Chevrolet started producing pickup trucks in January 1918. So perhaps there is some symbolism in the fact the bowtie brand is revealing the all-new, fourth-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado exactly 100 years later. Such a milestone nearly demands a blockbuster product, which Chevy seems quite confident it has just that in the 2019 Silverado.
As with every new-generation Silverado, this one is starting nearly from scratch. Everything from the frame up is new or heavily revised over today’s K2XX trucks. The 2019 model is available in 8 different trim levels, with the goal of pleasing the broad range of consumers that buy half-ton pickup trucks. Each one is offering a slightly unique look, albeit slightly evolutionary from today’s Silverado.
Where all Silverado models are in parity is in what GM calls their mixed-material strategy. Unlike crosstown rival Ford, Chevrolet has opted to keep steel as a core component of the 2019 Silverado. Despite this strategy, all doors and hood are made of aluminum, while the bed is rolled steel. This strategy has shed 450 pounds from today’s model when comparing crew cab V-8 models.
Chevy is going out of their way to say their bed is not made of aluminum like the F-150. Instead, the company is using mostly steel in the bed, and including a new full-power tailgate and new LED task lighting.
The 8 different trim levels will offer 6 differ engine/transmission offerings, including an all-new 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel offering. 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. Each engine is paired to GM’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the 2019 Silverado interior is very evolutionary from today’s truck. The new look is more truck-like than today’s and features several variants within the 8 trim levels, including high-end material finishes.
So far Chevy has not disclosed powertrain details on the 2019 Silverado, other than confirming the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel, 5.3-liter V-8 and 6.2-liter V-8 offerings. More details are expected closer to the truck’s launch.
2019 Silverado trim levels:
- Custom Trail Boss
- LT Trail Boss
- High Country