All-new and lighter Chevrolet Silverado unveiled in Detroit, and it’s coming to Australia
Chevrolet has used the Detroit Auto Show to reveal its all-new Chevrolet Silverado pick up, which, crucially, will be the model making its way to Australia.
Six engine and two transmission choices and eight model variants will be available, with the highlight of the engine range a 3.0 litre Duramax inline turbo diesel six. Should you want your Silverado to have a grunty petrol V8, you can choose from 5.3 and 6.2 litre petrol power plants with cylinder de-activation technology. These engines are mated to a new 10 speed automatic.
The load bed is large too, with GM claiming they can accommodate up to 63 cubic feet of goods. There are also lockable compartments for the load area, bumpers that have been specially designed to withstand the rigours of steel capped boots, special “task lighting” and you’ll even be able to open the tailgate remotely via the keyfob. Handy.
Eight trim levels will be available in total, with Chevy targeting customers who want to use their new Silverado for work and play. The entry-level Silverado Work Truck is fitted with steel wheels, can be specified with cloth or leather trim and a 7inch colour touchscreen. The Custom adds body coloured bumpers, 20 inch alloys and LED tail lights.
The off-road focussed Silverado Custom Trailboss is equipped with a locking rear diff, Rancho shocks, a 2.0-inch suspension lift kit and 18 inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Duratrac off-road tyres.
The Silverado LT is intended to be a volume selling model, and includes chrome accents throughout the exterior, leather trim, LED headlights and an 8inch touchscreen.
The flagship Silverado High Country includes leather trim as standard, a bespoke grille, side steps and a power tailgate.
Some Silverado models also include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto as well as 4G WiFi. Rear legroom is said to be expansive, and there are 10 litre storage bins behind the backseats.
Weight is also down across the range thanks to the use of materials such as aluminium, and the 2018 Silverado range is the most aerodynamic ever.
The new Silverado range will be manufactured in the United States, with American sales to commence in 2018, and Aussie sales to start up in 2019.
Australian prices and specifications are to be confirmed closer to local launch.