The American automaker is finding it harder to ignore the market that the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has in a way created, and is mulling over the idea of building its own competitor with its new Silverado/Sierra. The enthusiast pickup market will be tough for Chevy to ignore and it could take two approaches in developing a rival: focus on off-road capability, or create a more performance-oriented variant similar to the 454 SS and GMC Syclone.
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As for the future of the new lineup, GM is exploring new methods of hybridization according to chief engineer Jeff Luke, perhaps hinting at a brake-energy regeneration system. The automaker confirmed there won’t be a follow up to its two-mode hybrid Silverado and Sierra. As for diesel offerings in the half-ton-truck segment, GM has no plans and will continue to simply offer diesel powerplants in its heavy-duty trucks that are currently being redesigned.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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