|Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Full-size/Heavy-Duty pickup truck|
The Chevrolet Silverado is a range of trucks manufactured by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand. Introduced for the 1999 model year, the Silverado is the successor to the long-running Chevrolet C/K model line. Taking its name from the top trim level from the Chevrolet C/K series, the Silverado is offered as a series of full-size pickup trucks, chassis cab trucks, and medium-duty trucks. The fourth generation of the model line was introduced for the 2019 model year.
The Chevrolet Silverado shares mechanical commonality with the GMC Sierra; GMC ended the use of the C/K nomenclature a model generation prior to Chevrolet. In Mexico, heavy-duty versions of the Silverado use the Chevrolet Cheyenne name. Competing against the Ford F-Series, Dodge Ram, Nissan Titan, and Toyota Tundra, the Silverado is among the best-selling vehicles in the United States, selling almost 12 million examples since its introduction.
The Silverado nameplate made its debut for the 1975 model year, becoming the top trim level on all Chevrolet C/K trucks, slotted above Custom Deluxe, Scottsdale, and Cheyenne. At the same time, GMC C/K trucks used variations of the Sierra name (Sierra, Sierra Classic, Sierra Grande, and High Sierra). Today, Chevrolet still uses the CK and the CC in their current model codes.
For the 1988 GMT400 model architecture, Chevrolet retained the C/K model nomenclature, with GMC branding its full-size line as Sierras. 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.
In 2018, at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN, Chevrolet unveiled the first medium-duty Silverado, expanding the model line to a 4500, 5500, and 6500 chassis cab. Largely the successor to the 2003-2010 GMT560 chassis, the medium-duty Silverado is exclusive to Chevrolet, with no plans for an equivalent GMC version.
First generation Silverado / Second generation Sierra (1998–2006)
|Also called||Chevrolet C/K (South Korea)|
|Designer||Wayne Cherry (1994, 1995)|
Ken Sohocki (1994, 1995)
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||GM GMT800 platform|
|Engine||Vortec 4300 (4.3 L) V6|
Vortec 4800 (4.8 L) V8
Vortec 5300 (5.3 L) V8
Vortec 6000 (6.0 L) V8
Vortec 7400 (7.4 L) V8
Vortec 8100 (8.1 L) V8
|Length||Standard Cab, Short Box: |
|Width||78.5 in (1,994 mm)|
The GMT800 Silverado/Sierra 1500 and 2500 pickup trucks were released in August 1998 as 1999 models. The "classic" light-duty GMT400 C/K trucks were continued in production for that first year alongside the new models, and the Heavy-Duty GMT400 pickups (alongside the GMT400 SUVs) were continued until 2000, with the new GMT800 Silverado/Sierra HD (Heavy Duty) released a year later. A small refresh for 2003 models was introduced in 2002, bringing slight design changes and an upgrade to the audio and HVAC controls. The later 2007.5 GMT800 production unit used the name Classic to denote the difference between the first and second generation trucks.
In January 1993, GM began development on the GMT800 pickup program with numerous teams coming together. By the end of 1994, a final design was chosen and finalized for production in June 1995 at 36 months ahead of scheduled start in June 1998. Development sign-off was issued in late 1997, with pre-production and series production commencement in June 1998.
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 1500 name. They are available in three cab lengths, 2-door standard/regular cab, 3 or 4-door extended cab, and front-hinged 4-door crew cab. Three cargo beds are available: a 69.2 in (1,758 mm) short box, 78.7 in (1,999 mm) standard box, and a 97.6 in (2,479 mm) long box. 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 4300 V6, Vortec 4800 V8, and the Vortec 5300 V8. In 2000, 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 2004. Output on the 5.3 L engine also increased to 285 hp (213 kW) and 325 lb⋅ft (441 N⋅m).
The 6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8 was standard on the 2500 and was added for the 2001 Heavy Duty models, rated at 300 hp (224 kW), with the GMC Sierra 1500 C3 getting an uprated 325 hp (242 kW) version of this engine. 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 2002, and Quadrasteer was added.
GM introduced a reworked version of the Silverado and Sierra in 2003, with a new front end and a slightly updated rear end. In 2006 the Silverado received another facelift, similar to the HD version introduced in 2005 HD models. In addition to that, Chevrolet has deleted the "Chevrolet" badge off the tailgate that was used from 1998 to 2005. Its SUV counterparts retained the use of the pre-facelift sheetmetal. During the 2005 model year, all light-duty GMT800 pickups reverted to front disc/rear drum brakes as a cost-cutting measure; heavy duty trucks and the SUVs retained their 4-wheel disc brakes.
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.
2001 GMC Sierra C3/Denali
GMC created an upscale version of its Sierra 1500 in 2001 called the Sierra C3. It used all-wheel drive with a 3.73 final drive gear ratio and included the 6.0 L Vortec 6000 LQ4 V8 rated at 325 hp (242 kW) at 5000 rpm and 370 lb•ft (502 N·m) of torque at 4000 rpm coupled to a 4L60E-HD four-speed automatic transmission along with other upscale equipment. For 2002, 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 4.10 final drive gear ratio.
The Denali is rated for towing 9,100 pounds (4,100 kg) and hauling 1,595 pounds (723 kg) in the cargo box.
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 2004 model year and its entire lineup after 2005 due to poor sales of this expensive option.
Chevrolet Silverado SS
Launched in early 2003, the Silverado SS is a high-performance pickup truck built by Chevrolet. It is based on the 1500 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 6.0 liter Vortec High-Output V8 rated at 345 hp (257 kW) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb⋅ft (515 N⋅m) of torque at 4000 rpm coupled to a 4L65E four-speed automatic transmission. This was the same engine used for the second generation Cadillac Escalade. Chevrolet and GMC advertised this engine as the Vortec High Output and later as the "VortecMAX", while Cadillac calls it the "HO 6000". The SS debuted in 2003 with a standard All Wheel Drive setup with a 4.10 final drive gear ratio and 4 wheel disc brakes. In 2005, in an attempt to increase sales, a 2-wheel drive version became available (the 2WD SS also lost its rear disc brakes in favor of drums, as did the rest of the 1/2-ton GMT800s). 2005 was also the first year the sunroof was available in the SS line up. In 2006, the AWD variant was dropped and the rear wheel drive was the only driveline layout available. In a further effort to reduce cost, buyers could also choose cloth interior and/or a bench seat. The Silverado SS also comes with the Z60 performance suspension and 20 inch aluminum wheels. All the SS trucks in both 2 wheel drive and AWD used the torsion bar style front suspension for better handling. SS themed trucks were only available from the factory in Black Onyx, Victory Red, and Arrival Blue Metallic from 2003 to 2004. In 2005, Arrival Blue Metallic was dropped from the color choices and replaced with Silver Birch Metallic.
