Chevy Truck Generations, Models, Body Styles by Year Free Lookup

Are you a Chevy truck enthusiast? Are you interested in knowing the Chevy truck generations for the past 100 years? Chevrolet has been faithful to its customers worldwide by providing upgrades for all model years.

Chevy trucks have been commanding a larger market share since their debut in 1918. We have seen changes in body styles in all model years, but what is remarkable is how reliable they have evolved to be. They are working machines that can take almost every terrain and handle different uses, including towing.

Read on as we track down the history of Chevy truck generations. We will also cover body styles and model years.

Chevy truck generations
Chevy truck generations from 1918 to present.

Chevy Truck Generations, Model Years, and Body Styles Chart

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ModelsYearsGenerationBody Styles
Chevrolet Half-Ton Truck1918N/AN/A
Chevy International Series AC Light Delivery1929 N/AN/A
Chevrolet Master1933-1942N/A2-door coupe w/rumble seat
2-door cabriolet w/rumble seat
4-door sedan
2-door pickup truck
Chevrolet AK Series1941-1947N/A2-door pickup truck
3-door panel truck
2-door Cab Over Engine
3-door combination bus
2-door mid-size SUV (Suburban)
2-door Coupe Utility
Chevrolet Advance Design1947-1955N/A2-door truck
2-door panel truck
2-door station wagon (Suburban)
Chevrolet Task Force1955-1959N/A2-door truck
Chevrolet C101960-1966First generationSWB
Standard
LWB
Chevrolet C14 / C151964-1973First generationSWB
Standard
LWB
Chevrolet C201960-1966First generationSWB
Standard
LWB
Chevrolet K10 Apache1960-1966First generationN/A
Chevrolet K201960-1966First generationN/A
Chevrolet Apache Crewcab1960-1966First generationN/A
Chevrolet C101967-1972Second generation 2-door short box
2-door long box
2-door longhorn fleetside
2-door longhorn stepside
Chevrolet C201967-1972Second generation 2-door short box
2-door long box
2-door longhorn fleetside
2-door longhorn stepside
2-door chassis cab
Chevrolet C14 / C151967-1973Second generation 2-door short box
2-door long box
2-door longhorn fleetside
2-door longhorn stepside
Chevrolet K101967-1972Second generation 2-door standard cab pickup truck
4-door crew cab pickup truck
2-door Chassis cab
Chevrolet K201967-1972Second generation 2-door standard cab pickup truck
4-door crew cab pickup truck
2-door Chassis cab
Chevrolet C101972-1991Third generation2-door standard cab pickup truck
4-door crew cab pickup truck
2-door Chassis cab
Chevrolet C201972-1991Third generation2-door standard cab pickup truck
4-door crew cab pickup truck
2-door Chassis cab
Chevrolet C301972-1991Third generation2-door standard cab pickup truck
4-door crew cab pickup truck
2-door Chassis cab
Chevrolet K101972-1991Third generation2-door standard cab pickup truck
4-door crew cab pickup truck
2-door Chassis cab
Chevrolet K201972-1991Third generation2-door standard cab pickup truck
4-door crew cab pickup truck
2-door Chassis cab
4-door Chassis cab
Chevrolet C15001988-2000Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chevrolet K15001988-2000Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chevrolet C25001988-2000Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chassis Cab
Chevrolet K25001988-2000Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chevrolet C35001988-2000Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chassis Cab
Chevrolet K35001988-2000Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chevrolet 454SS1990-1993Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chevrolet W/T 15001990-1998Fourth generation Standard cab
Extended cab
Crew Cab (from 1992)
Chevrolet Silverado 15001999-2006First generationRegular cab short box
Regular cab long box
Extended cab short box
Extended cab long box
Crew cab short box
Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD2001-2007First generationRegular cab long box
Extended cab short box
Extended cab long box
Crew cab short box
Crew cab long box
Chevrolet Silverado 25001999-2004First generationRegular cab long box
Extended cab short box
Extended cab long box
Crew cab short box
Crew cab long box
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD2001-2006First generationRegular cab long box
Extended cab short box
Extended cab long box
Crew cab short box
Crew cab long box
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD2001-2006First generationRegular cab long box
Extended cab short box
Extended cab long box
Crew cab short box
Crew cab long box
Chevrolet Silverado 15002007-2013Second generation Regular cab 6.5' bed
Regular cab 8' bed
Extended cab 5.75' bed
Extended cab 6.5' bed
Crew cab 5.75' bed
Extended cab 8' bed
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD2007-2013Second generation Regular cab
Extended cab 6.5' bed
Extended cab 8' bed
Crew cab 6.5' bed
Crew cab 8' bed
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD2007-2013Second generation Regular cab
Extended cab 6.5' bed
Extended cab 8' bed
Crew cab 6.5' bed
Crew cab 8' bed
Chevrolet Silverado 15002014-2018Third generation Regular cab 6.6' bed
Regular cab 8' bed
Double Cab 5.5' bed
Crew Cab 5.5' bed
Crew Cab 6.6' bed
Crew Cab 8' bed
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD2014-2019Third generation Regular cab 6.6' bed
Regular cab 8' bed
Double Cab 5.5' bed
Crew Cab 5.5' bed
Crew Cab 6.6' bed
Crew Cab 8' bed
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD2014-2019Third generation Regular cab 6.6' bed
Regular cab 8' bed
Double Cab 5.5' bed
Crew Cab 5.5' bed
Crew Cab 6.6' bed
Crew Cab 8' bed
Chevrolet Silverado 15002019-presentFourth generation Regular cab 6.5' bed
Regular cab 8' bed
Double cab 6.5' bed
Crew Cab 5.8' bed
Crew Cab 6.5' bed
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD2020-presentFourth generation Regular cab long bed
Double Cab Standard bed
Double cab long bed
Crew Cab Standard bed
Crew Cab long bed
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD2020-presentFourth generation Regular cab long bed
Double Cab Standard bed
Double cab long bed
Crew Cab Standard bed
Crew Cab long bed
2001-2006 Chevrolet Avalanche2001-2006First generation4-door pickup truck
2007-2013 Chevrolet Avalanche 2007-2013Second generation4-door pickup truck
2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado 2004-2012First generationRegular cab (2-door)
Extended cab (4-door)
Crew cab (4-door)
2015-present Chevrolet Colorado
(North America)
2015-presentSecond generationExtended cab (4-door)
Crew cab (4-door)
2011-present Chevrolet Colorado
(Mercosur)
2011-presentSecond generationExtended cab (4-door)
Crew cab (4-door)
2002-2011 Chevrolet D-Max 2002-2011First generation2-door chassis cab
2-door pickup truck
4-door chassis cab
4-door pickup truck
2012-present Chevrolet D-Max 2012-presentSecond generation2-door pickup truck
4-door extended cab with rear clamshell doors
4-door pickup truck
1972-1980 Chevrolet LUV 1972-1980First generation2-door cab chassis
2-door pickup truck
4-door pickup truck
1980-1988 Chevrolet LUV 1980-1988Second generation2-door cab chassis
2-door pickup truck
2-door pickup truck (Space Cab)
3/5-door SUV
4-door pickup truck (Crew Cab)
1988-2005 Chevrolet LUV 1988-2005Third generation2-door pickup truck
2-door pickup truck (Space Cab)
4-door pickup truck (Crew Cab)
2003-2010 Chevrolet Montana 2003-2010First generation2-door pickup
2011-2020 Chevrolet Montana 2011-2020Second generation2-door pickup
2021-present Chevrolet Montana 2021-presentThird generation2-door pickup
4-door pickup
1982-1993 Chevrolet S10 1982-1993First generationRegular cab short bed
Regular cab long bed
Extended cab short bed
1994-2004 Chevrolet S10 1994-2004Second generationRegular cab short bed
Regular cab long bed
Extended cab short bed
Chevrolet R/V Series1987-1991N/ARegular cab short bed
Regular cab long bed
Crew cab short bed
Crew cab long bed
2003-2007 Chevrolet SSR 2003-2007First generation2-door Roadster utility

