2021 Chevrolet Suburban
Christmas has come early in 2019 with the surprise release of an All-New Chevy Suburban. In this case we mean, there’s actually a lot of all-new. Interested in more legroom, the Suburban has you covered with an extra 2.3 inches in the second row (now 42 inches) and 2.2 inches in the third row (now 36.7 inches). Cargo room is even up by an impressive 23 cubic-feet with all the seats laid down. All this extra space comes courtesy of the Suburban’s new, 134.1-inch wheelbase, an increase of 4.1 inches (overall length only increased by 1.3 inches.)
It’s more than just space that makes the 2021 Chevy Suburban special, though. When fully optioned, the cabin can be fitted with a total of five display screens:Two rear seat display screens A 15-inch Head-Up display 8-inch digital instrument cluster 10-inch diagonal infotainment display
Under the skin, you’ll find that Chevy’s 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s carry over. For 2021 the 5.3-liter is good for 355 horsepower while the 6.2 comes correct with 420 horsepower, the latter is only standard on the High Country trim. More important than this is the all-new 3.0-liter, Duramax, inline-six. GM says it will be available on all trim levels with exceptions of the Z71 and that it delivers 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It’s supposed to offer superior fuel economy and it’s a step up for Chevy as no other full-size SUV that it competes with actually offers this diesel engine. Fuel economy has yet to be released.
For now, pricing is a mystery, but the 2021 Chevy Suburban and the 2021 Chevy Tahoe are expected to go on sale in Mid-2020.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevy has finally revitalized is full-size SUV lineup by updating the 2021 Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe. With the update comes a new exterior look that’s bolder and more muscular than before, and a new interior with crazy amounts of new technology. What is arguably more important than any of this, though, are the changes that happen under the skin. Chevy made an all-new chassis, and with it comes a revised adaptive air suspension and a longer rear multi-link suspension that will drastically improve ride quality and handling abilities. On top of this, the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s carry over, offering 355 horsepower and 420 horsepower, respectively. A new Duramax, 3.0-liter, inline-six joins the mix as well, and it offers up 277 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque and what Chevy believes fuel economy ratings that will meet or exceed the best in the segment. Towing figures or official fuel economy figures have yet to be released.
On the inside, the biggest change comes in the passenger and cargo room departments. Since Chevy managed to stretch the Tahoe’s wheelbase by 4.9 inches to 120.9 inches total, the Tahoe now offers 42 inches of second row legroom (a 3-inch increase) and 34.9 inches of third row legroom (an impressive increase of 10.1 inches.) Cargo room was also increased by 10.2 cu-ft to 25.5 cu-ft with all the seats in place and 28.2 cu-ft to 122.9 cu-ft with all the seats laid down. On top of that, if you select the right trim an options, you can have up to five display screens:A standard 10-inch infotainment display Optional 8-inch digital instrument cluster 15-inch Head-up display Two 12.6-inch rear seat displays for second row passengers
Overall, Chevy has made major improvements to its full-size SUVS, and pricing has yet to be announced but don’t expect prices to increase too much. The usual trim levels will carry over, including the Z71 and High Country, among others, and you’ll be able to get your hands on the all-new Tahoe when it launches in Mid-2020.
2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition
Unveiled at the 2019 SEMA Show, the 2021 Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition is, in fact, the road-going, street-legal offspring of the Silverado 2500 HD Carhartt concept car shown back in 2016. Only this time, you will be able to actually get one from your Chevy dealership, provided you show enough patience to wait until the fall of 2020 when deliveries are slated to kick off.
Details are scarce for the time being and the 12-month waiting window is certainly far from appealing, but there are plenty of reasons to jump for joy. The Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition is based on the Silverado 2500 LTZ, which means that in theory, it should be available with a V-8 engine. The only question is which one, as Chevy is offering a choice of two V-8s for the LTZ: a 5.3-liter and a 6.2-liter.
2018 GM Defense Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 Concept
The Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 is a military, heavy-duty version of the popular Silverado pickup truck. Developed by General Motors’ new military defense unit, it’s powered by a next-generation Hydrogen fuel cell and advanced battery systems.