In 2006, Chevrolet released a special edition Silverado SS under the name "Intimidator SS" (licensed by Dale Earnhardt, Inc.) to honor the late Dale Earnhardt. The truck came with several minor appearance upgrades (rear spoiler, embroidered headrests, Intimidator custom badging), but was essentially a standard Silverado SS. Of the 1,033 scheduled trucks, only 933 were made (the remaining 100 were sold as 2007 Silverado SS "classic" body style trucks before the 2007.5 MY changeover. These trucks were only available in Black Onyx exterior but could be ordered with cloth or leather interior. Also features-
Vortec High Output/Vortec Max
The Vortec High Output option was first introduced in 2004 to a limited market (mainly consisting of Texas and several surrounding areas); it was available nationwide for MY 2005. It was available for both the Chevy and GMC 1500 series trucks. This special edition package (under option code B4V) included several options previously not found on the standard 1500 model, most notably the LQ9 6.0 L V-8 engine (the same used for the Silverado SS, the 2005–2006 GMC Denalis and the Cadillac Escalade). The LQ9 motor was rated at 345 hp (257 kW) at 5200 rpm and 380 lb⋅ft (515 N⋅m) of torque at 4000 rpm, which was the same specifications shared in the SS models. The B4V package could only be ordered on extended cab standard box 2WD trucks. They were all built at the Canadian assembly plant and were equipped with the Z60 High Performance suspension package, in addition to the M32 = 4L65E transmission, GT4 = 3.73 rear gear, and G80 Gov Lock as standard equipment. The 2004 models were equipped with the standard 10 bolt 8.625 rear end. The 2005 models were upgraded with the larger 14 bolt 9.5 rear end under RPO option AXN. The package also included one style of the newly introduced GM 20 inch wheels installed from the factory. 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 2006, the Vortec Max trailering package became available. The Vortec Max package was added to the option list with an array of similar features and new badges, and at its core retained the LQ9/4L65-E powertrain. However, the Vortec Max package differed from the Performance edition in that it also came with a variant of the Z85 Handling/Trailering suspension, as well as 17-inch wheels and tires under the option code NHT (and was available on 4x4 models in addition to 4x2 trucks) versus the Z60 High Performance Suspension and 20-inch wheel and tire package of the regular B4V (which was limited to 2 wheel drive trucks). 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 10,800 pounds.
GM launched a hybrid version of the Silverado/Sierra in 2004, becoming the first ever GM hybrid passenger vehicle. 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 electric motor housed within the transmission flywheel housing, serves only to provide engine cranking/starting, battery charging, and powering accessories. The engine automatically shuts down as the truck comes to a stop and uses 42 Volt electric power to the starter/generator unit to restart the engine as the brake pedal is released. Besides the typical 12 V automotive battery the PHT uses three additional 14 V valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries mounted under the rear seat to store and provide power. The truck uses a 5.3 L Vortec 5300 V8 for primary propulsion power. These trucks were also purchased back from customers for more than what they were worth in the late 2000s.
The PHT features four 120 volt 20 amp AC outlets, two in the bed and two inside the cab under the rear seat. These are particularly interesting to the building/construction contractor market, since they often require AC power when on the job. 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. Later in 2005, the truck was offered at retail in Alaska, California, Florida, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Canada. For 2006–07 the truck was generally available to retail buyers throughout North America. The Parallel Hybrid Truck was discontinued for the 2008 model year with the release of the GMT900 truck line. Starting in 2009, General Motors offers a second generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra equipped with a Two-Mode Hybrid powertrain and CVT.
|GMT800 Heavy Duty|
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||GM GMT880 platform|
|Engine||6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8 |
8.1 L Vortec 8100 V8
6.6 L Duramax V8
|Transmission||4-speed 4L80-E automatic |
5-speed Allison 1000 automatic (2000–2005)
6-speed Allison 1000 automatic (2005–2007)
5-speed NV4500 manual (2000–2007 6.0)
6-speed ZF S6-650 manual (2000–2006 6.6 and 8.1)
|Wheelbase||133 in (3,378 mm) |
143.5 in (3,645 mm)
157.5 in (4,000 mm)
167 in (4,242 mm)
153 in (3,886 mm)
|Length||Regular Cab, Long Box: 222.2 in (5,644 mm)|
Extended Cab, Short Box: 227.6 in (5,781 mm)
Extended Cab, Long Box: 246.7 in (6,266 mm)
Crew Cab, Short Box: 237.3 in (6,027 mm)
Crew Cab, Long Box: 256.2 in (6,507 mm)
|Height||76.0–77.4 in (1,930–1,966 mm)|
The HD variant was a heavy-duty light truck. It was a strengthened version of the Silverado/Sierra light-duty, and was available in the 1500HD, 2500HD, and 3500HD models. The 1500HD, introduced in 2000, offered a Vortec 6000 V8 with 300 hp (224 kW) at 5200 rpm and 360 lb⋅ft (488 N⋅m) of torque at 4000 rpm with a Hydra-Matic 4L80E four-speed automatic transmission. The 2500HD also offered the LB7 Duramax V8 with 300 hp (224 kW) at 3100 rpm and 520 lb⋅ft (705 N⋅m) of torque at 1800 rpm, the LLY Duramax V8 with 310 hp (231 kW) at 3000 rpm and 605 lb·ft (820 N·m) at 1600 rpm, and the LBZ Duramax V8 with 360 hp (268 kW) at 3200 rpm and 650 lb·ft (881 N·m) at 1600 rpm. Also available was the Vortec 8100 V8 with 340 hp (254 kW) at 4200 rpm and 455 lb⋅ft (617 N⋅m) of torque at 3200 rpm.
The 2500HD had an available five-speed (six-speed for 2006–2007 models) Allison 1000 transmission with the Vortec 8100 and Duramax 6.6. The Silverado 3500 offered the same engine/transmission features that the 2500HD, however it was usually equipped with "dually" twin wheels at the rear and had a stronger suspension. The HD models were primarily used for towing and high-weight cargo. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD came in at #2 in a 2016 study by iSeeCars.com ranking the top 10 longest-lasting vehicles. The Silverado 2500HD had 5.7% of vehicles over 200,000 miles, according to the iSeeCars study.:)
For 2002, GMC introduced a new limited edition Sierra Professional. Built as either a 1500 or 2500HD 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 1500 series came standard with the 5.3L Vortec 5300 V8, but the 4.8L V8 could be ordered with an option credit if so desired. 2500HD models came with the 6.0L Vortec 6000 V8 only. All trucks had the four-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode. Customers could choose from either SLE or SLT decor. The base price for a 2002 1500 2WD with SLE decor was $29,591. 2003 was the final year the Professional was offered.
Towing capacity for the 1500HD is rated at 10,300 pounds (4,700 kg) and can haul 3,129 pounds (1,419 kg) in the bed depending on options. Towing capacity for the 2500HD is rated at 16,100 pounds (7,300 kg) with the gasoline 8.1L V8 with 3.73:1 rear and can haul 3,964 pounds (1,798 kg) in the bed depending on options. Towing capacity for the 3500HD is rated at 16,700 pounds (7,600 kg) and can haul 5,753 pounds (2,610 kg) in the bed depending on options. The addition of 4 wheel drive tends to reduce the towing and carrying capacity by 200 to 400 lb (181 kg), depending upon year and model. Other factors, such as options, can also affect these numbers.