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Chevy Truck Generations

Chevy trucks have gone through significant changes over their 100 years of service. Early trucks were available from 1918 to 1939, and many developments and body changes followed. Some of us may not be well-versed with these versions, but they are the foundation block of the modern-day Chevy trucks.

Let us look back to the days to track the generational changes of all trucks ever made by Chevrolet.

1918-1939 Early Trucks

This period marked the beginning of Chevy truck history. The first model was the Model 490 with a light-duty chassis. Factory workers, who wanted an alternative to horses for carrying heavy supplies around the factory, inspired the design of these early trucks.

Chevrolet introduced the first model in 1918. These were available in customized wooden cabs, cargo boxes, or flatbeds. And since Chevy built them for specific purposes, there was a need for cabin and bed customizations. 

Chevrolet never looked back in their design, and many improved models followed. After One-Ton, the company had remarkable achievements in the auto-building industry. A mass-produced inline 6-cylinder engine came in 1929 and a Silent Synchromesh transmission in 1932.

Other worth-mentioning innovations during this period include strong frames, long wheelbases, recirculating-ball steering, and an engine rated 85 hp.

1918 Chevy One-Ton Truck

The Chevy Truck history dates back to 1918. That was where the incredible journey began with the first-ever truck from Chevrolet named the One-Ton Truck. Other models with a half-ton rating delivered a 224ci (3.7L) I-4 of 36 hp. These two models were available as chassis only. That meant you were to provide the cab and bed as the buyer.

Chevrolet partnered with General Motors (GM) the year it introduced its first truck to market.

