2014 Chevrolet Silverado | new car review

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 by

Quick Review

GoodGood Quieter cabin, stronger engines
BadBadNearly as expensive as a premium pickup truck
SpecsSpecs4.3 L V6 = 285 hp and 413 Nm of torque. 5.3 L V8 = 355 hp and 519 Nm of torque.
PricePriceAED 150,000 to AED191,000
RatingEditors Rating Four Star

Gone are the days when pick-up trucks were used only by people who had large loads to tug around town. Over the years, they’ve transformed into nothing short of big, mighty fashion statements. Though they feel right at home in the city, flick a few switches, and they’re more than willing to get dirty off the beaten path; at least the Silverado is…

Looks

From the looks of it, designers at Chevrolet have spent the last year perfecting the ‘mean mug’. The result is a much more aggressive looking Silverado than ever before. The twin-port grille, full-width bumper and dual power dome hood create a strong presence which is carried through the sculpted body and broad fender flares. As for the rear end, corner steps integrated into the rear bumper along with handholds built into the box make accessing the box a lot easier.

 

Chevrolet Silverado exterior collage

Feels

Hop into the cabin and the Silverado feels a lot more solid than its predecessor, to say the least. This could be due to the new inlaid doors which fit into the side of the body resulting in a quieter cabin. The upright instrument panel, six-gauge instrument cluster and multiple storage options are all likely to be loved by the typical trucker. Additionally, rear doors on crew cabs have been made larger while rear doors on double cab models are now hinged at the front for easier access, especially in tight spots.

Chevrolet Silverado Interior

Engineering

Standard on all 2014 Silverado’s is StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist. Once you start climbing the spec ladder, features such as Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat, a large 8” touch screen connected to Chevrolet’s MyLink platform and front and rear parking assist are all available.

What’s on offer?

The 2014 is offered in seven trim levels ranging from a Work Truck (WT) to the new premium level, High Country. In terms of engines, the Silverado has two on offer. A 4.3 litre V6 certified at 285 horsepower and 413 Nm of torque, and a 5.3 litre V8 certified at 355 horsepower and 519 Nm of torque. Both engines feature direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and continuous variable valve timing.

Summing it…

With the 2014 Silverado setting new standards after towing up to 3,266 kg with a V6 engine and 5,216 kg with a V8 engine, it clearly isn’t weak hearted. With prices ranging from AED 150,000 to AED 191,000, the 2014 Silverado is a strong competitor in the pick-up segment.

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