SAN ANTONIO – The 2014 Silverado’s interior is roomier, quieter, more comfortable and more functional, reflecting the ways trucks have become more integrated into everyday life.
All models feature a new, upright instrument panel, with a six-gauge instrument cluster and multiple storage options are tailored to the needs of today’s customers, who rely on their truck for more than simply hauling cargo to a job site. The controls are logically placed and easy to operate with work gloves on.
The new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system provides easy-to-use connectivity for the job site or the family vacation, with natural voice recognition and enough ports and power outlets to support multiple devices.
“There’s greater comfort, spaciousness and connectivity throughout the new Silverado, but for all its amenities, it’s first and foremost a truck,” said Helen Emsley, interior design director. “Customers told us that while they use their truck like a car, they didn’t want a car interior, so we gave them what they wanted – features that make the Silverado work-friendly, along with enhanced quietness and refinement that makes it a more comfortable environment when you have to spend a long time in it.”
An all-new cab structure is the foundation for Silverado’s greater refinement. It is stronger, with nearly two-thirds of the structure made from high-strength steel for a confident feel and improved safety. New shear-style body mounts are used with the body to tune out both up-and-down and side-to-side movement for a quieter, more comfortable ride.
Double and crew cab models have a set of hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs. Combined with numerous other acoustic and vibration enhancements, the Silverado delivers a solid, refined feel without sacrificing an ounce of the capability customers have depended on from Chevrolet for more than 75 years.
Comfortably in control
For owners who spend much of their day in their truck, comfort and familiarity are musts, so when it came time to redesign the Silverado’s cabin, the interior design team worked with independent human factors and ergonomics experts on the placement of controls and their size/usability. The research helped enhance functionality and comfort with an optimal balance between the user and the equipment.
One of the most important considerations was the reach curve of the driver – the semi-circle the arms make when a person reaches for controls. Items used frequently should ideally be within the reach curve of the seated driver, so stretching isn’t required to use them. Therefore, the most important and frequently used controls are placed closest to the driver and grouped based on functionality. Knobs with rubberized grips, buttons and interfaces are large, easy-to-read and easy to operate, even with gloves on.
Also, the Silverado retains a traditional column shifter, with tap-up/tap-down and tow-haul functions integrated into the lever, and the available integrated trailer brake control is moved high and to the left of the steering wheel, where the driver can more naturally reach for it.
“We created levels of comfort and convenience usually associated with upscale cars, but tailored to the way customers actually use their trucks,” said Emsley. “The instrument panel is a great example of the functionality customers expect in truck, executed with great design and attention to detail. It has a more upright placement that delivers a distinct truck feel and sets the tone for the vehicle’s overall clean, crisp and streamlined design.”
The instrument panel has a simple, intuitive six-gauge cluster. WT models include a 3.5-inch driver information center display in the middle of the instrument cluster, with a 4.2-inch color driver information center display, for vehicle and infotainment data, standard on LT, LTZ, Z71 and High Country models. Ambient lighting highlights all functional areas, such as the “4x4” and headlamp switches, as well as the radio, for easier viewing at night.
The vents are now located higher on the instrument panel, for improved performance.
Space for the stuff of everyday life
All models have extensive interior storage, tailored to the way customers use their trucks. An all-new center console – available on vehicles with front bucket seats – offers nearly 1 cubic foot (24.5 liters) of combined storage space – about 25-percent more room than a typical paper grocery bag, with the depth and width to conceal a laptop computer.
The locking console accommodates hanging files for owners who use their truck as a rolling office, as well as controls for overhead ambient lighting, map pockets along the side, movable cup holders and reconfigurable compartments.
It also includes five USB ports, two 12-volt power points, a new 110-volt outlet and a cord management system, allowing owners to leave their phone charger plugged in for quicker access when it’s needed, but remains concealed and without a dangling cord when it’s not. Plus, there’s a location on the console designed specifically for cell phone storage.
