The Silverado has been staying with us for over three months, and we thank our GM colleagues for setting this up. Slowly but surely, some of our friends have started to like it. It’s a pity that we did not get to test it in heavy duty mode so that we could say such things like “filling the boot” and “pulling a trailer”. But our intention was not to discuss it for any other reason than to see how this truck could replace a car.
“Sporty and stylish” is how you want it to look. And check out the pictures of the Raptor and Ram recently revealed at the Detroit Motor Show, and one can say, “Trucks are awesome.”
In the last episode, we highlighted the enormous space inside the Silverado and this time we want to feature how big the rear bed is. Opening the top roll-over sheet wasn’t easy because of the tight plastic hook which was basically the locking system placed on either side. The box is made from roll-formed steel for increased strength and reduced mass, compared to the stamped beds used by other competitors. The bed has upper tie-down hooks to hold things tight and an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate.
The truck is huge, though doesn’t mean it has a thirsty engine. Fuel economy is kept in check thanks to the V4 operation; where four cylinders go to idle state when not needed.
The Silverado is a great companion and earns respect on road. Firstly, it occupies an entire lane and leaves barely any space for the vehicle next to it. And I felt like the cars around it tended to keep a distance – I like to think out of admiration, but maybe I’m bluffing myself.
I wouldn’t swap my sedan for a Silverado, as my wife isn’t a big fan of trucks for a genuine reason. The ride was jittery and on the more firm side some of the time. She was, however, impressed by the Silverado’s off road skills. I had better focus on timing; picking the right car for the right occasion, which could be anybody’s case. Thinking about a truck as a daily ride may sound alien in Dubai, but guys, trust me, driving it is so much fun!