The most coveted position in automotive North America is being the king of kings in the pick-up truck market. It is a position that Ford has been enjoying for many years. So, does General Motors’s new redesigned Chevrolet Silverado have what it takes to unseat Ford’s F-150 series? We certainly labored to find out. Our test unit was this Cajun Red LTZ 4×4 crew model with jet black interior. Chevrolet effectively matches every model that Ford has and keeps the rest of the competition like RAM, Nissan and Toyota at bay.
Instead of using a comparable twin-turbo V6 or a sophisticated V8, Chevrolet chose to shoehorn its fairly straightforward big displacement ohv pushrod two-valve-head 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 shared with the Camaro and Corvette but tuned it for truck duty. Despite the re-tuning to maximize fuel efficiency, aided further with cylinder-deactivation, the Chevy’s V8 makes it the current speed demon in the segment, out-gunning and out-accelerating every competitor with a V8 by the smallest of margins, and yes that includes the Ford F-150 with its Mustang-sharing powerplant. The Silverado not only looks very purposeful but amazingly modern, with handling and ride comfort at its smoothest ever.
Finally making its way to a Chevrolet too is the, co-designed with Ford, 10-speed gearbox used with the mighty 6.2-liter V8 but managed by a traditional column-shifter. It is initially annoying but I understand the strategy to liberate more interior space as well as focus on work duty, but I still prefer the setup in the Ford. The new cabin is better than before but not better than its competition.
The lighter by almost 100 pounds Chevy feels a touch more agile and eager compared to the Ford but doesn’t feel as planted. In fact, if there are imperfections on the road, you will feel them more in the Chevy. I blame the optional Z71 off-road suspension package for the ride degradation. Like in most new models from Chevrolet, the standard list of tech and user-comfort equipment is high from the multi-angle cameras to full-LED lighting. But the most noteworthy upgrade is the tri-fold hard tonneau bed cover which makes storage management so much more secure and convenient. The new Chevrolet Silverado is still the most traditional full-size pickup in the market and it is definitely still a great workhorse but alas it still doesn’t have the complete packaging and performance to unseat the Ford at this time.
|Engine||V8, 6162 cc, ohv 16V, Direct Injection, 10-speed AT|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||420 bhp @ 5600 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm|
|Top Speed||170 km/h (106 mph) Governed|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||5.8 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||16 mpg City / 20 mpg Highway|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||US$ 58,630.00|
|What's Great||Updated but still rooted with tradition, handsome, refined full-size truck, rear exhaust treatment.|
|What's Not So||May never be sold officially to the Philippines, perhaps remained too traditional.|