Texas Surprise: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
texas surprise 2019 chevrolet silverado trail boss

Chevy threw itself a birthday party today at the Texas Motor Speedway, celebrating 100 years of making trucks. It had a surprise gift for the audience in the form of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado … delivered by way of Sikorsky helicopter, naturally.

The truck shown here is in new Trail Boss trim, which will add a factory two-inch lift kit to the off-road gear included in the already available Z71 package. Company reps were mum on powertrain details but your author’s ear definitely heard a V8 engine as the truck drove across stage at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Meaty Goodyear tires with aggressive tread were wrapped around black five-spoke rims in this Trail Boss model. There surely will be a myriad of rim and tire combinations when the truck goes on sale next year, depending on the model. Styling confirms a lot of what we’ve suspected from spy shots over the past few months, with a neat C-shaped LED trim underneath a narrow set of headlights. Side mirrors are a lot more streamlined and there’s an aggressive character line plunging towards terra firma just aft of the front fender. Shunning decades of tradition, the wheel-wells are no longer square.

At the rear of this crew-cab Chevy, the Silverado name has been hammered into the tail gate and the exhaust pipes are narrow, flat units. This will probably be different on other trims, as well. The bumper steps remain, confirming that Chevy is not interested in designing a ‘Man Step’ in the visage of the Blue Oval. Bookending the tail gate are a set of tail lights that have a flared appearance, pinched in the middle near the reverse lamp.

GM reps said the truck will next be seen at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will go on sale in the 2018 calendar year.

[Images © 2017 Matthew Guy/TTAC and Chevrolet]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Dec 18, 2017

    The grille looks like it's eight feet tall, like a Canyonero. Redesign that, and get rid of that downward-sweeping character line on the front fender, and I might start to like it.

  • True_Blue True_Blue on Dec 18, 2017

    From the rear, I'd swear this was a redesign of the Titan. It has a *lot* of Tacoma seasoning.

  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
  • Art_Vandelay “We skipped it because we didn’t think anyone would want to steal these things”-Hyundai
  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.
  • El scotto Never mind that that F-1 is a bigger circus than EBFlex and Tassos shopping together for their new BDSM outfits and personal lubricants. Also, the F1 rumor mill churns more than EBFlex's mind choosing a new Sharpie to make his next "Free Candy" sign for his white Ram work van. GM will spend a year or two learning how things work in F1. By the third or fourth year GM will have a competitive "F-1 LS" engine. After they win a race or two Ferrari will protest to highest F-1 authorities. Something not mentioned: Will GM get tens of millions of dollars from F-1? Ferrari gets 30 million a year as a participation trophy.