Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gains Gears, New Engine
General Motors has just released specs for the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The half-ton pickup receives a new optional 6-speed automatic transmission that can be paired with the legacy 5.3-liter and 6.0-liter V-8 engines and newly available 6.2-liter V-8.
The six-speed will initially be available only in crew cab models, but will migrate later this year to regular and extended cab Silverados. It will only be available with a 3.42 rear axle, prioritizing fuel economy over towing prowess.
The new 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at 403 horsepower and 417 pounds-feet of torque. Those power figures were previously restricted to the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Sierra Denali. The new engine will only be available with a 3.42 rear axle, and towing will be limited to 9,300 pounds. That's 900 pounds more than last year's GMC Sierra Denali, which also used a 3.42 rear axle.
The tow rating for two-wheel-drive, crew cab Silverados with the 6.0-liter V-8 and four-speed automatic has been increased to 10,600 pounds, up from 10,500 pounds. The maximum towing capacity for extended cabs is up 200 pounds, from 10,500 to 10,700.
Four-speed automatic transmissions will continue to be available with 3.23, 3.42, 3.73 and 4.10 final drive ratios.
Four-wheel-drive, crew cab Silverados with the 5.3-liter V-8 and new six-speed automatic are rated at 14/20 mpg city/highway. For comparison, the two-wheel-drive regular cab with the four-speed auto and 4.3-liter V-6 is rated at 15/20 mpg.
As previously announced, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid will debut in the fourth quarter of this year. Sources tell us that won't be the only Silverado aimed at saving fuel, though; Chevrolet is expected to introduce a specially badged "Fuel Economy" model later in the year with an unusually tall 3.08 or 3.10 rear axle. It will be interesting to see if the Fuel Economy Silverado will tie or beat the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500's expected 23 mpg highway rating.
Also new for 2009 is an optional backup camera mounted in the tailgate that displays its picture in the rearview mirror and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
Full specs for the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can be found HERE.