You can always count on Chevrolet Silverado selling more than any vehicle line in America besides Ford F-150 and other F-Series models. Those top two places on the sales charts won’t change anytime soon, but GM is always determined to narrow that gap
In 2018, its main weapon in the fight is an all-new Silverado coming later on in the year. With a dizzying array of new features and engine options, it’s quite a weapon. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Silverado’s full redesign.
1. More cargo and passenger space
Silverado’s wheelbase grew 3.9 inches for 2019. As in the new GMC Sierra, that will mean extra space for passengers. Every cab style got more room.
Meanwhile, there is an increase in the overall length of the truck (1.6 inches). This model features the most cargo volume in any bed length for pickups in the class, Chevy said in a statement.
2. Weight savings up to 450 lbs.
Despite the increase in dimensions, Silverado managed to drop some weight through the use of various materials. In the V8 crew cab, the savings came to 450 lbs. Aluminum exterior swing panels were one way engineers got the weight down.
The front independent suspension got forged-aluminum control arms to lighten the load in that area.
3. New trims and pricing
Chevy broke down the 2019 Silverado trims into three categories — by overall value, sales volume, and high-end features. Altogether, there are eight trims for the redesigned pickup, and three are new.
You can notice some of the changes in the base Work Trim (WT) model ($29,795). Chevy’s pulled nearly all the chrome off the front of the truck, including the bumper and grille. The same goes for the Custom model ($36,095) and Custom Trail Boss (a new trim, with four-wheel drive only, starting at $40,995).
In the high-volume segment, Silverado’s top-selling model (LT crew cab) got a $700 price drop (to $40,795). Here, you’ll find chrome accents in the front and an 8-inch color touchscreen. The new RST ($40,295) and LT Trail Boss ($49,795) trims brings street-style and off-road equipment, respectively.
At the high end of the Silverado range, consumers again find the LTZ ($44,495) and High Country ($54,495) trims with standard leather, lots of chrome, and a jarringly long list of features (more on them ahead).
4. Powertrain options
Chevy is giving customers the option to customize up and down the Silverado lineup, as you’ll notice in the many trims and six powertrain options. Here is a breakdown of what’s available as far as engines and transmissions go:
- A standard 4.3-liter V6 (283 horsepower, 305 pound-feet of torque) with 6-speed automatic transmission
- An available 5.3-liter V8 (355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque) with 6-speed automatic
- Standard on LT and RST: A 2.7-liter turbo (310 horsepower, 348 pound-feet of torque) with 8-speed automatic transmission
- Standard on LT Trail Boss: 5.3-liter V8 with 8-speed automatic
- Available on LT and RST: A new Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel with 10-speed automatic
LTZ and High Country
- Standard 5.3-liter V8 with 8-speed automatic transmission
- Available 6.2-liter V8 (420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque) and Duramax Turbo-Diesel, both with 10-speed automatic
5. The Durabed
It may not be Sierra’s MultiPro Tailgate, but Silverado is offering a big upgrade in its pickup bed. It’s called Durabed and features a bumper with step-holes for work boots, 12 fixed tie-downs, and an optional outlet (110v) and LED task lighting.
Paired with the class-leading space in the bed, competitors might look to this part of the Silverado as the most problematic for them.
6. Trailering equipment and tech
Two trailering packages make the new Silverado a true ally in work or vacation hauling. The Advanced package comes with an app for tire pressure monitoring and theft alert, hitch guidance and lighting, trailer light test, and auto-brake assist. It comes standard on the high-end models. (Mid trims have it as an option).
In just LTZ and High Country models, the available Trailering Camera package gets you a view of your cargo with side and hitch-view cameras, plus an additional port for an accessory camera.
7. Production and release dates; fuel economy
2019 Silverado production has already begun. In the first phase (through September), Chevy will work exclusively on crew-cab V8 models.
Starting around October, GM plants will move on to regular-cab (WT) and double-cab models. The V6 and 2.7-liter turbo engines will begin to appear in trucks around this time.
Finally, the Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine will make it into models starting in early 2019.
EPA estimates for the 2019 Silverado have only come for the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s at the time of writing: 17-19 mpg combined. Because of difference in active and dynamic fuel management, they vary depending on the trim.