How do you improve the next generation 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and make it more competitive than ever before? How about making it lighter, bigger, and offer more choice! This is what Chevrolet it doing with their all-new half-ton truck.
The new Silverado’s frame uses advanced and high-strength steels to shave 88 lbs when compared to the previous generation of truck, while also making it 10% more rigid than before. While the cab structure and the bed are made out of various grades of steel, the hood, all doors, the the tailgate use aluminum. Chevrolet says that a new V8-powered 2019 Silverado crew cab is approximately 450 lbs lighter when compared to a similarly equipped older truck.
It’s hard to believe that Chevrolet is targeting up to six powertrain options for the new Silverado. For now, the company has just announced three engines: updated 5.3L V8, 6.2L V8, and a 3.0L I6 turbo-diesel. The V8 engines remain, and there will be a 3.0L Duramax straight-six turbo-diesel as well. We do not know the power specifications for these engines yet, but we know that at least the 6.2L V8 and the 3.0L diesel engines will be paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet is also confident that the new diesel option will be highly competitive in the segment, considering that Ford just recently announced their 3.0L V6 Power Stroke turbo-diesel numbers.
The gas V8 engine are said to have new cylinder deactivation modes where up to 7 out 8 cylinder could be shut off under light loads. How is this possible? We are not sure yet, but we will keep asking for many more details.
Here is our first 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 video from the show. Check it out for a lot more!