Additional storage spaces and compartments include an upper and a lower glove box – now standard across all trim lines – and rear-seat cup holders that have moved from the back of the floor console to the rear doors, creating a new storage area for rear-seat passengers. Also included is a “mini” glove box beneath the center stack of the instrument panel on models with a bench seat; and the rear-console storage area on crew cab models is designed to hold a bag and be used as a refuse bin, which helps keep the truck cleaner on long drives.
The front door panels have integrated map pockets, as well as space for drink bottles. The front of the panels can each hold a pair of 1.5-liter bottles, while the rear of the panel has room for a typical 20-ounce bottle. LT models with the standard 40/20/40-split bench seat include a lockable under-seat storage compartment.
The fold-down center armrest on WT and other models equipped with the 40/20/40-split bench seat offers covered storage and connectivity, with two USB ports and two 12-volt power points.
Seats designed for the long haul
Truck owners who spend much of their day behind the wheel understand seating comfort and durability make all the difference in the world when it comes to true functionality. Silverado engineers had that in mind when they redesigned the cabin, developing a new seat structure with more durable, memory-style dual-firmness foam that retains the seat shape, helps eliminate wrinkles in the bolsters and maintains the original comfort level for years of use.
The seat structure and new foam are also designed to deliver firm support that remains comfortable, even after hours on the road. The structures are covered with cloth on 2WT and LT trims, which underwent a unique “sliding” durability test that simulated customers sliding in and out of the vehicle. Engineers checked for “linting” and “pilling” that could lead to premature wear.
A new high-wear seat cloth is available on all trim levels. Along with greater durability, it is stain-resistant and can be easily cleaned. In fact, a spilled drink will bead on top of the fabric instead of soaking into it.
Front seating configurations for the 2014 Silverado include:
Rear-seat passengers in crew cab models enjoy about two inches (49 mm) more legroom – 40.9 inches (1,040 mm) – than previous models in a cab with virtually identical exterior dimensions, thanks to new, sculpted seatbacks that also enhance knee room. The seat design also makes it easier to enter and exit the vehicle through the Silverado’s wider rear crew cab doors.
Color, trim and audio choices
Silverado WT and LT models feature a durable, hard-surface upper instrument panel that is easy to wipe off, making clean-up after a hard day on the job a cinch. LTZ and High Country models have a premium, soft-touch upper instrument panel and door panel trim with contrast stitching, for owners who make use of the truck’s capability, but not necessarily use it as a contractor’s mobile office.
The face of the WT instrument panel has a contemporary appearance, while LT, LTZ, Z71 and High Country models have a silver appearance that is matched on the center console and floor trim. Z71 models have unique “technical” interior trim appointments on the doors and center console, including Z71-logo brushed-metal sill plates and instrument cluster graphics.
Within the instrument panel’s straightforward gauge cluster is a 3.5-inch driver information center on WT models, which displays vehicle information. A 4.2-inch color display on LT, LTZ, Z71 and High Country models offers basic vehicle information, navigation turn-by-turn instructions, music selections, phone contact list and more.
Three interior trim colors are offered: Jet Black, Jet Black with Dark Ash accents and Cocoa with Dune accents. Silverado High Country’s heated and cooled leather-appointed seats come in an exclusive Saddle color.
Additional standard and available interior features include:
Four levels of radios are offered in the 2014 Silverado:
Silverado’s available MyLink infotainment system is highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices. It features natural language voice recognition that allows customers to place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do. There are no key phrases to remember and no need to look at a screen.
MyLink also can be operated via large, clearly labeled knobs, through integrated steering wheel controls, or through the touch screen on models with the eight-inch screen. The system can store up to 60 favorites including radio stations (AM/FM/XM), contacts, destinations, music and other media – a convenient feature for small businesses or owners who travel frequently.
A more complete overview of Chevrolet MyLink and the radios in the 2014 Silverado 1500 is available in the separate Silverado MyLink release.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
# # #