General Motors released horsepower and towing capacity data today (Sept. 10) for the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and luxury level High Country and along with the new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and the luxury 2014 Sierra Denali 1500 - revealing that GM is taking dead aim on leadership in the segment for both horsepower and towing.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High Country and the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500, available this fall, with a 6.2L V-8 will have an SAE-certified 420 horsepower (at 5600 rpm) and 460 lb-ft of torque (at 4100 rpm), the most power of any pickup engine and torque of any light duty pickup truck engine according to GM.
The 6.2L V-8 available for Silverado LTZ and High Country and Sierra SLT and Denali models also delivers class-leading maximum available trailering capacity of 12,000 pounds when properly equipped.
“Power and towing capacity are fundamental capabilities for full-size pickups,” said Jeff Luke, General Motors Executive Chief Engineer for full- and mid-size trucks. “The 2014 Silverado and Sierra deliver unmatched power and towing capability with a host of ingenious driver aids.”
The optional Max Trailering Package is available on 2WD and 4WD V-8 crew cab and double cab for both Chevrolet and GMC models and includes:
• Trailering package with seven-pin and four-pin connector
• Enhanced cooling
• Automatic locking rear differential
• Heavy-duty 9.75-inch rear axle with 3.73 ratio
• Increased-capacity rear leaf springs
• Revised shock tuning for increased control
• Integrated trailer brake controller.
In addition to the 6.2L V8, Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 will also offer a 4.3L V-6 SAE-certified at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque and a 5.3L V-8 certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
These Silverado and Sierra trucks equipped with the 4.3L V-6 will have available towing ratings of up to 7,600 pounds, the highest for any base V-6 in the segment says GM.
More importantly, Silverado and Sierra trucks equipped with the 5.3L V-8 and the max towing package, available later this year, will have towing ratings of up to 11,500 pounds when properly equipped.
All three engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) that seamlessly switches to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving. and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitor vehicles.
The EPA fuel economy estimates for the 6.2L V-8 will be finalized in the near future.
The 5.3L V-8, which has been finalized, has EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 23 mpg highway (2WD models).