2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup spy shot - front three-quarter view, disguised

Chevrolet is playing around with the buzz machine for its upcoming 2014 Silverado; showing off just one "spy shot" along with a short press release about the pickup, both on its own media website and on its Facebook page. That's cute and all, but while General Motors is trying to up its social media cred, hard-working spy photographers are bringing in a truckload of more detailed Silverado images.

Here we see the pickup with almost all of its heavy black camouflage removed, relative to the last time we spotted it, and in what seems to be close-to-production form. The 2014 model is, in all fairness, shaped an awful lot like the current truck. But, in a segment where form is very much based on function and where smaller details set models apart, that is to be expected.

Under the hood there could be a lot of change for the new Silverado, however. A fifth-generation small block V8 engine is said to be the primary powerplant, with an aluminum head, direct injection and cylinder deactivation all probable. Meanwhile, a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 could also be brewing as a direct answer for Ford and its EcoBoost F-150.

Have a closer look at the new Silverado in our gallery of images or scroll down to read Chevy's brief press release.
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Next Generation Silverado Undergoing Final Validation

DETROIT – GM engineers are conducting the final validation of the next generation Silverado light-duty pickups. In addition to torture testing, the team is paying attention to delivering a comfortable, well-balanced ride, which is being refined on a variety of track surfaces at GM's Milford Proving Ground. The new Silverado will start production in 2013.

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