Chevrolet Silverado debuts in Detroit

Chevrolet Silverado debuts in Detroit

A Chevy truck super-fan, known as a Truck Legend, wears his hat as Chevrolet unveils new Silverado trucks at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit January 14, 2018.

The company said it used customer feedback to redo the interior, with more comfortable seats, more interior cargo space and added legroom for front and rear passengers. Officials at GM didn't disclose power or fuel economy figures but said the diesel engine would be among the tops of its class, which includes Ram, Ford, and Nissan. Its wheelbase is almost four inches longer, while the overall length is up 1.6 inches and height is up by about an inch. The driver sits more than an inch higher, as are the hood and roofline.

"The new Silverado also delivers improved capability and performance". Small spoilers on the roof and tailgate optimize airflow.

Under its skin, the pickup uses more high-strength steel in its ladder frame for weight savings and a 10-percent stiffer body. The floor and bedsides are still made of steel, but the tailgate, hood and doors are now aluminium. Some models receive a carbon composite second stage rear spring borrowing a little from the Corvette's playbook.

As for the bed, there Chevrolet has some fighting talk for Ford.

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At the preview of the Silverado on Saturday, GM's product development chief Mark Reuss took yet another shot at the competition, saying "I don't think you can get much work done with an aluminum hammer". There are now 21 tie-down points, twelve of which are fixed in the corners - each capable of handling 500 pounds, twice what the current model can deal with - and nine of which are movable.

The truck's bed is made of stronger grade steel alloy. 120V AC outlets are optional. The reinvention of the Silverado may just help achieve that closing of the gap in 2019. In all, there will be six different engine and transmission combinations. For the 2019 model year, there'll be eight Silverado models, in fact. The off-road focused model builds the Z71 package and includes a two-inch suspension lift, a locking rear differential, and skid plates.

The 8 different trim levels will offer 6 differ engine/transmission offerings, including an all-new 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel offering.

Full powertrain details have not been announced, but the Silverado will be available with a 3.0-liter diesel engine and 10-speed automatic transmission combo that Reuss expects to outperform the upcoming F-150 diesel. Inside, there'll be Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging for your smartphone, and the option of 4G LTE with a WiFi hotspot.

The truck will undergo 7 million miles of testing before production begins at the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant.

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