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NEW WHEELS On the business end of the truck, GM is making it a little easier to get in and out of the bed with a new indented step built into the corners of the rear bumper. Large enough for a work boot and with a handhold in the plastic sill liner above it, getting in and out is going to be a whole lot easier. Also new are raised tie-downs, up high on the bed walls, and available LED lighting under the sill lip that will make securing a load at night that much easier. A key criticism of the current Chevy and GMC pickups is their interior. Having seen the new ones, I can say, Hallelujah! They’ve fixed it. Not just tinkered with it – fixed it. The new instrument panel has six gauges, a 4.2-inch display screen dead-centre, and a large 8-inch touch screen to the right in what they now call “Pods.” This is a grouping of switches and controls all for individual systems all in the same place – or in a pod. The controls look smart, are easy to read and appear logically placed. They are all large now, easily operated with gloves on. Materials are new, softer and emphasized with more stitching and trim (like real aluminum). Storage is convenient and plentiful. Also, I noted that the rear doors on crew cabs are larger, and the rear doors on extended cab models are now hinged at the front. No more suicide doors. The first drive of the 2014 Silverado will come in late spring; that’s when we should get all the engine and weight stats as well. I’ll be there to test it and report back.

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