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The Trucks – Still Running On Combustion Engines – Are Expected To Utilize New Powertrains

next-generation 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 Design Sketch
Image via GM Design Instagram.

With all of this hype building around the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV electric pickup trucks (and don’t forget the Hummer EV), you’d be fairly convinced that today’s Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 trucks would be the last GM half-ton pickups with combustion engines. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. And we could see the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 by 2025.

Next-Generation Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra: The First Details

During General Motors Investor Day, GM President Mark Reuss deliberately made note that the company was not done with selling conventional pickup trucks, even as the company continues to allocate much of its resources into electric vehicles, autonomous technology, and more powerful software. The current target to launch the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra is 2025, and Reuss also confirmed an “engine portfolio update” for the upcoming family of GM trucks.

Early 2022 GMC Sierra Design Art 2025 next-generation
Image via GM Design Instagram.

“In 2025 when we launch the next-generation (Silverado and Sierra), it will include new powertrains with major improvements and efficiency, and performance…the next engine portfolio update in our next-generation full-size trucks will deliver better than a 10 percent reduction in greenhouse gases compared to today’s offerings,” he said.

The 10 percent figure seems to be the sum of the 2022 model year mid-cycle update for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, and the next-generation trucks coming in 2025.

“The (Silverado and Sierra 1500) mid-cycle enhancement we launched for 2022 has a 5.8 percent reduction in greenhouse gas, and the next-gen models in ’25 are expected to have a further 4.7 percent reduction,” said Reuss.

What could this “engine portfolio update” elude to? Industry-wide, everybody seems have a different technique to reduce tailpipe emissions. GM’s chief truck rival, Ford Motor Company, took to making an F-150 hybrid, otherwise known as the PowerBoost. Over at Stellantis, the Ram 1500 offers a 48V mild hybrid setup branded as eTorque.

Would GM hybridize its top-selling trucks for 2025? Or is something more sophisticated in the works? It might be a little early to tell, but be sure to check back here at MC&T to get the latest news on the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra as it happens.

Electric Chevrolet Silverado 2023 2024 2025 next-generationEV
Image via GM Design Instagram.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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