1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Review

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High Gear Media Staff High Gear Media Staff  
May 10, 1999
1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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For 1999, Chevrolet adds a new Corvette hardtop model to its coupe and convertible, and introduces a new pickup truck, the Silverado, which is the first redesign of its pickup truck in 10 years.

Coming early in 1999 is the new 2000 Impala four-door sedan. Chevrolet says it has the interior room of a larger car but the exterior size, handling and responsiveness of a midsize car. The base engine will be the 3.4-liter V-6 rated at 180 horsepower (hp). The optional engine will be the 3.8-liter V-6 producing 200 hp. Also coming this year is the 2000 Monte Carlo in LS ("sophisticated, yet sporty") and SS ("ultimate, performance-oriented) models. It promises newly designed seats, a NASCAR-inspired gauge cluster and RoomFirst design that optimizes interior space for maximum comfort. Monte Carlo gets a 3.4-liter V-6 and a 3.8-liter Series II V-6 (standard on SS models).

The hardtop Corvette carries the lowest base price of the three models ($38,777) and features the Z51 suspension with stiff springs and large stabilizer bars. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The optional Active Handling (stability-control) System is available on all models.

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Changes to the rest of the car line are minor. The Prizm, Malibu and 1999 Monte Carlo get new exterior colors. The Metro coupe and sedan feature a larger four-cylinder engine. Cavalier changes include head restraints for Rally Sport Coupe models and engine refinements. The Lumina LTZ gets some previously optional equipment as standard; the 200-hp 3800 Series II V-6 is the standard engine for 1999. Camaro gets a larger gas tank, and traction control is now available on all models. Other changes include electronic throttle control as standard on V-6 coupe and convertible models; a Torsen differential is standard on Z28 models and included with the Y87 Performance Package on the coupe and convertible.

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