Update: We've now driven the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

 

  • Totally redesigned and up to 450 pounds lighter
  • Aluminum door panels, hood and tailgate
  • Eight models grouped into three categories: High Value, High Volume and High Feature
  • 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8 engines will be joined by Silverado’s first diesel engine
  • Starting price should remain in line with the current model’s base price of $29,595
  • Goes on sale this fall


Chevrolet took the wraps off its 2019 Silverado full-size pickup at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, showing a vehicle that is 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The new lineup will now consist of eight models and six powertrain choices when it goes on sale later this year.

The new-look Silverado is larger, offers best-in-class cargo capacity in every box length and uses a mix of high strength steel and aluminum to reduce overall weight. Chevy says the short box, for instance, at 63 cubic feet of load space, has up to 20 percent more volume than its closest competitor.  The maximum bed width has been increased by as much as 7 inches. Chevy also boasts that it has 12 fixed and 9 movable tiedowns in the new cargo box. While Chevrolet uses aluminum for its door panels, hood and tailgate, the box is still stamped steel, unlike the all-aluminum approached used by Ford on the F-150.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado rides on a wheelbase that 3.9 inches longer, which contributes to a 1.6-inch increase in overall length. Crew cabs have been stretched to off 3 inches more rear legroom and have additional storage bins built into the seat backs of the rear bench.

 “With the all-new Silverado, we’ve taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of global product. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to your mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.”

New model lineup

The eight models in the Silverado lineup are grouped into categories called High Value, High Volume and High Feature. The High Value set includes the basic Work Truck, which has blacked out trim and stamped 17-inch steel wheels; the Custom, which has 20-inch wheel and body-colored trim; and Custom Trailboss, a new model that comes with a 2-inch suspension lift, Z71 off-road package, skid plate, locking rear differential and 18-inch wheels.

The High Volume group consists the standard LT, with chrome accents, a more sporty RST with up to 22-inch wheels and the LT Trailboss. The latter two models are new. High Feature models are the more luxury oriented trucks and include the LTZ, which has a standard leather interior, and the flagship High Country, which has its own grille design, two-tone chrome and bronze finish and a new power tailgate as standard equipment.

New diesel

In addition to new 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8 engines, the latter of which will come with a 10-speed automatic transmission, Chevrolet plans to launch its first turbodiesel in its half-ton pickup. The all-new 3.0-liter inline six, which will also be equipped with the 10-speed automatic, will come later and Chevy will announce its specs closer to its availability. The V8s also promise to be more efficient thanks to a new cylinder deactivation system than depending on load, can disable from one to up to seven cylinders.

2019 Chevy Silverado Exterior and Interior Pics

 

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