The wait is almost over. Today, Chevrolet announced it would be pulling the wraps off its next-generation Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups at a special media event on December 13. This unveil, while not unusual for automakers to do, is scheduled before the trucks’ official debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in January. This first teaser shot (as seen above) is probably not the last one GM will leak out before the official unveil, so get ready.
After some clean detective work, from what we can tell, this teaser image is definitely, 100 percent, without doubt a headlight. So we now know the next-gen Silverado and Sierra will have headlights; glad we got that cleared up. It also appears that a grille will take up space next to the headlight, and rational deduction leads us to believe there’s another headlight that book-ends the other side of the grille. While we poke fun at these teaser shots, it is the first real look at what to expect on the trucks’ front ends, like the blocky headlight shape we’ve only seen before bordered by heavy black vinyl.
Chevy has been pretty tight-lipped about its next-gen full-size truck but we expect to see a small-block V-8 engine under the hood with the possibility of an aluminum block with direct-injection and cylinder deactivation as an option as well. A V-6 engine is also in the cards, but the jury is still out on just which configuration it will be. Early whispers point in the direction of an all-new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that is designed for high-output to combat Ford and its EcoBoost line.
We expect to see more from where this came from, so stay tuned as more teaser photos are released and be sure to check back for when GM decides to show the trucks off in full.