|1500||1998–2003||4.3 L Vortec 4300 V6||200 hp (149 kW) at 4600 rpm||260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) at 2800 rpm|
|2004–2006||195 hp (145 kW) at 4600 rpm||260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) at 2800 rpm|
|1998–1999||4.8 L Vortec 4800 V8||255 hp (190 kW) at 5200 rpm||285 lb⋅ft (386 N⋅m) at 4000 rpm|
|2000–2003||270 hp (201 kW) at 5200 rpm||285 lb⋅ft (386 N⋅m) at 4000 rpm|
|2004–2007||285 hp (213 kW) at 5200 rpm||295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m) at 4000 rpm|
|1998–1999||5.3 L Vortec 5300 V8||270 hp (201 kW) at 5200 rpm||315 lb⋅ft (427 N⋅m) at 4000 rpm|
|2000–2003||285 hp (213 kW) at 5200 rpm||325 lb⋅ft (441 N⋅m) at 4000 rpm|
|2004–2007||295 hp (220 kW) at 5200 rpm||335 lb⋅ft (454 N⋅m) at 4000 rpm|
|2005–2007||310 hp (231 kW) at 5200 rpm||335 lb-ft (454 N-m) at 4000 rpm|
|1500HD/2500HD/3500HD||1999–2006||6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8||300 hp (224 kW) @ 4400 RPM||360 lb⋅ft (488 N⋅m) @ 4000 RPM|
|2001–2003||8.1 L Vortec 8100 V8||340 hp (254 kW) @ 4200 RPM||455 lb⋅ft (617 N⋅m) @ 3200 RPM|
|2004–2006||330 hp (246 kW) @ 4200 RPM||450 lb⋅ft (610 N⋅m) @ 3200 RPM|
|2001–2002 w/ LQY||270 hp (201 kW) @ 3600 RPM||400 lb⋅ft (542 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
|2001–2002 w/ LQQ||210 hp (157 kW) @ 3600 RPM||325 lb⋅ft (441 N⋅m) @ 1200 RPM|
|2002–2005 w/ LRW||325 hp (242 kW) @ 4000 RPM||450 lb⋅ft (610 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM|
|2002–2006 w/ LRZ||295 hp (220 kW) @ 3600 RPM||440 lb⋅ft (597 N⋅m) @ 3200 RPM|
|2002–2006 w/ LQR||225 hp (168 kW) @ 3600 RPM||350 lb⋅ft (475 N⋅m) @ 1200 RPM|
|2000–2004||6.6 L Duramax (LB7/LLY) V8||300 hp (224 kW) @ 3100 RPM||520 lb⋅ft (705 N⋅m) @ 1800 RPM|
|2005–2006 w/ MTX||300 hp (224 kW) @ 3000 RPM||520 lb⋅ft (705 N⋅m) @ 1800 RPM|
|2005–2006 w/ ATX||310 hp (231 kW) @ 3000 RPM||605 lb⋅ft (820 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
|2006–2007||6.6 L Duramax (LBZ) V8||360 hp (268 kW) @ 3200 RPM||650 lb⋅ft (881 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
|GMC Sierra C3||2000–2001||6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8||325 hp (242 kW) @ 5000 RPM||370 lb⋅ft (502 N⋅m) @ 4000 RPM|
|GMC Sierra Denali||2002–2004|
|2004–2006||6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8||345 hp (257 kW) @ 5200 RPM||380 lb⋅ft (515 N⋅m) @ 4000 RPM|
|Chevrolet Silverado SS||2002–2006|
|Chevrolet Silverado Vortec High Output||2003–2005|
|Chevrolet Silverado VortecMAX||2005–2006|
Second generation Silverado / Third generation Sierra (2007–2014)
|Also called||VIA VTRUX|
|Assembly||GM Fort Wayne Assembly, Indiana|
GM Flint Truck Assembly, Michigan
GM Oshawa Truck Assembly, ON
Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
|Designer||Wayne Cherry (2003. 2004)|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||4.3 L V6 195 hp (145 kW) |
4.8 L V8 295 hp (220 kW)
5.3 L V8 315 hp (235 kW)
6.0 L V8 367 hp (274 kW) (2007–2009)
6.2 L V8 403 hp (301 kW) (2009–2013)
|Transmission||4-speed 4L60-E automatic |
4-speed "2-Mode Hybrid transmission" 2ML70 (Hybrid)
6-speed manual (Mexico only)
6-speed 6L80 automatic
The all-new GMT900 generation of the Silverado/Sierra arrived in the last quarter of 2006 as a 2007 model. It features a redesigned exterior, interior, frame, and suspension as well as power increases on certain engines. It takes styling cues from the 2007 GMT900 SUVs and the Chevrolet Colorado pickups. Like the GMT900 SUVs, these pickups also have greatly improved aerodynamics over their predecessors like steeply raked windshields and tighter panel gaps which improve fuel economy. The GMT800 models were continued through 2007 badged as "Classic", just as the GMT400 models continued for two years after the GMT800's introduction.
The new Silverado earned the North American Truck of the Year award for 2007 and was Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 2007. 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 170 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 2007 model year, the Sierra Denali shares the same billet grille from the other Denali models, and also has the same dash as the 2007 SUV's. The 2007 Sierra Denali was initially the only half-ton pickup that had a 6.2L engine with 403 hp (301 kW) and 417 lb⋅ft (565 N⋅m) of torque coupled to a six-speed transmission. This truck is also an optional all-wheel-drive vehicle and goes 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) in 6.3 seconds.
The Generation III small block V8 engines offered in the GMT800 trucks were replaced in the GMT900 series by the Generation IV small block V8 engine family, featuring upgrades such as increased power and Active Fuel Management on the 5.3 L and 6.0 L V8s. A new high performance 6.2 liter V8 (with 403 hp (301 kW) and 417 lb⋅ft (565 N⋅m) of torque) was introduced with the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and 2007 GMC Denali line, and was made available in the Silverado 1500 for MY 2009.
After skipping the 2008 model year, with 2007 being the last for the GMT800 hybrid line, a two-mode hybrid model was introduced in late 2008 as a 2009 model. General Motors discontinued the Silverado Hybrid due to poor sales along with the GMC Sierra Hybrid, Chevy Avalanche, Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, GMC Yukon Hybrid, Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, and Cadillac Escalade EXT after the 2013 model year even though it was the one of the two first hybrid pickup trucks ever manufactured. Available in either two- or four-wheel-drive, the Sierra 1500 Hybrid is powered by a 6.0-liter V8. It's joined by two 60-kilowatt electric motors supplied by a nickel–metal hydride battery pack under the rear seat. On its own, the V8 is rated at 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. GM engineers say that combined output with the electric motors is 379 hp. 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 GMT900 SUVs, and a more traditional upright dash to make room for a passenger seat in place of a center console.
All Silverado & Sierra 1/2-ton models received a revised bumper and shortened front fascia for the 2009 model year, and extended and crew cab models equipped with the Vortec 5300 V8 received a new six-speed 6L80 automatic transmission. The Vortec 6200 V8 was made available for LTZ and SLT models. Bluetooth was added to the equipment list, becoming standard on Denali, SLT, and LTZ and optional on SLE and LT, as was an optional rear vision camera. An integrated trailer brake controller, first available on the Silverado and Sierra HD for 2007, is now an option on 1500 series trucks. The XFE package was new for 2009, available only on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LT 2 wheel drive models, it included the 5.3L Vortec V8, soft tonneau cover, aluminum wheels, and low rolling resistance tires.
A refresh followed with all 2010 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 5.3L V8 was also made standard. The Vortec 6200 V8 was given wider availability, now being optional on LT and SLE extended and crew cabs, completely supplanting the light-duty Vortec 6000 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. Two new exterior colors were added: Taupe Gray Metallic and Sheer Silver Metallic.
For 2012, the Sierra and Silverado 1500 received another refresh. This time the Silverado was given new grille and front fascia treatments for both LT and LTZ models. A newly redesigned touch-screen navigation radio was optional on LTZ, SLT, and Denali. Trailer sway control and hill start assist are now standard on all models. Cooled seats were made optional on LTZ and SLT and the woodgrain trim was replaced with brushed aluminum.
|GMT900 Heavy Duty|
|Designer||Wayne Cherry (2004)|
|Body and chassis|
|Platform||GM GMT910 platform:|
GMT911 (Chevrolet Silverado)
GMT912 (GMC Sierra)
|Engine||6.0 L V8 360 hp (268 kW) |
6.6 L Duramax diesel V8 397 hp (296 kW)
|Transmission||6-speed 6L90 automatic |
6-speed Allison 1000 automatic
6-speed manual (Mexico only)
|Width||80 in (2,032 mm) |
95.9 in (2,436 mm) (3500HD DRW)
|Height||76 in (1,930 mm)|
The 8.1 L big-block V8 is no longer offered on the Heavy Duty models, and no replacement has been announced. The 6L90 6-speed automatic transmission is standard in all Heavy Duty models. The Allison 1000 transmission is paired with the optional Duramax V8 diesel.
As of 2011 the GMC and Chevrolet Heavy Duty models have being upgraded with a new fully boxed high strength steel frame from front to rear improving stiffness by 92% with bigger rear springs, larger engine and transmission mounts and new hydraulic body mounts to improve the ride. 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 6,000 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.
