2003 GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado
GM launches new heavy duty, full-size pickups for 2003
Photo at right: GMC Sierra (above) and Chevy Silverado.
By Bill Roebuck
To be introduced at dealers by midyear 2002, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups are newly redesigned for the 2003 model year. Changes in the GMC truck lineup include the expanded availability of Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system and StabiliTrak options.
The last redesign of the Silverado and Sierra stablemates was four years ago. Two years ago, heavy-duty models were launched in the new design. For 2003, there are more than 40 major new features or improvements in both configurations.
The improvements include: a passenger-sensing air bag system, advanced electrical architecture, modified instrument panel with a new driver information centre, new steering wheel controls, new centre console, the first industry application of a Bose audio system in a full-size pickup truck, a new rear-seat entertainment system, manual and fully automatic dual-zone climate control systems, and the expanded availability of the Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system.
The Silverado will now share a common design between the light-duty and heavy-duty models, showing a family resemblance with Avalanche and TrailBlazer models. The Sierra also has a common design between light and heavy duty model, with a resemblance to the Envoy sport-utility vehicle.
Quadrasteer four-wheel steering -- which improves low-speed manoeuvrability and high-speed stability -- also will be offered this year as a regular production option on properly equipped 2002 GMC Sierra Wideside and Chevrolet Silverado Fleetside 2WD and 4WD extended cab short-box pickups. Quadrasteer also will be available on 2003 Silverado and Sierra 1500 HD 2WD and 4WD short-box pickups when they are introduced.
GM's new medium-duty trucks for 2003, the Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC TopKick, also will feature many innovations. They include an expanded powertrain lineup, advanced chassis and braking systems, improved ride and handling and increased comfort and safety.
© Copyright Bill Roebuck, CarTest.ca 2002.