In recent years, General Motors has found that it is in its best interest to unveil new products that are scheduled much further than it used to be. We’ve seen this with its latest electric projects like the Hummer and EVs, as well as sedans. She also uses her social media to post sketches from her design collection. This is where these two images come from.
What year do these Silverado designs represent?
These are real GM design drawings, revealing the design direction for the next generation Silverado. They call it the “new, lively look” of the Chevrolet 1500 pickup, coined by GM designer Ben Wilkins. It’s exaggerated enough to allow GM some room to gloat. However, it doesn’t exactly represent what the next Silverado will be.
It’s a design update that first hit showrooms in 2018 entering the 2019 model year. The 2023 Chevy features a mild facelift. It was delayed a year due to the pandemic. We expect the next version to retain its 2019 DNA but introduce new sheet metal bumpers as well as new front and rear fascias. It will also have an updated interior and a new round of engine options.
What’s different about the 2023 Silverado HD truck designs?
They’re not far from the front fascias of the new 2023 Silverado HD. They feature the long-awaited removal of those unnecessary “blinder horse” extensions. Wrapping around the sides, the sheet metal gets a more solid sculpture. It also removed the awkward and arbitrary styling line on the front fenders that fades into the doors.
Instead, the sides of the chassis make the wheel wells more visible. It’s also a bit more squared-off, a feature design many previous-generation truck fans missed.
While you might expect the next-generation Silverado to be already here, the gas-powered ICE version will be sticking around for some time. There are plenty of truck fleets and individual buyers who want to stick to ICE trucks. They will continue to be in the Chevy truck lineup for many years to come.
Will this continue using the existing GMT1000 platform?
So, rather than developing an entirely new truck for the next-generation Silverado, as some have hypothesized, we expect Chevy to stick with the existing GMT1000 platform for some time to come. It will have updates with new sheet metal, engines, more towing and driver aids. Instead, development dollars set for new truck platforms will be diverted to electric vehicle programs.
And speaking of customization dollars, Chevy also needs to develop a Ford Maverick. So, where development money would normally go to the new 1500 platform, Chevy has two new truck platforms. Its EV and pickup truck program will bleed allowance dollars, as will GM’s drive toward all models.