General Motors has pulled the wraps off extensively refreshed versions of its full-size pickups, offering new (stronger and more fuel-efficient) engines, improved refinement, more advanced safety technologies, and up-to-date connectivity and infotainment systems – as well as some innovative cargo-bed and utility features.
While the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 – first shown here at a special event at Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac, Michigan, aren’t radically different from a styling standpoint, what we see here are two mainstream trucks that have been updated to fit in with the increasingly upright, imposing style of rivals like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 – as well as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD (heavy-duty) models, which were redesigned for 2011.
On the outside, these new trucks stand out for their tall detailed grilles, twin power-dome hoods, and projector-beam headlamps (in some trims), along with flared fenders and more sculpted sheet metal in between. Big 22-inch wheels are indeed available as an accessory.
Inside, the two different interiors of the outgoing trucks have been replaced by one that’s both more sophisticated in design and detail, yet with controls and buttons that can be operated with work gloves. Controls are framed within a large center stack – in some trims, with a new eight-inch touch screen – or a region just to the left of the steering wheel, and materials and trims have been upgraded.
Take a look at our sets of images in the galleries above and below, live from this special debut event, for a first look at these new trucks; and check this post for more details, as well as our review pages for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 for more information as it’s announced.
Both trucks will make their public debut at the Detroit auto show in January.
2014 GMC Sierra
Disclosure statement: We accepted accommodation, as well as lunch, from GM in order to bring you this report from a private, invitation-only event.