The rear suspension design uses asymmetrical leaf springs that are wider and capable of greater load handling. The design features 3-inch wide leaves, with front and rear spring sections of different lengths to reduce the twisting that can result in axle hop and loss of traction. The 2500HD uses a two-stage design with a rating of 6,200 lb (2,812 kg), and 3500HD models have a three-stage design with 7,050 lb (3,198 kg) and 9,375 lb (4,252 kg) ratings on single and dual-wheel models, respectively.
|1500||2007–2013||4.3 L Vortec 4300 V6||195 hp (145 kW) @ 4600 RPM||260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) @ 2800 RPM|
|2007–2008||4.8 L Vortec 4800 V8||295 hp (220 kW) @ 5600 RPM||305 lb⋅ft (414 N⋅m) @ 4800 RPM|
|2009||295 hp (220 kW) @ 5600 RPM||305 lb⋅ft (414 N⋅m) @ 4600 RPM|
|2010–2013||302 hp (225 kW) @ 5600 RPM||305 lb⋅ft (414 N⋅m) @ 4600 RPM|
|2007–2009||5.3 L Vortec 5300 V8||315 hp (235 kW) @ 5200 RPM||338 lb⋅ft (458 N⋅m) @ 4400 RPM|
|2010–2013||315 hp (235 kW) @ 5300 RPM||335 lb⋅ft (454 N⋅m) @ 4400 RPM|
|2007–2008||6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8||367 hp (274 kW) @ 5500 RPM||375 lb⋅ft (508 N⋅m) @ 4300 RPM|
|2009||367 hp (274 kW) @ 5600 RPM||375 lb⋅ft (508 N⋅m) @ 4300 RPM|
|2009–2013||6.2 L Vortec 6200 V8||403 hp (301 kW) @ 5700 RPM||417 lb⋅ft (565 N⋅m) @ 4300 RPM|
|2500HD/3500HD||2007–2008||6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8||353 hp (263 kW) @ 5400 RPM||373 lb⋅ft (506 N⋅m) @ 4400 RPM|
|2009-2014||360 hp (268 kW) @ 5400 RPM||380 lb⋅ft (515 N⋅m) @ 4200 RPM|
|2007-2010||6.6 L Duramax V8||365 hp (272 kW) @ 3200 RPM||660 lb⋅ft (895 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
|2011–2014||397 hp (296 kW) @ 3000 RPM||765 lb⋅ft (1,037 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
|Silverado XFE||2009||6.0 L Vortec 6000 V8||332 hp (248 kW) @ 5100 RPM||367 lb⋅ft (498 N⋅m) @ 4100 RPM|
Production location switch
- Frontal Driver:
- Frontal Passenger:
- Side Driver:
- Side Rear Passenger:
The IIHS gave the Silverado a "Good" score in their frontal crash test, however 2007-09 models equipped with or without optional side curtain airbags received a "Poor" rating in the side impact test. For 2010 models the side structure was strengthened, side torso air bags were added, and side airbags became standard, with the upgrades the IIHS side impact overall rating improved to "Acceptable", while the overall side structure rating is improved from "Poor" to "Acceptable". The crew cab variant of the 2011-13 Silverado is also rated "Marginal" in the IIHS roof strength test.
Third generation Silverado / Fourth generation Sierra (2014–2018)
|Assembly||GM Fort Wayne Assembly, Indiana|
GM Flint Truck Assembly, Michigan
GM Oshawa Truck Assembly, Ontario
Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Designer||Kevin O'Donnell (2010)|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||LV3 EcoTec3 4.3 L V6 285 hp (213 kW) |
L83 EcoTec3 5.3 L V8 355 hp (265 kW)
L8B EcoTec3 5.3 L V8 355 hp (265 kW)
L86 EcoTec3 6.2 L V8 420 hp (313 kW)
L5P Duramax 6.6 L V8 445 hp (332 kW)
|Transmission||6-speed 6L80 automatic |
8-speed 8L90 automatic
|Wheelbase||Regular 6'6": 119 in (3,023 mm) |
Regular 8': 133 in (3,378 mm)
Double 6'6" & Crew 5'5": 143.5 in (3,645 mm)
Crew 6'6": 153 in (3,886 mm)
Crew 8': 167 in (4,242 mm)
|Length||Regular 6'6": 205.6 in (5,222 mm) |
Regular 8': 224.4 in (5,700 mm)
Double & Crew 5'5": 230 in (5,842 mm)
Crew 6'6": 239.6 in (6,086 mm)
Crew 8': 258.3 in (6,561 mm)
|Width||80 in (2,032 mm)|
|Height||73.5 in (1,867 mm) – 74.2 in (1,885 mm)|
On December 13, 2012, the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, along with the related 2014 GMC Sierra were introduced in Detroit, Michigan, later making their public debut at the North American International Auto Show. GM dropped the 900 platform and changed to K2XX. The third generation Silverado 1500 has three gas engine options: 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6, 5.3 L EcoTec3 V8, or 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8. Chevrolet's MyLink touch-screen multimedia interface system will be available on most models. It will have A2DP stereo streaming technologies, Bluetooth hands-free telephone, USB hookups, and an input for an Apple iPod or iPhone. When connected via the USB port, an iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus will be able to stream music from Pandora Radio. A Bose premium audio system, as well as a Bose surround sound audio system will be available on most models. OnStar will be standard on all models.
Underneath, the Silverado rides on a fully boxed high-strength steel frame with hydroforming technology; truck cab's frame is built with high strength steel as well. The third generation Silverado uses aluminum on the hood, for the engine block and for the control arms in order to save mass. The truck's bed is made of roll-formed steel instead of stamped steel used by other manufacturers in order to save weight and gain strength. The third generation Silverado introduced the upmarket High Country edition which includes saddle brown leather interior, which is Chevrolet's first entry into the luxury market. A revised front end features styling cues from the 1980s-era Chevrolet C-Series Trucks, and, on Z-71 models, a Z-71 badge was added to the front grille. The first production Silverado completed assembly on April 29, 2013. The Silverado 1500 went on sale in May 2013 as a 2014 model, with the Silverado HD Series being available in early 2014 for the 2015 model year. On January 10, 2014, a recall was issued for 370,000 Silverado and Sierra pickups due to a fire risk.
The American model version of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500/2500HD/3500HD and the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country was introduced to the Philippines market by Chevrolet Motorama Show late November 2014 as a MY2015, along with the MY2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2015 Chevrolet Impala, 2015 Chevrolet Express Van, 2015 Chevrolet Trax and 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.
For 2018, this generation of Silverado was officially exported to Australia and converted to the right-hand-drive and Australian Design Rules (ADR) by General Motors Australian subsidiary, Holden Special Vehicles (HSV). In the past, several independent specialists imported and converted Silverado and GMC Sierra for Australian and right-hand-drive markets. The 2500HD and 3500HD were fitted with 6.6-litre Duramax diesel V8, the sole engine choice for Australia. No 1500 version was offered.
For the 2015 model year, the 6.2L Ecotec3 was paired with the new 8-speed 8L90 transmission, offering a wider ratio spread with more closely spaced gears, quicker shifts, and improved acceleration and fuel economy. The Silverado 2500/3500 HD models continue to use the 6.0L L96 flex fuel capable Vortec engine combined with the 6l90e transmission, installed with engine oil and transmission fluid coolers for hauling/towing applications.
The GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD were the first "heavy-duty" trucks to offer an Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), and a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) available together as part of the available Driver Assist Package. The Driver Assist Package was standard equipment on the GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD Denali, and optional on most other Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD models. Other new options for the Silverado and Sierra 2500HD/3500HD models included an eight-inch, full-color, reconfigurable LCD Driver Information Center (DIC) screen (for Sierra 2500HD/3500HD Denali models only), a 110-Volt AC household-style power outlet, up to six available USB ports, an available eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a power-sliding rear window with integrated defroster
In midyear 2015, Chevrolet and GMC made enhancements to the all-new Silverado 2500HD/3500HD and Sierra 2500HD/3500HD. Some of these enhancements included a new OnStar telematics system with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities, new wheel designs, new exterior paint color options, new exterior tow mirror designs, a USB port added the glove compartment of trucks equipped with a front bench seat, DURALIFE brake rotors, the availability of dual 150 and 220 amp alternators for models equipped with the 6.6L Duramax Turbodiesel V8 engine, an off-road information screen added to the instrument cluster of 4X4 models equipped with the Z/71 or All-Terrain Packages (the latter is a GMC-only option), a Bi-Fi Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) option for models equipped with the 6.0L Vortec gasoline V8 engine, a new All-Terrain Package available on SLE and SLT Double Cab and Crew Cab models (for GMC models only), a standard heavy-duty locking rear axle for all models, and the removal of HD Radio from the "up-level" IO5 and IO6 infotainment systems. A Regular Production Option (RPO) Code of "AVF" in the upper glove compartment distinguishes early-build 2015 models from their 2015.5 successors.
For 2015, Chevrolet introduced Special Edition for the Silverado truck series. They are in the following series of Rally Edition 1 and 2, Midnight Edition, Custom Sport Edition, Custom Sport Plus Edition, Black Out Edition, and Texas Edition.
For 2016, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 received its first mid-cycle refresh. The refreshed Silverado and Sierra received a new grille, new headlights and new front fascia, with design influences from the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, as well as all-new LED tail lights on the 2016 Silverado LTZ and High Country, 2016 GMC Sierra SLT and Denali trim levels while the 2016 Chevy Silverado LT trim levels and below still have the pre-facelifted incandescent taillights along with the 2016 GMC Sierra SLE trim levels and below. Silverado 1500 LTZ and High Country, as well as Sierra 1500 SLT and Denali models equipped with LED headlights, can be optioned with the Intellibeam high-beam assist system. On October 1, 2015, HD Radio was added to the Silverado, Sierra, and their HD level models. The Silverado/Silverado HD will add HD Radio to their 8-inch MyLink system as a standard on the LT and LTZ trims, while the Sierra/Sierra HD will include the feature in its IntelliLink system as a standard on all its trims. 2016 Silverado and Sierra models optioned with the 8-inch touch screen feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Trucks ordered with bucket seats and center console now feature a wireless charging pad on the console lid. New color options for the Silverado include: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat (1500 only), Autumn Bronze Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat and Red Hot. Sierra's new colors include: White Frost Tricoat (1500 only), Mahogany Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat and Cardinal Red.
For the 2017 model year, Silverado and Sierra HD models equipped with the 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 (L5P) received a new front hood with air intake vents. Gasoline-powered models now have a capless fuel fill. Sierra HD now features standard HID headlamps on all trim levels. New colors include Graphite Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic (Chevrolet) or Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic (GMC). Jet Black/Medium Ash Gray interior trim is added for Silverado High Country. Low-Speed Mitigation Braking is added to the Driver Alert Package for both Silverado and Sierra.
All Silverado and Sierra models receive slight changes to their MyLink (Chevrolet) and IntelliLink (GMC) infotainment systems. The interior backlighting on GMC Sierras changes from red to blue. 2017 Silverado and Sierra Double and Crew Cabs also get a few new safety features, including GM's Rear Seat Reminder, and Teen Driver Mode.
eAssist Mild Hybrid
Starting in 2016, GM offered an eAssist mild hybrid version of the 5.3L V8 engine in the Silverado LT and Sierra SLT, but only in the state of California. The engine came with an 8-speed automatic transmission and has the same horsepower and torque as the regular 5.3 V8. For 2017, it was also available in Hawaii, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. For 2018, it became available nationwide and was also offered in the Silverado LTZ.
In late 2014, Chevrolet released the 2015 Silverado SSV (Special Service Vehicle) to complement its lineup of law enforcement vehicles. The SSV Silverado is available in 1500 Crew Cab form with either the short (5.5') or standard (6.5') cargo box. The 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 is the only engine option, and the truck is based on WT trim. It features beefier brake rotors, upgraded oil coolers, high output alternator, auxiliary battery and an upfitter friendly interior.
In 2016, GMC introduced the Sierra All Terrain X, which is equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine with performance exhaust, bumping output up from 355 to 365 horsepower. On the exterior, the Sierra All Terrain X features black 18 inch rims fitted with larger 265/65R18SL Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires, black bed-mounted sport bar, LED off-road lights, and blacked-out accents.
After introducing the Sierra 1500 All Terrain X full-size pickup and the Canyon All Terrain X small pickup, in 2017 GMC extended the same formula to its heavy-duty pickup family with the Sierra HD All Terrain X.
Available on four-wheel drive Sierra 2500 HD crew cab models in either Black Onyx or Summit White exterior colors, the Sierra HD All Terrain X package provides a unique, premium mix of specialized exterior trim and off-road special equipment, uniquely paired with GMC's high-level of refinement and technologies.
All Terrain X's customized appearance starts with a unique body-color grille surround, which flanks a distinctive grille insert that's unique to All Terrain. Body color door handles, front and rear bumpers, and bodyside moldings provide a distinctive monochromatic appearance, while black accents, including belt moldings, front bumper skid plate, and B-pillar accents, enhance its bold attitude.
Sierra HD All Terrain X models also include unique eighteen-inch black-painted aluminum wheels – fitted with rugged LT275/65R18 Goodyear Duratrac MT-rated tires – along with four-inch black sport side steps, black heated and power-folding trailering mirrors with integrated turn signals and LED guidance lamps, a spray-on bedliner, and a distinctive black bed-mounted sport bar, which is designed to support available GMC Accessories LED off-road driving lamps.
Inside, the 2017 Sierra 2500 HD All Terrain X also features GMC IntelliLink with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, Teen Driver, remote-locking tailgate, remote starting system, Rear Vision Camera, adjustable pedals, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats and wireless mobile device charging.
Sierra HD All Terrain X's strong, bold appearance is matched by equally strong engineering underneath its surface. A 6.0-liter gasoline engine is standard, but the all-new, next-generation 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel turbo-diesel V-8 is also available. More powerful and refined than ever before, this latest Duramax Diesel delivers 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque – providing plenty of power to trailer with confidence.
For added confidence off-road, the Sierra HD All Terrain X also includes the Z71 off-road suspension package, which adds front underbody and transfer case skid plates, twin-tube Rancho shocks, hill descent control, and off-road information graphics in the Driver Information Center. An Eaton automatically locking rear differential (4.10:1) is also standard equipment.
For that year, Chevrolet has added and dropped some of the Special Editions for the Silverado truck series. They are in the following series of Rally Edition 1 and 2, Midnight HD Edition, Midnight Edition, Custom Sport HD Edition, Realtree Edition, Custom Sport HD Edition, Midnight Edition, and Special Ops Edition.
There were several addition to this year's Special Editions for the Silverado series shown in boldface. They are the following series of Midnight, Midnight HD, Rally 1, Rally 2, High Desert, Custom Sport HD, Realtree, Special Ops, Alaskan (Available on HD series only), Redline and Black Out. The remaining Special Edition listed in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado brochure were All Star Edition and Texas Edition.
New for 2017 was the High Desert option package. This package brought a new innovative lockable storage system into the bed of the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab model. The system includes a three-piece hard tonneau cover, dual lockable storage bins on each side of the truck bed, and a removable bed divider to keep items separate and from moving around the truck bed while the vehicle is in motion. Avalanche-like plastic fairings were also added to the rear of the cab. The High Desert package was available on both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive LT, LTZ, and High country trim levels. It was not available on LTZ models with the Z71 off-road package. LT models with the High Desert package receive the same LED taillamps as the LTZ, and High Country trims. Magnetic Ride Control is optional on High Country High Desert.