A video about one-ton Chevy truck

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1929 Chevy International Series AC Light Delivery

International Series AC Light Delivery truck
International Series AC Light Delivery truck had an overhead-valve 6-cylinder, 194ci (3.2L) engine with cast-iron pistons rated 46 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

The first Chevy truck generation was in production for about 11 years before the debut of the 1929 Stovebolt Six. This model was received well in the market and was considered a hallmark in the motor industry. People also called it the International Series AC Light Delivery truck.

It had an overhead-valve 6-cylinder, 194ci (3.2L) engine with cast-iron pistons rated 46 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. This was the most reliable, durable, and successful truck ever made. Most of Chevy’s success in the motor industry was due to this particular model.

1938 Chevy Half-ton

1938 Chevy Half-ton
Chevy Half-ton featured a sturdier bodywork and a new generation of inline-six engines.
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The Chevy Half-ton hit the market in 1938. It featured a sturdier bodywork and a new generation of inline-six engines. This model’s engine was rated 78 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. That was considered a working horse that could make long trips, consuming 21 mpg.

The overview of the 1938 Half ton truck.

1940: Chevrolet Master Truck

The Chevrolet Master truck replaced the Master Eagle, but different trucks models from 1933 had the same “Master” name. Several upgrades on the Master Eagle followed to make this model. That included the roll-down windows.

1939-1947 “Arsenal of Democracy”

This was the era of World War II, with not much to talk about regarding the production of civilian trucks. The entire American auto industry switched to the production of military equipment. 

Chevy built 6×6 trucks, aircraft engine parts, 90 mm cannon barrels, and the T17E1 “Staghound.” Staghound was a 14-ton armored car fitted with two 6-cylinder engines. The company bounced back to civilian pickup truck production after the war.  

1941-1947: Chevrolet AK Series

The Chevy AK Series trucks were light-duty trucks produced between 1941 and 1947. These trucks had the GM A platform shared with the Chevrolet Deluxe. It was also branded and sold by GMC with just a few differences in the grille design. The type sold by GMC had horizontal bars, while the Chevy model had vertical bars.

The Chevy AK Series had different body styles, including a pickup truck, panel truck, suburban, combinational bus, and coupe utility. They came with either 216 cu in (3.5 L) or 228 cu in (3.7 L) straight-six engines.

The passenger cars and pickup trucks had the same appearance. Only Chevrolet Deluxe had a new look when introduced in 1941. It shared many mechanical systems with the third generation Chevrolet Suburban.  

1947-1955 Chevy Advance-Design Trucks

1947-1955 Chevy Advance-Design Trucks
Trucks became more reliable, bigger, and sleeker than those made in the previous generation.
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This period marked a new era in truck design and building. Trucks became more reliable, bigger, and sleeker than those made in the previous generation. Chevrolet introduced the 3100 Series with 5-bar horizontal grille and rounded profile. This truck was available as Half-Ton, Three-Quarter Ton, and One-Ton in short and long wheelbases.

The film of Chevy Advance-Design Trucks.

1947 Chevy 3100 Series

1947 Chevy 3100 Series
Chevy 3100 Series was launched in 1947 and was available in three different models, including the 3100 half-ton, the 3600 three-quarter-ton, and the 3800 one-ton model.
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The Chevy Advance Design Trucks were the precursor of the modern Chevy trucks. These trucks were launched in 1947 and were available in three different models, including the 3100 half-ton, the 3600 three-quarter-ton, and the 3800 one-ton model. They had significant overhauls in the design and remained one of the most recognizable pickup trucks in the history of Chevrolet. Advance-Design Trucks became famous for their bold, horizontal grille and large cabs. The Chevy 3100 series were more comfortable than the previous generations.

All 1947 Chevy 3100 Series had the 216c.i. (3.5L) Thrift Master inline-six with 90 hp and 174 lb-ft, except the last model.

The final model had specialized features such as parking lights, a one-piece windshield, and a new grille and steering wheel. It had a much larger 235c.i. (3.9L) engine rated 112 hp and 200 lb-ft torque.

A video about 1947 Chevrolet 3100.

1955-1959 Chevy Task Force Trucks

Chevy Task Force Trucks
Chevy Task Force Trucks came with 123hp, 207–lb-ft, 235ci six engines. Credit: wikipedia.org

The Chevy Task Force had many design differences compared to its predecessors. The upgrades included a wraparound windshield, concealed running boards, and new dual headlights. The grilles were also not as pronounced in Cameo Carrier as in the Chevy 3100 series.

GM introduced a small-block V-8 engine in this model, leading to tremendous performance improvement. These trucks came with 123hp, 207–lb-ft, 235ci six engines.

One of the famous models of the Chevy Task Force trucks is the Chevrolet Cameo, which was in production from 1955 to 1958. It came with a rare and sought-after fiberglass bed and dual headlamps.

