- Eight-speed automatic transmission now offered with 6.2-L V-8
- Completely redesigned last year
- Winner of 2014 North American Truck of the Year award
More pickup trucks are sold in the United States than any other vehicle segment and GM is vying for a large piece of that pie with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
The Silverado 1500 got a complete redesign last year which overhauled the full-size pickup and helped it garner a 2014 North American Truck of the Year award. But the Silverado 1500 doesn’t rest on its laurels for the new model year, adding a new eight-speed automatic transmission on 6.2-liter V-8 models, as well as new technology, including available Wi-Fi hotspot capability via a 4G LTE connection and OnStar.
The redesign changed the Silverado’s exterior styling completely, giving it a rugged, squared off look with a large rectangular front grille, flanked by squared off two-stack headlight clusters. The wheel arches continue this aesthetic and give the Silverado a unique look in profile. Three cab styles are offered (regular, double, and crew), with both short and long beds available as well. The rear bumper features convenient side cutouts which function as a step, providing easier access to the truck bed. A spray-in bedliner and LED bed lighting are optional.
Peeking under the hood, the Silverado 1500 has three engine options which were either all-new or reworked in the redesign. The base engine is a 285-hp, 4.3-liter V-6 that makes 305 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, as is the optional 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 383 pounds-feet of torque. As previously mentioned, the 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 (which makes 460 pounds-feet of torque) gets a new transmission for 2015, an eight-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is also available on all cab size and engine combinations.
Interior refinement took a big leap in the redesign, with upgrade materials and better fit and finish all around. The center console now has larger controls as well so they can be easily operated by gloved hands and the Silverado 1500 also features plenty of available technology which modernizes the cabin. Standard features include a USB port, power windows/locks, air conditioning, and cruise control. Also available are Bluetooth connectivity, Chevrolet’s MyLink multimedia system, a navigation system, noise cancellation, and HD radio.
The 2015 Silverado 1500’s cab is made of more high-strength steel which improves crash protection. Six airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and a tire pressure monitoring system come standard. GM’s OnStar safety suite is optional, as are a forward collision warning system and rearview camera.