Chevrolet formally unveiled their completely redesigned and repowered 2019 Silverado 1500 just before the opening of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) this week.
As an introduction ‘reveal’ – certain performance details and information including pricing were not announced. They will be made available closer to launch which will be this fall.
Here is what we do know from what they provided and we saw.
The 2019 Silverado is bigger, more powerful and lighter than its predecessors with particular attention paid to more trim levels, powertrain options, features, technology and interior refinement.
There are now eight trim levels, six engine/transmission choices including an all-new Duramax inline-six diesel, up to 33-inch tires and much more that Chevy says will make the latest generation Silverado 1500 the perfect truck for every customer and every need.
They say the strength of the Silverado is in the utility and versatility of the bed. For 2019, they have improved it using a higher-grade steel with advanced manufacturing techniques to offer greater strength that supports more functionality. Things like:
• Best-in-class cargo volume: The 2019 Silverado wider (7-inches) bed floor offers the most cargo volume in every bed length, with the short-box offering 63 cubic feet of volume — up to 20 percent more than a competitor’s short-box.
• Chevrolet Accessories storage bins: Fit over the wheel wells with nearly seven cubic feet of lockable cargo space for short-box models while still able to fit a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood flat on the cargo floor.
• More and stronger tie-downs: Silverado now has 12 fixed tie-downs and nine moveable points with up to 500-pound force strength.
• Added features: An available class-exclusive power up/down tailgate, task lighting, a 120-volt power outlet and larger cutouts in the CornerStep bumpers to accommodate steel-toed boots.
Larger and Lighter
The 2019 Silverado is larger than before, including a wheelbase that is up to 3.9 inches longer and an overall length that is 1.6 inches longer, enabling both more cargo volume and more interior room (head and leg room) for all cab lengths.
Using advanced manufacturing techniques and mixed materials, it is also lighter, weighing 450 pounds less than its comparable predecessor.
For example, the body is 88 pounds lighter than before due to mixed materials use. All exterior swing panels (doors, hood and tailgate) are made of aluminum while fixed panels (fenders, roof and bed) are made of steel.
The fully boxed steel frame is also 88 pounds lighter than its predecessor, while offering 10 percent greater torsional rigidity.
An all-new suspension also utilizes mixed materials for strength and weight savings. The front independent short/long arm suspension features new forged-aluminum upper control arms that are lighter and stronger than the stamped component they replace.
The live-axle rear suspension is also redesigned, including new carbon-composite second-stage springs on LT models that save about 12 pounds per side over the steel springs they replace
The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations.
They include new 5.3L and 6.2L V-8s with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management that actively shuts off any number of cylinders, in a variety of combinations, to optimize fuel economy.
The Silverado will also be available with an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel that Chevy says is expected exceed the performance metrics of their two chief competitor diesel offerings.
Both the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L engines are paired with a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission as well as start/stop technology to improve fuel economy and deliver optimum performance.
Fresh Aerodynamic Design
All models introduce a modern, powerful design but with a strong dose of Chevy Truck DNA like the “CHEVROLET” name stamped on the tailgate recalling iconic Chevy trucks of the 1950s and ‘60s.
The Silverado’s bold design is surprisingly aerodynamic. Key elements of the front grille are front functional air curtains that reduce aerodynamic drag by routing air around the front wheel wells. A powerful side profile further enhances aerodynamics, including an integrated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab that directs air onto the tailgate lip, reducing wind drag from the bed.
Sharper, more functional connected interiors
Chevy says the interior design was strongly influenced by customer feedback. Customers’ top priorities were more comfortable seating, more interior cargo storage and more functional, easy-to-use controls.
The cab of the new Silverado is larger with crew-cab models now offering 3-inches of additional rear-seat legroom with 44.5 inches of front legroom and 43.8 inches of rear legroom.
New storage options include two 10-liter bins integrated in the second-row seatbacks for holding small items like gloves or tie-down straps, as well as a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat for things like personal items, tools or fishing rods and tackle boxes.
Every surface is said to have been designed with style in mind and crafted for function and ergonomics, from the rotary knob textures to the infotainment screen angle. From what we saw, they have seriously improved the interior of Silverado which we had long considered as ‘ho-hum’.
The Silverado was already the first pickup to offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, wireless phone charging and OnStar safety and security features. For 2019, that leadership will be improved with new safety and convenience features to be announced later this year according to Chevy.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 Trim Levels
• Work Truck features “CHEVROLET” graphic across the grille and tailgate, blacked-out trim and 17-inch steel wheels for maximum durability. The interior features durable vinyl or cloth seats and 7-inch color touch screen.
• Custom features a body-color styling theme, 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, LED signature taillamps and available integrated dual exhaust.
• Custom Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the Custom, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
• LT features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille and mirror caps, Chevrolet bowtie in the grille, LED reflector headlamps and signature daytime running lights. The interior features an 8-inch color touch screen and available leather seating surfaces
• RST (new for 2019) brings a street-performance appearance to the LT, with body-color trim, full LED lighting (foglamps, headlamps and taillamps) and up to 22-inch wheels with all-season tires.
• LT Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the LT, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package, including locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
• LTZ features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles and hockey-stick beltline as well as power folding and heated outside rearview mirrors. Leather interior trim is standard equipment.
• High Country features an exclusive front grille design with two-tone chrome and bronze finish, body-color accents plus chrome assist steps from wheel to wheel. It also includes the power up/down tailgate as standard equipment.
Stay tuned to inwheeltime.com for additional information as it becomes available.