Cameo inspired the 1959 Chevy El Camino which was in production for three years. El Camino was built on the full-size Chevrolet sedan platform and had enormous fins ever fitted on a pickup truck at that time.

An old ads of the 1955 Chevy Task Force Trucks.

1960-1966 First Generation Chevy C/K Series

First Generation Chevy C/K Series
The Chevy C10 was a half-ton light-duty pickup that rocked the market between 1960 and 1966.
Credit: wikipedia.org

The first Chevy C/K Series reached the market in 1960. It inspired the design and manufacture of Silverado and other modern-day Chevy trucks.

The Chevy C10 was a half-ton light-duty pickup that rocked the market between 1960 and 1966. These models were either designated C or K. The C versions came as 2-wheel drive trucks while K was 4-wheel drive trucks.

The Chevy C/K Series featured a more sophisticated coil-spring suspension that allowed the cab to sit lower. The overall design was sleek and offered a more comfortable ride. The 1960 to 1962 models had a torsion spring bar front suspension and a coil spring rear suspension. Truck models that followed had both front and rear coil spring suspensions.

The 1964-1966 C/K Series changed the windshield design to flat. And only some 1966 models had a 327ci V8 engine and Turbo-Hydramatic (TH) transmission for the first time.

ModelsYears
C-101960-1966
C-14/C-151964-1966
C-201960-1966
K10 Apache1960-1966
K201960-1966
Apache Crewcab1960-1966
The review of Chevy C10 truck.

1967-1972 Second Generation Chevy C/K Series

1970 Second Generation Chevy C/K
1970 Second Generation Chevy C/K had the 396ci big-block V8 enlarged to 402ci but marketed as 396.
Credit: wikipedia.org

The second-generation Chevy C/K Series was commonly known as the Action Line. These trucks were quite popular and had many engine options available to the buyers. They also featured many interior design upgrades compared to the first generation. The new designs made Chevy trucks more appealing to many buyers who showed their interest in them.

All 1967 to 1972 4-wheel drive trucks had leaf springs on all axles, and 1967 models never came with side markers.

The 1968 models marked the 59th anniversary of Chevrolet trucks. They came with a unique white-gold-white paint scheme to distinguish them from other models. The Longhorn ¾-ton trucks in 1968, which came with extra 6-inch bed space, followed. A short wheelbase model known as K5 Blazer came in 1969.

There was a significant change in the engine fitted in the 1970 models. These trucks had the 396ci big-block V8 enlarged to 402ci but marketed as 396. Chevrolet introduced the Cheyenne comfort trim package, while GMC introduced Sierra Package the following year.

All light-duty trucks made in 1971 came with front disc brakes.

Below are the models of this generation:

ModelsYears
C-101967-1972
C-14/C-151967-1973
C-201967-1972
K101967-1972
K201967-1972

1972-1991 Third Generation Chevy C/K Series

1972-1991 Third Generation Chevy C/K Series
1973 third-generation Chevy C/K came with crew cab options that could carry up to six people in a 3 by 2 seating arrangement or a lockable rear storage unit.

The third-generation Chevy C/K Series had improved aerodynamics. These trucks had an extended wheelbase and a rear-wheel option on one-ton pickups.

There were many design upgrades in this new generation Chevy truck series. It featured an all-new carbon steel ladder frame with a drop center. Its fuel tank was relocated beneath the cab floor to improve its capacity.

The 1973 models came with crew cab options that could carry up to six people in a 3 by 2 seating arrangement or a lockable rear storage unit. Power windows became an option for the 1977 models and the first-ever diesel engines introduced in 1978.

In 1987, the C/K naming convention changed to R/V to set them apart from the upcoming first-generation trucks.

ModelsYears
C-101972-1991
C-201972-1991
C-301972-1991
K-101972-1991
K-201972-1991
The Third Generation Chevy buying guide.

1988-2000: Fourth Generation Chevy C/K Series (GMT400)

Fourth Generation Chevy C/K Series
Fourth Generation Chevy C/K Series was the first-ever full-size, 4-wheel drive pickups with an independent front suspension.
Credit: wikipedia.org

The fourth-generation Chevy trucks appeared in 1988 with a different naming convention, still used in modern trucks. They were officially named the GMT400, but some enthusiasts called them old boy style (OBS). The signature light-duty model was the C/K 1500.

The previous models claimed to have improved aerodynamics, but their shapes never reflected that. The 1988 C/K Series looked more like trucks with better aerodynamic performance.

These were the first-ever full-size, 4-wheel drive pickups with an independent front suspension. The dash and switchgear of these pickups were unlike any other model seen before. It marked the beginning of a new era of pickups with standard frame rails and headlights.

