By on January 8, 2019

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2.7L Turbo

With full-sized pickups replacing luxury vehicles for many Americans, fancy crew or double cab trucks have become so popular, General Motors didn’t even bother introducing a standard cab variant of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at launch. Hopefully, you weren’t one of the poor schmucks who ended up being laughed out of their local Chevy dealership over the holidays while on a noble quest to bring home a new, reasonably priced pickup from the current model year.

Assuming you weren’t, or were and didn’t purchase from a rival manufacturer, we bring good tidings. Standard cab Silverados should start appearing on dealer lots relatively soon. 

According to Autoblog, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado regular cab model was intentionally placed at the back of the production line due to its lackluster popularity. Chevrolet said 70 percent of buyers select crew cab models with around 18 percent preferring the double cab trucks. That leaves a paltry 12 percent share of the market for the regular-cab model. GM figured, why lead with your weakest product hosting the slimmest profit margin?

From Autoblog:

When the regular cab truck does go on sale, Chevy representatives confirmed it will be cheaper than equivalent double cab and crew cab variants. They didn’t have final pricing on hand, but we hope to have that soon, and we will update this post with numbers as soon as we get them. As a point of reference, the previous generation has a $4,100 difference between a standard bed double cab and standard bed regular cab. There was also a hint that regular cab would be relegated to the lower trim levels, so Work Truck, Custom and LT trims. This would be consistent with the previous-generation truck.

General Motors confirmed that Chevrolet will indeed have the standard cab trucks available for purchase before the first quarter of 2019 concludes. Production is already being readied at GM’s Flint Assembly in Michigan. However, since the regular cab seems to be intended for the lower trims only, don’t expect to see a two-door High Country anytime soon.

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18 Comments on “2019 Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab Coming This Quarter...”

  • avatar

    They really don’t want to sell these to consumers. Neither do Ford or Ram. Every single cab they stamp out means one fewer (more profitable) double- or crew-cab they can build.

    Notice how nobody sells a single cab truck in any of the midsize lines? They don’t want to.

    Look at rebates. Almost nonexistent on regular cabs. Unless you want a basic work truck, the OTD price on a cab-and-a-half is not significantly higher than a regular cab.

    Nowadays, regular cab trucks exist almost solely for fleet sales, especially to federal, state, and local governments.

    • 0 avatar

      “They dont want to.”

      If people wanted them, they would build them. It’s a clear case of consumer preference. They built them for decades and their popularity faded as trucks became more than work horses.

    • 0 avatar

      Fleet sales of stripper base pickups are extremely profitable, just in an other way. They fly out of the plant, scores or hundreds at a time, identical.

      Fleet buyers prefer white, but most colors will do. They won’t complain of poor fitting panels, minor defects, and no doubt fix minor “under warranty” issues themselves, god knows I have, just to keep them working.

      With multiple assembly plants, there’s no need to choose, all cab configurations can be built in unlimited numbers.

      Fleets don’t just buy regular cabs. Offering a full line attracts more fleets (looking to stay with just one brand).

      Also fleet trucks don’t impact resale/residual values of retail pickups. They just get driven into the ground only to be replaced by new ones.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t know what it’s like in the states, but it’s much easier to write off a straight cab truck than a crew cab in Canada. The rules haven’t been updated in many years. There’s a small market for straight cab trucks.

  • avatar

    Best news by far for this Silverado iteration is the slight rounding of the wheel wells.

    No more Soviet tin snips look.

  • avatar

    Speaking of vehicles I’d expect to see more of but dont, I’ve yet to see a new body style Silverado.

    • 0 avatar

      You’re right. I haven’t seen one either. Every time I think I see my first on the road, it is an ’18.

      It appears that it’s just a matter of time until Ram passes the Bowtie in unit sales. Each respective company’s HD models will likely usher that trend along.

      Anybody care to recall how many full-pickups that Dodge sold in ’93?

      Answer: Less than 74K. That trend sure changed with the 1994 model. I bucked all brand loyalties for myself and both sides of my family when I ordered a brand-new 1994 Dodge 4×4 diesel. Ironically, all 1994 Dodge Rams were regular cabs!

  • avatar

    This leaves a huge niche in the market for an up-and-coming automaker with low labor costs. They would be happy to divert purchasers from the high-profit domestics.
    Would Kia dare sell a modern-day Toyota Hilux or Nissan Hardbody?
    Or maybe the Chinese leverage themselves into the US market with a cheap but tough modern-day Isuzu Hombre or Mitsubishi Mighty Max. There’s a new generation of college students who need to move their stuff to their new off-campus apartments.

    • 0 avatar

      It seems like the (Internet claimed) demand for a stipper, compact pickup with a manual transmission is becoming the new iteration of the brown, rear drive, manual transmission station wagon. All sorts of people moaning that we really need this in the market place, today, now, now, now.

      And if Kia or whoever do bring this modern Hardbody out, the reaction (of course) will be . . . . . “Get back to me in three years when I can pick one up used. Let some other sucker take the massive depreciation.”

      I think the auto companies long ago learned to ignore Internet bleatings.

    • 0 avatar

      Nobody is going to buy cars like this. Consumers have had the collective realization that basic transportation no longer has to be a miserable barren penalty box. Why a new Hilux over a used anything?

  • avatar

    I saw a new Silverado for the first time a few months back. It was heading down the interestate (very slowly for some reason). As soon as I came up behind it I could tell it was a new design. It looked much better in person than in the photos I had seen.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I saw a silver 2019 Silverado crew cab in the wild before Christmas but that is the only one I have seen. Seen several 2019 Rams.

  • avatar

    GM doesn’t give a rat’s ass about their customers, dealers, or the general public. but a Ford or Dodge.

  • avatar

    Remember when just about all you did see were regular cab pickups? It was the crew cabs that were considered the work trucks.

    • 0 avatar

      Kurt Russel drove the most grotesque beaten-down 4-door pickup in the movie ‘Overboard’— I think it was a Dodge Power Wagon.

      Probably a late 60s model by the movie’s production date and the aging of the vehicle— it was really run-down.

      4-Door, LWB late 60s Power Wagon. Probably bigger than an Imperial.

  • avatar

    Seen many new silverados in the wild. They are really ugly. Gorgon Madusa like.

    #2- Flint will make std cabs???? For 20 years + that plant made 2500-3500s and no bed special. North bound on 75 the marshaling yard can be viewed nicely before you hit 69.

  • avatar

    If I was a single guy, a regular cab pickup would be my go-to machinery.

    The 90s Chevy looked really nice as a regular cab, as does the Ram.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    The RAM keeps narrowing the sales gap with the Silverado. The exterior design and bargain bin interior of the 2019 Silverado is a BIG FAIL!

    That’s why I traded in my 2012 Sierra for a 2018 Silverado.

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