The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show to celebrate 100 years of Chevy trucks. It has new powertrains, improved capability, and eight different models designed to suit every truck buyer.
The Silverado now weighs 450 pounds less thanks to the use of mixed materials and improved manufacturing processes. Despite the weight reduction, it’s larger than the outgoing model by as much as 3.9 inches giving it both increased cargo capacity and a roomier interior.
It has the more cargo volume in every bed length with 63 cubic feet in the short-box alone. This comes from a bed floor that grew by nearly seven inches in width. Additional storage is available from lockable storage bins that fit over the wheel wells.
Adding to the Silverado’s utility are 12 fixed tie-downs that can handle 500 pounds of force each. There are an additional nine moveable tie-downs to provide even more flexibility for cargo. A class-exclusive power up/down tailgate that operates with the key fob or via an interior button is also available.
The fully boxed steel frame represents an 88-pound weight loss, but provides 10 percent greater torsional rigidity with eighty percent of it built of high strength steel. There’s also a high-strength steel bed floor that’s stronger and more durable.
The eight different Silverado trim levels feature six different engine/transmission options. These include a new 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 with new Dynamic Fuel Management. This technology shuts off anywhere from one to seven cylinders to optimize fuel efficiency. Yeah, you could be driving around in a Silverado working with only one cylinder if the circumstances are right.
The Silverado will also offer an all-new Duramax 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder turbodiesel. This as well as 6.2 gas engines are paired to a new 10-speed automatic transmission with start/stop technology.
Inside, the focus was on creating a vehicle that can do double duty hauling cargo or carrying people. Crew-cab models have an extra 3 inches of rear-seat legroom making it more comfortable. There’s also more interior storage with available 10-liter bins integrated in the second-row seatbacks for holding small items like gloves and a 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat.
The all-new Chevrolet Silverado will be available in Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trailboss, LT, RST, LT Trailboss, LTZ. and High Country trims. This offers something for everyone from the person looking simply for a capable, affordable truck to a luxury vehicle. Deliveries are set to begin this fall.