Technology to Keep You Entertained and Connected
- A new navigation radio is equipped with a hard drive, so it does not need discs to display map data
- Heated and cooled seats are available
- Bluetooth and USB connectivity are popular
- An optional dealer-installed Wi-Fi system is available, and works in an area up to 150 feet from the truck.
- SiriusXM satellite radio and On-Star are popular options that will stick around for 2012.
Silverado Front End TweaksSilverado trucks have a chrome mesh grille with either a chrome surround (on LS and LT models) or a body-color surround on the LTZ. LS and LT models have a silver-painted lower bumper fascia and a newly designed 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel.
Silverado Engine & Transmission ChoicesThe 2012 Chevy Silverado is still available with (depending on the model) a 4.3 liter V6, a 4.8 liter V8, a 5.3 liter V8, a 6.2 liter V8 or as a hybrid truck. Either a 4-speed automatic or 6-speed automatic are the available transmission choices, and are dependent on the truck's engine.
In normal mode, Silverado’s 6-speed transmission downshifts during deceleration, using engine compression to assist in braking, reducing brake wear. The feature, called Cruise Grade Braking, works in and out of Tow/Haul mode -- you'll find it on 1500 trucks with either the 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 engines.
All Silverado 1500s (except hybrids) are equipped with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist, both part of the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. Sway control keeps the truck moving along its path in an emergency and hill start keeps it from rolling backwards before you accelerate from a stop on an incline.
A Silverado truck equipped with the Max Trailering Package and the 6.2L V8 can tow up to 10,700 pounds. Hybrid trucks can pull significantly less, a max of 6,100 pounds. Fuel economy varies, but can reach into the low 20s, depending on the truck/engine configuration.
Cruise control and a spare tire lock are now standard on all Silverado 1500 pickup trucks.
Custom Sport Truck PackageThe 2012 Custom Sport Truck package gets its name from an optional package offered from 1967 to 1969, which featured additional chrome inside and out, along with carpeting and 40/20/40 bucket seats.
The modern version of the Sport Truck package is a truck built with the 5.3 liter V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, and equipped with a heavy duty trailer towing package. Inside the truck you'll find a power driver's seat and automatic dual zone climate control and steering wheel controls. Outside, look for fog lamps and an EZ-Lift locking tailgate.
The chrome aspects of the vintage package are apparent on the sport truck Silverado, too, in chrome capped heated power mirrors, 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome exterior door handles and chrome trimmed exterior moldings.
Silverado White Diamond EditionThe White Diamond Edition is available on Silverado pickup trucks with LT or LTZ trim. The pickups have a White Diamond Tricoat exterior, chrome mirror caps and door handles, along with chrome-accented body side moldings on LT models.
The LTZ version adds the Z60 high-performance suspension package, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, touring tires and a chrome tow hook and exhaust tip.