Chevrolet has just discretely unveiled a new mid-cycle refresh for their popular-selling Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck. The update includes some minor visual tweaks as well as some new equipment and a new special edition model.
Beginning with the visuals, the new Silverado receives a new front-end design, a new option for heated and cooled seats on the LTZ models and a special White Diamond Edition that takes the visual and comfort upgrades a tad bit further. Additionally, the infotainment system was updated to increase flexibility with wired and wireless connectivity.
“Silverado’s dependable V-8 performance, highly competitive fuel economy, and broad range of models continue to have a strong appeal to truck customers, and Silverado sales were up 7 percent through July of this year,” said Maria Rohrer, Chevrolet’s Truck marketing director. “The changes for 2012 enhance the rugged and capable Silverado with a fresh, updated design and available navigation radio and Wi-Fi systems that can make driving more convenient and enjoyable.”
For all Silverado 1500s except the hybrid, new Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist systems were added to the StabiliTrack electronic stability control system to aid in the towing of heavy objects. A spare tire lock and cruise control are now standard on all 1500s as well.
Additionally, four new colors are being offered: Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Carbon Flash Metallic, and Graystone. To add to the selection of interior colors, Dark Titanium/Light Titanium and Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere combinations are also new to the Silverado lineup.
Lastly, the White Diamond Edition is only available in LT or LTZ trim, which includes a special White Diamond Tricoat exterior color, chrome door handles and side-view mirrors and more. The LTZ version of the White Diamond Edition adds Chevy’s Z60 high-performance suspension package, 20-inch chrome wheels, touring tires, a chrome tow hook and exhaust tips.
– By: Chris Chin