With the introduction of refreshed 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, we are getting improvements to already good truck. At this point, details are still well hidden, but we were able to get a peek at what will come since few spy photos have leaked to the Internet. Images show facelifted truck that is still heavily camouflaged, but it is clearly in the test phase.
Being released back in 2012, the Silverado is not exactly the newest truck out there. In fact, it is not even the most advanced, that title being held by the all-aluminum F-150. However, despite the fact, it has its drawbacks, and it doesn’t have all the technology achievements of some of its competitors, the truck manages to be one of the better out there because it offers a good compromise between actual towing and carrying capacity and on-road manners and comfort. To keep its title and survive until the all-new model is released sometime in 2019, GM is going to release a mid-life facelift of their best-selling truck with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado model.
This will continue to use the same chassis and running gear as before, but we do expect some upgrades under the hood and inside the cabin as well as a new exterior look. The truck should be ready to be released at the next North American International Auto Show, and the market availability should start in the first quarter of 2017. The price will likely be kept similar to that of the current model in order to allow it to remain competitive. This means that a base model will not cost much over $27,000 while a fully equipped version of the truck will go far over $55,000.
Under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, we are expecting to find new as well as current engines. The base truck is supposed to drop its current 4.3 liter V6, which is one of the worse engines out there in terms of fuel economy. In its place, GM has the chance to install two different units, meaning that the Silverado will either get a 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 with up to 330 horsepower and over 280 lb-ft of torque or a more impressive 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 offering anything between 300 and 400 horsepower and up to 400 lb-ft of torque. They may even offer both engines on the Silverado with the naturally aspirated unit being used to replace the old V6 while the 3.0-liter unit used to replace the aging 5.3 liter V8.
The top of the range model, on the other hand, will very likely stick with its current 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8, an engine which is still very capable to this day. However, this time, around we may see the same unit that can be found in the Escalade, which makes 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. All models will come with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic as standard while the four-wheel drive system will be an extra option.
Among the most interesting rumors regarding this truck is the story about diesel unit. Reports are not clear which option could be employed here, and one of the sources suggest that 3.0-liter V6 diesel with about 240 hp could come. Another rumor talked about larger 5.0 liter V8 with about 300 to 350 hp. It is clear that these are only rumors and that something like this might not happen so we need to take this with great reserve and wait a little bit longer to see what will come from GM factory.
The actual exterior of the truck should remain pretty similar to the ongoing model, especially now when it had just been updated a few months ago. Changes are likely going to include new wheel designs as well as a new design for its tailgate while the turbocharged versions of the truck may see the addition of a new intake in the bumper, similar to what Ford has been doing for their EcoBoost cars.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado Spy Photos
Images of test truck hardly show anything, but it is clear that most changes are related to the front segment of this vehicle plus a decent amount of upgrades to the back part. New hood in combination with redesigned front fender improves aerodynamics while most parts come made of aluminum which is a significant jump over the previous version. Horizontal and more modern headlamps are coming instead of previously offered stacked ones and on top of that we have slimmer but wider turn signals located right under main light units. At the back, it is even harder to speculate since images do not reveal much like at the front thankfully stronger camouflage. What we can see is that tail lamps have a different shape, it is possible that some trims if not all will get LED tech for these units.
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado should feature quite a few improvements over the ongoing model. Firstly, the truck will likely come with GM’s newest infotainment and navigation unit. Also, with the new version the dashboard as well as the design of the seats will be updated in order to create a more comfortable and easier to use cabin than before. The materials, at least on the higher end models, will certainly improve passengers will get the chance to enjoy a truly comfortable ride that will be more similar to that of a sedan rather than a truck.