With the rise in competition in the pick-up truck segment, General Motors has decided to make alterations to the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. Enthusiasts have already spied the new model being tested, earlier this year and it seems that the truck would receive major changes to its front fascia. Additionally, despite making changes to the engines of other pickups in its production line, GM has decided to skip this change in the 2017 Silverado.
The company is also shifting its focus towards making the truck more fuel efficient instead. It’s easy to see why the new Silverado will become a direct competitor with the upcoming 2017 Ford F-150 which seems to be the case each and every year.
At the front, GM has decided to rid the truck of its signature stacked headlamps design, in favor of equipping it with a single horizontal lamp. However, the single lamp would still house multiple lights. The indicators have also been moved under the headlamps, instead of beside them. The change in lights is accompanied by a redesigned hood and side-fenders. Analysts believe that the new design would improve the circulation of air to the engine.
Other exterior changes:
Even though the changes at the front of the 2017 Chevy Silverado seem to be the most prominent ones, but that is not all that has changed. General Motors has also announced that it would be using a lighter aluminum for the body of the truck, instead of just the hood. This way the company would be able to cut off a significant amount of weight from the truck, making it lighter, faster and more fuel efficient.
Moving towards the back, one can easily spot that the taillights have got an upgrade as well. Although the rumor states that the taillights have not been finalized yet, but as for now they are expected to sport a high-tech look. Although the current Silverado already has a very comfortable interior, it is still expected to be revamped, so as to provide competition to its counter parts.
Despite the fact that the change in body material would make the truck lighter and more fuel efficient, the engineers at GM have not stopped there. Even though the company has dismissed the idea of equipping the truck with a diesel engine, it is still expected to update the transmission system. It has been rumored that the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado would host a 10-speed automatic transmission system, which has been co-developed with Ford. With this transmission system, the company expects to make low-rpm cruise a real possibility.
The type of engine for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado would depend on the variant you buy. The 1500 would sport a 5.3 and 6.2-liter V8, while the 2500-HD and 3500-HD would gain a 6.0-liter V8. Furthermore, the front of the truck would be designed in a way that it provides better aerodynamics to the vehicle. There are also talks of producing more variants, with a Duramax diesel engine at the helm, but that is yet to be confirmed by GM. Analysts are further expecting a twin-turbo V6 as well.
For more on the 2017 Chevy Silverado, be sure to check out all the details on the specs, features, price, and release date for the 1500, 2500, and 3500 in this complete review.