2014 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 2500HD AND 3500HD PICKUPS MATCH MUSCLE WITH FINESSE
Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD remain the benchmarks for heavy-duty pickups, strengthening Chevrolet's 95-year reputation for building dependable, hard-working trucks. That reputation is enhanced for 2014 wîth higher standard towing ratings.
The previously optional 4.10 rear axle ratio is now standard on gas models, enabling 4,500-pound greater standard trailering capability of up to 13,000 pounds (5,897 kg), for both 2500HD and 3500HD. It also enhances acceleration and can enable greater efficiency in stop-and-go driving and at speeds below 50 mph. Customers who do mostly highway driving wîth their Silverado can select the available 3.73 axle for greater highway fuel economy.Additional capabilities include:
◾2500HD maximum payload of 4,212 pounds (1,910 kg) wîth the available Performance Package on regular cab long box models (2WD)
◾2500HD maximum conventional towing capacity of 13,000 pounds (5,897 kg)
◾2500HD maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity of 17,800 pounds (8,074 kg)
◾3500HD maximum payload of 7,222 pounds (3,276 kg)
◾3500HD maximum conventional towing capacity of 18,000 pounds (8,164 kg)
◾3500HD maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity of 23,100 pounds (10,478 kg).
The 2014 Silverado HD lineup is offered in WT, LT and LTZ models, in 2WD and 4WD – including single- and dual-rear-wheel 3500HD models. All feature fully-boxed, high-strength-steel frames and offer an array of control features that make hauling and towing easier, including trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking, intelligent brake assist and larger brakes.
Silverado HDs also offer a smart exhaust brake feature that provides greater control on grades and reduced brake pad wear.
A 6.0L gas V-8 is standard on 2500HD and 3500HD models, wîth the Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel available. It is rated at 397 hp (296 kW) and features B20 biodiesel capability. A standard 36-gallon (136 L) fuel tank makes the most of the Duramax's efficiency, enabling up to 680 miles (1,090 km) driving range between fill-ups.
New for 2014 is a bi-fuel compressed natural gas fuel system and bi-fuel-compatible version of the 6.0L V-8 engine for 2500HD crew cab models. The engine features hardened valves and valves seats that enable the truck to run on gasoline or compressed natural gas.
Also new is an available spray-in bed liner, which bonds to the steel bed to create permanent, water-tight protection for the bed. It covers the entire bed interior surface below the side rails, including the tailgate, front box top rail, gage hole plugs and lower tie down loops.
Chevy's HD trucks are comfortable and connected, wîth technology features including available mobile WiFi, ÚSB connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, OnStar 9.0 and navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
There's also a navigation radio wîth CD, ÚSB port and an 80-GB hard drive (30 GB available for music), along wîth heated and cooled front seats available on LTZ models.Silverado HD exterior features
Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are distinguished by a power dome-style hood wîth a louvered design, as well as a wide grille wîth chrome surround and full-width chrome steel front bumper. A lineup of 17- (Dually), 18- and 20-inch wheel/tire combinations is offered.Standard and available exterior features also include:
◾Heated outside mirrors are offered on all models; heated outside and power-adjustable vertical camper-style mirrors wîth turn signal indicators are available on 2500HD LT and LTZ and standard on 3500HD LT and LTZ models
◾Front recovery hooks are standard on all models
◾EZ-Lift locking tailgate feature is available on all models
◾Dual cargo lamps are standard on all models
◾Seventeen-inch steel wheels are standard on 2500HD Work Truck and all 3500HD SRW models
◾Seventeen-inch chrome-clad steel wheels are available on 2500HD Work Truck
◾Seventeen-inch machine-finish aluminum wheels are standard on 2500HD LT
◾Seventeen-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are standard on 3500HD LTZ wîth dual rear wheels and available on LT wîth dual rear wheels
◾Eighteen-inch painted steel wheels are available on 2500HD Work Truck and standard on 3500HD Work Truck wîth SRW wîth the 6.0L engine (available wîth Duramax diesel)
◾Eighteen-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are standard on 2500HD LT and LTZ models and on 3500HD SRW LT and LTZ models
◾Twenty-inch forged polished aluminum wheels are available on 2500HD LT and LTZ
◾Exterior colors: Deep Ruby Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic, Black, Blue Granite Metallic, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Graystone Metallic.
The Z71 appearance packageis available on crew cab models when equipped wîth the Z71 off-road suspension. Content includes 18-inch forged polished aluminum wheels (20-inch wheels available on 2500HD LTZ), all-terrain tires, front fog lamps, body-color outside mirrors and door handles, body-color bumper, chrome grille wîth body-color surround and a unique Z71 pickup box decal.Silverado HD interior standard and available features
Silverado HD models are designed to be comfortable and convenient while on the job or on the road, wîth features including storage compartments that provide covered access for everything from work gloves to laptops.
For those who work out of their truck, or use it for vacations wîth the family, Silverado HDs offer mobile WiFi, ÚSB connectivity, Bluetooth phone connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a navigation system. Multiple charge points enable multiple electronic devices to operate simultaneously.
