Three Hot Topics Surrounding the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

August 20, 2018 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

There’s a lot that goes into an all-new pickup truck, and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is no exception.

General Motors packed its flagship full-size truck with features and technology that deserve close examination. In particular, changes to the engine, transmission and towing capability will affect the way owners drive and use their trucks.

Here is a deeper dive on three things about the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that you should know.

Which trims get the 10-speed?

The new 10-speed automatic transmission, developed in tandem with Ford Motor Co., is only available on Silverados with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. An upcoming 3-liter turbodiesel engine will be mated to the 10-speed when it goes on sale in early 2019.

For now, buyers must opt for the LTZ or High Country trim. A 5.3-liter V8 and 8-speed transmission are standard, so customers will then pay a $2,495 premium for the larger engine and 10-speed.

One reason the 10-speed transmission is not more widely spread across the Silverado lineup, like with the Ford F-150, is to keep prices down, said Hugh Milne, marketing manager for the Silverado.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. (Photo: Ryan ZumMallen/

On the road, gear changes with the 10-speed are smooth, especially on downshifts. The extra speeds improve both performance and fuel economy. The 2019 Silverado with the 10-speed has an Environmental Protection Agency rating of 16 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg overall.

But compared with the F-150, the Silverado does not have a gauge to display the current gear. And while the driver can choose a maximum gear that the transmission will not shift past, there is no way to manually shift gears on their own.

As the equipment becomes less costly in the future the Silverado will probably see its 6-speed be replaced by the 8-speed, and the 8-speed replaced by the 10-speed, Milne said.

What is Dynamic Fuel Management?

Both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines offer new technology called Dynamic Fuel Management, or DFM. The technology is a type of cylinder deactivation that is increasingly popular in new vehicles as automakers look to improve fuel economy.

DFM is an evolution of Active Fuel Management, which GM introduced in 2005. Active Fuel Management can shut down four of the eight cylinders when they are not in use.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. (Photo: Ryan ZumMallen/

DFM can operate in 17 different patterns and is able to shut down up to seven cylinders at a time. It operates imperceptibly while driving and doesn’t hamper acceleration, either. The engine can still call upon its full force at the stomp of the throttle.

The technology is available on LT and RST trims with the 5.3-liter V8 and is standard on LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country. It is also optional on LTZ and High Country models with the 6.2-liter V8.

How do the towing features work?

GM added several tools to the 2019 Silverado that assist with towing.

First is a set of menu pages on the truck’s touchscreen that perform a variety of functions. Basic trims are able to activate a test of the trailer’s brake lights and turn signals to ensure they work properly.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. (Photo: Ryan ZumMallen/

Higher versions provide a customizable checklist of towing reminders. They also log mpg and total mileage statistics for up to five different trailers. The trailer menu will even sound an alarm and issue mobile alerts if someone attempts to steal the trailer.

Second, a backup hitch camera points directly down to give drivers the perfect view when lining up the truck to attach a trailer. This eliminates the need to get out of the truck to check positioning, a frustrating chore when preparing to leave on a fishing trip at 4 a.m.

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2 Responses

  1. Greg

    Great article. I’m glad at least one writer is pointing out the biggest disappointment about the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 by GM. The biggest disappointment is not as many shallow truck fans may think, the so-called “polarizing” front end styling; or the “not refreshed enough” interior. Those are minor squabbles that are subjective and are of little consequence to true truck enthusiasts. To me, the interior looks and feels good enough and so does it’s looks. The big problem is that GM is initiating class warfare within it’s own customer base. And especially, when one starts thinking about how their marketing strategy contrasts with that of the Blue Oval, it’s down right disheartening.

    Think of this, an all-new-styled 1/2-ton pickup with two badges: Silverado and Sierra. Lots of great engineering work to showcase. Two new engine reworks that includes the next generation cylinder deactivation that only GM will have. A new ten speed transmission shared by only one other brand. An all-new turbo four cylinder that promises 348 ft-lb torque peaking at a start of only 1500 RPM that is almost sure to unseat Ford as the gas-powered mpg champ. They will have the latest and greatest diesel on the planet; designed and built right here in America; and designed specifically for these two trucks. No one else has that. Ford has their own design, but it’s built in England and it was not originally designed for F150. Ram bought theirs sourced from an Italian company.

    So all that is good stuff, but when it’s time to sell all these great new technological products that their engineers produced, that’s where GM lets their base down. They’re going to categorize their trim levels into three: “high value”, “high volume”, and “high feature”. High value gets no value. Value would indicate that those customers get some value at a good price, which is what they’ve said their customers have asked for. Well they’ll get the good price, but unlike F150 customers who can get any of their four gas engines with their best available treatment and three out of the four with the ten speed transmission starting at the lowest price point, GM customers at the low end gets a new truck but with all old guts and likely at the same starting price as F150. Even Ram is going to eventually offer a standard mild hybrid at the low end with the Penstar V6 and competitive mpg; but for GM in the low trims…DFM; not for you worker bees. 8 and 10 speeds; not that stuff either. And then to add insult to injury, they take away the RCSB completely from the lineup with no explanation and offer the RCLB in only the very lowest trim. Ram took away both regular cab configurations. The media is giving them both a huge pass on this disappointment for fleets and those who prefer the regular cabs. GM has released the expected mpg for the 5.3L V8 with 6-speed that will be in this low category, and it’s worse than the current truck. How does that add value? It seems as though they are trying to move all their customers to higher trim categories by making the low end trucks as unattractive as possible, because none of those moves are an indication of “high value”. F150 will be competitively priced on the low end, because they’ll have to, so this crap about putting old power trains in the low-end truck as a way to keep prices down is bologny. They can offer the more advance power trains and charge a premium. That what Ford does. No what they’re doing is called greed.

    High volume gets some of the new stuff but can’t have a ten speed and can’t have a 6.2L.

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