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If there’s a job you have in mind for your new pickup truck that the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 isn’t up to, you probably need to look at a Silverado HD instead. This is a full-size, light-duty truck that can be configured in every way you can possibly imagine, and probably more than a few you’ve never thought of too. There are no design or powertrain changes this year, but Chevy has been busy altering the specifications to give even greater flexibility for buyers to build the exact truck they need.
In come some new colors, new wheels designs and a lot of changes to what you can and can’t specify for certain trim levels for 2021, so here’s a quick look at some of the highlights of the Silverado 1500 for the 2021 model year.
The headline as far as trim levels are concerned is that there are eight different ones to choose between this year, but choosing a trim level is only the start of putting together your dream pickup truck. This year’s lineup kicks off with the entry-level and very appropriately named WT (Work Truck), and then we move onwards and upwards through Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, LT Trail Boss, RST and LTZ trims before the range concludes with the opulent High Country range-topper.
On top of those eight impressive trim levels, you also get to choose from three cabs, three different lengths of truck bed, no less than six different engines, and lots of exterior colors, interiors, options and packages that have been extensively updated this year to let you specify your new Silverado exactly the way you want it.
Although there are effectively six different engines available to go under the hood of the 2021 Silverado 1500, two of them are variations of the same 5.3-litre V-8. Even so, that’s a lot of choice and it guarantees you can get the engine that’s suitable for what you have in mind.
The first engine is a 4.3-litre V-6 putting out 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, which then goes to the rear or all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. At first glance, a four-cylinder might appear a little small for a truck of this stature, but don’t underestimate the second engine in the range just because it only has four cylinders. The 2.7-litre turbo-four produces a healthy 310 horsepower and 348 lb.-ft. of torque, and this time it comes mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s great for towing and also helps deliver some pretty decent fuel economy ratings.
Buyers even have a 3.0-litre turbodiesel available for the Silverado 1500, and this six-cylinder unit offers 277 horsepower and a mighty 460 lb.-ft. of torque that makes great use of a superb 10-speed automatic transmission. We then arrive at the serious business of gas V-8s, and the 5.3-litre engine comes in two different power ratings and is available with 6-, 8- and 10-speed automatic transmissions and a cylinder deactivation feature that aids efficiency.
If you want the most power on offer with the 2021 Silverado 1500, the mighty 6.2-litre V-8 certainly lives up to its top billing with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque that gets to the wheels through that fabulous 10-speed automatic.
Even if you don’t need the most powerful and capable Silverado 1500 in the range it’s still useful to know what this sensational pickup truck is capable of. The most the 2021 Silverado 1500 can tow is a massive 13,400 pounds when specified with the 6.2-litre V-8 and four-wheel-drive, and if you prefer the durability of the turbodiesel, those models are rated to tow up to as much as 9,300 pounds.
If hauling big loads in the bed is what you have in mind for your truck you’ll be pleased to learn that the maximum payload of the Silverado is very useful 2,250 pounds.
The fuel economy ratings between the six different powertrains are not as different as you might imagine. Turbodiesel models with that 10-speed automatic are the fuel economy champions with an 8.7 L/100km combined rating in rear-wheel-drive form, while the turbo-four under the hood is next best with a combined rating of 11.2 L/100km. As far as the V-8s and the standard V-6 are concerned, they all tend to return somewhere in the region of 13.8 L/100 km combined.
There are almost limitless ways you can configure and specify a new 2021 Chevrolet Silverado to suit any number of different tastes and needs, but the main thing to know is that the truck that’s perfect for you is ready and waiting for you in the Silverado 1500 family somewhere.
To find out which Silverado is right for you and to experience this awesome truck for yourself with a test drive, get in touch today or come right down to see us at Barber Motors conveniently located at 1 Government Rd, Weyburn, Saskatchewan
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