If this is what GM has for us to check out as we prepare for 2014, we’ll be drooling from now on until we bite into some Thanksgiving turkey. The 2015 Silverado and Sierra Heavy Duty pickups have been revealed in Texas, home of the pickup truck, and now we’re all aching to see what kind of numbers they come up with.
Luckily, GM was nice enough to give us a least a few: 7,734, 19,600, and 6.0. That’s 7,734 pounds of payload capacity, arguably the “highest” yet of any comparable pickup; 19,600 pounds worth of trailering; and 6.0L in terms of engine size, a continuation of the successful Vortec line.
Taken from what we know then, the 2500 will make 360hp while the 3500 will make 322hp. Both trucks will turn the tires with 380 lb.-ft. of torque. And using the Flexfuel technology, drivers can choose between E85, regular gasoline, or compressed natural gas.
The days of a stick-driven pickup have eroded yet again, as an Allison six-speed automatic will be the standard served with these trucks, with no option for manual. 2007, we hardly knew ye!
Moving right along, the Sierra will be offered in the first quarter of 2014, and will include 2500HD and 3500HD models. The Denali package will make its return to furnish the Sierra with high-class trim and luxury for its users.
Both trucks will also receive some nice tools, such as the CornerStep rear bumper and EZ Lift and Lower tailgate. Other features will include the StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control for when things get slippery, integrated cruise control, auto grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking on diesel models.
Coming off as imposing and powerful, we’ll have to wait to see what these things can really do. Until such time, we can still admire the awesome looks of both the exterior and interior.