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    Detroit 2018: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Celebrates 100 Years Of Chevy Trucks

      Eight different models, six different powertrain combinations including a diesel


    2018 is a special year for Chevrolet as it marks 100 years of building pickup trucks. What better way to commemorate this anniversary than to introduce the next-generation Silverado. Chevrolet has already revealed one version of the Silverado last month at an event in Texas, the Trail Boss. The bowtie also revealed the new Silverado would be using a mix of materials such as steel and aluminum.

    Tonight at an event in Detroit, Chevrolet has spilled more details on the 2019 Silverado. Despite the truck growing in overall length (1.6 inches) and wheelbase (3.9 inches), Chevrolet says the new Silverado has a weight reduction of up to 450 pounds. Some of this comes down to aluminum being used for the doors, hood, and tailgate.

    Chevrolet is making a big about the Silverado's bed. The bed floor is about seven inches wider which allows for the Silverado to boast more cargo volume than the competition. For example, the short-box will offer 63 cubic feet of volume - up to 20 percent more than what Ford or Ram offers. Other traits that Chevrolet is boasting about include 21 tie-downs (12 fixed and 9 moveable), 120-Volt outlet, and a power tailgate that can be operated from the keyfob.

    The interior looks to be an evolution of what is found in the current Silverado. There is a revised center stack layout with what appears to be an updated version of Chevrolet MyLink. Chevrolet has stretched out the cab to provide more interior space. This is quite noticeable in the crew cab where the back seats have three inches of additional legroom. There is also more storage with bins integrated into the seatbacks of the back seat, and a large 24-liter storage tray under the back seat.

    For power, Chevrolet will be offering updated versions of the 5.3L and 6.2L V8s with a new cylinder deactivation system that can actively turn off any number of cylinders to boost fuel economy. Yes, that means the Silverado's V8 could just be running on one cylinder technically. A new 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel inline-six will be available. Chevrolet is keeping quiet on power figures for the three engines and it is unclear if a gas V6 will be on offer as well. The turbodiesel and 6.2L V8 will come paired with a new 10-speed automatic that was jointly developed by GM and Ford. We're guessing the 5.3L will have an eight-speed automatic. 

    When the 2019 Silverado hits dealers this fall, it will be offered in eight different trims, ranging from the base Work Truck to the luxurious High Country. New for 2019 is the introduction of the RST that adds body-colored trim, full LED lighting, and up to 22-inch wheels.

    Source: Chevrolet
    Press Release is on Page 2


    INTRODUCING THE ALL-NEW 2019 CHEVROLET SILVERADO

    • Most functional bed of any full-size truck, including class-leading cargo volume
    • Up to 450 pounds lighter from mixed materials use for improved performance
    • Six engine/transmission choices, including an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel
    • Eight models, each with distinct personalities for different truck customers

    DETROIT — Chevrolet introduced the next-generation Silverado today, exactly 100 years after the brand delivered its first trucks to customers in January 1918. The all-new Silverado sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks with the most functional bed of any full-size truck, weighs up to 450 pounds less for increased performance and offers a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations to help each customer find their ideal truck.

    “With the all-new Silverado, we've taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model."

    Larger, more functional and more capable bed

    “Truck customers value capability and functionality above all else,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer of Full-Size Trucks. “Every truck — including the luxurious High Country — is a work truck with a job to do. As such, we set out to create the best tool for the job at hand, one that makes work more productive and more enjoyable, no matter what they call ‘work.’’’

    The bed is the defining trait of every pickup, and bed construction has long been a strength of Chevy Trucks. To improve upon that strength, the 2019 Silverado 1500 bed features:

    • Best-in-class cargo volume: The 2019 Silverado offers the most cargo volume in every bed length, with the short-box offering 63 cubic feet of volume — up to 20 percent more than a competitor’s short-box. Most of that volume was created by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly seven inches. Chevrolet Accessories will offer storage bins that fit over the wheel wells, offering nearly seven cubic feet of lockable cargo space for short-box models, while easily accommodating a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood flat on the cargo floor.
    • Higher-strength steel floor: As before, the Silverado has a roll-formed, high-strength steel bed floor. For 2019 a higher-grade steel is used, with yield strength increased from 340 to 500 megapascals of pressure for optimal strength and mass.
    • More and stronger tie-downs: Silverado now has 12 fixed tie-downs, and their strength has doubled to 500 pounds of force before bending. Silverado also has nine moveable tie points for even more cargo flexibility.
    • More features: Silverado will be available with a class-exclusive power up/down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand. Other changes include available task lighting, a 120-volt power outlet and larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers to better accommodate steel-toed boots.