Remember the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 from 2016? GM Defense just revived the project, but it’s now using the bigger Silverado truck and newer technology. Okay, so it’s just a concept for now, but it could become a full-time military vehicle in the future. More importantly, the tech under the shell could find its way into the fuel-cell production car that GM promised to deliver by 2022. Until that happens, let’s see what this truck is all about.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck. While Chevy teased the truck back in December at the Texas Motor Speedway at Chevy’s centennial celebration, the full details only became available at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Chevy also made sure everyone knew the 2018 Detroit show marked 100 years since the brand launched its first pickup.
The 2019 Silverado is completely new and shares almost zero parts from the outgoing truck. Even the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s are revised for increased efficiency. The truck’s fully boxed frame is now 88 pounds lighter but has 10 percent more torsional rigidity, and the truck’s overall weight has dropped 450 pounds when comparing crew cab V-8 models from 2018 and 2019. Chevy did this by using aluminum. Yes, after years of dogging Ford for building its trucks from recycled beer cans, Chevy has made the switch, too. But not every body panel made the transition – only the parts that swing, which includes the hood, doors, and tailgate. The rest is steel. This includes the bed floor, which Chevy says is made from higher-strength, roll-formed steel than before.
Of course, the interior has been completely revamped, too. You’ll find those details, along with so much more, down below.
Updated 06/29/2018: Chevrolet announced prices for the 2019 Silverado. Check out the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2018 Chevrolet Traverse – Driven
The Chevrolet Traverse made a big splash into the three-row crossover pond when it debuted for 2009. It offered more interior room than Chevy’s own Tahoe, and at a much more family-friendly price. The same is true for Chevy’s all-new, second-generation Traverse, which debuts for the 2018 model year. It rides on a new chassis, comes with updated powertrains, and classier styling. Inside is Chevy’s latest tech-filled cabin with plenty of creature comforts spread over three rows and seven seats – or eight seats with the standard second-row bench.
To get an in-depth feel of how Chevy’s redesigned Traverse handled a family road trip, I embarked on a 1,500-mile road trip with my wife, daughter, and sister-in-law all piled aboard. The trip took us from sunny Central Florida to the chilly hills of East Tennessee for Thanksgiving. Our chariot was a Premier trim, second only to the High Country trim in the 2018 Traverse’s lineup. That means it came with just about every wish-list item, including heated and vented front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, the MyLink infotainment system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, USB ports galore, and Sirius XM radio for uninterrupted music over the day-long, 12-hour drive north. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth allowed for other choices for the front-seat DJ.
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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Custom
The venerable Chevy Tahoe used to be the go-to family hauler for middle-class folks. These days, though, prices of this body-on-frame, V-8-powered SUV have skyrocketed beyond what most families are willing to pay. And with the proliferation of crossovers like the Equinox and Traverse, it’s no wonder Chevy pushed the Tahoe up-market. Thankfully, Chevy is offering a solution: the Custom trim package.
Like on the Silverado pickup, the Custom trim takes a low-spec vehicle and adds exterior flash matched with the most important interior upgrades modern car buyers can’t seem to live without. For 2018, the Chevy Tahoe Custom starts at $44,995 – a full $3,515 less than the absolute base Tahoe LS. Chevy’s marketing director, Sandor Piszar, said, “The Tahoe Custom is a response to strong customer demand for Tahoe, as well as the full-size SUV segment moving upmarket. In the past five years, the average transaction price for the segment has climbed fueled by customer appetite for features like heated and cooled seats, adaptive cruise control and a head-up display. This created an unmet need in the marketplace for customers who want the cargo and towing capability of a full-size SUV to go camping, boating or off-roading but don’t necessarily want all of the option content offered on a Tahoe Premier.”
So what’s the difference between the Tahoe LS and the new Tahoe Custom? Let’s explore that below.
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2018 Chevrolet Equinox – Driven
I don’t need to remind anyone just how explosive the crossover market is these days. The competition is growing evermore fierce as automakers fight for consumer dollars as sales of sedans plummet and traditional body-on-frame SUVs crawl up-market toward the luxury segment. That’s why the Equinox is so important for Chevrolet. It splits the difference. And having spent a week driving the all-new, 2018 Equinox, it’s clear Chevy sharpened its knife before redesigning this two-row crossover.
