General Motors unveiled its redesigned 2019 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck in advance of the North American International Auto Show.
“After selling 85 million trucks over 100 years, I would say we have learned a lot about what truck buyers want and what they truly need,” said Alan Batey, president of GM’s North American operations.
Here are the important changes to the 2019 Silverado.
- The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is redesigned to improve aerodynamics. Winglets on either side of the front grille direct air around the wheels. Small spoilers on the roof and tailgate optimize airflow. The 2019 Silverado increased aerodynamics by 7 percent over the current model, aiding fuel efficiency and reducing wind noise.
- The use of advanced materials such as aluminum and high-strength steel led to a total weight reduction of 450 pounds. The doors, hood, tailgate and swing panels are made of aluminum. The truck’s frame is made of 80 percent high-strength steel.
- There are six powertrain choices in the 2019 Silverado although Chevrolet discussed only three on Saturday. Engines include a turbocharged 3.0-liter Duramax diesel six-cylinder and revised versions of the familiar 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. The lower trims get the existing 4.3-liter V6. Chevrolet will also offer a 2.7-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
- Depending on the trim level and engine choice, the truck will have a 10-speed, 8-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission.
- The V8 engines are equipped with Dynamic Fuel Management, a new technology that shuts off anywhere between one and seven cylinders – depending on the vehicle’s load and speed – to increase fuel efficiency.
- There are eight vehicle trims available. They include the basic Work Truck, Custom LT and Custom Trailboss. The LT, LTZ and LT Trailboss serve as mid-level trims. There will also be a sporty RST. The most premium trim is the High Country.
- The truck’s bed is made of stronger grade steel alloy. Cargo volume increased by 20 percent compared with the outgoing model and there are 21 tie-downs. Twelve of them are fixed and can handle 500 pounds each – twice the maximum capacity of the tie-downs in the outgoing Silverado.
- A new stamping technique allowed GM to carve out an additional 6.75 inches of cargo width in the bed floor of the 2019 Silverado compared with the outgoing model. The bed offers a total of 63 cubic feet of volume.
- The truck can also be ordered with lockable storage bins on either side of the bed that hold seven cubic feet of volume each.
- The 2019 Silverado will be available with a power operating rear tailgate that can open and close with the push of a button on the vehicle’s key fob. The corner steps on either side of the rear bumper have been enlarged to accommodate steel-toed work boots.
- Inside, every dimension in the cabin increased. The driving position has been raised by one inch and the 2019 Silverado offers 34 inches of headroom. There are hidden compartments behind the rear seats and storage underneath the rear seats.
- The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will arrive at dealerships in the third quarter of 2018.