From the VIN Docs: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Keeps Its Old Sibling Around; GMC Sierra Does the Same

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Just like Ram’s revamped 1500, there’s an all-new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra pickup lying in wait for the 2019 model year. And, also like the Ram, General Motors plans to keep an old version of its full-size truck kicking around for buyers not interested in something new.

The news comes by way of GM’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) decoder document, recently submitted for 2019 model year vehicles. In the GM truck stable, it isn’t just the Silverado line that’s getting a new addition. GMC wants some of the same old-truck action Chevy’s having.

Though not talked about as much as the 2019 Ram 1500 (due for a Detroit debut — and series production — in January), all-new Silverados and Sierras will roll off the line later in 2018. Expect new technologies, updated styling, attempts at lightweighting, and the possibility of an optional carbon fiber bed.

But if none of this excites you, you might be interested in the Silverado Legacy. That’s the name of the current-generation model GM plans to produce concurrently with the next-generation truck. Whereas the updated model calls Flint, Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana home (plus some final assembly in Oshawa, Ontario), the Silverado Legacy is an Oshawa-only product.

Familiar engines return to the next-gen Silverado. There’s the fifth-generation 4.3-liter V6, two 6.0-liter V8s (gas and CNG), and the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8. Silverado Legacy buyers, however, aren’t lined up for much choice. Going old means an extended cab bodystyle and a 5.3-liter V8, rear- or four-wheel drive, and trims limited to Work Truck (fleet/base), LS, and LT.

The old Sierra soldiers on alongside its new sibling as the Sierra Limited. Powertrain and bodystyle mirror the Silverado Legacy, with trim choices relegated to fleet/base and SLE.

By offering fleets a lower-cost option in the form of a truck with development costs long since recouped, GM no doubt hopes it can budge the needle on the Silverado/Sierra’s flat sales trajectory while boosting revenue. The Silverado line might (barely) surpass its 2016 U.S. sales tally this year, but the post-recession high water mark remains 2015, when it sold just over 600,000 units. The Sierra’s in the same boat.

The GM twins’ main rival, Ford’s F-Series, has seen sales climb every year since 2009, with volume over the first 11 months of 2017 now standing at more than 807,000.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Vulpine Vulpine on Dec 15, 2017

    To me the most annoying thing is that they're even considering releasing the '19 model so early in the year; new models used to be released for the fiscal year while half-year models were labeled as the XXXX-½ model. By 2025 we'll be seeing 2030 models in the showrooms, right?

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    • DenverMike DenverMike on Dec 15, 2017

      I'm sure it's not "all new" all new, just a re-skin, interior update of the current platform. Otherwise GM is stupid beyond belief. They're not so smart but I bet it's the same pickup platform since '07 and this is just another rehash.

  • Iamwho2k Iamwho2k on Dec 15, 2017

    The phone is ringing... Subaru on Line 1...

  • Juan Let's do an 1000 mile drive and see who gets there first.
  • Eliyahu CVT needed for MPG. Outback is indeed the legacy of, err, the Legacy.
  • Gayneu I can comment on these. My wife always thought the Minis were "cute" so I bought her a used 2005 (non-S, 5 speed) for one of her "special" birthdays. She loved it and I kinda did too. Somehow a hole developed in the transmission case and the fluid drained out, ruining the car (too expensive to fix). A local mechanic bought it for $800.We then bought a used 2015 S (6 speed) which we still have today (80k miles). Her sister just bought a used S as well (also manual). It has been a dependable car but BMW-priced maintenance and premium gas hurts for sure. I think the earlier generation (like in the article) were better looking with cleaner lines. The 2015 S rides too stiff for me (Chicago roads) but is a hoot on smooth ones. It does seem to shift weird - its hard to describe but it shifts differently from every other manual I have driven. No matter how hard I try, so won't let go of her Mini.
  • Crown Seems like they cut some cylinders too.A three cylinder...where are they planning on selling that??
  • Slavuta "There’s also the problem of climate change, and the more intense weather that comes along with it"How could one even write something like this? We don't have more intense weather. We have better weather. When Earth started, it was a fiery ball. We don't know what weather was in 1700. And even if we know some of it in Europe, we don't know what was happening in Africa, South America, Oceania, etc. We have people living in places where they did not live before. We have news that report weather related events minutes later or during. This did not happen before. There is no evidence that we have an increase in intensity. I looked into historical records in the area where I live - there is not much movement at all between 1970 and now. And remember - none of the previous weather predictions have materialized.