By on January 13, 2018

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

There’s something about truck marketing.

Any time an automaker has a redesigned, refreshed, or updated truck to sell, out come the shots at the competition.

Tonight it was Chevy’s turn — the automaker wouldn’t divulge specs related to the 3.0-liter diesel inline-six that will be available in its all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, but GM product boss Mark Reuss made sure to imply that the diesel would make more power than that of the diesel Ford just unveiled for the F-150.

Contests of ego aside, the next Silverado is now here. It’s bigger yet lighter, shedding 450 pounds, and it’s available with six engine/transmission choices.

Full Disclosure: Chevrolet provided me with a hotel room and meals so that I could cover the Silverado unveiling in Detroit in advance of the North American Auto Show. They did not provide a flight, as I drove to the Motor City.

Other details of note include a short-box bed that has 63 cubic feet of cargo volume, more cargo tie downs (up to 21, 12 fixed and nine movable), and stronger steel for the bed floor.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

In addition to the diesel, other available engines will include a 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8. Both will have cylinder-deactivation systems that can shut down any number of cylinders, as necessary.

Chevy is touting the use of mixed materials, such as aluminum in the swing panels and steel in the fixed panels, and in what I read as a subtle swipe at the brand’s friends in Dearborn, Chevy also touted the high-strength steel used for the pickup truck bed floor, which is even stronger than before, or so Chevy says.

Key available features will include a power tailgate and bumper corner steps that are enlarged to better accommodate boots. In-seat storage in the rear-seat backrest is also available.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Several trim levels, including LT, LTZ, and High Country will be available, and available packages will include Z71, RST, and Trail Boss.

Chevrolet assembled media and some loyal owners in Detroit’s Eastern Market, and upon first glance, the truck is handsome up close (sorry, Steph, but I disagree with you on this), with an interior that is more evolutionary than revolutionary.

There’s not much news about the next GMC Sierra, but presenters hinted it would have more differentiation from the Silverado than it does now.

I’m curious to see if the Silverado’s final specs can trump Ford, Ram, and Toyota, but no matter what, there are already marketers in Detroit and elsewhere sharpening their skills.

[Images © 2018 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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64 Comments on “2019 Chevrolet Silverado — Let the One-Upping Begin...”


  • avatar
    peeryog

    I applaud the return of round wheel wells but the one shot of the interior is disappointing. There.. I have had my say.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      The round wheel wells suck IMO. It doesn’t even look like a GM truck anymore.

      • 0 avatar
        Carlson Fan

        Actually now that I’ve looked at them closer they are not as round as the ones on a Ford or RAM. They still have somewhat of a squarish shape.

        • 0 avatar
          smapdi

          I think the current gen GM wheel wells are cartoonish. They are what a kid would draw to make his truck look macho. This design is the cleanest looking full size of the upcoming generation (ignoring the hideous W/T). Dodge, Toyota and Ford have all gone way over the top with chrome and bars in the styling of the snouts. This Chevy thankfully lacks all the goofiness.

  • avatar
    WhatsMyNextCar

    I imagine the interior isn’t going to win many compliments. That dashboard looks like a step backwards.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    “Chevy also touted the high-strength steel used for the pickup truck bed floor, which is even stronger than before, or so Chevy says.”

    Every truck these days should come standard with a sprayed in bedliner. I abused the living $hit out of the bed in my 2004 Sierra HD for 13 years and it still looked like new due to the the sprayed in bedliner I had put in it when it was 2 days old.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    Gong with an inline 6 diesel over a V6 was huge. I suspect the GM 1/2 ton diesels will outsell both the Ford & Dodge 1/2 ton diesels. It’s also going to take away sales from quite a few HD diesel trucks from GM/Ford/Ram.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Now just give me an inline 6 gasser for the base engine and I’d actually be interested in fewer than 8 cyl.

      (Yeah I know – Today’s V6s are so great, blah, blah, blah… I’m still mad we never got an Atlas 6 in any generation of Chevy truck.)

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Didn’t the Atlas suck?

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          The story I’ve always heard is classic GM.

          GM decided that the Atlas was going to be their pioneer of “lost foam casting” for the engine casting process. The first year or two of production was hit or miss, then they straightened out their quality control. But the engine was never used in anything but the Trailblazer.

          Back in those days the base truck engine was the 4.3 ltr Vortec that made just 200 hp. I would have been very happy with the Atlas at 275 hp along with inline 6 smoothness.

