“Spies” and paparazzi photos of the new Chevrolet Silverado indicate some potential changes to the high-strength steel pickup — including the possibility of more aluminum, AutoBlog reported Friday.
“Our spies suggest that many of the Silverado’s body components could move to aluminum with this mid-cycle update,” AutoBlog reported. “The hood will go from steel to the lighter alloy, and it’s possible the front fenders could benefit from the weight-saving material, too.”
Of course, an aluminum hood isn’t exactly cutting-edge, and it’s kind of interesting GM hadn’t gone that route before. But speeding up aluminum components to catch up with Ford and the 2015 F-150 — as Reuters reported GM was doing with the 2018 redesigned Silverado — could bring in more aluminum and mixed-materials repair jobs to auto body shops.
“Look for the updated Silverado to debut later this year, likely as a 2016.5 model,” AutoBlog said.
AutoBlog, April 10, 2015
Wall Street Journal, Feb. 18, 2014
Reuters, July 28, 2014
A possible new version of the Chevrolet Silverado from Chris Doane Automotive is shown in this screenshot from AutoBlog. (Screenshot of www.AutoBlog.com featuring Chris Doane Automotive image)
A Chevrolet logo is seen during the 83rd Geneva Motor Show on March 6, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images News/Thinkstock file)