Biggie is doing well. See how time flies?! Now with us for over two months, my neighbors think I own it. After a brief write-up on the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado in the last issue, here’s our take about the drive thus far.
A quick recap of the engine block; it’s a 5.3 liter V8 chunk shooting 355 HP and 519 Nm of torque through a 6 speed automatic gearbox. On the road, we couldn’t ignore the jittery feel because of the overall frame structure: long and heavy. Bumpy roads are disturbing at high speeds, but in slow maneuvers, the body shakes. Technically, Chevrolet has added new spring dampers to increase stiffness. Else, Silverado is quiet and comfy on straight highway roads. Gear ratios are neat with torque sweet spots, and they don’t shy from any gearshifts; this was clearly felt during our ride to the mountains of Jebel Hafeet.
We managed good fuel economy between 12 to 13.5Liter/100km because of the V8’s smooth transition to just 4 active cylinders when coasting.
There’s an option to switch between 2WD, AWD and low range gearing, though my setting was always a safe “Auto”. The truck had a nice weekend stay at the beaches in Jumeriah. On our way back, we maneuvered into a shallow off-road zone. Unsure about what was ahead on the high and rough dunes; partly because of my inexperience in off-roading and due to the massive front end, I picked it up gradually. Unlike the Ford Raptor, the long Silverado couldn’t jump high but certainly clears the ground with great confidence. It stays way higher than the Ford and there’s no lack of eagerness to master the rough spots.
The electric power steering was remarkably straight, unlike the little floaty feel felt on flat roads. Brakes are strong enough to handle most of the trouble we threw on it. Luckily, we didn’t find trouble during our time in the rough areas.
Silverado is no more a tight thing to handle. With its shockingly quick nature and a rugged figure, I fancy it will gain more following in the region, especially among the local community. Soon, we have to exchange the 2014 model for the latest Silverado and I’ll surely keep you posted.