There can only be so many photos of cloaked 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup trucks parading outside the Milford Proving Grounds before the topic becomes redundant. Thankfully, Inside Line has gotten a hold of something that will expand our knowledge: the suspension system of the new trucks.
What we see in these K2XX trucks isn’t far from the current setup GM uses today on its full-sized trucks: a conventional double wishbone and a coil-over spring and shock assembly make up the front suspension. Additionally, we see a set of dual-piston front brake calipers, and beefier control arms.
Out back there’s… yup, those are leaf springs. Leaf springs and staggered shocks. The thought of “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” seems to be present here. And Ford will use the same setup on its all-new 2015 F-150. However, this means that the Ram 1500 will continue to be the only full-size truck with coil spring rear suspension and therefore the only full-sized truck with adjustable air suspension.
What is a pleasant surprise here, however, is the improved set of shocks on what has to be a Z71 off-road package truck. According to IL, the squared bottom of the shock body point to a monotube valving inside — which hints that GM is getting a bit more serious with its off-roading packages.