2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Overview


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Much like its 2010 line-up, the not much change has been made with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model this coming 2011. General Motors goes on making this big pickup truck available in the usual body styles.

The different body styles of the Silverado 1500 are summed up into (1) regular-, (2) extended, and (3) crew-cab body. There will be lots of similarities between this model and that of the GMC Sierra 1500.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Overview

Those models with the extended cabs body style still have their rear hinged doors. These are designed to not open regardless of what’s going on in the front.

In terms of seating capacity, the models with the regular cab body style can seat up to three people. On the other hand, those with the extended and crew-cab body styles have seating capacities of six.  Also available are beds at different lengths, specifically those at 5.8 ft., 6.6 ft., and 8.2 ft.

The engine will be determined based on the configuration of the model’s cab as well as its bed. There are four different engine types for the Silverado line-up, namely: (1) the V6 with 195 hp, (2) the 4.8 liter V8 with 302 hp, (3) the 5.3 liter V8 with 315 hp, (4) and the 6.2 liter V8 with 403 hp.

You can use E85 – a type of fuel that’s blended with ethanol – all the V8 engines mentioned above. The V8 engine with 5.3 liters specifically has General Motor’s cylinder deactivation called the Active Fuel Management.

Silverados that are equipped with the 4.8 V8 and V6 engines function together with an automatic 4 speed transmission, while those with V8 engines of either the 5.3 or 6.2 liters have standardized automatic 6 speed transmissions.

Also standard for all models is the rear wheel drive system.

There are two types of four wheel drive systems that are available. These are the Autotrac by General Motor’s and the part-time setup. Only the Autotrac is designed to be able to stay engaged on dry pavements. Both, however, are suited for off-roading, thanks to their low-range gears.

Also available is a package called the Xtra Fuel Economy or XFE for short. This is a variation that’s offered on Silverado models with the rear drive system and V8 engines with 5.3 liters. It comes with a particular set of tires and wheels as well as some aerodynamic and mechanical designs intended to make the vehicle more economical with fuel. It has a max towing capacity of 10,700 lbs.

There is also the Hybrid version of Chevy’s 2011 Silverado 1500. It runs on both a V8 engine with 6.0 liters and an electric motor. Both power sources can be used together, which would produce a total of 332 hp. You don’t need plug-in charging anymore. Transmission is a CVT. Towing capacity for this model is up to 6,100 lbs.

As for safety features, the Silverado has front-side and curtain-side airbags, traction control, ABS, and antiskid system. Additional features include a remote engine start, navigation system, and a wireless cell-phone link.

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