There are three ways we get footage and information about new vehicles before they’re ready for public consumption. The first two are traditionally the way we do it: Talk to someone behind the scenes in the industry, or get photos or information from privately contracted spy photographers. Yet a third way has emerged in recent years: the “spy” shot, actually supplied by manufacturers. The thinking, we assume, is if they can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
Thus, we have new spy footage of a heavily camouflaged 2014 Chevrolet Silverado undergoing durability testing, supplied by none other than Chevrolet.
Here’s what we know from Chevrolet: It’s a full-size pickup truck that’s going into production in 2013. And it happens to be undergoing its final testing in GM’s Yuma, Arizona, testing facility because, as you’re probably aware, Yuma is pretty warm this time of year. Chevrolet was even so kind as to send us video of it towing a trailer because, as we’re also sure you’re aware of, that’s just the sort of thing pickup trucks do.
Getting past that, and since that’s about all Chevrolet has told us, here’s what we do know about the new truck: The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is going to have a new direct-injected line of V-8 engines, and it will likely use the seemingly universal 3.6-liter V-6 engine instead of the venerable 4.3-liter V-6 that dates back in its current form to the Reagan Administration as a base engine. There’s a possibility Chevrolet could be looking at a turbocharged V-6 option, too, similar to Ford’s EcoBoost, because Ford is currently stealing everyone else’s lunch and eating it with no remorse when it comes to V-6 truck sales. And it’s collecting a handsome premium at the dealership for its products, something other automakers would love to mirror.
An eight-speed automatic transmission is on the table, but it will not be released at the vehicle’s launch. But the next-gen Silverado will likely have six-speed automatic transmissions across the board. It’s also likely to retain the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine from the currently Heavy Duty line of trucks.
And just to think, we learned all that from far less officially cited sources than the horse’s mouth. Expect to see the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado debut at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.