After a significant redesign for 2014, the Silverado 1500 returns, essentially unaltered for 2015. The Silverado 1500 is capable of towing up to 12,000 lbs. when properly equipped.
As in years past, the Silverado is available in several different configurations to suit every need. Whether in 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive form, in regular cab, double cab or crew cab, short box or long, there's a Silverado that fits.
Interiors include an upright instrument panel and 6-gauge cluster, along with several interior storage solutions. Chevrolet MyLink provides quick and easy connectivity through the latest voice recognition software, whether on the job or on the town. The 4.2-inch or 8-inch color touch screen provides Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, twin USB ports and an SD card slot. Cabins are stronger and quieter too, thanks to high-strength steel construction and shear-style body mounts to help tune out noise and vibration. Double cabs and crew cabs utilize hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs.
Beneath the cabin, the Silverado features electric power steering and a revised front and rear suspension with wider wheels, for better handling and a more comfortable ride. Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors greatly improve brake feel an increase brake life.
Buyers have a choice of three new all-aluminum "EcoTec3" engines to power their Silverado. Each features direct injection and variable valve timing, as well as Active Fuel Management cylinder de-activation, allowing the engines to run efficiently on just four cylinders when conditions allow. The base 4.3L V6 provides 285 hp and 305 ft-lb of torque. The 5.4L V8 produces 355 hp and 383 ft-lb of torque and the top of the line 6.2L V8 makes 420 hp and 460 ft-lb of torque. Silverados equipped with the V6 can tow up to 7,200 pounds, which is tops for any base V6 in the segment. When equipped with the 5.3L V8 and max towing package, Silverados can tow up to 12,000 pounds, which is best in class. All Silverado engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 2015 Silverado comes in seven distinct trim levels. Two work trucks include 1WT and 2WT, each with the 4.3L V6, disc brakes, a 40/20/40 front bench seat, power locks and windows, cruise control and a 6-speaker audio system. 2WT also includes chrome bumpers, remote keyless entry and MyLink. LT models will feature the 8-inch color touchscreen, EX-Lift tailgate, 17-inch aluminum wheels and trailering package. LTZ models also feature the larger touchscreen but add the 5.3L V8 standard, leather seating, dual-zone climate control, rear vision camera and 18-inch wheels. Z71 trim can be paired with either LT or LTZ models and comes with enhanced off-road capability through monotube shocks, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, fog lamps and a locking rear differential. Finally the Silverado High Country will hit showrooms later in the model year as a fully loaded truck.
The 2015 Chevy Silverado is available with segment-exclusive safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard on all Silverados.