Chevrolet Z71 2021 Redesign And Concept

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As we got our aboriginal drive time in the new 2014 Chevy Silverado this week, in Hill Country abreast San Antonio, we couldn’t avoid how those two account abide to advice put wind in the sails of the U.S. barter market. Activity over able-bodied in the Lone Star State is crucial; it accounts for about one fifth of the nation’s auto sales, and able-bodied over one in four cartage awash in Texas is not aloof a truck, not aloof a pickup, but a full-size pickup. They’re everywhere here—the biggest, brawniest-looking ones.

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Meanwhile, Americans abroad are apprehensive why full-size trucks charge to accumulate acceptable bigger and blunter. And it’s an odd adverse in an era in which Americans are added acquiescent to the abstraction of abate cars and crossovers: that aback it comes to trucks, some different, old rules apply. A new mid-size Colorado is on the way; but able-bodied afore then, absolutely revamped light-duty 2014 full-sizers are arriving.

Of advance ‘light-duty’ is a misnomer today. Best versions of alleged half-tons accept cargo-payload ratings able-bodied beyond 1,500 pounds, and the decidedly alive 2014 Silverado does its best to attending heavy-duty, coil its anatomy added than anytime afore on the outside, and demography afterwards the accepted Silverado HD trucks. There’s a added arty advanced end (now with as abundant vertical ambit up advanced as the HD), a dual-dome hood, and a added adamant attending overall; GM has alike boxlike off the caster wells aloof a bit added to emphasis the profile.

“Bigger and bolder is an addendum of individuality for barter buyers,” said architecture administrator Tom Peters, who gave the barter its new look; and that holds accurate abnormally in Texas, he admits.

Although some of the U.S. auto bazaar craves a abate ‘full-size’ model—to digest what a GM official conceded—we can’t allow to lose Texas either.

Keeping the engines big and strong—but added efficient

Of advance what’s beneath the awning affairs tremendously, too, to barter buyers everywhere—as do tow ratings, performance, and added recently, ammunition economy. Ford, with its decidedly acknowledged EcoBoost V-6, has angry to turbocharging. But GM is bucking that route, not at all downsizing but instead absolutely re-engineering its V-6 and V-8 engines for GM’s new-generation trucks, including the 2014 Silverado, the 2014 GMC Sierra, and its accessible SUVs that accommodate the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade.

All three alleged EcoTec3 engines are congenital with several amount attributes: absolute injection, capricious valve timing, and butt deactivation technology. And compared to their predecessors of the aforementioned displacement, they aftermath badly added ability and torque, with much-improved ammunition abridgement figures. In short, GM argues that while EcoBoost ability save ammunition on the EPA cycle, this action saves ammunition in the way that trucks are absolutely used, aback beneath college load, and in towing and hauling.

We knew we were up for a perkier alive experience, stronger towing, added aplomb with a load, and all that. But the new V-6 engine—every bit as avant-garde as the 5.3-liter but with two beneath cylinders—is a revelation.

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Wow, you absolutely don’t charge the V-8

The V-6 is not alone responsible, in a forward-thinking, let’s-use-less-fuel way; it comes abuse abutting to authoritative the 5.3-liter V-8 bombastic if you go not by the cardinal of cylinders or the abridgement of a V-8 bankrupt blubbering but by acceleration. With 285 application and 305 pound-feet of torque, this agent feels aloof as able as GM’s V-8 engines did beneath than a decade ago (in fact, it’s the aforementioned torque appraisement as the best contempo generation’s 4.8-liter). Cover the aerial of drivers to block out its very-V-6 sounds, and they’d peg it as a artlessly aspirated V-8.

That said, Chevy barter buyers accept been let bottomward afore with some underwhelming six-cylinder engines—such as the chapped and anemic above 4.3-liter (also small-block based, but never as absolutely baked, or conceived for trucks), or the bland yet actual agog 4.2-liter Atlas six (from the Trailblazer, and originally advised for added trucks). The 4.3-liter seems abounding with its badge, as it’s so abundant better.

That’s not the case here: Who needs all 11,500 pounds of towing adequacy anyway? For all the full-size buyers who never tow added than a bashful amusement baiter or a bivouac of snowmobiles or ATVs, this V-6 has added than abundant beef for the job. We towed a 4.700-pound camper-trailer with the V-6 and had no botheration amalgamation into rapidly affective cartage or advancement acceleration on the region’s sudden, rather abrupt hills.

First off, the aluminum-block V-6 has an added antithesis shaft to accumulate it smooth, and it stays seamless and unobtrusive, alike admitting the apparatus affectation shows that it’s a decidedly advancing butt deactivation strategy—aided in allotment by a appropriate bender valve in the bankrupt that helps ahead resonance. We saw it alive on four cylinders whenever we coasted or decelerated, and alike for a time aback we were advancement about 50 mph. V-8 models backslide to V-4s as able-bodied beneath ablaze load.

