Chevrolet Silverado 1500: More than Just a Pickup Truck

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09 Oct 2013
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General Motors has gone ahead and changed the design and look of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for its 2013 model. The new look is bound to impress buyers and propel the sales of the pickup truck to new heights. Already it is the second-best selling pickup truck in the US and many people drive it like a car than use it as a truck. Therefore, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model is bound to give tough competition to the other pickup trucks in the market. With Toyota launching the Tundra and Ford’s F-Series pickup trucks leading the pack, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 might just end up beating it.

What’s New?

The 2013 model of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is bigger than its predecessors. The length and width of the vehicle have both been increased. The front suspension has been upgraded and has coil-over shock absorbers. A new fully boxed frame has also been added to the vehicle in addition to the rack and pinion steering system. This has improved the handling and steering of the Silverado 1500 to a large extent.

The stability of the pickup truck has also been enhanced with wider tracks, both in the front and the rear. The overall impact of the new features of the Silverado 1500 is that it can be driven more like a large car than a pickup truck. This may cause some problems for people familiar with the previous design of the truck, but they will get familiar with it soon enough.

Road-ability

As mentioned above, the steering, handling and stability of the pickup truck have improved significantly from the previous models. In addition, the brakes have also been upgraded. The pedal action is much smoother, so you don’t have to press hard on the brakes to bring the vehicle to a stop. Plus, the safety features include anti-lock brakes as well as anti-skidding and traction control. This makes the pickup truck much safer to drive than it was previously.

Options

There is no dearth of options when it comes to selecting a Silverado 1500 to buy. There are no less than 40 different versions you can choose from. Each one is priced differently, but prices start from $17,000 and go all the way up to $38,000. If you spend top dollar, you can get the LTZ Crew Cab version, which is the most expensive version of the 2013 Silverado 1500. It generates up to 315hp through its 5.3litre V8 engine. The pickup truck offers a four-wheel drive and four doors. None of the versions offer manual transmission. You have to make do with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Apart from enhancing the power generated by the engine and improving the road-ability and driving experience, Chevrolet has also upgraded the interiors of the car. There is a nice and comfortable feel to the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 regardless of the version you choose. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is more than just a pickup truck. No wonder many people use it as a car!