Chevrolet has released another photo previewing the next-generation 2014 Silverado. The image shows a partially disguised prototype of Chevrolet's next full-size pickup; the automaker employed a similar tactic with an official “spy” photo and video released in July.
Just like the earlier official photo, this image gives us a look at a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado prototype undergoing testing. There's less camouflage now, but this image still reveals very little about the next-generation Silverado. It shows the new truck testing at General Motors' proving grounds in Milford, Michigan.
"Engineers are conducting the final validation of the next generation Silverado light-duty pickups," Chevrolet says. "In addition to all of the torture testing, the team has paid considerable attention to delivering a comfortable, well-balanced ride."
Aesthetically speaking, expect the new Silverado to be a progressive evolution of the current model (pictured below) instead of a complete revolution. It's plain to see that the trucks continue to use a broad grille that spans the width of the truck, capped by a massive gilded bowtie emblem. Better aerodynamics, including the sizable air dam visible beneath the front bumper, will likely be important to returning fuel economy improvements. The body sides and door panels, at least on this tester, seem relatively flat and devoid of interesting creases or cladding.
We also spied the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado in April, and in the summer we managed to spot the truck's new center stack. The "squircle" design has softened corners, a row of toggle switches, big physical switches, and a simple audio system. We expect top-spec trucks will come with some version of the Chevrolet MyLink touchscreen infotainment system. Based on those pictures of the interior switches, we can discern that new tech features will include lane-keep assist, parking sensors, and power adjustable pedals. Expect further tech goodies to be announced in the near future.
A recent report also suggests that Chevrolet may outfit the new Silverado with a pricey, luxurious trim level called High Country. That would compete with similarly glitzy models from rivals: the Ford F-150 King Ranch, the Ram Laramie Longhorn, and even corporate cousin GMC's Sierra Denali. We can reportedly expect an abundance of interior leather, more tech toys, heated and cooled seats, and other "western" design cues.
We already know that Chevrolet is retooling two Mexican plants, as well as factories in Michigan and Texas to prepare for the new Silverado. Under the new sheetmetal, expect extensive use of aluminum and magnesium components to help shave weight off the big truck -- a move that would bolster fuel economy. Motive force is expected to come in the form of GM's new direct-injection small-block V-8 engines. The engines will probably displace 5.5 liters and have features like variable valve timing and cylinder shut-off to further save fuel.
Chevrolet says the 2014 Silverado will go into production in 2013. The pickup truck is expected to make its production debut in January 2013 at the Detroit auto show.