses common in belt-driven hydraulic systems •Energy Storage System (ESS) cooling system internal fan is tuned to be quiet at low vehicle speeds when the fan could more easily be heard by the occupants.
Hybrid interior features
A unique hybrid gauge cluster includes a special tachometer incorporating an Auto Stop position just above the 0 rpm mark that indicates when the gasoline engine is in shut-down mode. An analog economy gauge, to the left of the tachometer, helps the driver maintain the most efficient driving style.
Located midway down the center stack, the navigation system's seven-inch full-color VGA display (2HY models) doubles as a monitor that shows a graphic representation of the hybrid drivetrain's power flow. This display continuously informs the occupants how the system is sending power to the wheels from the ESS/electric motors, the gasoline engine or both. The screen also displays reverse electrical flow during regenerative braking and whether the vehicle is in two- or four-wheel-drive mode.
Silverado Hybrid exterior features
•Grille wîth chrome surround is standard on all models. •Heated, power-operated outside mirrors including auto-dimming, integrated signal indicators, ground lights and curb-tilt feature are standard on 2HY. Heated and power-adjustable mirrors are standard on 1HY. •Spring-loaded 'EZ-Lift' locking tailgate feature are standard on all models. •Body-color side moldings are standard on all models. •Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels and P265/65R18 all-season tires. •Exterior color choices include: Black, Imperial Blue Metallic, Blue Granite Metallic (late availability), Summit White, Victory Red and Silver Ice Metallic.
Silverado Hybrid interior standard and available features
•Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on all models. •SiriusXM Satellite Radio standard on all models. •AM/FM stereo wîth MP3-compatible CD player is standard on 1HY. •Navigation radio wîth MP3-compatible CD player and ÚSB port is standard on 2HY and includes SiriusXM NavTraffic compatibility. •Bluetooth phone connectivity is standard. •Power-adjustable pedals are standard on 2HY. •Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard on all models. •Leather-appointed front seating is standard on 2HY. •Front 40/20/40-split bench seat is standard on 1HY. •Front bucket seats are standard on 2HY and include six-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters and floor console. •Three-passenger rear bench seat is standard on all models. •Leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth audio controls is standard on all models. •Power-operated sunroof is available on 2HY.
Silverado Hybrid chassis and suspension
The Silverado Hybrid is built on GM's full-size truck platform, incorporating a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, leaf-spring rear suspension and rack-and-pinion §teering. •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 wîth rotary controls is standard on 4WD models. •The standard axle ratio is 3.08. •A locking rear differential is standard. •7,100 GVWR on 2WD models. •7,300 GVWR on 4WD models. •A trailering package is standard on all models.
Silverado safety and crash-avoidance features
•Standard head curtain side air bags wîth rollover protection for both seating rows. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment. •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. •Rear vision camera system designed to provide the driver with a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle. •Standard four-wheel-disc brake system wîth 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. •Standard remote keyless entry (RKE) system provides a second function for the red panic button. Drivers can use it to locate their cars without sounding the panic alarm. •Strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective 'safety cage' around occupants.Source - Chevrolet
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.
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
NEW SIERRA MARKS 111 YEARS OF GMC PICKUP HERITAGE PHOTO HISTORY SHOWS EVOLUTION OF TRUCK DESIGN THROUGH 12 DECADES
• New Sierra Marks 111 Years of GMC Pickup Heritage
• Photo history shows evolution of truck design through 12 decades
DETROIT - The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra fullsize pickup will be the latest in a bloodline that stretches back over a century. The first truck to wear a GMC badge debuted in 1912, while a predecessor from the Max Grabowsky's Rapid Motor Vehicle Co. was the first commercial truck operated in the City of Detroit 10 years earlier.
Here's a list of highlights by decade, accompanied by a corresponding photo of each. • 1900s: The first Rapid truck - little more than a seat, an engine cover and a frame - was delivered in 1902. • 1910s: The GMC name takes its place on a truck grille for the first time in 1912 and the mix of trucks offered had either upright front ends or curved 'French' fronts. • 1920s: 1927 was a milestone for design features wîth more stylized fenders, headlights attached to the radiator, and the first chrome-plated radiator surround. • 1930s: Streamlining in the '30s added sloped grilles, more paint color options and passenger cabs inspired by car design trends, which helped expand the truck market. • 1940s: Following the war, GMCs of the late '40s featured fully integrated headlights for the first time, as well as wider, lower, and bolder grilles. • 1950s: Cars again influenced truck design in the '50s, resulting in more safety, comfort and performance. 1955 highlights were hooded headlights and panoramic glass. • 1960s: The first GMC pickup wîth a full-width hood debuted in 1960. Other design cues included 'jet pod' grilles at the front and a pinched-waist body crease on each side. - 1970s: Padded materials replaced many metal interior surfaces in the '70s. Heavy duty models offered a dual rear axle for the first time and the Crew Cab debuted. - 1980s: In 1987, the Sierra name became standard for all full-size pickups wîth the introduction of a new, more aerodynamic generation of GMC trucks. - 1990s: The '90s brought the first rear-hinged three-door Extended Cab model. In 1999, new generation of truck introduced the first use of frame hydroforming. - 2000s: The new millennium brought the 'D' decade: The first Duramax diesel engine for Sierra HD added capability and the first Denali pickup set a luxury standard for trucks. - 2012: The new 2014 Sierra debuts on December 13.
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry's healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SÚV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks wîth the Yukon, Yukon Denali SÚVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market.Source - GMC
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