Chevrolet released details of the 2012 Silverado pickup truck, highlighting improvements in appearance, comfort and connectivity.
Still trying hard to be as good as Ford F-150, the new Silverado boasts tweaked styling, upgraded equipments, and a new Sport Truck package.
The new stuff in brief include new front-end designs with a chrome mesh grille, available heated/cooled seats (LTZ models) and a special White Diamond Edition enhance appearance and comfort, and a new navigation radio delivers on connectivity. It offers an updated screen and integrated hard drive that eliminates the need for discs with map data. Chevrolet Silverado also offers segment-exclusive OnStar and SiriusXM satellite radio, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity – and a dealer-installed Wi-Fi system.
Four new exterior colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Carbon Flash Metallic, and Graystone have been added. Two new interior color combinations are available: Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500s (with the exception of hybrid version) now feature Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist as part of the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, to complement ts V8 power.
A lineup of powerful small-block V-8 engines and six-speed automatic transmissions complement the strong chassis by enabling a maximum payload capacity of 1,937 pounds (879 kg) on the 2WD crew cab (with the Max Trailering Package). Speaking of the engines, Chevrolet Silverado XFE incorporates improved aerodynamics, a 5.3L/six-speed automatic powertrain, and other enhancements to deliver an EPA-estimated 22 mpg on the highway, which is great for a car of this type.
To celebrate the 45th Anniversary, Chevrolet is reintroducing the Custom Sport Truck package with updated content for today’s buyers. The package includes:
- Vortec 5.3L V8 engine
- 6-Speed automatic transmission
- Heavy-duty trailering package
- Automatic locking rear differential
- Heated power-adjustable, manual-folding outside mirrors with chrome caps
- 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
- Bodyside moldings with chrome accents
- Chrome door handles
- EZ-Lift locking tailgate
- Power driver seat
- Steering wheel controls
- Bluetooth phone connectivity
- Audio system with USB port
- Dual zone automatic climate control
- Fog lamps