Our spy shooters caught both versions of General Motors' upcoming pickup truck: the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2014 GMC Sierra. Visual differences between the two models are slim, with only different wheels, taillights, badges, and fender openings helping distinguish the trucks pictured here.
As is the case with the current models, the new 2014 GMC Sierra will be nearly identical to the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, with little more than equipment levels and styling separating the two pickup trucks. Chevrolet has already been hard at work promoting its new pickup truck. The automaker previously showed us partially camouflaged trucks at GM's Milford Proving Ground, and last week showed a teaser photo of the Silverado's headlight and grille.
Our photographer spied a pair of trucks both with four-door cabs, which wore less camouflage than on trucks we had seen previously. Large chrome grilles, projector-style headlights like those seen in the teaser photo, and a big lower air dam are visible from the front. The doors appear mostly free of creases or character lines, although there is some evidence of cladding at the bottom edges and bright trim along the windows. The truck's bed also has completely flat sides, yet the tailgate bears several prominent creases that could help strengthen it.
Previous interior spy shots have revealed that the new Silverado and Sierra will have a wholly revised center stack, with large physical controls that can easily be manipulated by drivers wearing gloves and a version of the MyLink/IntelliLink touchscreen interface. Optional technologies will include lane-keep assist, power-adjustable pedals, and parking sensors.
Chevrolet and GMC are expected to use more aluminum and magnesium components to help save weight. They will employ the next generation of Chevrolet's small-block V-8 engine (similar to the 6.2-liter LT1 used for the 2014 Corvette) that may feature cylinder deactivation, direct fuel injection, and variable valve timing to further improve efficiency.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will be revealed in Detroit on December 13, and makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in January 2013.