• May 21, 2006

The pending replacement of Chevrolet's full-size pickup for 2007 has been well-documented with a few million grainy spy shots, but this is the first time we can recall seeing the new-for-2008 Silverado HD out and about.  And while most of the KGP Photography captured mule is done up in industry-standard Hefty Bag school of camouflage, it's possible to divine a couple of things: With an 8' bed, it's a predictably lengthy son-of-a-gun. And two, under its hastily-assembled cover, it doesn't appear to look terribly different than the regular strength Silverado.

As Inside Line points out, arch nemesis Ford is planning on further differentiating their heavier duty variants of the F-Series platform, and the existing production versions are already far more visually distinct than their General Motors counterparts.

Which stylistic strategy do you find more appealing? Which will garner consumers' attention in the showroom showdown?  Make your predictions in 'Comments.'

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The standard trucks are wasteful. Payload capacity is tiny for such a big vehicle. The HD should be standard. Buyers who don't need to carry heavy load should buy a Colorado instead.

      Having said that, I do like the look of the Silverados...
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      My opinion: Ford has the right idea by using different styling with the F-150 and the Superduties. Just don't see how they can combine sales figures for them all just because they share an F in thier name. If GMC and Chevy would combine the Sierras and Silverados as the GMT900 pickups, they would be the sales leader. Yeah they are diferent brands, but all GMT900s which makes them as similar, or more so, than the F-150 and Superduties.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pete, the doors may be a little smaller, but the Feds will never allow GM to fold. In the past, they helped Chrysler, Harley-Davidson, major airlines, and other manufacturers. Now, I wouldn't want to hold a ton of GM stock, but fold? No, not going to happen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't care if the 3500 has the same design as the 1500. In fact, I wish there was no difference at all. I would love to be able to order a little shortbox regular cab 4x4 with a heavyduty suspension, duramax diesel, and the Allison transmission. But you can't. Further, the last few years of front-end treatments have been buttugly. From the pix it looks like they finally dumped the "slant eye" headlight treatment. SOOOO import looking! I havn't liked any styling in trucks from GM for years, so I'm really looking to replace my '98 GM with SOMEthing !
      Pete Klocki
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares what it looks like? If GM closes the doors after 2007 you won't be able to buy the parts necessary to keep it running anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The design changes are not really a tough oneto figure out. Taking off the plastic cloaking wrap you will find design cues from the new O7 Taho, Avalanche, and Surburban that are at the dealers now. The new Chevrolet pickup has got to be runaway success just based on the new Taho, Avalanche, and Surburban model design and engineering changes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a chevy man for sure, but I have to wonder if Chevy would attract more customers by making more distinction(as Ford does) between their light and heavy duty pickups. Variety is the spice of life, Right?