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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Overview
Need a full-size light-duty pickup for household toting chores, minor construction work or semi-simple landscaping projects? Check out the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. This venerable hauler received a hefty redesign for the 2014 model year but returns still offering the 3-passenger Regular Cab, along with the 6-seat Double Cab and Crew Cab formats. As well, the choice of three bed lengths, a 6.6-foot standard-length bed, an 8-foot long bed and a 5.8-foot short bed that comes only on Crew Cab variants also returns for 2015. Double Cab and Crew Cab versions, of course, remain featuring 4 independently opening doors, with Crew Cab trims also sporting a comfortingly massive cabin with plenty of elbow room.
One notable improvement for the 2015 Silverado 1500 stable is the addition of an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission in those trims flaunting the available 6.2-liter V8 powerplant. Further tweaks slated for the upcoming model year include a new Rally Edition Package, some upgrades to various techno-goodies and the possibility of a V8 diesel engine. There are also rumors of a revision in the trim-level listing for 2015, but as of now the lineup continues with the base and basic Work Truck (WT), the marginally up-featured 2WT, the more civilized LT, the quasi-plush LTZ and the truly posh High Country, which took over the top trim-level slot in 2014.
Rest assured, however, that all iterations of this popular workhorse will return toting standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), with part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) remaining a viable option for those whose work or play involves muddy mountain paths or snow-covered highways.
Once again, base power for lower trim levels of the Silverado 1500 variants is a 4.3-liter Flex Fuel (FFV) V6 that combines with the traditional 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission to put out 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Look for mileage estimates of 18 mpg city/24 highway in standard RWD garb and 17/22 from the 4WD-toting tableau. Towing, meantime, is maxed out at 7,200 pounds with one of a trio of optional towing packages installed.
Next up is the ubiquitous 5.3-liter FFV V8 that comes standard in the LTZ and High Country. Again mated with the 6-speed shiftable automatic, this midsize motor pumps out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, with mileage estimated at 16/23 in RWD-equipped versions and 16/22 with 4WD. Towing capabilities with this capable V8, meantime, are touted to top 11,000 pounds.
As mentioned, perhaps the biggest news regarding the 2015 Silverado 1500 is in the transmission offering for the direct-injected (DI) EcoTec3 6.2-liter V8 monster that’s available to the Crew-Cab-only High Country trim level. Said new 8-speed shiftable automatic will manage 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque at as-yet unavailable but doubtless more bank-balance-friendly mileage estimates. Max trailer-towing capacity for this over-the-top V8 is touted (by Chevy) to be some 12,000 pounds with the proper equipment.
As for standard exterior adornments, look for this half-ton Chevy pickup to feature, depending on the trim-level selected, 17-, 18- or 20-inch steel or alloy wheels, a step bumper, an E-Z lift/lower tailgate and various amounts of chrome exterior trim pieces. The off-road-ready Z71-designated sub-levels (LT Z71 and LTZ Z71), additionally, should come back with skid plates, beefed-up shock absorbers, hill descent control and heavy-duty cooling systems.
Inside, again depending on the trim level, look for such accoutrements as vinyl, cloth or leather upholstery, manual air conditioning or dual-zone auto climate control, heated power-adjustable front seats, memory for driver's settings, full power accessories and telescoping tilt-wheel steering. Higher trim levels, meanwhile, pack such extra standard bling as an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start and a power-sliding rear window.
Entertainment, by the way, ranges from a 4-speaker AM/FM stereo setup in the WT trim level to a 7-speaker Bose premium system flaunting a single-CD player, satellite radio and a memory-card slot. LT and higher trims each get upgraded-for-2015 MyLink for available WiFi-interfaced smartphone apps, as well as Bluetooth interfaced OnStar Directions and Connections services and voice-control functionality.
Options, meantime, run the gamut from increasingly heavy-duty rear axle ratios to rear-seat DVD entertainment, GPS navigation to a power sunroof and package deals like the expected-for-2015 Rally Edition, as well as returnees like the Texas Edition, the All-Star Edition and the Custom Sport Edition. Said Edition packages should again boast various combinations of the above options complemented by upgraded wheels and added exterior chrome, along with unique badges and appliqués.
Finally, standard safety equipment aboard the 2015 Silverado lineup is expected to again include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front (and in 4-door versions, rear) head airbags. Daytime running lights are also expected to return in all trim levels, as is a post-collision safety system. Look for the LT and higher trim levels to also carry standard OnStar emergency assistance services, with the LTZ and High Country adding standard front fog/driving lights and a remote antitheft alarm. Oh, and the High Country additionally sports standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors. Optional safety equipment available to higher trim levels, by the way, includes the touted Driver Alert Package mustering lane-departure warnings, a forward-collision alert, a safety-alert driver’s seat, and front and rear parking sensors.
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