    With class-leading cargo volume and class-exclusive features, the new Silverado offers the most functional bed of any full-size truck, and more convenient hauling for cargo of virtually any size or shape.

    Larger, lighter and more agile

    The 2019 Silverado is larger than before, including a wheelbase that is up to 3.9 inches (100 mm) longer and an overall length that is 1.6 inches (41 mm) longer, enabling both more cargo volume and more interior room for all cab lengths. Remarkably, it’s also lighter, weighing 450 pounds (204 kg) less than today’s truck when comparing crew cab V-8 models.

    The weight savings comes from extensive use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing processes throughout the next-gen truck. This allowed Chevrolet to use the right material for the application and optimize every component for mass, durability, safety and functionality to meet our customers’ needs.

    For example, the body is 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than before due to mixed materials use. All exterior swing panels (doors, hood and tailgate) are made of aluminum while fixed panels (fenders, roof and bed) are made of steel. The underlying safety cage uses seven different grades of steel, each tailored for the specific application.

    The fully boxed steel frame is also 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than its predecessor, while offering 10 percent greater torsional rigidity. Eighty percent of the frame is made of high-strength steel varying from 2 to 5 millimeters in thickness, and every millimeter is optimized for performance using a variety of processes, including hydroforming, roll forming, conventional stamping and tailor-rolled blanking. As a result, frame sections, gauges, grades, processes and materials strategically vary to maximize strength, durability and stiffness without adding unnecessary mass.

    Mixed materials also play a part in the all-new suspension. The front independent short/long arm suspension features new forged-aluminum upper control arms that are lighter and provide better wheel alignment than the stamped component they replace. The live-axle rear suspension is also redesigned, including new carbon-composite second-stage springs on LT models that save about 12 pounds (5 kg) per side over the steel springs they replace.

    The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, giving customers more combinations of performance, efficiency and value to best fit their priorities. This includes new 5.3L and 6.2L V-8s with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management that actively shuts off any number of cylinders, in a variety of combinations, depending on immediate needs to optimize fuel economy. The result of this industry-first technology is instant power when called for, and impressive efficiency.

    The Silverado will also be available with an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel. Chevrolet offers diesel engines in more segments and models than any other brand, including Equinox, Cruze, Colorado, Express, Silverado 1500, Silverado HD and upcoming Silverado medium-duty models.  

    Both the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L engines are paired with a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission as well as start/stop technology to improve fuel economy for optimum performance and efficiency.

    No “one size fits most” trucks

    “Truck customers told us they want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits most’ truck, compromised for the masses,” said Mike Simcoe, vice president, Global Design, General Motors. “That insight shaped our design strategy with eight distinct models, each with a unique personality to fit different customers, from the affordable Work Truck to the luxurious High Country.”

    All models introduce a modern, powerful design with a strong dose of Chevy Truck DNA. For example, the “CHEVROLET” name stamped on the tailgate recalls iconic Chevy trucks of the 1950s and ‘60s, while the integrated dual exhausts and up to 33-inch tires reflect modern customer preferences.

    The Silverado’s bold, modern design is also surprisingly aerodynamic. Key elements of the front grille are front functional air curtains, similar to those introduced on the sixth-generation Camaro, that reduce aerodynamic drag by routing air around the front wheel wells. The powerful side profile further enhances aerodynamics, including an integrated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab that directs air onto the tailgate lip, reducing wind drag from the bed. Changes like these result in a 7 percent increase in aerodynamic efficiency.

