The all-new Chevy Silverado is here. Completely redesigned, the new Silverado is built on a stiffer chassis. Also very important, the 2007 Silverado features an all-new interior that can be outfitted for work or pleasure.
The new Silverado is designed to continue its reputation among owners as the ‘strongest, most dependable and longest lasting truck on the road.’
The new styling is bold yet still conservative when compared with the latest pickups from Dodge, Nissan, Toyota and Ford. While the sheet metal is all new, the main reason the new Silverado looks bolder is that it’s three inches wider in front and an inch wider in the rear than the outgoing generation. (The older-generation trucks will continue to be sold as the 2007 Silverado Classic. This review covers the new trucks.)
The new Silverado is, of course, available in a range of body styles with a wide variety of engines, drive trains and suspensions designed to meet every need.
We found the LTZ crew cab with the Z85 suspension offers a nice ride, soaking up vibration on gravel desert roads and offer sure-footed handling on winding paved mountain roads. The popular 5.3-liter V8 delivers good power for passing on two-lanes.
The Silverado WT and LT come with what Chevy calls the pure pickup truck interior while the LTZ features a more luxurious interior.
The pure pickup interior is more driver oriented, includes two glove boxes in the dashboard, one of them just about the right size to hold a pair of work gloves and a few small items, and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat with the center section of the seat back folding down to form a wide arm rest with lots of storage capacity. This interior also features larger switchgear controls and interior door handles designed to be easily manipulated even while wearing bulky work gloves.
The more luxury-oriented interior includes bucket seats with a permanent center console with 20 liters of storage capacity. The center stack also puts ventilation and audio controls within easy site and reach of the front seat passenger. This version has a single glove box in the dash.
Extended cabs feature stadium-style seating with an elevated view for those sitting in the second row. Both the extended cab and crew cab versions offer plenty of rear legroom. The rear seat bottoms can be easily be folded up to provide more room on the floor for cargo. Rear seats are split 60/40 so one side can be folded up for cargo while the other is used for seating.
Chevy says the interior of the new Sierra is 20 percent quieter than its predecessor, thanks to enhanced insulation materials, much like those used in the company’s sport utility vehicles, and to aerodynamic improvements that reduce wind noise.
We’ve driven two versions of the all-new 2007 Chevy Silverado on paved and gravel roads in the desert west and north of Phoenix. We drove an LTZ crew cab with the 5.3-liter V8, four-wheel drive, and the Z85 suspension. Later we got into the more upscale version of the LT with an extended cab and standard bed, same V8 engine and same Z85 suspension. The LTZ had the luxury-inspired interior while the LT had the pure pickup interior, though with optional bucket seats.
The suspension did a nice job of providing stability and also soaking up the rough surface of the gravel road, even in areas which featured a surface you might better call rocky than graveled. But it also was sure-footed and the V8 provided more than sufficient power on winding two-lane roads that climbed from the desert into the mountains.
The Silverado can be equipped for a towing capacity of as much as 10,500 pounds, and that’s for the light-duty version. The heavy-duty Silverado models will be coming to market early in calendar year 2007.
The Chevy Silverado is redesigned for 2007, featuring a new frame, new styling, new interiors, new suspension and a new anti-lock braking system. The new Silverado offers a nice ride and taut handling.
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