          (FYI the Atlas equipped vehicle owners I’ve known, the engine has been been just fine compared to the crap vehicle it was attached to.)

  • avatar
    romanjetfighter

    Huge fan of the exterior. Looks less brace face than the F150.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I wonder whose I6 diesel GM has bought?

    BMW?

    The Lion is up there for power and torque in the 3 litre V6 Class. Really, the only 3 litre diesel that outperforms the Lion is BMW’s I6 diesel.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @Big Al – I googled duramax 3 litre inline-6 and Isuzu kept popping up. Didn’t Holden use an I-6? I’m betting Isuzu. The wouldn’t call it a Duramax if it was a Cummins.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Izuzu only make I4 3 litre diesels.

        Maybe their is a marine diesel manufacturer out their that makes I6 diesels.

        VM produce a 4.2 litre I6 marine diesel thats over 300hp and 500ftlb.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @Big Al – it has to be a “turn key” product from someone since there hasn’t been any rumours of a Chevy diesel.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Opel?

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Nah, I’d say BMW. If it is, its a great engine with massive potential. BMW have M version and it puts out 287kw and over 700Nm (740?) of torque. We are talking 375hp and 550ftlb(?)

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Lou,
            I think GM’s (Caddy) dabbling with 3 litre diesels is the VM 3 litre V6 fitted to FCA stuff. I think GM owned a large chunk of VM when the engine was designed and now their fitted to Chrysler products!

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Oh, I’m going to use “their in lieu of “they’re/there). Joking.

          • 0 avatar

            I’m still betting on Isuzu they seem to be GMs perferred diesel partner these days. The VM deal went badly for GM I doubt they would go that route.

          • 0 avatar
            Jeff Weimer

            Last GM Diesel I heard for the 1500-series was a 4.4 Liter V8 that disappeared during the bankruptcy. It sounded very good, I wonder why they didn’t dust off those plans.

    • 0 avatar
      MeaMaximaCulpa

      GM Authority is saying that it’s a in house design, I’m guessing that it’s th Isuzu 2.0 four banger RZ4E-TC with two more cylinders and that it I’ll be built by DMAX in the US

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    I’d hate to buy one and then find out the Ford had 7 more lb.-ft. of torque. The bed is steel at least, I know a guy who dropped his keys in the aluminum bed of his Ford and punctured the fuel tank. I hope the GMC has less of a “Transformers” look. Ram needs to unveil their new design already, it’ll be due for a refresh before we see it.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    That red truck is supposed to be the trail boss package but it comes with that snowplow low bumper and chin. I like the black grill and bumper but dislike the chrome snout version. The rounded fender on the box looks odd. I like the lines of the front fender. It might just be the harsh floodlights in the venue.
    IIRC Ford has caught GM in the past by releasing specs and then GM plays their hand just to have Ford up-rate them.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      Chin is for aerodynamics and I know lots of guys remove them after purchase, although out here a few trips off highway usually removes it whether you want to or not.

      Ford v GM – I’ll get a laugh if in a few days Ford sends out a new press release: “Oh I’m sorry, did we say X? We really meant Y.”

  • avatar
    gmichaelj

    450 lbs lighter? How does this compare overall to the F150? As I recall the redesigned F150 lost something like 500 lbs and was barely lighter than the Chevy. If Chevy is now lighter than aluminum F150, then hats off to their engineers.

    A for body engineering

    The front is fugly. How many fender contours does one need? The front end looks like a mish-mash of textures. And blacked out from just below the hood all the way down? Why is the hood so much higher than the bottom of the side windows? This can’t be for European pedestrian standards, can it? Is all this design obsolescence?

    F for design

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      gmichaelj,
      I rather like the design, from what I can gather from the photo.

      The grille seems to not appear as enormous as the run of the mill full size.

    • 0 avatar
      ttacgreg

      F for fashion.
      The mildly rounded 97-03 F150 is routinely dissed in commentary threads.
      I guess right angular surfaces and sharp corners are what the market demands.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Geez look at that front end. Why do pickups now resemble something Caterpillar produces?

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      My guess would be that’s exactly what they were trying to accomplish. So a “lightning award” (well that’s what GM called them 15 yrs ago) for the guy/gal who did the styling.

  • avatar
    pdog_phatpat

    That is one boring, ugly looking truck. Man, both GM and FCA really screwed up their truck redesigns.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    Get a load of the windows on that Camaro in the background. If you were to order a large drink at a drive-thru it could end up like an “I Love Lucy” skit getting it into the car. The oversized door trend is starting to compromise the look of trucks a little too. Is window glass really expensive now or something?

