If you just bought a new 2014 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra, you may want to sit down before reading on.
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups are without question very good trucks. Only thing is, the upcoming redesigned Ford F-150 is going to be a lot better. How so? Weight, and much less of it to the tune of around 700 lbs. We previously reported on how the new 2015 Ford F-150 is going to be a lightweight aluminum masterpiece, but what about GM’s highly capable competitors? Well, in light of the next F-150’s trim figure, GM has realized it’s got a problem on its hands.
The bottom line is this: the new F-150 is already a better truck (in terms of fuel efficiency, at least) than the now on sale 2014 Silverado/Sierra, and it hasn't even offically been revealed yet. GM is fully aware of this and realized it "didn’t go far enough in terms of weight reduction and powertrain improvements" when developing its new full-size trucks. Compared to the previous-gen Silverado, the new model weighs 250 to 400 lbs. less. Now it’s time to call in Jenny Craig and find ways to cut weight as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thing is, the next major GM full-size truck redesign isn’t due until 2019.
Clearly the automaker can’t afford to wait that long to play catch up, so it’s now planning a series of rolling changes over the next few years that will see its trucks gain more lightweight materials like aluminum and other composites. For anyone who has a sparkling new 2014 Silverado or Sierra pickup in their driveway, don’t be mad at yourself for buying it: be annoyed with GM for not keeping up with the competition as well as it should have been.