The new, third generation Equinox gains fresh (though arguably bland) styling for 2018, along with a far more modern interior with tons of in-demand active safety and tech features. Available attractions include a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, six USB ports, wireless phone charging, heated and vented front seats, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, and a 360-degree camera system. Chevy improved the ride, too, with a stiffer and lighter chassis, four-wheel independent suspension, and three engine choices that include a turbodiesel estimated to achieve 40 mpg highway. Even as a jaded journalist used to driving high-end products, I found myself deeply impressed by the 2018 Equinox. Keep ready to see why.
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Redline Edition
The Chicago Auto Show has become the birthplace of special editions this year as a slew of automakers chose to debut “one-off” or “custom” vehicle editions. None, however, compete with Chevrolet, which debuted the Redline edition – a special trim line that spans almost all of Chevy’s vehicles. Each vehicle receives similar exterior styling treatments. Included in the mix are the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the mid-size Colorado pickup.
The Redline edition adds some specific touches designed to grab customers’ attention, while looking more menacing to onlookers. Each model, which includes the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, and the two pickups, comes with black accents further accented by red hash marks. Those hash marks have a long history with Chevy – one that includes decades of racing.
The 2017 Chevy Colorado Redline edition specifically comes with a blacked out grille, a black bowtie front and rear, black wheels with those red hash marks, matching red tow hooks, and black badging on the doors with a red outline on each letter. It’s not the most detailed special edition package ever offered, but it definitely gives the Colorado a distinctive appearance.
Brian Sweeney, Chevy’s vice president, attributes special editions with helping drive interest on Silverados and Camaros. “Our special edition lineup has been popular with customers and dealers, alike” said Sweeney. “Since the introduction of special editions on vehicles the like Silverado and Camaro, vehicle average transaction prices have increased, time to turn has decreased, and conquest rates have risen, which has contributed to making Chevrolet the fastest-growing brand in the industry two years in a row.”
Undoubtedly, Sweeney and Chevrolet hope the Redline edition will do the same for the rest of Chevy’s lineup.
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2017 Chevrolet Silverado Redline Edition
Chevrolet is banking big on its Redline special edition trim that’s available to nearly every model in its portfolio. Included is the ever-popular Silverado 1500. The Redline edition adds a handful of exterior styling upgrades designed to pique consumers’ interest. “Custom” trucks are hot these days, after all, and other automakers are banking on appealing to this market niche. Ram and Toyota both debuted special models at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, with Ram bringing the Copper Sport while Toyota brought the TRD Sport trim for its Tundra. Like those two, the Chevy Silverado Redline carries an attitude of sporty intimidation.
The Redline package is available on the Silverado 1500 Double Cab with the LT Z71 trim package and the Crew Cab with the LTZ Z71 trim package. Both versions add the same stuff. This includes red tow hooks in the front bumper, red hash marks on the blacked-out wheels, a black grille, black bowties front and rear, and a red and black Silverado logo on the doors.
The world got its first taste of the Redline package last year at the 2016 SEMA show. It was there where Chevy debuted several vehicles with a concept version of the Redline package. Now, these models are arriving in showrooms for 2017.
Chevy’s VP, Brian Sweeney, said, “Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms. The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”
Chevy will begin rolling out these Redline models this month, with the Silverado taking the lead. The remaining models will arrive at different times throughout the year, with the rollout reaching completion by the end of 2017.
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Chevy Says All-New Traverse Coming to Detroit Auto Show
Chevrolet is bringing its next-generation Traverse to the 2017 North American International Auto Show. The full-size, three-row crossover is currently one of the oldest vehicles in Chevy’s lineup and is said to receive a bold and refined design with “exclusive D-Optic headlamps” that provide more natural lighting that is comparable to daylight.
The Traverse will continue offering room for up to eight people. Chevy anticipates the Traverse, which will likely be a 2018 model, will have segment-leading legroom for its three, third-row passengers. No details were given in the short press release announcing the Traverse’s debut at Detroit.
