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2007 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra - First Impressions

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  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I would hope for a mix between the Tahoe and current front... Go with the Tahoe grill with a couple minor change cues so you know it's the truck (like the difference between the 06 Tahoe and 06 truck), but give it a REAL BUMPER. Not some el cheapo plastic piece that the minute you bump a gate or fence or post or what ever it scratches, knocks it loose, cracks or anything else. Give it a nice solid chromed steel bumper. They are welcome to surround it with rubber bump strips or plastic lower valances, but the major part should be solid steel. I don't care if a plastic bumper makes it so that the front meshes cleanly with the front fenders and gives a nice clean look.... this is a TRUCK! It is meant to be used for work. Not some mom's grocery getter that will never see the other side of the pavement. Anyway... not to cause offence at those who will buy a Tahoe just for getting groceries as they are a very nice looking vehicle and I do like the clean lines, but the majority of Tahoe owner I would suspect are people who use them as people haulers and not work horses while the Truck buyers for the most part buy the truck because they need a bed they can haul stuff in, they have a farm, they work construction, they tow horse trailers, etc etc. I don't think a plastic bumper would service a winch very well now would it??
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    well... prior to the Avalanche debuting in 2002 the trucks have always historically had the same front end --- from the Tahoe to Suburban to the truck. The Avalanche if I remember correctly was a design excercise to see how well it sold and it did well depsite its Aztek looking body panels. When Chevy re-did the front the ends on the 03-current trucks, they left the Tahoe and Suburban alone.

    So I would not be surprised to see all 4 trucks have the same front end. I don't recall the 07 Avalanche being offered with body hardware (which is good considering how awful I thought it looked), and even the GMC's Denali versions are lacking the body molding that the previous generation had. It might have something to do with cost-cutting, but it could be more in the way of streamlining GM's look.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    true - but here is another thought to chew on... Also historically GM has favored releasing the truck versions before the SUV versions. They did it in 88 when they redesigned the C/K pickups, but the Suburban/C/K Blazer didn't debut until 1990('91?). In 1999 they released the current generation Silverado, but it was model year 2000 until we got the Suburban/Tahoe. And they all had the same front ends.

    This time around due to the popularity of the SUV GM has reversed and released the Tahoe first, then the Suburban and now the Avalanche has just been released. The truck is the last, but at least it is still within the same model year. So in following GM's general tradition I would not be surprised to see the same front end on the Chevy versions of the truck. It would be nice if they differentiated it a little bit, but I am not holding my breath.

    I do however expect to see some changes to the Sierra front end to differentiate it from the Yukon. I think that is where GM will focus the differences. GMC is supposed to be the upscale and more luxurious truck line and so to have cosmetic changes would make more sense? In my opinion, I wouldn't want a truck that has the Yukon front end anyway. I will go for the Chevy any day of the week. I like the Yukon front end - it has the Euro flair, but for a truck??? That would make it look like a Deville with a truck bed on it.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I also found it interesting tht GM is using different interiors from it's truck line and SUV line. I was expecting the interior currently in the 07 tahoes and yukons... I was actually looking forward to it. Hopefully even though it's different it will still have a quality look and feel to it. Although I will say that I do not hate the interior of the current trucks, it is a little out-dated. I am not fond of the Ford interior or the the Toyota interiors. Dodge is okay, but as far as ergonomically, GM has always been my favorite.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Maybe GM will, maybe they won't have different faces on the truck compared to the Tahoe. History shows that tradtionally they haven't, except for the latest models... the '03-05 Silverado, compared to the same model year Tahoe/Suburban, but maybe times are changing. The interior is different obvious from the spy shot, so a slightly different front end is to be expected, but I'm not holding my breath and if the front ends are the same I won't be displeased, but if they are different than I'll be pleasantly surprised and in line to buy one. (I'll probably be in line to buy one anyway.... :) The Silverado that is.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    OKay here's my 2 cents worth. First Impressions? eh, I think I like the Tahoe and Avalanch front ends better but... just like my reaction to the new Superman Suit (if anyone even cares there's a new Superman Movie coming out in 2 weeks :D), I am not sure I like it yet, bet I think over time it will grow on me. I would buy. I think that it is interesting that the SUV and the Truck versions now have distinctly different front ends and rears. It started with the last generation, but now it's like barely even a body panel is the same. I have never been a fan of pronounced fenders, and so this is a little bit off putting but I will see how it grows on me.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Okay so this truck ain't so hot in the styling market... but I would be curious to see what was said back in '99 when the current generation debuted? What was said then? "Oh it's not enough of a change!" "It looks to much like what we have now!" "GM screwed up this time!"

    Yet look at how many of them are on the road... and I like the 99-02 design. Not so much the 03-current but I could deal with it especially since the Chevy is the most capable truck on the road right now. So people might say what they want about how the truck looks, but there will be one in my driveway eventually if it's got the capabilities I need.... (that is also depending on my ability to afford one :D - I may have to wait until they start hitting the used lots :D)
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I just looked at one of the links posted above and even though it is only a corner shot of the front end... I really like the gun metal grey. I am also liking the stacked headlight arrangment. It heralds back to the 80's and I am sure GM will be flayed by stylists who say GM has no ability to style a truck, but the 80's style stacked headlamp design is my favorite design. That particular body style to me is the most rugged looking of the most recent body styles....

