• Jul 1, 2008
Look quickly, and you'll miss the changes, but GM's got some subtle exterior tweaks in store for its Heavy Duty trucks in 2010. Development doesn't stop even though the practice of using a pickup truck as a commuter car is no longer popular, so GM is plugging away at a new Silverado to avoid being passed up by its competitors.
Competition aside, there's also the issue of federal regulations to comply with, so changes were necessary no matter what. Most noticeably, the bumper changes, gaining a strip of trim that extends across the top, doing away with the overemphasized corner look of the current cow catcher. Looking more closely at the bumper, the air intake in the middle appears to have grown in size. That opening feeds the transmission cooler, so the speculation is that the Allison transmission has picked up extra ratios. Of course, it could just be bigger to gain an edge on thermal management underhood, but we're going to jump on the bandwagon of being excited for more cogs spun by the heavily revised 6.6-liter Duramax diesel with urea injection. That'd be just the thing to tow the Alero.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com, Photo: Priddy]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm tempted to say wrong time, but it's not. In fact, 2010 is the right time for GM to update one of its most important products. Updating it 2011 would be one year late, and 2010 shows GM's inclination to update models more frequently.

      Good for them.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      Glad to see despite the current sales slump GM will be poised for the recovering economy to spur home building thus truck sales and they'll be sitting there waiting with a fresh product for home builders and everyone else to buy.

      The wrong thing to do is to stop truck development because of a sales slump. You'll be left behind in the dust when sales pick back up if you do not continue development.
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        It's going to be a while 5-10 years before things return to normal and housing will never be what it was, but people still need houses and that need will have to be filled.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I gotta give you props for optimism but by the time the US housing market rebounds these trucks will be rusted out salvage yard fodder or the main attraction at some retro car show.

        You spot-on that they should always be prepared but if GM is counting on some super fantastic economic recovery to save them then they're already doomed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "That'd be just the thing to tow the Alero. "

      The Author is a fool disguised as a writer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Needs more lights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2010 marks the end of the GM-Isuzu JV that is Duramax. After that point GM will run on its own, continuing the Duramax brand. The power increases at the same time are no coincident.
      If the Scorpion V8 is coming in 2011, does that mean they will implement 2010 emissions on the 6.4 Navistar for 1 year? that doesn't sound very smart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh wow, they took the GMC Sierra HD bumper and stuck it on the Silverado HD. Big whoop. It does look better than the current bumper though. Now if they could only do something about those headlights...

      Why the heck are they working on refreshes of a truck (or any vehicle for that matter) that hasn't even been out for 2 years yet? And why weren't the federal regulations designed into the current new models in the first place? Unless these are very recent regulation changes?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought they just redesigned their HD trucks.

      On a different subject. Are the bodies on the new Chevys less durable than the old? I have been seeing a-lot of the new Chevys with big dents on their doors, more often than the old trucks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        While in the heart land of Texas I haven't seen a single truck with random dents like that, my only guess is that if that was an issue, must be since the doors are now slab-sided, and there's no real strength in the sheet metal from the shape (body lines). Think of the difference in sheet metal when it's plane, and when you've rolled a bead in it.