By on December 15, 2017

2018 Chevrolet Silverado Z71

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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13 Comments on “From the VIN Docs: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Keeps Its Old Sibling Around; GMC Sierra Does the Same...”


  • avatar
    MrGrieves

    Do you mean Fort Wayne, Indiana? I used to drive by that plant on I-69 when I traveled for business.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    Fort Wayne, Indiana. GM does build trucks there.

  • avatar
    Oberkanone

    Are all the crew cabs from Silao Mexico only with the next generation?

  • avatar
    tomLU86

    No 5.3 V8, or “5-literish” V8 on the new truck?

    from a 4.3 V6 to 6.0 V8 is a BIG jump….

    And 6.0 has to be thirstier than a 5.0 V8.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    What, a new truck already? It’s only been 4 years.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Should just call them “Classic” like in previous iterations (square body 80s truck was kept around for one more model year.)

    This is relevant to my interests as I will be vehicle shopping middle to end of 2019 MY. I’ve already owned a 2004 F150 Heritage and I would say on the whole it was my favorite vehicle I’ve owned so far.

    • 0 avatar
      whynotaztec

      I’m with you in this one, should be even more cash on the hood. But I was kinda hoping for an HD with 6.0, oh well.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        That would be a much too high profit vehicle to do that to (HD 6.0).

        The Limited/Legacy will sell to:
        a.) Grandfatherly types who want to buy ONE last NEW truck before they die
        b.) Skinflints like you and me who don’t care if we get the NEW generation.
        c.) People who don’t trust first year production of the new vehicle and aren’t willing to wait a few years to work the bugs out.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      I still see those F-150 Heritage models every once in awhile. I saw one just last week.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    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?

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      Only if the laws change, under current rules the earliest that a 2030 model year vehicle can be produced is Jan 2nd 2029.

      The last vehicle I know of that got the .5 thing was the 2014.5 Camry and that was simply to distinguish those models with the better crash protection from the 2014 which you can’t tell otherwise since it was a structural change, not cosmetic.

      The “1997” F150 was released in Jan 1996 so this isn’t exactly a new thing.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      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.

  • avatar
    James2

    The phone is ringing… Subaru on Line 1…


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