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The all-new Chevy Silverado is here. Completely redesigned, the new Silverado is built on a stiffer chassis. Also very important, the 2007 Silverado features an all-new interior that can be outfitted for work or pleasure.
The new Silverado is designed to continue its reputation among owners as the "strongest, most dependable and longest lasting truck on the road."
The new styling is bold yet still conservative when compared with the latest pickups from Dodge, Nissan, Toyota and Ford. While the sheet metal is all new, the main reason the new Silverado looks bolder is that it's three inches wider in front and an inch wider in the rear than the outgoing generation. (The older-generation trucks will continue to be sold as the 2007 Silverado Classic. This review covers the new trucks.)
The new Silverado is, of course, available in a range of body styles with a wide variety of engines, drive trains and suspensions designed to meet every need.
We found the LTZ crew cab with the Z85 suspension offers a nice ride, soaking up vibration on gravel desert roads and offer sure-footed handling on winding paved mountain roads. The popular 5.3-liter V8 delivers good power for passing on two-lanes.
The 2007 Chevy Silverado may not have the aggressive styling of the Dodge Ram or Nissan Titan or even the Toyota Tundra or Ford F-150, but its upright design may be considered both bold and appealing to its faithful customers, and they buy hundreds of thousands of Silverados each year.
The new design gives the 2007 Chevy Silverado a taller and stronger appearance than the previous generation. Indeed, the new Silverado should look stronger because it's some three inches wider in front and an inch wider in the rear.
However, a more raked windshield (raked at 57 degrees) and careful aerodynamic and body-building engineering make the truck both quieter on the inside and more fuel efficient. GM boasts that the Silverado and GMC Sierra are the first full-size trucks to offer both 300 horsepower and 20 miles per gallon on the highway.
The large, gold Chevy bowtie badge is set against a wide, three-bar chrome grille. The grille is flanked by stacked headlamps sporting the latest reflector-optics. The front bumper incorporates rectangular fog lamps.
The hood has a wide power dome. Bulging front fenders wrap over the front wheels and incorporate the headlamps within their forward sweep. Likewise, the rear quarter panels are punctuated by large faired wheel wells.
The rear view of the truck features stacked tail lamps on either side of a tall tailgate that has a sculpted center section that mimics and inverts the shape of the fender flares.
Built on what General Motors calls its GMT900 platform, the Silverado shares much of its underpinnings with the Tahoe SUV, though the pickup truck gets a unique rear frame section that is 245 percent stiffer. Overall, compared to the former GMT800 truck, the frame is 234 percent stiffer torsionally, 62 percent more resistant to bending and 136 percent stiffer laterally. All of this allows such things as reducing the gap between the truck bed and passenger compartment and between fenders and bumpers. It also enhances aerodynamics and fuel efficiency and allows suspension components to provide improved ride and handling characteristics.
The front suspension has switched from torsion bars to coil-over shock absorbers and the rack-and-pinion steering gear is mounted to the engine cross member frame to provide enhanced control and feedback. The truck also has a new rear axle design with shocks absorbers mounted outboard and more upright for better dynamic control.
The Silverado WT and LT come with what Chevy calls the pure pickup truck interior while the LTZ features a more luxurious interior.
The pure pickup interior is more driver oriented, includes two glove boxes in the dashboard, one of them just about the right size to hold a pair of work gloves and a few small items, and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat with the center section of the seat back folding down to form a wide arm rest with lots of storage capacity. This interior also features larger switchgear controls and interior door handles designed to be easily manipulated even while wearing bulky work gloves.
The more luxury-oriented interior includes bucket seats with a permanent center console with 20 liters of storage capacity. The center stack also puts ventilation and audio controls within easy site and reach of the front seat passenger. This version has a single glove box in the dash.
Extended cabs feature stadium-style seating with an elevated view for those sitting in the second row. Both the extended cab and crew cab versions offer plenty of rear legroom. The rear seat bottoms can be easily be folded up to provide more room on the floor for cargo. Rear seats are split 60/40 so one side can be folded up for cargo while the other is used for seating.
Chevy says the interior of the new Sierra is 20 percent quieter than its predecessor, thanks to enhanced insulation materials, much like those used in the company's sport utility vehicles, and to aerodynamic improvements that reduce wind noise.
We've driven two versions of the all-new 2007 Chevy Silverado on paved and gravel roads in the desert west and north of Phoenix. We drove an LTZ crew cab with the 5.3-liter V8, four-wheel drive, and the Z85 suspension. Later we got into the more upscale version of the LT with an extended cab and standard bed, same V8 engine and same Z85 suspension. The LTZ had the luxury-inspired interior while the LT had the pure pickup interior, though with optional bucket seats.
The suspension did a nice job of providing stability and also soaking up the rough surface of the gravel road, even in areas which featured a surface you might better call rocky than graveled. But it also was sure-footed and the V8 provided more than sufficient power on winding two-lane roads that climbed from the desert into the mountains.
The Silverado can be equipped for a towing capacity of as much as 10,500 pounds, and that's for the light-duty version. The heavy-duty Silverado models will be coming to market early in calendar year 2007.
The Chevy Silverado is redesigned for 2007, featuring a new frame, new styling, new interiors, new suspension and a new anti-lock braking system. The new Silverado offers a nice ride and taut handling.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Larry Edsall drove the new Silverado on the desert roads north and west of Phoenix.
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2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500$39,888 | 73,455 mi
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 3500$28,985 | 58,760 mi
2005 Chevrolet Silverado 3500$28,985 | 80,314 mi
2004 Chevrolet Silverado 3500$31,484 | 46,841 mi
2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500$14,920 | 17,827 mi
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