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General Motors manufactures the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra as identical full-size pickup trucks. The Chevrolet Silverado was released initially in 1999 to replace the Chevrolet C/K. The Silverado name was borrowed from a trim level that was offered in the C/K line of trucks. General Motors has released three generations of these light-duty and heavy-duty pickup trucks. The standard trim levels for the Silverado are the WT, LS, LT, and LTZ.

First Generation: 1999 to 2007

1999: GM released the initial Silverado in 1999, and it could be found with both regular and extended cabs. Engine options included a 4.3-liter V6, a 4.8-liter V8, and a 5.3-liter V8, and drivers could combine any engine with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The cargo bed options included a short box at 69.2 inches, a standard box at 78.7 inches, and a long box at 97.2 inches.

2000: GM outfitted the extended cab with an optional second driver's side door in 2000, which resulted in four doors for the cab. The crew cab joined the Silverado family in this year. Both of the V8 engines received a power boost with this model year, and GM eliminated the three-door extended cab.

2001: In 2001, GM introduced three different Silverado models: the 1500HD, the 2500HD, and the 3500HD, which were classed as heavy-duty trucks. With three cab configurations, the regular, extended, and crew cab, drivers also had the options of a 6-liter V8, 8.1-liter V8, or 6.6-liter diesel V8. The sizes of these different trucks varied, with a 2500HD with an extended cab and short box weighing almost 5,300 pounds. The regular cabs had two doors, the extended cabs had four doors, and the crew cabs had four front-hinged doors. An OnStar communications system was added to some models during this year.

2002: Minor design changes were introduced in 2002, and GM also upgraded the HVAC controls and the audio systems. All trim levels received a chrome grille and bumpers with this model year. Optional four-wheel steering also became available for extended cabs with short boxes.

2003: The Silverado SS debuted in 2003, which had all-wheel drive and a Vortec high-output 6000 V8 engine. This truck also had a new front end, revamped rear end, 20-inch wheels, and a sport suspension. The other models received a facelift that changed their front-end appearance.

2004: GM added a half-ton crew cab truck to the Silverado family with this model year. A hybrid version of the Silverado was also launched in 2004, which combined both gas and electric power under the hood. GM also replaced the 1500HD with the 1500 Crew Cab. All models but the Work Truck model had standard features such as cruise control, power door locks, and an AM/FM/CD stereo.

2005: In 2005, rear-wheel drive was standard with the SS. GM also offered an optional sunroof with this model year. During 2005, Chevrolet also introduced a new package for the 1500 series, which included a LQ9 6.0-liter V8 engine, extended cab, and standard box.

2006: The Chevrolet badge that sat on the tailgate disappeared in 2006. Trucks in this model year were available only with rear-wheel drive, and drivers could also opt for a bench seat and cloth interior to reduce sticker prices. All models received an updated grille and a power-dome hood to give them a bolder look. Chevrolet also introduced the Intimidator SS special-edition truck, designed to honor Dale Earnhardt. Custom badging, embroidered headrests, and a flashy rear spoiler were features of these trucks.

Second Generation: 2007 to 2013

2007: The second generation of Chevrolet Silverado pickups was launched in this year, but the old style was still manufactured, with "Classic" added to the model names to differentiate them. With a full redesign both inside and out, the second-generation trucks offered better aerodynamics due to adjustments to the windshields. The dash had a more upright shape, which helped accommodate a third front passenger seat instead of a center console. A 2500HD LT with regular cab and long box weighed just more than 5,300 pounds.

2008: All 2008 Silverado trucks in the United States had automatic transmissions. This model year also included a revamp of the gauge cluster and a release of new exterior colors. GM also made satellite radio a standard feature.

2009: With the 2009 model year, GM introduced a 6.2-liter V8 engine. GM shortened the front fascia and changed the bumpers about halfway through the 2009 model year. Additional technological options included a navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity. Crew cab and extended cab trucks also had options for a rear camera system. These trucks weighed in between 4,558 and 5,504 pounds.

2010: A sweeping upgrade came with the release of the 2010 Silverado models. The interior door panels featured another cup-holder, and the handle was repositioned. GM also made a six-speed automatic transmission standard for both regular and extended cabs with 5.3-liter V8 engines. The heavy-duty trucks no longer had 8.1-liter V8 engines with this model year.

2011: GM performed a significant overhaul to the steel frame with this model year, which helped enhance the stability and smoothness of the ride. Steel components offered greater strength at a lighter weight, which helped increase the trucks' load capacities. The LT trim level got chrome bumpers as standard, and many updates were performed to the interior of the cab to make the controls and knobs larger.

2012: New colors and chrome trims were available with this model year. The WT models had standard spare tire locks and cruise control. The LTZ models also had options for cooled and heated front seats and HDD navigation.

2013: The 2013 Silverados were now available with a bi-fuel system that allowed drivers to choose between conventional gas and natural gas. GM also offered three new colors with this model year: White Diamond Tricoat, Blue Topaz Metallic, and Deep Ruby Metallic. All-terrain tires were also on these trucks. A 2500HD LT with regular cab and long box weighed 5,962 pounds.

Third Generation: 2014 to Present

2014: Ushering in the third-generation Silverado, Chevrolet offered three gas engine options in these trucks: a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8, and a 6.2-liter V8. A touch-screen multimedia system was also available as an option for most models. The trucks also had Bluetooth capabilities for hands-free phone use, USB connectivity, and inputs for Apple mobile devices. OnStar navigation was standard on all trucks, and consumers could also add a Bose audio system to their packages. The new generation of Silverado trucks was actually lighter due to the use of aluminum in the hood, engine block, and control arms.

2015: Chevrolet made improvements to trucks of this model year with the introduction of a new eight-speed transmission, which allowed for faster shifting, better acceleration, and enhanced fuel economy. A Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with a V6 engine, long box, and regular cab weighed just under 4,700 pounds.

2016: Advanced lighting was a highlight for the 2016 model year of the Chevrolet Silverado, including the integration of daytime running lights. Some trim levels also included LED fog lamps. Chevrolet also redesigned the front ends of these pickups, performing a bit of sculpting on the hoods. They also broadened the Silverado's use of eight-speed automatic transmissions in this model year. The brake lights and turn signal lights wrapped around the truck corners to create a sharper appearance.

2017: For 2017, Chevrolet officially phased out all six-speed automatic transmissions. Cab configurations with this model included two-door regular, extended double, and the crew cab. Chevrolet opted to maintain the restyling that occurred with the 2016 models, and no exterior modifications were made in 2017.

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