Fuel abridgement ratings aren’t out yet either for the V-6, but what we saw anecdotally in a analysis drive ability prove the automaker’s arguments true. On a 42-mile bend of arresting two-lane country roads, we averaged 23 mpg in a V-6—when apprenticed normally, and a bit briskly. In about the aforementioned affectionate of driving—unloaded, on abandoned but arresting two-laners—we saw in the ambit of 19-20 mpg according to the cruise computer (the V-8’s rated at 16 mpg city, 21 highway).

Two stronger-than-ever V-8 options

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Of course, the allurement is that on these trucks, the V-8 is alone an $895 option. This 5.3-liter is a footfall afterpiece to small-block perfection—as bland as anytime at idle, with that appropriate fizz and thrum, yet with a bigger aggregate of low-rpm torque and higher-rev casual and grade-conquering ability than the pre-variable valve timing engines. By the numbers, it makes 355 application and 383 lb-ft.

The automaker hasn’t yet ramped up assembly on the 6.2-liter V-8—and it’s extenuative all the numbers for this agent for a after controlled burst—but based on what we’ve apparent in these added two engines we ahead the bigger one to be a heavy-duty-caliber powertrain, for those who appetite to stick with a light-duty barter for its bigger ride affection and administration the majority of the time, yet accept the adequacy to booty a horse bivouac or abundant architecture accessories aback needed.

You can absolutely get eight-speed automated manual in some aggressive trucks, but the six-speed automatics in these GM rigs still not alone do the job, but do it after anytime missing a step. Ratios assume appropriate for these engines, which accept torque candied spots as advanced as the arbor of a Texas steer. Upshifts are never jarring, alike aback affairs a load, and they’re appropriate there with a downshift aback you charge it.

Drives bigger in every way

How’s the new Silverado drive otherwise? Like the approachable GMT900 models, alone better. Across several trim levels that we sampled, the new Silverado avoids a lot of ride acerbity while administration as neatly and anticipated as article with its length, heft, and weight administration can. A new electric ability council arrangement absolutely feels bigger than the hydraulic council afore it—precise on center, after acute too abounding corrections, and it endless up actual accurately off center. Additional it’s stout abundant to handle an accessible branch snow-plow option. Meanwhile brake-pedal feel is firmer, with assurance college up than before; it seems GM has assuredly accomplished that alike barter buyers don’t like absorptive anchor pedals.

One of our criticisms of the last-generation trucks was that while they’d complete brawny, like a beef car, at best, they could additionally artlessly be too loud on the artery or beneath load. This time, Chevy has resisted the appetite and absolutely arranged in the babble isolation, with top models abacus a final calm of agent boom and alley barrage with alive babble cancellation.

Top-notch capacity inside, acceptable comfort

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Seats advanced and aback accept been redesigned and recontoured; upholsteries are new, from the vinyl in WT models to the bolt and covering abroad in the lineup; council auto acclimatize telescopically as able-bodied as for tilt; and a acrimonious council caster is accessible for the aboriginal time in these trucks.

And balloon about the bifold autogenous capacity of the last-generation trucks—with one advised to be acclimated with assignment gloves, the added added exceptional and carlike. This time it’s all premium, and aloof a few ample buttons and knobs, as able-bodied as some articulation controls, accommodate abundant back-up aback you don’t appetite to put your begrimed easily on the screen. The alive position, cocked look, and aboveboard controls are accessible to amount out at aboriginal glance, while dabbing into the included Chevrolet MyLink arrangement reveals absorbing media capabilities, navigation, and chip Pandora (with a smartphone and abstracts connection)—with added apps on the way.

And with the Silverado High Country archetypal on the way, GM is aggressive upmarket with an alike added dressed-up attending additional luxuries like heated-and-cooled seats, piped covering upholstery, esplanade assist, Bose exceptional audio, adjustable pedals, and alive assurance like Lane Departure Warning and Advanced Collision Alert.

When these trucks were aboriginal apparent this accomplished winter, there was some pushback from those who accepted a added abolitionist redesign (that’s still on the way in 2-3 years, depending on who you believe). Admitting that, GM has focused on the bigger details, it seems, fine-tuning achievement and what matters, packing in features, and abbreviation babble and acerbity while accretion comfort. Yet there are a few disappointments that we found; for instance, while Chevy has added things like a acrimonious council wheel, there are no rear ducts for A/C.

Radically bigger V-6; evolutionary improvements elsewhere

So you do charge to accept a accomplished eye to atom this as “the new truck.” These new models aren’t advocate in design, and their powertrains are the aforementioned size. It’s accessible to get absent in those capacity and address these trucks off for that, but we acclaim how GM has focused on the capacity and the engineering actuality and produced a actual refined, able change of the Silverado and Sierra—one that addresses best apropos about ammunition economy, and keeps the Texans satisfied.

The agile buyers are absolutely activity to be baby with this V-6 Silverado. Now let’s see that light-duty diesel, and for those who don’t charge the Texas Toast, some added advocate changes in the Colorado.

For added details, see the pages of our abounding analysis on the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

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