Cold-weather customers warm up more quickly wîth the Duramax 6.6L engine, which has a starting time on par wîth gas engines. Its glow plug cycle time takes no more than 3 seconds in temperatures as low as -20 F (-29 C).Highlights of all models' standard and available interior features include:
◾Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on LTZ and available on LT; single-zone manual air conditioning is standard on WT
◾Navigation radio wîth AM/FM stereo, MP3-compatible CD/DVD player and ÚSB port is available on LTZ models
◾SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on LT and LTZ models and available on WT
◾Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is standard on LTZ models and available on WT and LT
◾Power-adjustable pedals are available on LT 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 models
◾Leather-trimmed front seats are standard on LTZ and available on LT models
◾Front 40/20/40-split front bench seat is standard on WT models and LT 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 models
◾Leather-wrapped §teering wheel is standard on LT and LTZ models and available on WT
◾Power-operated sunroof is available on LTZ crew cab models
◾Power-operated rear sliding window is available on LT and LTZ models.
Interior color/trim combinations include Ebony, Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere, Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark TitaniumSilverado HD powertrains
A Vortec 6.0L gas V-8 wîth variable valve timing is matched wîth the Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission as the standard powertrain across the Silverado HD model range. This combination delivers excellent performance and efficiency, wîth an emphasis on low-rpm performance. It is rated at 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 380 lb.-ft. of torque (515 Nm).
The bi-fuel version of the 6.0L engine – known by its LC8 engine code – features special hardened valves and valve seats that enables it to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline.
The Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission powertrain combination is available on all 2500HD and 3500HD models. Highlights of the Duramax diesel include:
◾397 horsepower (296 kW) at 3,000 rpm
◾765 lb.-ft. of torque (1,037 Nm) at 1,600 rpm
◾High-pressure (30,000 psi/2,000 bar) Piezo-actuated fuel system for greater fuel efficiency, improved performance and reduced emissions
◾Exhaust brake system that enables controlled vehicle slowdown on downhill grades without actuating the brakes
◾Selective catalytic reduction after-treatment system using diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) injection to provide the best overall diesel characteristics and performance – wîth a range of about 5,000 miles (8,000 km) between DEF refills
◾Combustion and after-treatment have been optimized to provide about 700 miles (1,125 km) between diesel particulate filter regenerations – a 75-percent improvement over the previous system and significant contributor to improved fuel efficiency, as the regeneration process requires additional fuel
◾B20 biodiesel capability for an alternative fueling option.
The Allison 1000 features driver shift control wîth tap up/tap down shifting and a patented elevated idle mode cab warm-up feature. Also, the Tow/Haul mode reduces shift cycling for better control and improved cooling when towing or hauling heavy loads.Silverado HD chassis and suspension
All Silverado HD models feature fully boxed frame assemblies – 18 different assemblies that accommodate all of the range's configurations. The front sections are hydroformed.Additional chassis and suspension features include:
◾Front gross axle weight rating up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg), enabling a snow plow to be used on all 4WD cab configurations wîth the available snow plow prep package
◾Short-long arm/torsion bar front suspension features forged steel upper control arms and precision-machined cast iron lower control arms
◾Four different torsion bar rates support four different front gross axle weight ratings to help stabilize the range of trim heights of various models under load, while enhancing appearance, handling, durability, tire wear and alignment. The trim height is adjusted on each bar via a single bolt, easily allowing the height to be changed to account for the weight of a snow plow or other accessories
◾An upper shock mount attachment design that's positively connected to the frame wîth two fasteners, eliminating squeaks and clunks, while supporting higher load capability and increased durability
◾Asymmetrical leaf-spring design that minimizes axle hop and enhances traction control efficiency
◾Two-stage leaf-spring design on 2500HD models and three-stage design on 3500HD model. All models feature 3-inch-wide (76 mm) leaf springs
◾Z71 Off Road suspension is available on LT and LTZ models and includes 35mm deflective disk twin-tube shock absorbers, off-road jounce bumpers, 33mm front stabilizer bar and a skid plate package
◾Four-wheel disc brakes wîth hydroboost are standard on all models
◾Four-wheel, four-channel ABS is standard on all single-rear-wheel models and a three-channel system is standard on dual-rear-wheel models
◾The frame-mounted hitch for conventional trailering has a box-tube design and supports up to 18,000 pounds (8,164 kg).Silverado HD safety and crash-avoidance features
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 6.0 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 360 hp
Torque: 380 ft-lbs
Engine : 6.6 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 397 hp
Torque: 765 ft-lbs
6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
Silverado has a strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective 'safety cage' around occupants. Head curtain side air bags wîth rollover protection and seat-mounted side-impact air bags for driver and right-front passenger are available. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment, while the seat-mounted air bags provide thorax and pelvic protection.Additional safety features include:
◾StabiliTrak electronic stability control system is standard on all single-rear-wheel models
◾Large, four-wheel disc brakes wîth four-wheel ABS are standard on all models
◾High-strength steel tubular frame cross member that enhances safety and improves crashworthiness
◾Available rear vision camera
◾Trailer sway control system on all single-rear-wheel models
◾Hill start assist is standard on single-rear-wheel models.
The trailer sway control system provides an added measure of confidence when towing a trailer. The system senses conditions of trailer sway and intervenes wîth braking and/or reduced engine power to bring the trailer under control and keep it on its intended path. The system will use electric trailer brakes when a trailer is plugged into the standard wiring harness of the truck and its performance requires no input from the driver.
The hill start assist system is automatically engaged when sensors detect the vehicle is on grade of about 5 percent or greater. It holds the brakes for about 1.5 seconds or until the gas pedal is pressed, preventing rollback – it is particularly effective when towing, giving the driver time to switch from the brake pedal to the gas pedal without rolling.OnStar details
OnStar is standard on Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, except WT models and includes six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.
OnStar's RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. An opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.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. 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