However, one important detail is noted. The Traverse, because of its eight-passenger seating, will be larger than the 2017 GMC Acadia – a vehicle that used to share its platform with the Traverse. The new Acadia is now smaller than its previous generation and only provides a maximum of seven seats.
Alan Batey, president of GM North American and brand chief of Global Chevrolet, said, “Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet. From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”
The revamped Traverse will sell along side Chevy’s other crossovers, including the all-new 2018 Equinox and the 2017 Bolt EV (though some might argue the Bolt is a four-door hatchback). Other crossover and SUV models include the Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban.
Though Chevy wasn’t forthright with information on the new headlights, a quick search reveals D-Optic headlights are a new generation of LED leadlight design with multiple 1x1 LEDs close coupled with injection molded lens optics that provide strong forward lighting with minimal energy requirements.
The Traverse will debut on January 9, 2017. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for official information and photos as they become available.
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Rumors, speculation, and spy shots have all been swirling around Chevy’s new Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup. Thankfully all that came to a head at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show as GM pulled the covers back, revealing a pickup designed to tackle the worst terrains on the planet while still being able to fit in your garage. Oh, it also fits down the Rubicon trail, as well – something not feasible with a larger truck that’s also built for dedicated off-roading.
The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is GM’s newest halo vehicle and carries plenty of high-tech features and technology that makes it worthy of its position. For starters, the truck rides on spool valve shock absorbers from Multimatatic – the same company that supplies spool valve shocks to Formula One race teams, Aston Martin for use in its outrageous One-77, and Chevy’s fifth-generation Camaro Z/28 engineering team. This makes the ZR2 the first non supercar to use spool valve shocks. This is also the first time spool valve shocks have been used in an off-road application.
Chevy also gave the Colorado ZR2 a sophisticated software program that augments things like the ABS, traction control, and 4WD system to squeeze every last ounce of capability out of the truck.
Hardware wise, the Colorado ZR2 has a wider track for better high-speed stability, a two-inch suspension lift over the stock Colorado, beefed up control arms and leaf springs, and ZR2-specific bodywork that allows for greater approach and departure angles. The ZR2 even features rock sliders that protect the doors and rocker panels from damage.
Despite all the changes, Chevy kept the Colorado’s powertrain intact. The ZR2 comes standard with the familiar-yet-revised 3.6-liter, gasoline-powered V-6, but the 2.8-liter, Duramax, four-cylinder turbodiesel is available as an option.
This only scratches the surface of the 2017 Colorado ZR2, so keep reading for a deep dive into the truck’s looks, interior, powertrain, suspension, and competition.
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2016 Chevrolet Colorado ZH2
Nearly a month ago, we told you about General Motors’ partnership with the U.S. Military’s Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center to build and test a fuel cell vehicle for use in military operations. Well, GM has debuted its hydrogen-powered pickup and it’s called the Colorado ZH2.
As you can imagine, the truck is based on the Chevrolet Colorado. The ZH2 nomenclature is a play off the Colorado’s (or more historically, the S-10’s) off-road package, the ZR2. With its R swapped for an H, this hydrogen-powered truck is designed to test the capabilities and limits of a fuel-cell vehicle in off-road, wartime-style environments.
“Fuel cells have the potential to expand the capabilities of Army vehicles significantly through quiet operation, exportable power and solid torque performance, all advances that drove us to investigate this technology further,” said Paul Rogers, director of TARDEC. “Fuel cells have the potential to expand the capabilities of Army vehicles significantly through quiet operation, exportable power and solid torque performance, all advances that drove us to investigate this technology further.”
The speed Rogers is referring to is the time TARDEC gave GM to come up with this truck. From contract to concept, the project has happened in less than a year. That’s nearly light speed when it comes to government operations. From this point, the Colorado ZH2 will undergo a year’s worth of evaluation and demanding rigors to determine if hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have a future on the battlefield.
So what’s the big deal about fuel cell technology, you might ask? This propulsion system is nearly silent in operation, it offers a reduced thermal signature, has high torque thanks to its electric drive, offers low fuel consumption, and even creates water, which can be utilized in the field by soldiers.
There’s plenty to talk about here, so keep reading for the full run-down.
