By John Stewart
The MSRP for the new ’14 Silverado 1500
regular cab will start at $24,585, including a $995 destination freight
charge—the same base price as the ’13 model.
Chevrolet has released information on initial pricing, performance data and EPA fuel-efficiency estimates for the ’14 Silverado 1500—an all-new pickup that starts production later this summer.
The ’14 Silverado 1500 will offer three new EcoTec3 engines, a six-speed automatic transmission, an all-new interior design, plus revised steering, suspension and brakes.
The ’14 Silverado will become part of Chevrolet’s three-truck portfolio, joining the Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups, which were new for the ’11 model year. Chevrolet is also developing an all-new Colorado midsize pickup, which will offer significant truck capability in a space- and fuel-efficient package.
The MSRP for the new ’14 Silverado 1500 regular cab will start at $24,585, including a $995 destination freight charge—the same base price as the ’13 model. For that price, the ’14 Silverado regular cab, which starts production this summer, will include:
- A more powerful, more efficient EcoTec3 engine
- A six-speed automatic transmission
- A stronger, quieter cab with an all-new interior
- Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors
- A new bed with standard box rail protectors and CornerStep bumper
The base starting prices for the Silverado crew cab—the first model to launch later this spring—and for the new double-cab Silverado—which replaces the extended cab—also will be the same as for the corresponding ’13 models.
Buyers of all ’14 Silverados also will receive a standard scheduled maintenance program for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Up to four maintenance visits are included in the price of the vehicle, each one of which includes a regularly scheduled oil change, oil filter replacement, tire rotation and multi-point vehicle inspection, based on the schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual.
All-New Engine Lineup
The ’14 Silverado launches later this spring with crew-cab models equipped with the all-new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, which is expected to become the engine of choice in three out of four Silverado 1500s.
Chevrolet announced EPA estimates of 23 mpg highway for 2WD models, and 22 mpg highway for 4x4 models. Chevrolet says that beats the EPA estimates for the ’13 Ford EcoBoost turbocharged V6 for both 2WD and 4x4 models.
Silverado’s 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 is SAE-certified at 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque on 87-octane regular gasoline, with more than 300 lb.-ft. of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm for responsive performance under a broad range of real-world conditions.
Silverado will also offer later this year a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6, and an all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. Final performance data and EPA estimates for these engines will be available in the coming months.
All three EcoTec engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing. The engines also use a compact overhead valve design and weight-saving components, such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce the mass of the engines for additional energy savings.
Double-cab 2WD models equipped with the optional max towing package, available later this year, will have towing ratings of up to 11,500 lbs. Other features include frames made from high-strength steel, larger, stronger rear axles for V8 models and an updated suspension with two-stage multi-leaf rear springs. Maximum available payload rating is 2,102 lbs.