    The 2019 Silverado offers eight trims (see descriptions, next page), designed for three distinct buyer profiles:

    • “High Value” customers want the capability of a full-size truck at a great value.
    • “High Volume” customers represent the heart of the truck market, requiring the capability of a full-size truck as well as the creature comforts of a passenger vehicle.
    • “High Feature” customers represent the fastest-growing part of the truck market and want luxury-car refinement and appointments without sacrificing capability or durability.

    The eight trims also reflect another key differentiator for truck buyers: chrome.

    “Chrome has become more polarizing, and more personal, than any other aspect of truck design,” said Rich Scheer, director, Exterior Design, Chevrolet Trucks. “Some customers want no chrome at all and only body-color or blacked-out trim. Others feel a truck isn’t a truck without a chrome bumper, but feel extra chrome can be too ‘flashy.’ Others want as much chrome as they can get.”

    Accordingly, the eight trims are tailored to give customers a wide range of features and levels of chrome, enabling customers to choose the best truck for their personal preferences.

    More functional and more connected interiors

    The interior design was also strongly influenced by customer feedback. Because truck owners use their vehicles for both hauling cargo and transporting people, customers’ top priorities were more comfortable seating, more interior cargo storage and more functional, easy-to-use controls.

    Accordingly, the cab has been stretched, with crew-cab models now offering 3 inches of additional rear-seat legroom for an impressive 44.5 inches of front legroom and 43.8 inches of rear legroom.

    New available storage options include two 10-liter bins integrated in the second-row seatbacks for holding small items like gloves or tie-down straps, as well as a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat that can secure everything from gallons of milk to fishing rods and tackle boxes.

    Every surface has been designed for function and ergonomics, from the rotary knob textures to the infotainment screen angle. Even the luxurious High Country is subjected to stringent durability tests, including 100,000 seat-slide tests to make sure the supple seats meet the expectations of our toughest owners.

    The Silverado was already the first pickup to offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, wireless phone charging and OnStar safety and security features. For 2019, that leadership will be improved with new safety and convenience features to be announced later this year.

    Making the Most Dependable, Longest Lasting full-size trucks even more so

    “Truck customers told us they depend on their trucks for much more than just transportation,” said Herrick. “Many use their trucks to earn a paycheck, or to do what they enjoy most when they’re off the clock. Given how important trucks are to our customers, we set a lofty goal for exceeding the dependability and longevity of the current Silverado.”

    To do so, the engineering team doubled many of the key validation metrics for the next-gen truck, making it the most-tested vehicle GM has ever produced. That includes accumulating a staggering seven million miles of real-world testing before the first Silverado is delivered to customers.

    The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will be on display at the North American International Auto Show through Jan. 28 in Detroit. Production of the 2019 Silverado will begin at the Fort Wayne, Indiana Assembly plant, ranked the highest-quality plant in North America by J.D. Power and Associates, with customer deliveries beginning this fall.

    2019 Silverado 1500 Trim Levels

    High Value:

    • Work Truck features “CHEVROLET” graphic across the grille and tailgate, blacked-out trim and 17-inch steel wheels for maximum durability. The interior features durable vinyl or cloth seats and 7-inch color touch screen.
    • Custom features a body-color styling theme, 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, LED signature taillamps and available integrated dual exhaust.
    • Custom Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the Custom, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.

    High Volume:

    • LT features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille and mirror caps, Chevrolet bowtie in the grille, LED reflector headlamps and signature daytime running lights. The interior features an 8-inch color touch screen and available leather seating surfaces
    • RST (new for 2019) brings a street-performance appearance to the LT, with body-color trim, full LED lighting (foglamps, headlamps and taillamps) and up to 22-inch wheels with all-season tires.
    • LT Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the LT, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package, including locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.

    High Feature:

    • LTZ features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles and hockey-stick beltline as well as power folding and heated outside rearview mirrors. Leather interior trim is standard equipment.
    • High Country features an exclusive front grille design with two-tone chrome and bronze finish, body-color accents plus chrome assist steps from wheel to wheel. It also includes the power up/down tailgate as standard equipment. 

    Note: Class-exclusive claims based on product information available at the time of publication.

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    This is simply stunning.  And the diesel is an inline 6... OMG how AWESOME is that?  I'm going to have to find a way.