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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Midnight Edition
Although not as iconic and long-running as the Suburban, the Chevrolet Tahoe has been one of the company’s most important nameplates in the U.S. ever since it replaced the K5 Blazer in 1992. In its fourth-generation since 2014, the Tahoe shares its underpinning s with the Suburban, Silverado, and Cadillac Escalade, just to name a few, and sports a fresh exterior design, a more modern interior, and Chevy’s latest infotainment system. Under the hood, it comes with a potent 5.3-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and either two- or four-wheel drive. Having received mild upgrades for each new model year, the Tahoe gained Chevy’s already familiar Midnight Package for 2017.
Launched alongside the Suburban Midnight Edition, the Tahoe joins the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox, and Trax as a part of the brand’s Midnight Edition family. This special package debuted back in August 2015 on the Colorado pickup truck and quickly expanded to include no fewer than six different nameplates. The reason for that, according to Chevrolet, is that the Midnight Edition is among its fastest-selling special editions. As America’s best-selling full-size SUV, the Tahoe was also in line to to get Midnight Edition upgrade, and it finally happened for the 2017 model year.
The package is pretty much identical to those offered on other nameplates, adding a "murdered-out" look to the SUV. It’s also available on two trim levels in order to satisfy customers looking for either a large and comfortable people hauler or a more off-road-oriented machine.
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet introduced the second-generation Colorado for the 2015 model year, along with its GMC corporate counterpart, the Canyon. Both trucks have remained unchanged since then, besides the introduction of the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel in 2016. But now for the 2017 model year, the Colorado is getting a heavily revised gasoline V-6 and GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission.
As we detailed in a news piece, the upgraded V-6 and eight-speed automatic bring more power, better off-the-line acceleration, and improved fuel economy. The rest of the Colorado remains unchanged for the 2017 model year. That’s not a bad thing as the pickup’s design still looks fresh.
The Colorado comes in both extended and crew cab configurations, with both short and long bed sizes. Three trim levels appeal to a wide range of buyers and budgets – from the base WT to the mid-grade LT and to the off-road oriented Z71. Three engines are available, as well, giving customers plenty of options.
The base powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. It can be mated to a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Customers who drive long highway distances or regularly tow or haul will love the 2.8-liter Duramax with its 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Optioned in a 2WD Colorado, and the Duramax will return 31 mpg on the highway. The volume-leading engine is the 3.6-liter V-6. We’ll dive into that engine below.
Chevrolet has not released pricing details for the 2017 Colorado, but we expect a slight increase to the truck’s pricing scale.
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1956 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
The 1950s were a special time for American automobiles. Chrome, big fenders, narrow wheels, and futuristic comfort features were all the rage. Chevrolet was perhaps the most pervasive brand of the era thanks to big hits like the 1956 Bel Air. This popular trend extended even into Chevy’s pickup lineup. Introduced in 1955, the Chevrolet Task Force pickups featured all the right stuff, plus offered a heavier duty chassis than the Advance Design pickup series it replaced.
The Chevy Task Force came with a striking new design that mirrored Chevy’s passenger car designs. The Task Force series also bought never-before-seen comforts to the pickup segment, including a wraparound windshield, wraparound rear glass on Deluxe Cab models, a larger interior, power steering, power brakes, a 12-volt electrical system, and an optional automatic transmission. What’s more, 1955 was the first year for Chevy’s legendary small-block V-8. Displacing 265 cubic inches, this 4.3-liter V-8 was the first V-8 in a Chevy pickup.
The Task Force series of pickups lasted from 1955 through 1959 when the Apache series, took over. The Apache also started carrying the C/K series designation, which denoted either RWD (C) or 4WD (K), and would soon take over as Chevy’s pickup truck names until 1999 when the Silverado trim line officially became the model name.
But it was 1956 when Chevrolet built the truck you see here. This 3100 model foregoes the V-8 in favor of Chevy’s then-popular 235 Thriftmaster inline six-cylinder and four-speed manual transmission. It does sport the Deluxe Cab with the rounded rear glass, two-tone paint, and the optional heater package. Mecum auctions will roll this meticulously restored truck across the auction block during the 2016 Monterey auction taking place August 18th through 20th.
