2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will finally match Ford’s pickups

General Motor’s Silverado is probably the only line of pickups that stand in direct competition with Ford’s F-series. Decent fuel economy combined with high-end torque figures have always been the major USPs of this pickup. To continue its trend in sales and to out-do the likes of RAM and Nissan, GM is all set to roll out its new 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Expect it to come with all the existing features. A few design changes can be seen here and there. Plus, Chevrolet may either use a new platform or lighter materials to improve on its existing 24 mpg EPA mark.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – Engine Options

  • A twin turbo6-liter V6
  • GM’s EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8

The higher trims are likely to get the bigger version with a more muscular nose. Power figures for all trims are likely to change in the 400 HP mark. Torque figures will vary depending on the powertrain Silverado will carry.

The lowest trim is likely to come with a torque figure of around 380 lb-ft. General Motor claims that its 5.3-liter V8 can generate almost 765 lb-ft of maximum torque. If 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes with these powertrains, expect similar performance.

Payload and Towing capacity

Present pickups from Chevrolet sports the following figures based on trim levels:

  • Silverado 1500 boasts a payload capacity of 2,260 pounds and towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.
  • 2500HD comes with 3,534 pounds payload and 18,000 pounds towing ratings.
  • 3500HD takes the payload rating to 7,154 pounds and towing capacity to a whopping 23,200 pounds.
  • Range-topping Chassis Cab delivers a payload of 7,287 pounds and towing of a maximum of 31,100 pounds.

Ford promises almost 32,000 pounds of towing with its range-topping pickups. New Silverado may improve on these figures at least by 500 pounds to stay and match its most nearest competition.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 interior

Design Changes

Do not expect any stark changes here. However, the automaker may add a few refreshments to its 2018 Chevrolet Silverado to match present standards. 1500 should bear the more subdued look when compared to its bigger and muscular 2500HD or 3500HD. Chevrolet should retain its existing jewel-lined headlight structure along with its chrome grilles. Expected changes are:

  • Front bumpers – with redesigned air intakes with a bit more muscle.
  • Side profile – with more prominent wheel arches and a few body lines.
  • Roofline – that is if Chevy decides to provide more interior cabin space.

Bed structure is likely to remain the same as Silverado 2017. The pickups use high-strength steel to surpass Ford’s aluminium ones.

Technical features

Interiors of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 should remain the same. However, technical upgrades are highly likely. Both Ford and Nissan have taken the technical path to increase its sales and GM should incorporate and sell a few tech-specs as standard in its Silverado line-up.

Expect the regulars – a 360-degree camera, rear trailer sway control, parking assist and automatic temperature control. Safety specs should include radar-based cruise control, traction control, lane keep assists and collision mitigation. Blind spot monitoring and pedestrian detection may now come as standard in the higher Silverado trims.

Price

Expected price of the new GM’s pickup truck will start at $30,000 and will go up to almost $50,000.

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