Volume II, Issue 2, Page 25

The ’07 Silverado model line is just a little schizoid. While the truck you see here is a greatly improved vehicle and a whole new form, for the time being it coexists with the previous body style as represented by the Silverado Classic (including the SS) and Silverado HD Classic variants that look and function just like they did a year ago. If you’re partial to the Silverado you have now, you’re gonna flip over this dude. How do I know this? I loved my ’03 unconditionally…until I got into the new truck. But let’s go beyond the visual because that’s where the real news is hanging out.

THE SET-UP

Think big. Think bull nose. Approaching this from a Silverado veteran’s standpoint, several things immediately leap to consciousness: the lowered dashboard (5 inches), the style and execution of the instruments, the form of the control levers, a fixed console with a spacious catch-all tray for your sundries (think lap top) and capacious 20-liter storage bin directly beneath it wholly usurps the middle passenger position. The six-disc CD/MP3-capable audio system includes Bose speakers. The windshield washer system incorporates heated fluid. For the first time, the glass in the half-doors is now fully retractable and power-assisted. 

Mechanically, the truck shines. The LT2 sits on a newly designed fully-boxed perimeter frame accommodating a wider front and rear tread. The front suspension represents a radical departure—in order to foster the ultimate in mass-produced wheel control for the heavy unsprung 20-inch wheels, etc., the Silverado is tied to the road with a coil spring-over-shock absorber (coil-overs) and lightweight forged upper and lower control arms.

Our test model had the Z85 suspension (including towing package), which leans more toward dragging stuff around than cutting an apex down to size. That means 46mm-piston shock absorbers on all corners and a 1.440-inch diameter anti-sway bar; there is none at the rear. While there are big discs up front, the rears are drum type, as dictated by company dogma—vehicles with a GVW less than 7,500 pounds are stuck with ’em.