General Motors attempted to pull off a giant misdirection play – trying to make its prototype pickup truck look like rival models when testing the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado in Torrance, Calif., earlier this week.
However, these shots provide the best look at what to expect from the all-new Silverado. It is clear from this prototype that the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will make generous use of LED lighting.
GM is expected to make some radical changes to its full-size pickups. It might follow Ford in creating an aluminum-intensive construction to shed weight and improve fuel efficiency and cargo capacity. GM reportedly is working on making stronger aluminum and learning from Ford’s implementation of the material for automotive manufacturing.
The new Silverados will continue with refinements on the current V8 engines, but are also expected to get a diesel and mild hybrid option on the half-ton models. GM’s Duramax diesel comes only on heavy-duty trucks now. The new Silverado is also expected to have a turbocharged V6 option. A 10-speed automatic transmission first seen in the Camaro ZL1 will find its way into at least some trucks at launch.
Expect to see the new Silverado in late 2018 and 2019 models.
Editor’s note: Photos and story by Brian Williams for Trucks.com.