Chevy Silverado Rival to Ford Raptor Under Consideration

Chevy Silverado Rival to Ford Raptor Under Consideration

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are getting ready for their market launch but General Motors isn’t stopping to catch its breath just yet.

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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