Chevrolet introduced the Centennial Edition Chevrolet Silverado for 2018. Available only on Crew Cab Short Box LTZ Z71 configuration, the Centennial Edition added Centennial Blue Metallic paint, 22-inch painted-aluminum wheels with chrome inserts and special 100-years Chevrolet Bowtie emblems. In addition to the Centennial Edition, the remaining Silverado Special Editions were virtually unchanged from the last year model.
2019 Silverado LD
Chevrolet continued production of the third-generation Silverado 1500 for 2019, which was sold alongside the all-new, fourth-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Renamed the Chevrolet Silverado LD ("LD" for Light Duty), production of the previous-generation truck moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Oshawa Car Assembly, Ontario, Canada. Only available in a Double Cab/Standard Box configuration, the Silverado LD ended production in December 2019.
The first-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was sold alongside the second-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for the 2007 model year as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic, and 2500 and 3500 versions of the truck were also sold alongside their successors, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500. GMC also offered versions of their Sierra trucks as the Sierra Classic for 2007 as well, and will do the same for 2019, offering the predecessor generation model as the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited.
|1500||2014–2018||4.3 L LV3 GM EcoTec3 4300 V6||285 hp (213 kW) @ 5300 RPM||305 lb⋅ft (414 N⋅m) @ 3900 RPM|
|2014–2019||5.3 L L83 GM EcoTec3 5300 V8||355 hp (265 kW) @ 5600 RPM||383 lb⋅ft (519 N⋅m) @ 4100 RPM|
|2016–2018||5.3 L L8B GM EcoTec3 5300 V8 (eAssist)||355 hp (265 kW) @ 5600 RPM||383 lb⋅ft (519 N⋅m) @ 4100 RPM|
|2014–2018||6.2 L L86 GM EcoTec3 6200 V8||420 hp (313 kW) @ 5600 RPM||460 lb⋅ft (624 N⋅m) @ 4100 RPM|
|2500HD/3500HD||2015-2019||6.0 L L96 Vortec 6000 V8||360 hp (268 kW) @ 5400 RPM||380 lb⋅ft (515 N⋅m) @ 4400 RPM|
|2015-2016||6.6 L LML Duramax V8||397 hp (296 kW) @ 3200 RPM||765 lb⋅ft (1,037 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
|2017–2019||6.6 L L5P Duramax V8||445 hp (332 kW) @ 2800 RPM||910 lb⋅ft (1,234 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
Fourth generation Silverado / Fifth generation Sierra (2019–present)
|Type||Full-size pickup truck|
|Also called||GMC Sierra|
Chevrolet Cheyenne (Mexico)
HSV Chevrolet Silverado (Australia)
GMSV Chevrolet Silverado (Australia)
|Production||2018–present (1500) 2019–present (2500 and 3500)|
|Model years||2019–present (1500) 2020–present (2500 & 3500)|
|Assembly||GM Fort Wayne Assembly, Indiana|
GM Flint Truck Assembly, Michigan
Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||L3B 2.7 L Turbocharged I4 |
LV3 EcoTec3 4.3 L V6
L8B EcoTec3 5.3 L V8
L82 EcoTec3 5.3 L V8
L87 EcoTec3 6.2 L V8
LM2 Duramax Diesel 3.0 L I6
|Transmission||8-speed 8L90 automatic|
10-speed Hydra-Matic 10L80 MF6 automatic
|Curb weight||Silverado 1500|
On December 16, 2017, Chevrolet unveiled the all-new, fourth-generation 2019 Silverado 1500 at its Chevy Truck Centennial Celebration Weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The reveal of the all-new Silverado was not expected until early 2018. For its debut, the Silverado 1500 was airlifted via helicopter onto a stage, where it was introduced to a crowd of Chevrolet truck owners and enthusiasts, as well as to the automotive press. Chevrolet NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr also spoke at the event. In addition to the reveal of the 2019 Silverado 1500, multiple Chevrolet trucks of different generations were on display as well.
The model shown at the reveal was the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss, which is a factory-modified version of the Silverado 1500 LT Z71. Distinguishing features of the Trail Boss from other Silverado 1500 trim levels are its gloss black front fascia, black rear step bumper, black Chevrolet "bow-tie" emblems on the front grille and rear tailgate, gloss black-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, large off-road tires, altered suspension, "Trail Boss" decals on the sides of the pickup box, front bumper-mounted center fog lamps, "Z71" emblems on each front fender, and red-painted front tow hooks.
The formal unveiling of the Silverado 1500 took place at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on January 13, 2018, exactly 100 years after Chevrolet delivered its first trucks to customers on January 13, 1918. The model was unveiled as a Silverado LT Trail Boss 4X4 model.
Silverado 1500 has been launched in Australia for the first time for 2020 model year. Holden Special Vehicles (to be renamed as General Motors Specialty Vehicles for 2021) has started the conversion to right-hand-drive and Australian Design Rules. The 6.2-L V8 engine is the sole engine choice at the launch.
The Silverado 1500 will be available in eight distinct trim levels: WT, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country. Two more Silverado trims were exhibited at SEMA 2018 with the High Country and LTZ. They include the RST Off Road and RST Street which will be added into the Silverado trim lineup.
All trim levels include a next-generation touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming via A2DP, power windows and door locks (on Double and Crew Cab models), air conditioning, and a rearview backup camera system. Additional features available on select trim levels include GPS navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Travel Link, OnStar with 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, a Bose premium audio system with seven speakers, keyless access and push-button start, a remote starter system, heated and ventilated luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-assist technologies, a multi-angle camera system, and heated rear seats.
For 2020, the Rally and Midnight Special Editions return after being absent for the 2019 model year. Rally Edition is available on Silverado Custom and RST trims. The package features black Rally Stripes on the hood and tailgate, black CHEVROLET tailgate lettering, and black assist steps. The Midnight Edition features Bucket Seats with Console, special headlamp bezels, black dual exhaust tips, and black assist steps. The Midnight Edition is only available on the LT Trail Boss trim level.
In January 2020, Chevrolet and Realtree announced the 2021 Silverado 1500 Realtree Edition. This is the second-time Chevrolet and Realtree have teamed up to produce a special edition Silverado truck, having done so for 2016. The 2021 model is based on a Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Custom Trail Boss, adding 20-inch black wheels and Realtree camouflage graphics inside and out.
The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (and its twin, the GMC Sierra 1500) offers a choice of six different engine options, dependent upon trim level. The base engine on lower trim levels is the 285-horsepower, 4.3L EcoTec3 FlexFuel-Capable V6 gasoline engine. Standard on mid-level trims is an all-new, 310-horsepower, 2.7L Turbocharged Inline Four Cylinder (I4) gasoline engine that is the smallest engine available on a half-ton pickup, and features cylinder deactivation for improved fuel economy. Optional on most trim levels is the 355-horsepower, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine, which is optionally FlexFuel-Capable, and features either a carryover Active Fuel Management (AFM) system, or a brand new Dynamic Fuel Management system (DFM), which now can shut off up to 6 of 8 cylinders. The availability of either AFM or DFM is dependent on trim level, with WT and Custom trucks available with AFM, and LT and above trucks standard with DFM. Optional on upper-level trims is a 420-horsepower, 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine with Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM). An all-new, 277-horsepower 3.0L Turbocharged I6 Diesel engine is also slated to become available in mid-2019, although availability of this engine has been delayed due to EPA certification. All engines are paired to either a 6-speed, 8-speed, or 10-speed automatic transmission, with a choice of either two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive (4X4 is standard equipment on Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trims, and optional on all other Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 models). For 2020, availability of both the 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine and the 10-speed automatic transmission will expand to most Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 trim levels.
