2021 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra may hold off on interior upgrades
Internal docs suggest safety tech, Apple CarPlay expanding across pickup range
When GM’s new-for-2019 Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks appeared on the scene, they were lauded in several categories except for one — the interior. Ram offers a Jumbotron infotainment system and sumptuous interior trappings, while Ford just dropped the 2021 F-150 with a few cabin tricks all of its own. GM’s accommodations, while perfectly serviceable, are definitely the most familiar of the bunch.
Taking a peek at the company’s fleet order book for the 2021 model year seems to indicate those hoping for a Silverado/Sierra reno job may have to wait until 2022. According to the information, the truck’s infotainment systems remain capped at 8 inches, even on the snazziest High Country and Denali trims. This strongly suggests the 2021 trucks will not receive the 2021 Tahoe/Yukon refit until next year, since drivers of those machines enjoy a 10.2-inch display.
There is some good infotainment news, however, with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay being available on all but the most basic models. In Canada, there will also be a variety of minor interior trim shuffles, with bucket seats popping up as options where they were previously unavailable and some colour combinations vanishing from the options list.
Also new is a Safety Essential Package that pops up as an option on even the most basic Chevy Work Truck, endowing the pickup with the likes of forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking.
The new model year will also see the usual smattering of changes to the truck’s paint palette, such as Red Quartz being swapped out for Cayenne Red at GMC and Cajun Red being ditched in favour of Cherry Red at Chevrolet. Unless your knowledge of GM trucks approaches Rain Man levels, you’re unlikely to notice.
Engine selection and power ratings appear to remain the same, ranging from a base 4.3L V6 making 285 hp; to the hand-of-god 6.2L V8 making a rumbly 420 ponies. It does seem the inline-six turbodiesel, while remaining available on the same trim levels, no longer requires the selection of fiddly little option packages. Whether this is thanks to broader availability or slightly different levels of standard equipment is unclear.
Expect to see these rigs on dealer lots later this autumn.
Driving.Ca – Matthew Guy