EDMONTON—As the battle for Canadian pickup truck supremacy intensifies, Chevrolet has pulled the covers off the all-new 2014 Silverado 1500.
Launched simultaneously with its twin, the GMC Sierra, the Silverado is completely redesigned from its previous generation yet shares the styling cues GM truck fans have grown accustomed to over the last 15 years.
Set to launch later this spring, crew cab models will be equipped with the all-new 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine, which the automaker says produces 355-horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque will delivering fuel competitive fuel consumption numbers.
In fact, the 5.3L EcoTec3 has an announced fuel consumption ratings of 8.7L/100km highway for two-wheel drive models, and 9.0L/100km highway for 4×4 models.
That is better than any V8 competitor, and even slightly tops the 2013 Ford F-150 equipped with the turbocharged EcoBoost V6 for both two-wheel and four-wheel drive models.
Chevrolet says the 5.3L is expected to power three out of four Silverado 1500s.
The latest incarnation of the longstanding truck line will also be available later this year with a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 and an all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V8.
According to the automaker, all three EcoTec engines feature direct injection, active fuel management and continuously variable valve timing.
The early release of the Silverado and sister Sierra crew cab pickups is expected this spring, with GM releasing the full line later this year.