Chevy Silverado drops 450 pounds for its debut in Detroit

Chevy Silverado drops 450 pounds for its debut in Detroit

The Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most important vehicles that General Motors makes so it comes as little surprise the company chose to unveil the truck at the North American International Auto Show. On an annual basis, Ford's F-Series sold almost 900,000 units in 2017, compared to about 586,000 units of the Chevy Silverado from GM. "The result is a truck that's bigger, bolder, but a lot more functional and efficient".

Back in December at a Texas event celebrating Chevrolet's 100 years of pickups, we got our first clear look at Chevy's all-new Silverado. The new Silverado, which goes on sale this fall, slims down by using GM's expertise in melding different metals. The doors, hood and tailgate are made of aluminum while fixed panels.

GM has used the steel bed in marketing, claiming that it's more durable than rival Ford's bed made of aluminum.

Other improvements include a steel frame that Chevy managers say is 88 pounds lighter than the previous version, but 10 percent stiffer.

In the highly competitive full-size truck segment, lifecycles are short and buyers want to move fast.

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"Truck customers told us they want the ideal truck for them and not a "one size fits most" truck", said GM design boss Mike Simcoe. The Silverado will couple the 10-speed with its 6.2-liter V8 and diesel. The combination of lower weight and a refinement in aerodynamics adds up to a better performing truck on the road, according to Mark Reuss EVP of global product development at Chevrolet, but should also improve on economy, too.

The new truck is just under 2 inches longer than the old one for more space in the cargo bed and a roomier interior. Chevrolet said the 5.3-liter V-8 and 6.2-liter engines will be offered in the Silverado and would include cylinder shutdown technology that could deactivate up to seven of the truck's eight cylinders.

There's even an optional power tailgate that can be operated from a button on the key fob, a button in the cab, or a button on the tailgate itself. Chevy didn't mention any horsepower or torque figures but did hint that its diesel would not be overshadowed by any other light-duty diesel (like, say, Ford's new Power Stroke V6) in terms of output. Remarkably, it's also lighter, weighing 450 pounds (204 kg) less than today's truck when comparing crew cab V-8 models. The corner steps on either side of the rear bumper have been enlarged to accommodate steel-toed work boots. At that reveal, Chevrolet said they gathered feedback from 7,000 people when designing the new truck, which the company says is the most research it has ever done ahead of a new model.

GM said it would release the price closer to when the new truck arrives in showrooms.

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