To put it simply, today was a big day for General Motors. So much so that it seemed the rest of the automotive world stood still as much of the media at large was in attendance at the Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac to capture the live unveilings of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 CMC Sierra. We were also a part of the media scrum, and after hours of observing the vehicles up close, we’ve come up with a short list of the things we like.
1. Substantially Different Front Fascias
The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra can no longer be called identical twins. Fraternal, sure. But the faces of both of these models have been sculpted and honed to attract multiple demographics better than ever before. Personally we prefer the stacked looks of the new Sierra, but between the two, there’s no wrong answer.
2. The Extra Space
Hop into the cabin of the 2014 Silverado and Sierra and one of the first things you notice is the space. So much so that the vehicle almost encourages you to ride in it while wearing a 10-gallon hat. In the back seat. The crew cab is especially cavernous, being larger than ever before, and is now more accommodating to rear passengers as a result. There is also no lack of storage, with the center storage unit capable of fitting in a laptop or two, or even act as a file cabinet. Meanwhile, not one — but two — bottles will fit in the front door panel bins, along with several other little cubbies and nooks located throughout the interior to store just about anything. Kudos all around.
3. Extra Refinement And Technology
Those who have driven prototypes of the new Silverado and Sierra praise them for raising the bar on cabin silence, much thanks to improved aerodynamics. At the same time, GM promises the most capable set of trucks it’s ever released. There’s also abundant technology to be found here. Elements like the latest editions of Chevy MyLink and Buick/GMC IntelliLink, plus active safety features like GM’s safety alert seat. Even Wi-Fi is promised to make its way into these trucks. Brains, and brawn. What’s not to like?
4. Interior Layout
While we have different opinions on the interior color scheme, the layout seems to be fantastic. Big toggle switches at the bottom of the center stack control everything from adjustable pedals, to the rear parking sensors. We like. We also like the new steering wheel, easy-to-read gauge cluster, and swollen knobs and buttons embedded in the center stack (to make it easier for glove-wearers, apparently, but we’re not sure how well the touch screen works with said gloves.). Oh, and the bench seat can still be had in place of a fixed center storage unit, for those who like that sort of thing.
5. Truck Bed Innovations
The truck beds in the all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are more than just open metal boxes now. With LED lighting to make it easier to see the bed at night, steps embedded in the rear bumper for easier access, 500-pound rated tie-down hooks, and even a hydraulic lift gate that catches itself from slamming downward, the new trucks make it easier to work than ever before.
What do you like about the all-new trucks? Talk to us in the comments.