According to EPA ratings, rear drive 2019 Silverado models with the 2.7-liter turbo-four engine can achieve 20/23 mpg city/highway.
|1500||2019-||4.3 L LV3 GM EcoTec3 4300 V6||285 hp (213 kW) @ 5300 RPM||305 lb⋅ft (414 N⋅m) @ 3900 RPM|
|2019-||2.7 L L3B Turbocharged I4||310 hp (231 kW) @ 5600 RPM||348 lb⋅ft (472 N⋅m) @ 1500 RPM|
|2020-||3.0 L LM2 Duramax I6||277 hp (207 kW) @ 3750 RPM||460 lb⋅ft (624 N⋅m) @ 1500 RPM|
|2019-||5.3 L L82 GM EcoTec3 5300 V8||355 hp (265 kW) @ 5600 RPM||383 lb⋅ft (519 N⋅m) @ 4100 RPM|
|2019-||5.3 L L84 GM Ecotec3 5300 w/DFM V8||355 hp (265 kW) @ 5600 RPM||383 lb⋅ft (519 N⋅m) @ 4100 RPM|
|2019-||6.2 L L87 GM EcoTec3 6200 w/DFM V8||420 hp (313 kW) @ 5600 RPM||460 lb⋅ft (624 N⋅m) @ 4100 RPM|
|2500HD/3500HD||2020-||6.6 L L8T V8||401 hp (299 kW) @ 5200 RPM||464 lb⋅ft (629 N⋅m) @ 4000 RPM|
|2020-||6.6 L L5P Duramax V8||445 hp (332 kW) @ 2800 RPM||910 lb⋅ft (1,234 N⋅m) @ 1600 RPM|
Standard features include a next-generation infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Waze mobile app can now be compatible in its infotainment system through the use of CarPlay.
A seven-inch infotainment system is standard on Chevrolet Silverado 1500 W/T, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss models, as well as the GMC Sierra 1500 Base (Sierra) model, while an eight-inch infotainment system is standard on the Silverado 1500 LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, and High Country models, as well as the Sierra 1500 SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. SiriusXM Satellite Radio, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, HD Radio, GPS navigation, SiriusXM Travel Link, and a multi-angle camera system are all available depending upon the trim level selected. For 2020, Silverado and Sierra models add SiriusXM 360L compatibility.
Payload and towing
Crew cab Silverado models increase in payload up to 14 percent, or 340 pounds.
Advanced, active safety features included in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado are:
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
- Front and Rear Park Assist
- Lane Keep Assist
- Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
- IntelliBeam headlamps, high-beam assist
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Surround Vision 360-degree Camera System
Chevrolet Silverado HD
Chevrolet released three all-new 2020 Silverado models, including the Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD, in 2019. Chevrolet debuted the truck at GM's Flint, Michigan plant on February 5, 2019. The trucks had made their arrival at the dealerships in the late summer of 2019.
Payload and Towing
The 2020 Silverado 3500 HD can tow up to 35,500 pounds (16,100 kg) in a regular cab dual rear wheel configuration with the Duramax 6.6L L5P turbodiesel V8 engine.
The fifth-generation GMC Sierra was unveiled in Detroit on March 1, 2018. The Sierra 1500 will differentiate itself from its Chevrolet Silverado 1500 counterpart by offering unique features, such as a two-piece tailgate, a pickup bed constructed from carbon fiber, a 3" x 7" multi-color Heads-Up Display, a rear-view mirror backup camera system, and a luxury Denali trim level. The Sierra 1500 will also feature its own distinct exterior styling, though interior styling will be similar to that of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
There are six functions of GMC Sierra's Multi-Pro Tailgate including a primary tailgate load stop for large items. Its inner tailgate can be a load stopper, a full-width step, and a work area by dropping down the load stop or provide easy access to the bed just by folding down the inner tailgate.
Powertrains include improved versions of the current 5.3L and 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engines, as well as the same 3.0L Duramax Turbocharged Diesel I6 engine that will also be available in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. An all-new, ten-speed automatic transmission will come as standard equipment on gasoline-powered Sierra 1500 models. Availability of the previous 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 gasoline engine was not announced at launch.
All trim levels include a next-generation touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless audio streaming via A2DP, power windows and door locks (on Double and Crew Cab models), air conditioning, and a rear view backup camera system. Additional features available on select trim levels include GPS navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Travel Link, OnStar with 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, a Bose premium audio system with seven speakers, keyless access and push-button start, a remote starter system, heated and ventilated luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-assist technologies, a multi-angle camera system, and heated rear seats.
The 2019 GMC Sierra went on sale in September 2018 as an early 2019 model year vehicle at GMC dealerships nationwide.
Initially unavailable at launch, the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 regular cab configuration went on sale in early 2019. Only available with an 8 ft (2.4 m) pickup box, with a choice of two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive and the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 or 5.3L V8 gasoline engines, the regular cab is exclusively available in W/T trim (1WT) for Silverado 1500, or Sierra (1SA) trim for Sierra 1500. The regular cab option is unavailable in other trim levels in the United States and Canada, as these trucks will appeal mainly towards fleet and commercial buyers. Regular cab models with a 6.5 ft (2.0 m) bed and in higher trim levels are produced, but are only available for sale in Mexico and the Middle East.
Standard features include a black front grille, black front and rear bumpers, 17" steel wheels, manual windows and door locks, manual black side mirrors, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with rearview backup camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, vinyl seating surfaces, a split front bench seat, vinyl flooring, and air conditioning. Options include the Chrome Appearance Group (17" aluminum-alloy wheels and chrome front and rear bumpers), OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi capabilities, cloth seating surfaces, carpeted flooring with floor mats, and the Power Equipment Group (power windows and door locks, keyless entry, power black side mirrors, and cruise control).
The 2020 Silverado sees deletion of the Oakwood Metallic exterior paint color. Major additions are new vertical trailering mirrors, which include power adjustability, as well as power-folding and power-extension capabilities. Adaptive Cruise control is optional on the LTZ and High Country trim levels, and SiriusXM 360L capability is available on LT and higher trims. Silverado 1500s lose the keyless access buttons on the rear doors.
The Sierra sees a new Carbon Black Metallic paint color in addition to the above-mentioned Silverado updates.
2020 is the final model year for Double Cab 1500 models in LTZ, SLT, and AT4 trims.
For 2021, the Silverado and Sierra pickups saw relatively few changes. Most notably, the Silverado 1500 offers the newly named Multiflex six-position tailgate, borrowed from the GMC Sierra. Other changes include wireless CarPlay and Android Auto projection capability. 2.7L 4 cylinder and 3.0L Duramax diesel equipped Silverados and Sierras see increased tow ratings, and new towing technology, including a jack-knife alert and trailer length indicator, are also new additions. Several color and trim changes were also made. Havana Brown Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat are replaced by Oxford Brown Metallic and Cherry Red Tintcoat, respectively. Mosaic Black Metallic is a new addition to the color palette.
Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking safety options are now available on the WT and Custom trim levels as part of the Safety Confidence Package.
2021 Sierras get a host of color changes, in addition to the above mentioned Silverado upgrades. Deep Mahogany Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat, and Carbon Black Metallic are replaced with Brownstone Metallic, Cayenne Red Tintcoat, and Ebony Twilight Metallic, respectively. Smokey Quartz Metallic is a deletion, and Hunter Metallic is a new paint color. Crew Cab Standard Box Sierra 1500 models are now only available in four-wheel-drive.
Silverado and Sierra 3500HD dually models see an increase in max-towing capacity to 36,000 lbs, a class-leading number.
