Chevrolet surprised all and literally dropped the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 on us at the 100 years of Chevrolet Trucks celebration at the Texas Motor Speedway near Dallas, Texas. The truck arrived via helicopter. The company announced that the all-new pickup truck will make its official world debut at the 2018 NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January, 2018. TFLtruck.com will be in Detroit, and we will again be the first to bring you all of the details about this truck and all the other new trucks there, including the 2019 Ram 1500.
Chevrolet did not release much information about the new truck, but several items are official. The TrailBoss off-road package name comes to the 2019 Chevy Silverado lineup and offers a two-inch suspension lift from the factory. The TrailBoss is based on an LT trim level with a Z71 package.
We are very familiar with the existing Z71 off-road package from Chevrolet that includes off-road tuned suspension, more aggressive tires, hill descent control, 4×4 with low range and a locking rear differential. It’s great to see that Chevrolet is stepping up the off-road game even further with the redesigned 2019 truck with this TrailBoss package. A two-inch lift, Rancho shocks, and (what looks like) GoodYear Wrangler Duratrac tires will go a long way and allow the Silverado to compete more directly against off-road specialty trucks from Ford, Nissan, Ram, and Toyota.
Chevrolet says that the bed floor of the new truck is made from high-strength steel. Will they use carbon fiber for bed sides or other body components? We will have to wait until January to find out.
We carefully studied the three images that Chevy made public. Several items immediately stand out.
- All-new exterior design with round wheel arches. No more squared-off wheel openings.
- GoodYear Wrangler Duratrac tires for the TrailBoss, although the images do not clearly show the tire designation. WE include a clear image of the Duratrac tire below.
- Dual exhaust system and the rear bumper with larger foot steps.
- The cab air spoiler and body-mounted side mirrors hint at the fact that GM paid special attention to the aerodynamics of the new truck.
- No visible running boards or side steps.
- Rancho off-road shocks (similar to the ones GM currently uses on their off-road trucks).
- No side radio antenna.
- What looks like a camera mounted on the back of the cab inside the center brake light.
- An interesting bump on top of the tailgate. Could it be an additional folding step?
- The truck shown in Texas had what appeared to be mirror mounted lights or turn signals.
- CHEVROLET stamped into the tailgate.
Let us know what you think of the new Chevy Silverado, and what else did you notice in the images.