We join you live from the 2018 Detroit International Auto show with another huge truck reveal. This time its the 2019 Chevy Silverado which has been completely redesigned, 100 years after the company started making trucks. You can feel free to watch the whole press briefing, but we will list off the most important changes in this article.
Of course the first thing you notice about the 2019 Chevy Silverado is the refreshed design. Chevy decided to go bigger, a trend common among this new generation of pickups. In total, this new design is 3.9″ longer in wheelbase, 1.9″ longer in total length, and slightly taller to allow for more interior space.
Chevy is particularly proud of their all-new bed design and construction. In total, this new design adds 6.75″ of width to the bed compared to last year’s model. Furthermore, Chevy have allowed space for optional lock-boxes that still leave enough room for a 4×8 piece of plywood to fit in the bed.
In case you didn’t hear, Chevy utilizes a steel bed to provide additional strength and robustness. Also added to the bed are a heap more tie-downs, which can now hold 500-lbs each. In total, there are 12 fixed tie-downs and 9 movable units.
The tailgate now features a power up and down functionality that can be operated via key fob or a button on the bed. A 120 volt power outlet is also now accessible from the bed.
The interior has seen some updates as well. Although Chevy admits that this was mostly minor changes to improve ergonomic functionality. Nothing drastically different here.
As efficiency becomes more and more important, so does saving weight. Chevy has managed to shave 450 lbs from the previous generation, despite being significantly larger. This total amount comes from a number of areas where weight has been saved. Namely, the body and frame, which are each 88 lbs lighter than before.
Changes to the suspension (including components from the Corvette) have allowed for an additional 24 lbs in weight reduction.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado 155 will eventually have six powertrain options. As you might have been expecting, the new 10-speed transmission has made its way to the Silverado. But, alongside this new transmission, Chevy have introduced a 3.0L turbocharged straight-six diesel engine. Additionally, Chevy has revised the 5.3L and 6.2L V8 gas engines, focusing on efficiency. Both V8 gas powerplants make use of a cylinder deactivation system that can shut-off anywhere from 1 to 7 cylinders depending on what the truck needs.
For the time being, the 6.2L V8 and the 3.0L inline-six will be the only engines available with the 10-speed automatic. Unfortunately, power figures have not yet been released for the new powertrain options. However, Chevy confidently claimed that the Duramax Diesel will be class-leading in performance.
Earlier I glossed over the fact that Chevy has launched the 2019 Silverado 1500 with 8 trim-levels. Chevy have broken those trims into three categories: High Value, High Volume, and High Feature.
High Value trims include: Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trailboss. These trims are designed to offer customers a less expensive entry price with only the essential features.
High Value trims include: LT, RST, and LT Trailboss. These trims include more standard features than the High Value levels, but do not include the most luxurious expensive features available on the 2019 Silverado. As you may expect, these are the trims that Chevy expects to sell the highest number of to consumers.
High Feature trims include the LTZ and High Country trims. These offer the most luxury features and comfort, of course with a significantly higher pricetag.
Chevy has said that their goal is to provide the consumer with many different options, so that they can find the truck to best suit their needs.
Production of the 2019 Chevy Silverado is set to begin in the fall. Pricing and exact delivery dates are yet to be announced.
Make sure to watch the whole video to hear an in-depth breakdown of the new Silverado from Chevy’s press team. Be sure to stay tuned to TFLtruck and TFLnow for more news on the pricing and power figures of the all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado!