After the first spy photos, it’s very hard to stash big news. GM plans to launch the redesigned truck, named 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The current Silverado has been released back in 2012 and it went on sale in the early 2013, so it still is quite new and after the 2016 update, the truck sells better than ever. In fact, it started to pick up sales against its main competitor, the F150, and if it manages to keep this trend, it may even out-sell the F150 in the next couple of years, a first in a long time for GM.
However, in order to do that, GM is going to release yet another update for it with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, update which is meant to allow it to cover some ground before the official release of the all new Silverado which is expected to be first shown to the public some time in 2018.
What’s new for 2017?
The 2017 model will be using the same chassis as the current truck as well as pretty much the same running gear. The changes will likely happen mostly on the inside where it will receive better materials and some new technologies. Also, the engines as well as the transmission might see some updates with this generation, updates which may be carried over to the all new model.
Under the Hood
Engine wise, the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is likely going to use the current engines and it may also see the introduction of a new one. The base 4.3 liter V6, which has been quite reliable so far, is likely going to be discontinued mostly because it will not be able to keep up with its competitors when it comes to fuel consumption and overall power. Instead, GM may release for this new Silverado an updated version of their 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is currently used on some Cadillac and Chevrolet sports cars.
This could get a different intake and exhaust system as well as a different tune in order to make slightly less power and more torque than the one in the sports cars. We expect it to offer around 290 to 300 horsepower and up to 300 lb-ft of torque which is comparable to the current 4.3 liter version, all while using slightly less fuel.
Further up the range, the 5.3 liter V8 will likely get replaced with a rather new 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6 offering up to 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. This will also increase the towing capability of the truck by a rather big margin as well as it will offer better fuel efficiency than before. The top fo the range 6.2 liter V8 will likely be carried over with minimal changes so it will offer a bit more power and torque. The only transmission of choice on this new model will likely be GM’s new 10 speed automatic which has been in the works for some time now.
Design – short review
The design on the new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will change only slightly over the 2016 model. It will likely get new optional LED headlights as well as a few more customizing options over the current generation such as a new badge for the front grille and even more options for the customization of its bed.
Inside the cabin, the truck will certainly get slightly better materials than the current version as well as a couple of new safety features such as a frontal collision and emergency braking system as well as a slightly more advanced cruise control system that will be able to keep a set distance from the vehicle in front as well as accelerate or even fully stop in case of emergency.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Price
The release date for the 2017 Silverado will likely be at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and it should be ready for the market shortly after that. Unfortunately, it’s very hard to say predictions about price, and at the same there aren’t rumors (without web).
Traditionally, the biggest competitors will be Ford F 150 Series, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Warrior and Dodge Ram.
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