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      01-25-2012 06:23 PM #1


      Quote Originally Posted by C&D
      Introduced as 2007 models, the current Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup twins are due for a revamp. Our spy photographers (dressed like snow leopards, we hope) have nabbed several shots of both extended- and crew-cab versions during cold-weather testing. While it’s difficult to make out much in the way of design aside from the familiar cab-in-front, bed-in-back layout, here’s a rundown of what changes to anticipate.

      Gen V Small-Block

      GM already has confirmed its investment and a few details on the fifth-generation small-block V-8, and you can count on the new engine(s) powering these trucks. As we’ve mentioned in our recent sightings of the C7 Corvette, the new small-block also will make its way into Chevy’s iconic sports car; historically, truck production volumes have supported the small-block program, making the Vette’s V-8 possible. We know all Gen V small-blocks will feature aluminum blocks, direct injection—which in turn allows for a higher compression ratio—and a “new combustion system design” that has us intrigued. In addition to the new fuel-saving tech, we’re also expecting to see the continued use of cylinder deactivation

      Additionally, with the Ford F-150 bushwhacking a V-6–powered trail, we’re thinking we’ll see wider use of a six-pot in the new Chevys and GMCs. At the very least, expect the prehistoric 4.3-liter V-6 that comes standard on base 1500 trucks to die, perhaps being replaced by GM’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6. That engine currently produces up to an additional 100 hp and an extra 15 lb-ft of torque compared to the older, larger-displacement six. Remaining four-speed automatic transmissions should be swapped for six-speed units.

      Dieting

      With fuel-economy improvements a must, we hear the new trucks could drop as much as 500 pounds from their current curb weights. That seems extreme, and we’re hopeful it’s true; keeping a stout body-on-frame configuration means GM will have to look to lightweight materials such as aluminum and plastics to aid in weight reduction. Swapping the remaining iron-block V-8s with the aforementioned all-aluminum engines will itself help trim a good deal of the fat.

      New Interior, Similar Suspension

      In the face of stiff competition from the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, the next GM twins will feature new interiors with what we can only imagine will be better materials (since cabin plastics can’t get much more plasticky than what’s in the current trucks). Rear-seat space, a major shortcoming with the current models compared to the competition, should increase significantly based on the extended greenhouse seen in our pictures of the crew-cab model. While we wait for some of the camo to drop for confirmation, you can count on the Chevy’s face to carry its signature bow tie bisected with a chrome bar and the GMC to feature an open-mouth design.

      With the latest Ram moving to a costly multilink coil-spring setup in the rear for a better ride, one might think that Ford and GM would follow suit with their latest iterations. We hear that won’t be the case for these two, as GM engineers feel it’s not warranted; expect to find leaf springs supporting the next Silverado and Sierra. These new workhorses should debut next year as 2014 models.




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      01-25-2012 06:25 PM #2
      In all seriousness, what the hell are the point of these so called "spy photos". They are useless. We have pics of the new 2014 chevy silverado...but it's on the otherside of this wall we took a picture of.
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      01-25-2012 06:26 PM #3
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      01-25-2012 06:28 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post
      In all seriousness, what the hell are the point of these so called "spy photos". They are useless. We have pics of the new 2014 chevy silverado...but it's on the otherside of this wall we took a picture of.


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      01-25-2012 06:28 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post
      In all seriousness, what the hell are the point of these so called "spy photos". They are useless. We have pics of the new 2014 chevy silverado...but it's on the otherside of this wall we took a picture of.
      Just because you don't see much doesn't mean that a lot of info can't be gleaned from the photos. People that know trucks will probably praise/bitch about it's suspension, wheels/tires, mirrors and whatnot. Ride heights will be assessed etc.
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      01-25-2012 07:00 PM #6
      Not posting on GMI anymore means I miss exciting news like this until it just creeps up on me in TCL, and then BAM, a new Silverado is all up in my grillz.
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      01-25-2012 07:59 PM #7
      ^

      Looks square like the current GMC Sierra. Which is better looking than the Silvy IMHO.
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      01-25-2012 08:02 PM #8
      Good on 'em for reducing the weight.
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      01-25-2012 08:05 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post
      In all seriousness, what the hell are the point of these so called "spy photos". They are useless. We have pics of the new 2014 chevy silverado...but it's on the otherside of this wall we took a picture of.
      This is basically what I think every time I see one of these pics. Why bother?

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      01-25-2012 08:14 PM #10
      Haven't liked the squared off style fender wells that GM has on their newer models...

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      07-24-2012 12:16 PM #12
      Looks like they'll continue to offer your choice of two different interiors.

      Wonder what the bucket seat one will look like.
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    13. 07-24-2012 12:20 PM #13
      did anyone else LOL at the camoed oval badge on the grill?

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      07-24-2012 12:26 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by GLI Dan View Post
      In all seriousness, what the hell are the point of these so called "spy photos". They are useless. We have pics of the new 2014 chevy silverado...but it's on the otherside of this wall we took a picture of.
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      07-24-2012 12:27 PM #15
      The current interior looks better
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      07-24-2012 12:44 PM #16
      why are truck interiors ALWAYS hideous?
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      07-24-2012 12:49 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by GruuvenNorth View Post
      You ever play a game in bed called "just the tip'?

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      07-24-2012 12:50 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Shtbox View Post
      why are truck interiors ALWAYS hideous?
      Dashstroker!

      I actually like the interior of my 2011 Silverado.

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      07-24-2012 01:08 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by CO Boy View Post
      Dashstroker!

      I actually like the interior of my 2011 Silverado.
      i usually dont pay much attention to interiors. i drive a mk2 vw for ****s sake but pickup interiors have always been god awful. i just dont understand it...
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      07-24-2012 01:16 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by volkstyle View Post
      The current interior looks better
      Quote Originally Posted by Shtbox View Post
      why are truck interiors ALWAYS hideous?
      They will have two different interiors like the current models do.

      This allows for easy maintenance and the most possible leg room.

      Some people actually buy trucks for work.
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      07-24-2012 01:51 PM #21
      GM's truck guys put up a good (but kinda of pointless) fight but looks like their irrational hatred for all things 3.6 V6 has been overruled by people upstairs at Ren Center.

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      07-24-2012 01:58 PM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      GM's truck guys put up a good (but kinda of pointless) fight but looks like their irrational hatred for all things 3.6 V6 has been overruled by people upstairs at Ren Center.
      Good.

      The 4.3 is a dog that needs to be put to sleep.
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      07-24-2012 02:00 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by deftonesfan867 View Post
      Some people actually buy trucks for work.
      Yup. Work truck interiors need to be simple and durable. Thay aren't luxury cars.
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