Co-starring at the reveal of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was the equally new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. A mechanical twin-beneath-the-skin to Chevy's full-size pickup, the new Sierra enjoys all of the same structural and suspension enhancements as its Bow Tie- badged cousin -- changes that will elevate its ride, handling, comfort and control well beyond the current models. Underhood are the same all-new EcoTec3 series engines in 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter configurations that promise equally impressive but not-yet-divulged output, economy and towing stats. New Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert safety systems are on offer here, as well. The real differentiation between this pair of aces is found in the more intense visual character and enhanced standard equipment list of the GMC "Professional Grade" alternative.

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Even at a glance, the 2014 Sierra exudes a more sophisticated sense of style than its Chevy kin. A prominent grille with chrome surrounds sits between the Sierra's high-tech projector beam headlamps that can be augmented with available LED accent lighting. A sculpted steel bumper adds even more presence to the fascia while the more aggressively contoured hood and fender designs impart a bolder character to the profile view. That's hardly surprising since the only common sheetmetal bits it shares with the Silverado are the doors and roof panel.  

The same kind of one-upsmanship is evident inside the Sierra's plusher passenger compartment. All of the enhanced design elements are present and accounted for, but here, the soft-touch dash that's only offered on upline Silverado models is standard on all but the base Silverado SL and the available aluminum accent trim is real aluminum and not a film onlay. The IntelliLink Infotainment package with 8.0-inch touchscreen display also is standard on all but the Sierra SL. As in the Silverado, high-grade stain-resistant cloth can be upgraded to leather.

For off-road aficionados, the 2014 GMC Sierra All Terrain variant complements its Z71 chassis tweaks with a painted grille and less chrome plus an ebony interior trimout. The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 line will hit the showrooms sometime in the second quarter of 2013, and we're promised more details will be forthcoming at its official reveal in Detroit.


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