There’s plenty more information about this truck below the jump, so keep reading for more.
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2016 Chevrolet Silverado Rally Edition
Chevrolet has not been shy about releasing special edition models for the Silverado pickup truck. The latest in the long line is the Silverado Rally Edition. But unlike the other special editions, this truck actually gets a unique body panel – more specifically a power dome hood. A matte black graphics package and large wheels further separate the Rally Edition from the standard Silverado.
“We introduced several special editions in 2015 – each combining equipment and appearance packages designed for specific enthusiasts in mind,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “They clearly resonated with buyers, selling in one-third the time – and attracting new, younger, and more affluent buyers to the brand – than the industry average.”
Piszar went on to say Chevy truck sales jumped by 27 percent in 2015, which he says is double the sales increase seen in the overall U.S. truck market. “As we expand our lineup of special editions for 2016, we expect to continue that momentum,” he said.
Helping fuel the hype surrounding the Silverado special editions’ momentum is a fan-centered event happening at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016. Headlining the event are Chevy’s NASCAR team drivers, which include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, and Kasey Kahne.
Each driver will be “campaigning” for their favorite Silverado special edition in a Twitter competition. Earnhardt will represent the new Rally Edition, Dillon will hype the Realtree Edition, Larson will back the Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition, and Kahne will represent the Silverado 2500 Midnight Edition.
All four trucks will then be on display at the Duck Commander 500 race on Sunday, April 10. Chevy will also have a fleet of Silverado pickups present for the on-track driver-introduction parade before the race.
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Chevrolet Silverado Offers Trailering Camera System
Chevy has announced a new camera system for its full-size, Silverado pickup. The dealer-installed system increases visibility around the sides and behind a trailer, as well as inside an enclosed trailer. The system will work in conjunction with yet another camera, this one located on the center high-mount brake light, Chevy will begin offering on its pickups starting this summer.
The camera system, developed with Echomaster, routes the live video feeds into the truck’s existing infotainment screen. Accessible at any time, the video helps the driver keep tabs on what’s around, behind, and inside the trailer.
The system uses cameras placed on the exterior towing mirrors for side views, while a remotely mounted camera can be placed on the upper and rear-most portion of the trailer for back-up views. This camera automatically comes on when reversing, thanks to its hardwire into the trailer’s lighting system. It wirelessly transmits its signal through a closed wireless network to the truck. An infrared lighting feature also allows the camera to work in low-lighting situations.
Similarly, the side-view cameras are tied into the truck’s turn signals. Signaling left or right automatically shows that respective camera view on the infotainment screen.
Operating the cameras manually is done via the infotainment system. Pressing and holding the home button for five seconds brings up the camera menu screen where a particular camera view can be chosen and enlarged.
The system works on any Silverado with factory tow mirrors installed, including Silverado 1500 pickups. The dealer-installed system cost $999 and is available for any 2014 and newer Silverado pickup. Of course, that price does not include tax and labor fees. Presumably, the same system will be offered on GMC trucks as well.
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2016 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet may have already pulled the covers off the 2016 Silverado’s new exterior design, but it was only at the 2015 Texas State Fair that full information became available. Now Chevy has released nearly all the juicy details on the Silverado’s refresh.
Take a good look at the exterior because that encompasses the majority of changes. In fact, the interior’s design doesn’t change at all. Not that it’s a bad thing – the Silverado still has a highly competitive interior in terms of size, amenities and design. And although the design hasn’t changed, the MyLInk infotainment software now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Carrying over from last year is Chevy’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.
General Motors is also updating the Silverado’s powertrain, though only on mid- and high-level models. Those leather-lined luxo-trucks get the new eight-speed automatic found in several of GM’s 2015 body-on-frame SUVs, along with the GMC Sierra Denali.
Of course, there’s no room to discount the Silverado’s new styling. The fresh look brings the truck into a more modern era. LED headlights are offered, along with LED daytime running lights, turn signals, and rear taillights. Heck, even the base WT trim level now has HID projector beam headlights – something only found on high-end luxury cars five years ago.
There are more details below, so continue reading for more.
