Respect to the guys at Dubspeed Driven! Their camera man has finally got a chance to make a couple of good shots of the upcoming 2007 Chevrolet Silverado half-ton pickup truck. Designed to compete against current Dodge Ram 1500, the best-selling Ford F-150, as well as the Toyota Tundra, the truck offers a wide spectrum of gasoline-powered engines with different types of fuel-saving technologies, as well as the usual choice of cabins and cargo box lengths, and even advanced luxury options that come standard with the range-topping Silverado LTZ trim.
I must admit that, without camouflage, the truck looks absolutely stunning. While clearly designed as a work-horse, the vehicle will probably attract a lot of city-dwellers who will consider this truck as an alternative to a full-size SUV like, say, Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition or Toyota Sequoya.
It is clearly visible from the photos that the new Chevy Silverado will again feature stacked headlights and quite an interesting styling of the grille that gets blended with the front bumper thanks to a chromed (plastic?) patch on its upper part.
Initially planned to arrive in 2008, the new Silverado will likely debut this very autumn, with actual production starting as early as October this year.
According to initial information, the vehicle will be available with a wide choice of gasoline engines (still no diesel here) ranging from a relatively anemic 4.3-liter V6 (195 hp / 260 lb-ft) to a mighty 6.0-liter V8 featuring an aluminum cylinder block, variable valve timing and fuel-saving Active Fuel Management system.
The most powerful engine is rated for 367 hp and impressive 375 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a heavy-duty 9.5-inch rear axle, locking differential, 4.10 axle ratio, and heavy-duty cooling system, the engine is promised to feature class-leading towing capacity of 10,500 pounds (around 4763 kilos).
All engines will be mated to four-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmissions.
According to General Motors, the truck will be issued in three cab styles (regular, extended and crew-cab) and cargo box lengths: 5 foot 8 inches (approximately 173 cm, short), 6 foot 6 inches (approx. 198 cm, standard) and 8 foot (approx. 244 centimeters, long bed version.)
It is not yet clear what kind of interior appointments will be offered, since the new Silverado will be released in a number of different trims, but we are promised that the top LTZ trim level will offer the same level of comfort features that are currently available with the 2006 Chevrolet Suburban LTZ, those including six-disc CD/MP3-capable audio with Bose speaker system and heated, 12-way power-adjustable leather seats and heated windshield washing system.
Update: As you can see on the pictures below, the vehicle’s interior (I believe, it is the aforementioned LTZ package) offers a very nice combination of materials that include quality leather, some wood inserts, as well as highly legibly gauges on the instruments cluster. While not really practical (you wouldn’t want to get into the cabin in dirty clothes), the interior looks quite handsome: you clearly wouldn’t expect such a level of a refinement from a work-horse.
When ready, the truck will compete against the 2007 Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra.
UPDATE: 2007 Chevrolet Silverado Crew-Cab production version pictures:
Photos: Dubspeed Driven, GM/Chevrolet
See also: 2006 Mazda BT-50 pickup truck