Friday, November 1, 2013

2014 Silverado’s Smart Pickup Box is a Tool for All Trades

  •     New 6’6” box length available on Silverado 1500 crew cab
  •     Easier access with new CornerStep rear bumper and upper handholds
  •     Upper tie-downs and LED box lighting available
SAN ANTONIO – The pickup box is what makes a truck a truck, so for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, designers developed a smarter box that’s stronger and more durable, easier to use and offers greater cargo flexibility.

“The new Silverado’s pickup boxes offer a range of smart solutions for everyday life,” said Rick Gjestvang, program engineering manager. “It all starts with easier access and greater flexibility to haul items, and more options for securing them.”

Silverado’s new CornerStep bumper, along with ergonomically shaped handholds built into new box rail protectors, provides easier access when it’s time to climb in the box or retrieve items from it. Integrated steps at each corner of the rear bumper are designed to accommodate work boots and feature textured pads for sure-footed grip.

The box itself comes standard with a two-tier loading design and offers more than four feet of loading space between the wheel houses, allowing standard 4’ x 8’ sheets of plywood to stack flatly on the box floor. There is also more than five feet of load space between the box walls. An available, factory-installed spray-in bed liner provides protection for the box floor and walls.

The two-tier design allows customers to insert a platform to separate items during hauling or conceal valuables below, such as power tools. It incorporates resting points at the same level as the tops of the wheel houses – enabling the platform to effectively divide the box into upper and lower sections. There are also built-in provisions for cargo bulkheads to subdivide the box even further.

For the first time, Silverado 1500 crew cabs are available with a longer 6’6” box, offering more cargo-carrying capability, while still being able to park in many garages. A 5’8” box remains standard with the crew cab. Double cab models come with a 6’6” box length, while regular cabs offer 6’6” and 8’ boxes – with the 8’ box able to hold 4’ x 8’ sheets of plywood on the load floor with the tailgate closed.

A wide range of utility-enhancing accessories offered through Chevrolet dealers makes the Silverado more functional. They include tool boxes, bed liners, bed mats, box nets, ladder racks and more. And for recreational uses, hitch-mounted bike and ski racks are available.

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