The new Silverado (redesigned GMT900 generation) earned the North American Truck of the Year award for 2007 and was Motor Trend magazine’s Truck of the Year for 2007. Like its predecessors, the new Silverado offers buyers a choice of two door regular cabs, four door extended cabs and four door crew cabs with the rear doors opening in the same direction as the front doors.
The Generation III small block V8 engines offered in the GMT 800 trucks will be replaced in the GMT 900 series by the Generation IV small block V8 engine family, featuring upgrades such as increased power and Active Fuel Management on the 5.3 L and 6.0 L V8s. A new high performance 6.2 liter V8 was introduced with the 2007 Cadillac Escalade and 2007 GMC Denali line, and is now available on the Silverado LTZ trim line. This addition now makes the Silverado/Sierra trucks the most powerful half-ton trucks available. After skipping the 2008 model year, with 2007 being the last for the GMT800 hybrid line, a two-mode hybrid model has been introduced in late 2008 as a 2009 model.
The majority of the GMT 900 trucks continue to be equipped with the four speed transmission that was found on the GMT 800 platform. A more modern 6L80 6-speed transmission is standard equipment on the GMC Sierra Denali and the similar 6L90 is standard in all Heavy Duty models. As production capacity is established, 6-speed transmissions are expected to replace 4-speed transmissions on most truck models in coming years.
There are two dash options offered in the new Silverado and Sierra. A luxury-inspired dash that closely mimics the dash in their GMT900 SUVs, and a “pickup” dash that is more upright to make way for a passenger seat in place of a center console.
Silverado LT/LTZ models underwent a subtle facelift for 2010, including LED headlamps, revised door trim, and shinier chrome on the grille; all Sierra models were left unchanged.
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