2014 Chevy Silverado and Sierra Officially Deliver Best Towing Capacity

If you need a heavy hauler, it looks like the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, High Country and the GMC Sierra, and Sierra Denali 1500 are officially the most powerful out of them all. They will be available this fall and if you want power and towing capacity, there is no better than the Silverado LTZ, High Country, Sierra SLT and Denali models with maximum available trailering capacities of 12,000 pounds – when properly equipped.

Jeff Luke, General Motors Executive Chief Engineer for full- and mid-size trucks, said, “Power and towing capacity are fundamental capabilities for full-size pickups. The 2014 Silverado and Sierra deliver unmatched power and towing capability with a host of ingenious driver aids.”

There are three engine options with these trucks and the most powerful choice out of these three is the 6.2 liter V8 that offers up 420 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque.  The 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 and BMC Sierra 1500 will also offer a 4.3 liter V6 that has 285 horsepower and 305 pound feet of torque and a 5.3 liter V8 that has 355 horsepower and 383 pound feet of torque.

Whichever engine you choose you will have direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing which is not found in any other vehicles in this class. While EPA estimates are not released yet, the engines have a compact overhead-valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce mass for additional energy savings.

For those interested in the maximum towing capacity, the optional Max Trailering Package is available on two wheel drive and four wheel drive V8 crew cab and double cab models. The package 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

Source General Motors

Author: Jon Rogers

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