If you want power, the Sierra's got it. But if high-quality materials and solid build quality are also a priority, you might want to check the offerings from Ford and Toyota, as well. Thanks to the myriad of improvements that came with the introduction of the '99 Sierra, GMC's full-size pickup now moves to the refinement stage for Employing unique, three-piece frame construction, Sierras come in either half-ton or three-quarter-ton series. Perhaps the biggest draw for GMC's big pickup is a first-class engine lineup.
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The Chevrolet Silverado is a range of trucks manufactured by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand. The fourth generation of the model line was introduced for the model year. In Mexico, heavy-duty versions of the Silverado use the Chevrolet Cheyenne name. While sharing chassis and bodies, the model chronology of the Silverado and Sierra are different, with five generations of the Sierra and four of the Silverado. Largely the successor to the GMT chassis, the medium-duty Silverado is exclusive to Chevrolet, with no plans for an equivalent GMC version.
GM webpage. A small refresh for models was introduced in , bringing slight design changes and an upgrade to the audio and HVAC controls. The latter and GMT production units used the name Classic to denote the difference between the first and second generation trucks.
By the end of , a final design was chosen and finalized for production in June at 36 months ahead of scheduled start in June Development sign-off was issued in late , with pre-production and series production commencement in June There are a number of models of light-duty Silverados and Sierras, including the half-ton, SS , and Hybrid.
The light-duty trucks use the name. Three cargo beds are available: a The short box is only available with the crew cab and extended cab. For the first year, only the regular cab and a 3-door extended cab were available, along with the Vortec V6 , Vortec V8 , and the Vortec V8.
In , a driver's side door option became available for the extended cab, giving it four doors, and the crew-cab body was added to the lineup in Output on the 5. The 6. The Silverado Z71 got an optional lighter composite box, with a suspension package for towing, but lacked the high-output engine.
The C3 became the Denali for , and Quadrasteer was added. GM introduced a reworked version of the Silverado and Sierra in , with a new front end and a slightly updated rear end. In the Silverado received another facelift, similar to the HD version introduced in HD models. In addition to that, Chevrolet has deleted the "Chevrolet" badge off the tailgate that was used from to Its SUV counterparts retained the use of the pre-facelift sheetmetal. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS gave the Silverado an overall "marginal" score on the frontal offset crash test for poor structural integrity and poor dummy control, although no injuries were recorded on the dummy's body regions.
It used all-wheel drive with a 3. For , the name was changed to Sierra Denali , but the specifications remained essentially the same except for the addition of Quadrasteer and GM changed from the 4L60E-HD to the 4L65E in conjunction with a 4. The Sierra Denali was initially equipped with Delphi 's Quadrasteer system as standard equipment. It was a 4-wheel steering system that greatly reduced the truck's turning radius and improved lane changing while towing.
General Motors dropped Quadrasteer from the Sierra Denali after the model year and its entire lineup after due to poor sales of this expensive option. Launched in early , the Silverado SS is a high-performance pickup truck built by Chevrolet. It is based on the Silverado Extended Cab with Fleetside Box and features upgrades in the drive train and both exterior and interior appearance. It was equipped standard with the 6.
This was the same engine used for the second generation Cadillac Escalade. In , the AWD variant was dropped and the rear wheel drive was the only driveline layout available. All the SS trucks in both 2 wheel drive and AWD used the torsion bar style front suspension for better handling.
The truck came with several minor appearance upgrades rear spoiler, embroidered headrests, Intimidator custom badging , but was essentially a standard Silverado SS. Of the 1, scheduled trucks, only were made the remaining were sold as Silverado SS "classic" body style trucks before the These trucks were only available in Black Onyx exterior but could be ordered with cloth or leather interior.
Also features  -. The Vortec High Output option was first introduced in to a limited market mainly consisting of Texas and several surrounding areas ; it was available nationwide for MY It was available for both the Chevy and GMC series trucks. This special edition package under option code B4V included several options previously not found on the standard model, most notably the LQ9 6. The B4V package could only be ordered on extended cab standard box 2WD trucks.
The models were equipped with the standard 10 bolt 8. The models were upgraded with the larger 14 bolt 9. This marked the first time the LQ9 engine was available for a two-wheel drive application. Unlike the previous years with the SS Package, interior choices ranged from basic cloth to fully loaded. There were also more exterior color options available with this package. In , the Vortec Max trailering package became available.
This was because the Vortec Max package was intended for max trailer towing, while the Performance Edition was intended more for customers who wanted the Silverado SS mechanicals without the visuals of the SS. It was also made available in addition to the extended cab in the light duty 4 door crew cab models.
Towing capacity with the VortecMax Trailing package was 10, pounds. Known within GM as the Parallel Hybrid Truck or PHT, it is not actually a parallel hybrid by the current definition, but a type of micro hybrid design. The truck uses a 5. These trucks were also purchased back from customers for more than what they were worth in the late s.