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff Weimer

      I think it has to do with side-impact requirements, plus folks seem to like the “chopped” look.

      But I agree, it’s getting ridiculous. I miss the open, airy feel of early 90’s Hondas.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        I miss the open airy feel of ’90s EVERYTHING.

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff Weimer

          Well now we have airbags *everywhere* including the a-pillars, making them bigger, and ever-increasing side-impact regulations that require more flexible steel rather than brittle glass, and here we are.

          Front pedestrian impact requirements have raised the bottom of the windshield and the front edge of the hood, too. I remember when it appeared that the road came right up to the bottom of the windshield in my ’87 and ’91 Accords.

      • 0 avatar
        Garrett

        “Folks” may like the chopped look, but I hate it with a passion.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    Looks like a Ridgeline and Tacoma had a corn fed boy. I am already missing the straight lines and hard edges of the current one. It’s like the 96 F-150 except it’s not a step into the future.

  • avatar
    cartime

    I hope they made the steering column centered to the dash too. That, combined with round wheel wells would finally end the dismissive reactions of every ford and ram fanboy.

    My guess is the Sierra will keep the square fenders and be more similar to the current line of trucks.

  • avatar

    Still hate the fenders wrapping into the headlights and the kink in the rear window other then that I like it.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This is absolutely stunning. GM just put Ford on notice.

    Love the fact GM can introduce a diesel engine without all sorts of unnecessary hoopla too.

    Amazing the weight loss by using proper steel too. This steel truck is yet again lighter than the porky, beer can Ford.

    GM knocked this out of the park.

  • avatar
    xidex

    applaud the curved wheel wells but they still look a little odd? might be the colour throwing me off, like to see it in another colour. interior is typical GM UGLY and don’t like that front end, way too busy. Be interesting to see how the big 3 do with these 1/2 ton diesels…

  • avatar
    BC

    Hecho en Mexico?

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      Most of the Crew Cabs. Some Crew Cabs will be made in Flint. Silverado Classic Crew Cabs will be built from CKDs in Oshawa.

      • 0 avatar
        mikey

        @ Adam ..as I understand it, the box, cab, and front end sheet metal will be shunted from Fort Wayne . The rest of the build will done on a conventional assembly line. ..Subject to change ???

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      I think that is changing. Mostly little cars made in Mexico in the future.

      Unions getting a huge boost with Trump putting pressure on Ford and GM, aiming to take away production from Mexico and Canada and move it to the US.

      Foreign-owned Fiatsler is just playing along so as not to p!ss off Trump. Don’t bite the hand that feeds ‘ya.

      My guess is that the current NAFTA-renegotiations will fail because of Trump’s demands, and that new individual agreements will be reached before Nov 2018. Just in time for the mid-terms.

  • avatar
    deanst

    I really hope that GM uses this opportunity to give the GMC versions a slick, upscale interior – the Chevy interior has no appeal whatsoever. My other concern is the engine technology – I don’t have too much faith that the cylinder deactivation will work properly at introduction.

  • avatar
    derekson

    The trims without that blacked out grille actually look pretty good even if that one looks horrendous.

  • avatar
    jonnyanalog

    I rather like the design in general. There is some mild weirdness going on below the headlight but overall, I think this is light years better than any current GM truck. I’ve not liked any GM truck since the 88-98 GMT400s. This would be the truck for me:
    https://www.netcarshow.com/chevrolet/2019-silverado/1600×1200/wallpaper_01.htm

    From a competitive standpoint, the 19 RAM is meh (too Tundra-like for me) and the F150 is good but safe.

  • avatar
    kurtamaxxguy

    Looks like the lift goes on….. Am wondering just how high stock trucks will get before manufacturers include small ladders for getting in/out?

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Looks like you’ll need an extension ladder to check the oil.
    .
    .

  • avatar
    jjster6

    A volume knob on the stereo. I’m good.

  • avatar
    silentsod

    I like the new look as it’s echoing the Colorado. Hell, I liked the old look, too, so I guess Chevrolet’s truck design team is just doing it for me. I’m sure young me would shake my head since we was team Ford all the way but I cannot stand the F-150 refresh up front.

  • avatar
    tomLU86

    Atlas inline 6.

    A friend of mine bought a new GMC Envoy XL in 2004. Still has it.

    Last time I saw him in 2012, the truck had over 190k miles on it. Orig engine. No major issues.

    I’d say that’s pretty good.


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