By Anthony Capkun
March 1, 2018 – Exactly 100 years after the brand delivered its first trucks to customers in January 1918, Chevrolet officially introduced the next-generation Silverado. However, those attending a special Chevy Truck Centennial Event at the Texas Motor Speedway in December were rewarded with a sneak peek at the 2019 work truck.
“With the all-new Silverado, we’ve taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said GM’s Mark Reuss. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 lb lighter than the current model.”
The bed is the defining trait of every pickup, says Chevy, which is why the 2019 Silverado 1500 bed promises best-in-class cargo volume, with the short-box offering 63 cf. Chevrolet Accessories offers storage bins that fit over the wheel wells, offering nearly 7 cf of lockable cargo space for short-box models, while still accommodating a 4×8 sheet of plywood on the floor. The bed also now has 12 fixed tie-downs, and their strength has doubled to 500 lb of force before bending. There are also 9 moveable tie points for greater flexibility.
The 2019 Silverado is lighter yet larger than before, including a wheelbase that is up to 3.9-in. longer and an overall length that is 1.6-in. longer, enabling both more cargo volume and more interior room for all cab lengths.
Inside, the cab has been stretched, with crew cab models now offering 3 in. of additional rear-seat legroom. New available storage options include two 10-L bins integrated in the second-row seatbacks for items like gloves or tie-down straps, as well as a large 24-L storage tray under the second-row seat.
The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations. This includes new 5.3L and 6.2L V-8s with Dynamic Fuel Management that actively shuts off any number of cylinders, in a variety of combinations, depending on immediate needs to optimize fuel economy. The truck will also be available with an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel.
Both the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L engines are paired with a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission as well as start/stop technology to improve fuel economy for optimum performance and efficiency.
The 2019 Silverado offers eight trims designed for three buyer profiles: High Value, High Volume and High Feature.