Centenarian: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Debuts as Chevy Trucks Marks 100 Years


The 2019 Chevy Silverado will be up to 450 pounds lighter than the current-generation model, yet it will offer a wheelbase that is up to 3.9 inches longer, more passenger volume, and best-in-class cargo volume. Unlike crosstown rival Ford, Chevrolet has opted to keep steel as a core component of the 2019 Silverado. The fully boxed steel frame is also 88 pounds lighter than its predecessor, while eighty percent of the frame is made of high-strength steel. The Chevrolet Silverado was last redesigned in 2014, and if this was a compact vehicle or a crossover, it would probably soldier on at least a couple more years. The shape of the front end has been improved to duct air around the tires, while the shape of the roof and the shape of the tailgate have been created to move air smoothly over the bed.

A mix of materials are used to optimize weight and capability. The doors, hood, tailgate and swing panels are made of aluminum.

There will be six different engine and transmission combinations, including an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel that President of General Motors North America Mark Reuss not-so-subtly hinted will outperform the recently-announced specs from Ford's 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel and a reworked 6.2-liter V8-both of which will be paired with the Hyrdra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

There are six powertrain choices in the 2019 Silverado although Chevrolet discussed only three on Saturday.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Centenarian: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Debuts as Chevy Trucks Marks 100 Years

The 6.2-liter V8 and revised 5.3-liter V8 will also be offered with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management technology, which deactivates cylinders in order to increase fuel economy and deliver power on demand. Such a milestone almost demands a blockbuster product, which Chevy seems quite confident it has just that in the 2019 Silverado. They include the basic Work Truck, Custom LT and Custom Trailboss.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Trailboss was unveiled last month, but we now have details on the full line-up of no less than eight variants. The LTZ and High Country, like today's Silverado, represent the more luxurious end of the spectrum. Chevrolet managers say the passenger volume has increased, and so has the cargo volume in the bed of the truck. Away from the fighting talk, there's a 63 cubic feet short box, while there are lockable storage bins over the wheel arches. The corner steps on either side of the rear bumper have been enlarged to accommodate steel-toed work boots. The driving position has been raised by one inch and the 2019 Silverado offers 34 inches of headroom. The knobs and controls have been enlarged and textures, to give more grip when you're wearing gloves, and there are hidden storage cubbies around the cabin, including a tray under the rear seat.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will arrive at dealerships in the third quarter of 2018.

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