Chevrolet introduced the 454SS in 1990. That was the first-time big engines fitted in regular cabs. These models came with a 230hp, 385–lb-ft 454ci V8 engine and a TH400 three-speed transmission system. They also featured a fatter front anti-roll bar, Bilstein shocks, quicker steering, 275/65R15 tires, large decals, unique seats, and a center console. These were the fastest legal pickup trucks you could buy for long, comfortable street rides.

The 1991 models got a power boost to 255/405, courtesy of dual exhaust design, a four-speed automatic, and a 4.10:1 gear ratio. And in 1992, a turbo-diesel engine was introduced in some models.

Chevy’s first off-road-biased pickup truck, ZR2, was introduced in 1994. It had a better ground clearance and more width than the regular S-10. This package was about 4 inches wider and 3 inches taller and had larger axles and other components.

Vortec V8 came with Chevy truck models produced in 1995. The engines had high-flow cylinder heads, new camshafts, a higher compression ratio, and roller valve lifters. Those are what made it more powerful and efficient.

Here comes the models of this generation:

ModelsYears
C15001988-2000
K15001988-2000
C25001988-2000
K25001988-2000
C35001988-2000
K35001988-2000
454SS1990-1993
W/T 15001990-1998
The buying guide of Fourth Generation Chevy C/K Series.

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1972-1980 First Generation Chevrolet LUV

The first-generation Chevrolet LUV
The first-generation Chevy LUV had a solid rear axle suspended on leaf springs in the back and a 102.4-inch wheelbase hanging on a ladder frame. Credit: wikipedia.org

The first-generation Chevrolet LUV first appeared in 1972 as a badge-engineered variant of the ISUZU faster. Its production ended in 1980 when the second-generation Chevy LUV trucks replaced them. The 1981 model was manufactured by ISUZU in Japan for the North American market and in Chile by GM for the South American Market.

The first-generation Chevy LUV had a solid rear axle suspended on leaf springs in the back and a 102.4-inch wheelbase hanging on a ladder frame. Its drum brakes and recirculating ball steering systems were the main highlights.

These pickups used 1.8-liter, 75 hp (at 5,000 rpm) engines that could only manage 88 lbs-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. They used a four-speed manual transmission to transfer engine power to the rear axle. The only 2.2-liter diesel engines available in the United States were the 1982 models.

A 3-speed automatic transmission came in 1979. Other upgrades in the following year included more bed options in 1978 and 4-wheel drive in 1979. The 4WD systems were only available on pickup trucks with independent front suspensions.

The Chevrolet LUV overview.

1981-1988 Second Generation Chevrolet LUV

Second-generation Chevy LUV
The Second-generation Chevy LUV was mainly available in 4-speed or 4-speed manual transmission systems fitted on 4WD versions.
Credit: wikipedia.org

The Second-generation Chevy LUV debuted in 1981 and lasted through to 1988. The first model, Chevrolet S-10, had not much change in the drivetrain. They still had the first generation’s 80 hp 1.8L I4 and the optional 58 hp 2.2L (137 c.i.) I4 diesel engine. It was still based on the ISUZU Faster/Rodeo pickups and manufactured by ISUZU for the American market.

The trucks were mainly available in 4-speed or 4-speed manual transmission systems fitted on 4WD versions. Some models had 3-speed automatic transmission systems. But diesel engines never matched with automatic transmissions.

1981 CHEVY LUV 2.2 L DIESEL 4×4 engine test.

1988-2005 Third Generation Chevrolet LUV

1988-2005 Third Generation Chevrolet LUV
The Third Generation came to the market as the Chevrolet LUV D-Max.

The release of the third iteration based on the Japanese market Faster/Rodeo pickups in 1988 ended the second-generation era. Its production continued up to 2005 when the 4th Series debuted. That was a rebadged version of ISUZU D-Max. It came to the market as the Chevrolet LUV D-Max.

This Chevrolet LUV D-Max had much performance improvement compared to the previous Series. It features a redesigned turbo diesel engine, which is quieter and smoother. The engine noise significantly declined for a more comfortable ride.

1987-1991 R/V Series

Chevrolet changed the usual naming convention with the introduction of this Series. The Cs in C10, C20, and C30 in 2WD trucks became Rs. Ks in K10, K20, and K30 for 4WD trucks became Vs. The nomenclature existed for five years. Trucks made after 1988 adopted the modern naming. Models between 1989 and 1991 were named V1500/ V2500/ V3500 or R1500/ R2500/ R3500.

The 1988 R/V trucks came with a fender-mounted radio antenna, but a facelift only appeared with the 1989 models. The grille was given a nearly flush appearance with trim mainly painted black. A twin headlight and quad headlight versions came for the base trim and upgraded trims.

In 1990, R/V Series became smaller, and the 2500-series 3⁄4-ton trucks were discontinued. 1-ton crew-cab pickups and chassis cabs were in production up to 1991. Please write an overview of this period.

The first look of the 1987 Chevy C10.

1982-1993 First Generation Chevrolet S-10

1982-1993 First Generation Chevrolet S-10
Cameo was first available in three color options: Apple Red, Frost White, and Midnight Black.
Credit: wikipedia.org

Chevrolet S-10 was a compact pickup truck produced by Chevrolet that debuted in 1982. The GMC version was called S-15 but later renamed GMC Sonoma. The S-10 Baja was the appearance package that came on 4-wheel drive. There was a regular or extended cab with either a short box or a long box.

Some S-10 Baja features included a roll bar with off-road lights, a front tubular grille guard with fog lights, a tubular rear bumper, an underbody shield package, and other features.

The S-10 Cameo and Cameo EL were available for a 2-wheel drive between 1989 and 1991. Cameo was first available in three color options: Apple Red, Frost White, and Midnight Black. Two-toned paint schemes became available in 1991. That also inspired other exterior features, including the following:

  • Wraparound front bumper with fog lamps
  • Lower body ground-effects moldings and wheel flares
  • A flush-fitting tailgate valance
  • Rear roll pan
  • “Cameo” lettering on the doors and tailgate
  • Other first-generation models included S-10 Back Country and S-10 Top Gun edition
The review of 1990 Chevy S10.

1994-2004 Second Generation Chevrolet S-10

All previous models’ production stopped when the second-generation Chevrolet S-10 started in 1994. There was a significant overhaul in the interior and exterior designs. A redesigned wheelbase and front fascia became new exterior features, while the interior had a complete transformation.

Many components were unchanged, including control arms, steering knuckle, leaf springs, and differential assembly. However, suspensions and axles had significantly upgraded. The Iron Duke 4-cylinder and 2.8L 60° V6 engines used in the previous generation were retired, and there were upgrades on 4.3L Vortec V6 engines.

The 2.2L 4-cylinder engine, first introduced in 1990, became the favorite one on the second-generation Chevrolet S-10. Most of them had manual transmissions. The now-famous automatic transmission features on later 2001 models. These were the crew cab pickup trucks that were only available as 4WD.

Second-generation S-10 trucks had air conditioning systems, but not a single 1994 model had an airbag. These were introduced later in 1998 with a redesigned exterior, interior, and brakes.

The regular and extended-cab models production ended in 2004. Since then, only the crew cab was available in the market.

The buyers guide of Chevy S10 third Gen.

Read more: Fleetside Vs. Stepside: Which Chevy Truck Bed Style Should I Choose?

2003-2007 First Generation Chevrolet SSR

First Generation Chevrolet SSR
All models manufactured in 2003 and 20004 came with 5.3L 300 hp Vortec 5300 V8 engines from General Motors.
Credit: wikipedia.org

The Chevrolet SSR (Super Sport Roadster) is a famous retractable pickup truck. It was in production between 2003 and 2006. All models manufactured in 2003 and 20004 came with 5.3L 300 hp Vortec 5300 V8 engines from General Motors.

The 2005 Chevrolet SSR models had the 390 hp (291 kW) LS2 V8 engines, the same as those in C6 Corvette Trailblazer SS and Pontiac GTO. It is the same model year that had the 6-speed Tremec manual transmission.

The Chevrolet SSR used the GM GMT368 platform. It had a 116-inch wheelbase, length of 191.4-191.5 inches, 78.6 inches wide, and 63.2 or 63.8 inches high, depending on the model years.

Chevrolet SSR offers many luxury features. Just name it, and you will find it in this model. It is a typical example of modern-day cars designed for your comfort and safety. Perhaps, we can list them out for reference.

  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Color-keyed interior accent trim
  • A leather-wrapped, tilt-adjustable steering wheel
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio system
  • Front side SRS airbags
  • Power windows and door locks, keyless entry
  • A power-retractable hardtop convertible roof
  • GM OnStar in-vehicle telematics system
  • A/M-F/M stereo radio with a six-disc, in-dash cd changer
  • XM satellite radio
  • Bose six-speaker premium audio system with an amplifier
  • SSR-embroidered carpeted floor mats
  • Luxury leather-trimmed bucket seats
  • Dual power-adjustable bucket seats with driver’s seat memory
  • Rear onboard storage saddlebags
The Chevy SSR retro review.

Read more: GM 4.8 Vs 5.3 Vs 6.2 Engine (With Comparison Chart)

1999-2007 First Generation Chevy Silverado (GMT800)

First Generation Chevy Silverado
Chevrolet provided an upscale trim level in 2001 before adding a new fascia and improved tail lamps in 2003.
Credit: wikipedia.org

After dropping the C/K naming convention, Chevrolet introduced Silverado while GMC introduced Sierra. These were the same pickup trucks with different branding. Both Silverado and Sierra used the platform GMT800.