The PHT features four volt 20 amp AC outlets, two in the bed and two inside the cab under the rear seat. Additionally, the extra reserves of power for the accessories make this truck well-suited to that market, where trucks often sit at idle for hours at a time. Availability was extremely limited at first, with commercial buyers getting the first allotment.
For —07 the truck was generally available to retail buyers throughout North America. The HD variant was a heavy-duty light truck. The HD had an available five-speed six-speed for models Allison transmission with the Vortec and Duramax 6. The HD models were primarily used for towing and high-weight cargo. The Silverado HD had 5. Built as either a or HD Extended Cab Standard Box model with two and four-wheel-drive, the Professional was the ultimate contractors truck.
The center console area provided an area to store PDAs, cell phones and laptop computers as well as extra charging points for them and an area to hang file folders. There were also extra storage trays and larger cupholders throughout the cab, including one temperature controlled cupholder.
The exterior featured lower body cladding, Professional badging, and a full-chrome grille. These trucks also featured a standard bedliner, box-rail protectors, in-bed power outlet, and many optional accessories suited to tradesmen ladder racks, toolboxes, etc. The series came standard with the 5.
Other factors, such as options, can also affect these numbers. It features a redesigned exterior, interior, frame, and suspension as well as power increases on certain engines. Like the GMT SUVs, these pickups also have greatly improved aerodynamics over their predecessors like steeply raked windshields and tighter panel gaps which improve fuel economy. Like its predecessors, the new Silverado offers buyers a choice of two-door regular cabs, four-door extended cabs with front-opening rear doors that now open degrees similar to the Nissan Titan and four-door crew cabs.
GM also offers the trucks in the traditional two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. For the model year, the Sierra Denali shares the same billet grille from the other Denali models, and also has the same dash as the SUV's. The Sierra Denali was initially the only half-ton pickup that had a 6. A new high performance 6. After skipping the model year, with being the last for the GMT hybrid line, a two-mode hybrid model was introduced in late as a model.
It's joined by two kilowatt electric motors supplied by a nickel—metal hydride battery pack under the rear seat. On its own, the V8 is rated at horsepower and pound-feet of torque. The unique transmission houses the electric motors along with three different planetary gear sets and four traditional clutches.
There were two dash options offered in this model Silverado and Sierra: a luxury-inspired dash that closely mimics the dash in their GMT SUVs, and a more traditional upright dash to make room for a passenger seat in place of a center console. As of , GM full-size trucks were no longer sold in United States and Canada with manual transmissions ; they were only offered in Mexico in the Silverado V6 engine and Silverado An integrated trailer brake controller , first available on the Silverado and Sierra HD for , is now an option on series trucks.
A refresh followed with all models, including new interior door panels which moved the handle forward and added an additional cup holder and a six-speed automatic transmission on regular cab models with the 5. The Vortec V8 was given wider availability, now being optional on LT and SLE extended and crew cabs, completely supplanting the light duty Vortec V8 in the process. The new Z71 Appearance Package was optional on LT and LTZ, it included: body-color grille and front fascia, body color door handles and mirror caps, unique Z71 box side decals, chrome sill plates, and a unique Z71 gauge cluster.
For , the Sierra and Silverado received another refresh. Trailer sway control and hill start assist are now standard on all models. The 8. The 6L90 6-speed automatic transmission is standard in all Heavy Duty models. The Allison transmission is paired with the optional Duramax V8 diesel. The front suspension incorporates new upper and lower control arms and new torsion bars tailored to one of five different gross axle weight ratings. Upper control arms are constructed from forged steel that is both stronger and lighter than the previous arms, while the new lower arms are cast iron to maximize load capacity.
Using a unique torsion bar for each gross weight rating allows for better control over vehicle height, resulting in improved handling and better alignment for reduced tire wear. These improvements allow for up to a 6, pound front axle weight rating, allowing all 4wd trucks to accommodate a snow plow.
Additional front suspension enhancements come from new urethane bump stops, two per side. The upper shock mount has been changed from a single stem mount to a two-bolt design to eliminate the possibility of squeaks and thumps.
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Work trucks don't need to be pretty. Just because the redesigned half-ton Sierra is already on the market, don't overlook these tried-and-true heavy-duty haulers. To help bolster stocks of work-oriented pickups until heavy-duty derivatives of the new Sierra can be built, this previous-generation model continues to be offered, albeit now only in or series form. In other words, if you want a traditional half-ton pickup, you've got to buy the new Sierra. Like last year, changes are limited to some mechanical upgrades and a new exterior paint color, Emerald Green. After the all-new Sierra hit the showrooms, it made no sense for further revisions to this stopgap version whose days were numbered.
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