It seems like it is now the year of pickup trucks. Adding fuel to this growing opinion is Ford’s recent announcement that they will bring the Ranger back to the United States, and now Chevrolet’s newest Silverado in the 2019 model year had just made its debut in Detroit, ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show. This may not be the first time we are seeing this, as we saw the Z71 Trailboss trim last month, but this time, we are seeing the complete eight trim levels.
What makes the new Chevy Silverado unique is that it has dropped some weight. It is now 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor. This was made possible with the new mixed-material construction, combining both aluminum and steel throughout the truck’s body. Aluminum control arms in the suspension also save weight while improving rigidity.
Mark Reuss, GM’s boss, boasts about the Silverado’s bed, calling it the most functional bed of any full size pickup. That is because it will be offered in different lengths and is now seven inches wider than before. There will also be as much as seven cubic feet of lockable storage space over the wheel wells. A power tailgate can be controlled from inside the truck too, and is a first in the industry.
Under the hood are a number of options of six different engine and transmission combinations that customers can choose from - which means that there is one for every person. Alongside that is a brand new 3.0 liter inline six diesel engine which Reuss is really happy with. He believes that they will have the best performing diesel in the pickup segment, though they have not provided any specs just yet.
As for the gas engine, buyers can either get a 5.3- or a 6.2-liter small block V8, both of which are updated versions of the current model’s engines. The 2019 Silverado will feature a “dynamic fuel management” system which lets the driver adjust between one and seven cylinders, depending on demand. Basically, it can run on just a one-cylinder engine, though this will be paired with a 10 speed automatic transmission.
When it comes to the truck’s measurements, expect it to be a little bigger considering the fact that the bed will be slightly longer and wider compared to its predecessor. Apart from that, LED lights are now available up front and in the back.
Customers can choose from trim levels from the base Work Truck spec, up to the most luxurious trim that is the High Country version. A sport model will also be available as the RST trim. It will likely remind you of the Tahoe RST, but with larger wheels and a bigger voice from its V8.