    When my lil' ole S-10 finally poops (if it ever does :)), I'll be headed to my Chevy dealer for a test drive....
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I was in a dealership and had them negotiated down to 23,xxx for a 06 Crew LT1 package.... Didn't take the deal as I didn't get enough for trade and I wasn't really in to buy. I just wanted to test drive and know matter how hard I told them I wasn't buying they kept comin. I finally just left. It took almost a month before they quit calling me.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Actually the hood is not misaligned, it has just been popped and is not closed all the way.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I hate to give Ford props, but there are a couple of things I have noticed about the current F-150 that I would like to see in the Chevy. One is the power rear windows of the extended cab. I noticed this in a ex-cab F-150 the other day and I thought the window was broken out. Until the lady rolled it up and I thought "COOL"... Another is mentioned above and it is the size of the regual cab F-150. I also think that GM should incorporate that as well as the extra space behind the seat would be especially useful. It would give those that don't actually need and extended cab, but still want some cab space more reason to buy a regualr cab.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Actually I like the GM better than the Silverado. Again the GM looks better. I have always like the GMC front ends (with the exception of the 98-04 S-10/Blazer compared to the same years of Sonoma/Jimmy) better. This dates clear back to the 80's which the style dares to duplicate. Although I do like it. From first glance however, the headlights look exactly like those of the Chevy. The differences being the grill and the fenders. It's hard to tell since the photo is not the clearest and at an angle, but I would be willing to bet, to save money, these two trucks are more badge engineered than the previous generation. Although they have always been pretty much the same truck, at least the previous generations have had whole grill changes. It would be interesting to see GM actually build two completly different trucks. They could be based off the same platform, but the bodies themselves would be completely different. From grilles, to fenders to even doors and roof lines and bed and tailight designs. Similar to what Ford (man I hate giving Ford props :D)has done to distinguish it's F-150 and Super Duty line. In that regard I wonder what the Heavy Duty versions will look like? Are they to be distinguished differently with a different look? At least GM has taken a step and distinguished the Truck from the SUV - even giving the truck line a whole different interior.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Just looked at the pics posted here... http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=116348#3. I like the new look more and more... But one question. Is that a Tahoe interior (the first interior pic), or is an uplevel Silverado to have the same interior as the Tahoe?

    One pic shows an interior that I swear is the same pic as the Tahoe interior. The other is a very different interior. Hence my question; is an uplevel Silverado to have the same interior as the Tahoe?
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Okay - so I just read the full description of the Silverado and answered my own question. It appears that the trucks will offer two distinct interiors... The "Uplevel" Tahoe interior for LTZ and Denalli and the other for base and mid-level... but the mid-level interior is still supposed to be really "uplevel" still.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I think that I would almost prefer the base/midlevel interior. It appears more driver centric - the radio and A/C controls and dash are centered more towards the driver. Plus the big door handles just speak "truck" to me. I prefer that. The smaller handles in the up level interior and the more centered radio and climate controls look great and the overall layout works well, but I prefer the other design. It just seems more ergonomic to me.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Just checked out Chevy's and GMC's websites. It looks like you can now configure an 07 truck... They look pretty fancy. When is Inside Line going to get thier hands on one for a full test??? :) :D

    I am pretty interested in how well it performs.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I actually saw a couple test mules in AZ while I was there for Christmas. Ex-Cab models of both the Sierra and the Silverado.

    Pretty imposing beasts. The grill on the GMC was like a huge gaping mouth ready to swallow you whole. Not that they were bad mind you... just big and imposing, a looking ready to do what they need to do. Tow and haul.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I thought it was a cost effective thing... GM cost-cutting at it's best. I don't think most people will or would have noticed a difference in drum or disc at the rear.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    I think it'll do ya well... I am really looking forward to what GM does with the redesign. I am not overly fond of the current front end with the chiseled headlights (I think the Sierra's are a little better), and would actually prefere the design that is still used on the current Suburban Tahoe (not the 07 Tahoe). But in any case, if the 07 Tahoe is any indication, I think that the new truck will be heads and tails above the current one. I like the front end design of the Tahoe, the Yukon not so much; hopefully the truck has a little bit different look to it. I am also not too fond of the front bumper. I think plastic bumpers are a joke. Hopefully there is some chrome or at least a true metal bumper in store for the truck. But in any case - overall I think that GM is doing things right again... They did the trucks right last time around save for the interiors, but even while not a "luxurious" as a competitor, the interiors they were at least ergonomic and more functional than most of the trucks on the market at the time.

    So I am excited about the new trucks... Hopefully I will be able to get one. A Colorado looks to be more in my range, but who knows... maybe a Silverado is in my sights?
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