Update 02/25/2016: Chevrolet announced today that it will offer a mild-hybrid electric system on 500, California-based 2016 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 1LT pickup trucks. The system delivers a 13-percent increase in fuel economy while adding 13 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque to the 5.3-liter V-8’s overall output.
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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Z71 Midnight Edition
Chevrolet has released three new additions to its “Midnight Edition” lineup for 2016, including the Colorado Z71, Silverado Z71, and this, the Silverado 2500 HD Z71. Like the Colorado and Silverado 1500, the Silverado 2500 HD gets an all-black, monochromatic look to match its off-road abilities provided by the Z71 package. It continues to offer all the same equipment and features found on the 2500 HD Z71, along with carryover drivetrain options.
Of the three Chevy trucks, the Silverado 2500 HD is the right choice for those who haul or tow heavy loads and need the extra capability the Chevy HD line provides. This includes stiffer springs front and rear, shorter gear ratios, beefy transmission options, and the choice between a 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 and the venerable 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel. The 2500 HD rides on a fully boxed, hydroformed frame constructed from high-strength steel.
Unlike the Colorado, the Silverado’s Z71 package is an option package rather than a trim level, meaning it can be had with a variety of trim levels. Opt for the Midnight Edition, however, and you’re limited to the mid-grade LT trim. That’s not a disadvantage, however, as the LT offers plenty of amenities and interior features.
Keep reading for the full list of upgrades for the 2016 Silverado 2500 HD Z71 Midnight Edition.
Updated 02/12/2016: We added a series of new images of the new Silverado 2500 HD Z71 Midnight Edition taken during its official unveiling at the 216 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.
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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Special Edition
The SUV and pickup segments in the U.S. are in the midst of their long awaited renaissance, as sales of these types of vehicles have steadily increased in the past couple of years. Chevrolet knows all too well that its top-selling model is a pickup. To be more specific, it’s the Silverado. The numbers certainly back it up. In 2015, Chevrolet sold a total of 600,544 units, according to GM Authority. That’s more than double the sales compared to the Chevrolet Equinox, the second-place car on that list with “just” 277,589 units sold in 2015. The Silverado’s sales momentum has even extended into the first month of 2016 when the the pickup once again set the pace for all Chevy models with 37,863 units sold in January.
Chevy has acknowledged that the popularity of the Silverado can be attributed to a variety of things, and one of those things, albeit not as large scale as others, has been the introduction of special edition versions like the Midnight Special Edition. The popularity of the Silverado Midnight Edition was evident from the start, as Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet’s truck marketing director, indicated when he said that the demand for the model “outstripped supply in a matter of months” and that it “made sense to expand the Midnight Edition and add new models into the fold.” So, beginning in 2016, the Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Z71 is set to join the current crop of Midnight Edition models alongside fellow debutante, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71.
With both models in the fold, customers now have the opportunity to have their pick of midsize, light-duty, and heavy-duty Midnight editions, each coming with plenty of new features and equipment.
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Chevrolet has released the latest version of its Realtree Silverado, focused on outdoorsmen fond of both the Chevy and Realtree brands. This marks the return of the Realtree Edition on the 2016 Silverado, updated with a new front grille, headlights, and rear taillights.
The Realtree and Chevy relationship date back the better part of a decade, both coming together to create limited edition models for targeted customers who enjoy hunting, fishing, or any number of outdoor activities.
The Realtree Edition package is only offered on the 2016 Silverado LTZ with the Z71 Off-Road package, ensuring customers come away with capabilities that match the camo graphics. The LTZ trim package is the second highest trim level offered on the Silverado, meaning all the bells and whistles come standard, including heated and cooled seats up front with leather on all positions; dual zone climate controls; MyLink infotainment software on the eight-inch touchscreen; LED fog lights, daytime running lights, and taillights; and projector beam headlights, among other things.
The truck also comes standard with the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. The Z71 package also brings 4WD, Rancho shock absorbers, a full skid plate package, Hill Decent Control, and the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential.
Of course, there’s more to the Silverado Realtree Edition than just the standard LTZ Z71 stuff, so keep reading for the full list of Realtree upgrades.
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