Redesigned 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup loses weight, gains size

Lloyd Doyle
January 14, 2018

The two major changes to next year's models are the 3.0 liter Duramax diesel engine and the prolific use of aluminium for hinged components that brings down the weight by nearly 450 pounds. V-8 offerings will include significantly revised 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines, which will including dynamic fuel offerings which can shut-off up to seven cylinders at a time to conserve fuel. The 6.2-liter and diesel come paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission that's shared with Ford.

The Saturday presentation by GM President Mark Reuss revealed that the truck is "built from the ground up", meaning all-new body, chassis frame and just about everything else. Eighty percent of the all-new fully boxed steel frame is made from high-strength steel. Officials at GM didn't disclose power or fuel economy figures but said the diesel engine would be among the tops of its class, which includes Ram, Ford, and Nissan. Among those materials are seven different grades of high-strength steel in the cab, and aluminum for the hood, doors and tailgate. The new look is more truck-like than today's and features several variants within the 8 trim levels, including high-end material finishes. 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.

As for size, the truck is also bigger than the current version.

The 2019 Silverado has grown a bit with its wheelbase growing 3.9 inches and its length being stretched 1.6 inches.

"Work comes first for truck buyers", Reuss said.

In that bed, customers can opt for a series of storage compartments over the wheel arches that, when installed, will still accommodate a full four-by-eight-foot sheet of plywood.

The Silverado features the first opening and closing power tailgate.

The Silverado is already available with in-vehicle wi-fi, Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Chevrolet says the 2019 Silverado is also significantly more aerodynamic.

The Silverado is critical to Chevrolet's business. Full-size pickups are top sellers for Detroit's automakers and collectively bring them annual revenue of more than $90 billion. For comparison, GM sold more Silverados in 2017 than all the Buicks and Cadillacs combined for the year.

The automaker introduced the truck by celebrating 100 years of Chevy trucks. At that reveal, Chevrolet said they gathered feedback from 7,000 people when designing the new truck, which the company says is the most research it has ever done ahead of a new model. "Whether it's hauling sand or carrying dirt bikes, we wanted the longest-lasting, most durable bed".

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