The Chevy Silverado took the market by storm with its new shape. Many people called it the New Body Style or just NBS. Before the new generation of Chevy Silverado, GM started selling the existing GMT800s as Silverado Classic.

There were some upgrades for this model compared to the previous pickup trucks from Chevy. Chevrolet provided an upscale trim level in 2001 before adding a new fascia and improved tail lamps in 2003. The models manufactured between 2001 and 2005 were available in a Quadrasteer 4-wheel steering option.

Other models were the Silverado SS, which debuted in 2003, and an Intimidator SS in 2006. The latter came after the first launch of gasoline/ electric hybrid trucks in 2009.   

ModelsYears
15001999-2007
1500HD1999-2007
25001999-2004
2500HD2001-2007
3500HD2001-2007
A review of 1st Gen Silverado.

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2007-2013 Second Generation Chevy Silverado (GMT900)

Second Generation Chevy Silverado
Second Generation Chevy Silverado was capable of 403 hp (301 kW) and 417 lb-ft (565 N⋅m) of torque).
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The GMT900 is the new platform that replaced the GMT800. Mainly full-size pickup trucks and SUVs used it. It is the same platform that the second-generation Chevy Silverado is built on. They had improved aerodynamics compared to the first-generation ones.

They featured steady-raked windshields and tighter panel gaps. These reduce drag, thereby improving fuel efficiency.

Chevy Silverado earned the North American Truck of the Year award in 2007 and was also the Motor Trend Truck of the year. Like the previous generation trucks, it came in two-door regular cabs, four-door extended cabs, and four-door crew cabs. The buyer also had a choice between 2WD or 4WD configurations.

The generation III small block V8 engines used in GMT800 trucks were dropped for GMT900 Series. This generation IV small-block V8 engine has increased power and Active Fuel Management on the 5.3L and 6.0L V8s.

A new high-performance 6.2-liter V8 was also available for Chevy Silverado 1500 manufactured in 2009. It was capable of 403 hp (301 kW) and 417 lb-ft (565 N⋅m) of torque).

GM also introduced a two-mode hybrid Silverado in 2008. It, however, never lasted for long due to poor sales.

There have been changes from one model year to the next. The reinforced suspension systems and axle designs improve load handling and driving comfort. The 2500HD uses a two-stage, rated 6,200 lb, while the 3500HD models have a three-stage, rated 7,050 lb. They have single and dual-wheels, respectively.

ModelsYears
15002007-2014
2500HD2007-2014
3500HD2007-2014
The buyer’s guide of Second Generation Chevy Silverado.

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2014-2019 Third Generation Silverado (GMT K2XX)

2014-2019 Third Generation Silverado (GMT K2XX)
K2XX came in three engine options: 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6, 5.3 L EcoTec3 V8, or 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8 engines.
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The redesigned 2012 Chevy Silverado debuted in 2014. GM dropped the GMT900 platform and adopted K2XX when making Chevy Silverado 1500, came in three engine options: 4.3 L EcoTec3 V6, 5.3 L EcoTec3 V8, or 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8 engines.

Third-generation Silverado trucks are some of the most modern trucks with highly advanced infotainment systems and other futuristic features. Its dashboard has the following technologies:

  • A2DP stereo streaming
  • Bluetooth hands-free telephone
  • USB hookups
  • An input for an Apple iPod or iPhone.   
  • Bose surround-sound audio system

There have been continuous facelifts through the model years from 2014 to 2019. New standard and optional features came with the Chevy Silverado 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD. Some now come with a touch screen feature with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.

ModelsYears
15002014-2019
2500HD2014-2019
3500HD2014-2019
The review of Chevy Silverado 1500.

2019-present Fourth Generation Chevy Silverado (GMT T1XX)

Fourth Generation Chevy Silverado (GMT T1XX)
2020 Silverado models have a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine and 10-speed automatic transmissions.
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The all-new fourth-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 came to the market on December 16th, 2017. But the formal unveiling was done on January 13th, 2018, to mark the 100 years of Chevrolet service. Some highlights of this model include the following:

  • Gloss black front fascia
  • Black rear step bumper
  • Black Chevrolet “bow-tie” emblems on the front grille and rear tailgate
  • Gloss black-finished aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Large off-road tires and altered suspension
  • “Trail Boss” decals on the sides of the pickup box
  • Front bumper-mounted center fog lamps
  • Heated and ventilated luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces
  • A heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Driver-assist technologies
  • Infotainment system
  • A multi-angle camera system
  • Heated rear seats
  • Bose premium audio system

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is available in eight different trims. The 2019 model offers up to six engine options to buyers.

But most 2020 Silverado models have a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 gasoline engine and 10-speed automatic transmissions.

These modern models come with all the safety features you expect to see in your truck. For Chevy Silverado 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD, you will find the following:

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • IntelliBeam headlamps, high-beam assist
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
ModelsYears
15002019-present
2500HD2019-present
3500HD2019-present

2001-2006 First Generation Chevrolet Avalanche

First Generation Chevrolet Avalanche
First Avalanche models were available in a light gray plastic body cladding, making them unique.
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The Chevy Avalanche’s official launch was in 2001 as a 2002 model built on the GMT800 platform. They were in production for about 12 years.

First Avalanche models were available in a light gray plastic body cladding, making them unique. They also came with improved front fascia and with full-length chrome strip splits with Chevy’s bow tie at the center. There was also an off-road version with added suspension for the intended use.

Chevy Avalanche also had many features you will find in other modern models. They come with the following:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels and tires
  • AM/FM stereo with single-disc CD player
  • Front bench seat with power front driver’s seat
  • Power windows, power door locks, keyless entry
  • Full instrumentation
  • Dual front airbags
  • Air conditioning
The problems of 1st gen Chevy Avalanche.

2007-2013 Second Generation Chevrolet Avalanche

Second Generation Chevrolet Avalanche
The second-generation Avalanche also offered an off-road package with tuned suspension to handle rough terrains.
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The second generation of Chevy Avalanche was built on the GMT900 platform. It had many features as the predecessors, but we have to mention that the 2500 model was discontinued.

The second-generation Avalanche also offered an off-road package with tuned suspension to handle rough terrains. Other features of this package include an automatic locking rear differential, aluminum underbody skid plates, and wheel flares.

The new Avalanche model had all the luxury and safety features of first-generation models but was improved, and many more were added. You could find them in three trim options and two engine variations.

The review of 2007 – 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche.

2004-2012 First Generation Chevrolet Colorado

First Generation Chevrolet Colorado
The first model had a 2.8-liter four-cylinder that produced 175 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.
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The 2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado represents a generation of this compact pickup truck. The first model had a 2.8-liter four-cylinder that produced 175 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque. Some models had a 3.5-liter inline-five engine capable of 220 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque.

The 2007 Chevrolet Colorado model had a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 185 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque. But some came with a 3.7-liter inline-five engine producing 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission system or 4-speed automatic transmission transferred that power to the wheels.

The buying guide of 2004-2012 Chevrolet Colorado .

2011-present Second Generation (Mercosur) Chevrolet Colorado

Second Generation (Mercosur) Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Colorado is a modern truck with all the advanced features demanded by the present-day drivers and crew.
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The Second-generation Chevrolet Colorado for the North American market features different design improvements. Structurally, it is lighter and longer than the global version. Buyers can select from the 2WD or 4WD and five trim levels.

Chevrolet Colorado is a modern truck with all the advanced features demanded by the present-day drivers and crew. Main feature highlights include a touchscreen infotainment system, safety features, etc.

The model versions with 6-speed manual transmissions were discontinued. Also, the 4×2 Z71 Extended Cab and Z71 crew-cab long-box models were removed from the production line beginning 2020.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Review.

2015-present Second Generation (North America) Chevrolet Colorado

The 2015 second-generation Chevy Colorado for the North American market is available in two engine options. A 2.5L Ecotec inline-four engine that produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft comes as your first option. But heavy users can choose the 3.6L LFX V6 engine. It is capable of 304 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.

Some 2016 Colorado models came with a 2.8L LWN Duramax Turbo-Diesel inline-four engine that generates 197 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. There have been contiguous updates on this generation. And since it is still in production, we can expect more to come.   

2002-2011 First Generation Chevrolet D-Max

First Generation Chevrolet D-Max
Chevrolet D-Max comes packed with all safety and luxury features you need. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

The first-generation Chevrolet D-Max shares the same platform as the sister model made by the Japanese company, ISUZU. It is an equally good pickup truck with high reliability. You will find it in different trims and engine options to choose from. It was in production between the years 2002 and 2011 before its discontinuation.

Like all other modern pickup trucks, Chevrolet D-Max comes packed with all safety and luxury features you need.

2012-present Second-Generation Chevrolet D-Max

Second-Generation Chevrolet D-Max
Chevrolet D-Max is a multipurpose pickup truck you can use for hauling or towing.
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There have been a few updates in the second generation of the Chevrolet D-Max to make it even more reliable. They are more comfortable, high-performing, and adaptable to different road conditions.

The power you get from the engines to the wheels is enough to help you explore every part of the country. You will also enjoy a smooth ride.

Let’s also mention usability. The Chevrolet D-Max is a multipurpose pickup truck you can use for hauling or towing.

Summary

Chevrolet has never disappointed fans with their pickup trucks. Since the introduction of the first truck in 1918, they have maintained their market share. Their pickups have only gotten better with every new model that comes to the market. The performance, reliability, comfortability, drivability, useability, and lifespan improved.

Regardless of the Chevy pickup truck model you own or plan to buy, you will still get the best value for your money.

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