5. April 2013
Today is Opening Day in Detroit.
Which essentially means that a large portion of the autofieldblog audience is not going to be reading this or anything else besides the Tiger’s program today.
Still, in keeping with our theme here, we’d like to share a picture that was taken at Comerica Park earlier this week:
(Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet)
That, in case you can’t identify it, is a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado on the end of that crane. It is being lowered into the—what else?—Chevrolet Fountain at the ballpark.
Meanwhile, about 1.5 miles southeast of Comerica, at GM HQ in the Renaissance Center, they were announcing some smack-down information regarding the ’14 Silverado and its DNA-mate, the GMC Sierra.
Both vehicles are going to be made available with an all-new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8. And the EcoTec3 is going to provide an EPA-estimated 23 mpg for 2WD models and 22 mpg for 4x4 models. The engine provides 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm.
As regards that smackdown: Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for Silverado, said, “Customers get the proven power and dependability of a V8 truck engine, with better fuel economy than a leading competitor’s smaller turbocharged V6.”
And GM isn’t coy about the competitor in question: It’s Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Using information from the 2013 EPA Fuel Economy Guide, GM points out that the 2WD EcoBoost-powered F150 gets 22 mpg highway and the 4x4 version 21 mpg.
Meanwhile, the folks at GMC anticipate that based on Sierra buying patterns, three out of four purchasers of the 2014 are likely to opt for the 5.3-liter EcoTec3.