During a phone conference earlier this week that elaborated a bit more on the recently released specs on the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, program chief engineer Jeff Luke noted that he and his team plan on bringing several updates to the new GM half-ton trucks within the window of their current life cycle.
This is significant, because as we can remember, the outgoing GMT900 half-ton trucks saw very little change since they launched in late 2006, visually or mechanically. For the all-new K2XX trucks, changes are expected to include, at the very least, the implementation of an eight-speed automatic transmission, which will help boost the gas mileage of the trucks. We may even see the introduction of a new engine or two.
All Luke would say was: “stay tuned.”
There’s some expectation that the new twin-turbo 3.6L V6 engine will eventually be offered, but from what we’re hearing, we’re not sure, especially considering how well the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 did in EPA mileage testing and towing, effectively beating what’s found in Ford’s EcoBoost V6 engine in both categories. Secondary speculation is that GM will eventually, finally offer a light-duty diesel engine in the new Silverado and Sierra 1500 trucks — a rival to what Ram will begin offering later this year. There’s also the idea of eAssist technology making its way into the trucks, something nobody else offers.
So, to those who seem to find the new Silverado or Sierra underwhelming in some way… stay tuned.