General Motors arrived in Detroit this year with two big stories, an all-new Corvette, and a brand new pair of trucks – the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra – both of which just bowed on the show floor.
Both of these trucks are all-new, featuring a new trio of engines called “Ecotec3.” All three engines feature direct injection, variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation as standard equipment to help them stay fuel efficient while still delivering improved power. No exact numbers have been released yet by the brand, with GM saying that they will come at a later date.
For transmissions, a six-speed automatic unit will be available when the trucks first hit dealers, although an eight-speed unit is rumored to join the lineup sometime down the road.
Both trucks get styling updates including new projector beam headlamps, a more raked back windshield and added square lines that give the pickups a muscular look.
The GMC gets two LED strips above and below its headlights to help differentiate the two, and a slightly different grille, though most design characteristics are shared between them. For both form and function, new mirrors have been added that reduce wind turbulence, while the door frames have been incorporated into the body to improve aerodynamics. These new design elements come together to make this the quietest interior on a GM truck ever according to the brand.
The Silverado and Sierra have received many interior updates to help them compete, as the previous generation’s interiors left much to be desired compared to the competition. Two displays have been added, an eight-inch touchscreen in the center console and a 4.3-inch screen in the dash mounted info cluster.
A new version of GM’s Intellilink and MyLink system is now available, featuring customizable icons and voice recognition. The center stack screen as well as the integrated brake controller have both been moved higher in the console to help keep driver’s eyes on the road, and connectivity has been improved as well, with the Sierra offering a 110-volt outlet, up to five USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and an SD card slot. In addition, storage is all over the cabin with a double compartment glove box, a card holder, and a door storage areas.
The real question is whether or not these new offerings from General Motors will stack up to the competition. On paper, it seems like these trucks could be great, but it’s hard to speculate without official power figures.