In April 2021, GM President Mark Reuss announced Chevrolet would be building an electric variant of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck at the Factory ZERO complex in Detroit. The vehicle will have a targeted range of 400 miles. The vehicle is expected to arrive for the 2023 model year.
Medium duty version (4500HD, 5500HD, 6500HD and International CV)
Chevrolet introduced a medium-duty version of its Silverado, the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD, which replaced the discontinued Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick medium-duty trucks. The truck was unveiled at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana in March 2018, joining the Chevrolet 4500HD/XD and 5500HD/XD cabover trucks. It competes against the Ford Super Duty F-450 and F-550 and Ram 4500 and 5500. Chevrolet also plans to make the vehicles available for sale at least 160 selected dealerships, including the 240 that specialize in fleet and commercial truck sales.
GMC does not offer an equivalent, citing a lack of support for GMC to expand back into a medium duty market while making a push towards a premium market with their current lineup. The move leaves Chevrolet as the only brand in the GM truck division to have medium-duty vehicles in this segment.
All 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD Silverados come standard with Allison 1000 Series and 2000 Series fully automatic transmissions. The truck is powered by a 350 horsepower (260 kW) variant of the Duramax 6.6L V8 diesel.
The medium-duty Silverado is a joint venture between GM and Navistar International. It is built at Navistar's Springfield, Ohio plant. Navistar has also introduced their own version, the International CV.
|Manufacturer||General Motors, AM General|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door SUV |
|Platform||GM GMT880 platform|
|Engine||6.6 L Duramax V8|
|Transmission||4-speed 4L80-E automatic|
5-speed Allison 1000 automatic
|Width||79.9 in (2.03 m)|
|Height||74.5 in (1.89 m)|
When production of the CUCV II ended in 2000, GM redesigned it to coincide with civilian truck offerings. The CUCV nomenclature was changed to Light Service Support Vehicle (LSSV) in 2001. In 2005, LSSV production switched to AM General, a unit of MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings. The LSSV is a GM-built Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, Chevrolet Tahoe, or Chevrolet Suburban that is powered by a Duramax 6.6 liter turbo diesel engine. The various Silverados, Tahoes, and Suburbans that are used provide numerous platforms for different kinds of vehicles. As GM has redesigned its civilian trucks and SUVs from 2001–present, LSSVs have also been updated cosmetically.
The Militarization of standard GM trucks/SUVs to become LSSVs includes exterior changes such as CARC paint (Forest Green, Desert Sand, or 3-color Camouflage), blackout lights, military bumpers, a brush guard, a NATO slave receptacle/NATO trailer receptacle, a pintle hook and tow shackles. The electrical system is changed to the 24/12 volt military standard. The dashboard has additional controls and dataplates. The truck also can be equipped with weapon supports in the cab, cargo tie down hooks, folding troop seats, pioneer tools, winches, and other military accessories.
The Enhanced Mobility Package (EMP) option adds enhanced suspension, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, a locking differential, on/off-road beadlock tires, a tire pressure monitoring system and other upgrades. About 2,000 LSSV units were sold to U.S. and international military and law enforcement organizations.
- Cargo/Troop Carrier Pickup (2-door, Extended Cab, or 4-door Silverado)
- Cargo/Command Vehicle (4-door Tahoe)
- Cargo/Trooprier/Command Vehicle/Ambulance (4-door Suburban)
|ZH2 Chevrolet Silverado|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door pickup|
|Engine||GM Hydrotec Fuel Cell Electric|
General Motors relaunched GM Defense division in 2018 offering the ZH2 Silverado, an advanced technology Chevrolet Silverado with a hydrogen powered fuel cell and a heavy duty truck architecture modified for next generation military vehicle needs. There is also a ZH2 Chevrolet Colorado military version.
- 1999 - Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year
- 2001 - Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year (Heavy Duty Model)
- 2001 - Car and Driver magazine's Best Pickup Truck
- 2002 - Car and Driver magazine's Best Pickup Truck
- 2003 - Car and Driver magazine's Best Pickup Truck
- 2005 - J.D. Power 2005 most dependable heavy-duty full-size pickup (2002 Silverado 2500HD)
- 2007 - North American Truck of the Year
- 2007 - Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year
- 2007 - ICOTY International Truck of the Year
- 2007 - Truckin' magazine's Truck of the Year
- 2011 - Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year (2011 Silverado HD)
- 2015 - Most dependable heavy-duty full-size pickup by J.D. Power (2012 Silverado HD)
- 2017 - Kelley Blue Book's KBB 5-YEAR COST TO OWN (FULL-SIZE PICKUP) (2017 Silverado 1500 Regular Cab)
- 2017 - Kelley Blue Book's 2017 KBB BEST RESALE VALUE: FULL-SIZE PICKUP (2017 Silverado 1500)
- 2018 - J.D. Power Most dependable full-size light-duty pickup (2015 Silverado 1500)
- 2018 - Kelley Blue Book's KBB.COM BEST RESALE VALUE: FULL-SIZE PICKUP (2018 Silverado HD)
- 2018 - NHTSA'S (National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration's) 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score
- 2018 - Finalist for 2018 SEMA Truck of the Year.
- 2018 - Motor Trend's Truck of the Year Finalist  (2019 model year)
- 2018 - iSeeCars Top 10 Vehicles With the Lowest Depreciation (2013 Silverado 1500)
- 2018 - North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year finalist (including GMC Sierra) 
- 2018 - PickupTrucks.com One-Ton Heavy-Duty Challenge (2018 Silverado 3500HD High Country Duramax)
- 2018 - Ward's Best Engine Award (6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8)
- 2020 - Cars.com Best Pickup Truck of 2020 (2020 Silverado HD)
- 2013 - J.D. Power Most dependable large pickup (2010 Sierra 2500HD)
- 2014 - Consumer Guide Best Buy Award (Sierra 1500)
- 2014 - Ward's 10 Best Interiors (2014 Sierra 1500 Denali)
- 2015 - Cars.com Ultimate One-Ton Challenge Winner (2015 Sierra 3500HD Dually Duramax Diesel)
- 2015 - Most dependable full-size light-duty pickup by J.D. Power (2012 Sierra 1500)
- 2018 - Pickuptrucks.com Best Half-Ton Truck (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab SLT) 
- 2018 - VINCENTRIC BEST FLEET VALUE IN AMERICA 3/4-TON PICKUP (2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab 2WD)
- 2018 - iSeeCars Top 10 Vehicles With the Lowest Depreciation (2013 GMC Sierra 1500)
- 2019 - Canadian Truck King Challenge Winner (2019 Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-liter)
- 2020 - Ward's Best Engine Award (3.0-liter Inline-6 Duramax Diesel)
Chevrolet is represented in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series by the Silverado. As of the 2016 season, 19 full-time teams use the Silverado. Chevrolet has won the Truck Series Manufacturers Championship ten times since the series inception in 1995 and Chevrolet drivers have won the Drivers Championship a combined 12-times. The Silverado is also the title sponsor for the Chevrolet Silverado 250 Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The truck also won the Primm 300 off-road race in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
As of 2015, the Chevrolet Silverado is sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, and the Middle East (except Iran), and the GMC Sierra is sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East (except Israel and Iran). More recently, the Chevrolet Silverado now sold in Paraguay and Uruguay.
GM has also announced plans to introduce the Silverado, along with the smaller Colorado, to China.
Chevrolet started selling the Silverado in Oceania in 2018 via Holden Special Vehicles (a former subsidiary of GM's now-defunct Holden brand) but will retain the Chevrolet badge. The vehicles are sold Right Hand Drive versions for that region.
There is a small gray market for both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks in some parts of the world, mostly in Scandinavian countries and Germany.
Yearly American sales
|Calendar year||Chevrolet Silverado||GMC Sierra||Total|
Special use Silverados and Sierras
Spill response vehicle used after Hurricane Sandy, Staten Island, New York
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