Performance, safety and fuel efficiency of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 have been immensely enhanced by the usage of high-strength but lightweight steel, just like sportsmen build muscle’s strength and burn fat to improve their performance and be more competitive.
The fully boxed frames and cabs of the Silverado and Sierra have been made of highest quality steel, which has delivered a lighter weight to produce an amazing fuel economy of up to 23 MPG on highway.
On top of that, these vehicles possess exceptional towing potential of up to 12,000 pounds, which is achieved through 6.2L V-8. If equipped with the 4.3L V-6, the Silverados and Sierras can still tow more than 7500 pounds, with a fuel economy of approximately 24 MPG.
Jeff Luke, the executive chief engineer of Silverado and Sierra, claims that the company has achieved a brilliant fuel economy without having to compromise on performance and capability. Luke revealed that his team enhanced the efficiency and capability by using lightweight materials like aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel on different parts of the trucks.
High-strength steel makes up about two third of the trucks’ cab structures, which include: roof rails, A-pillars, B-pillars, underbody and rocker panels. As compared to mild steel, high-strength steel is immensely powerful.
Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration modified its New Car Assessment Program in 2011, the Silverado and Sierra have become the first pickup trucks to get an Overall Vehicle Score of five-star, which is the maximum.