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    12 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    This is simply stunning.  And the diesel is an inline 6... OMG how AWESOME is that?  I'm going to have to find a way.

    It's an inch taller than the outgoing truck... we're going to have to find you a new slimline garage door opener

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    Appreciate the pics. This truck has been on my mind's back burner since the Texas Fair reveal- still trying to grasp what's going on in the front fascia. Not sure my questions have been answered with these pics tho...
    CAN'T WAIT to see the Sierra.

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    32 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    It's an inch taller than the outgoing truck... we're going to have to find you a new slimline garage door opener

    Dammit.  Maybe I can let the air out of the tires?  I am studying that reg cab WT, and comparing the grille to the black crewcab photo shown at night in an urban setting.  A regular cab shortbed in that trim level...

     

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    15 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Dammit.  Maybe I can let the air out of the tires?  I am studying that reg cab WT, and comparing the grille to the black crewcab photo shown at night in an urban setting.  A regular cab shortbed in that trim level...

     

    http://amzn.to/2r2bSIK

    You'll need a torsion spring instead of the side mount springs... but it's doable if you really wanted to.

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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    Appreciate the pics. This truck has been on my mind's back burner since the Texas Fair reveal- still trying to grasp what's going on in the front fascia. Not sure my questions have been answered with these pics tho...
    CAN'T WAIT to see the Sierra.

    What are you looking for close-ups of?

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    The front end detail- obviously it would be best to see it in person. That front fender 'drop' and the 'scoop' inboard; front fascia overall has a bewildering array of surface transitions. I like the general form & proportion, need to get the specific contours clear. It's DEFINITELY different...

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    4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Dammit.  Maybe I can let the air out of the tires?  I am studying that reg cab WT, and comparing the grille to the black crewcab photo shown at night in an urban setting.  A regular cab shortbed in that trim level...

     

    lowered suspension with 15 inch wheels and tires ;)

    2 hours ago, balthazar said:

    The front end detail- obviously it would be best to see it in person. That front fender 'drop' and the 'scoop' inboard; front fascia overall has a bewildering array of surface transitions. I like the general form & proportion, need to get the specific contours clear. It's DEFINITELY different...

    I'm trying to figure out what is going on with the vertical front edge of the fender where it meets the bumper.  Would like to see closeups of the gold one w/ chrome trim.  There is some trim between the chrome bumper and fender it looks like in the side shot of the gold one.   Looking at the blue one w/ the body color bumper looks like there is a lot of beveled surfaces on the bumper.  And the gold one seems to have chrome squares on the bar below the headlights above the lower grille...lots going on...

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    450 lbs is a nice weight reduction, but I seem to remember the F150 dropping 750 lbs when it went aluminum so I am not sure how they stack up now.  The larger bed seems like a big win.  

    As I said in the F150 diesel thread, I think the opportunity is plug in hybrid or electric truck, because of the torque advantage and the fuel economy advantage to be gained over the other guys for whoever is first to do it.

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    12 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    450 lbs is a nice weight reduction, but I seem to remember the F150 dropping 750 lbs when it went aluminum so I am not sure how they stack up now.  The larger bed seems like a big win.  

    As I said in the F150 diesel thread, I think the opportunity is plug in hybrid or electric truck, because of the torque advantage and the fuel economy advantage to be gained over the other guys for whoever is first to do it.

    When Ford dropped that weight, it was already the heaviest in the segment. After going aluminum it just barely edged the GMs. This weight drop for the Chevy should make it lighter than the Ford again.

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    5 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Dammit.  Maybe I can let the air out of the tires?  I am studying that reg cab WT, and comparing the grille to the black crewcab photo shown at night in an urban setting.  A regular cab shortbed in that trim level...

     

    Funny, I'm wondering if that blue will come in the WT package for the extended cab (or whatever it's called) as well, Think it actually looks pretty cool. Throw on some meatier tires (maybe rims) and a few add ons, and you have a pretty mean looking truck......

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    We'll not a fan of the multi layered look in side of the dash, I think the GMC is better looking right now with what they are selling and I do not like the Roman color tabs between the upper and lower light sections.

    Right now I think Chevy has gone down in their style for their SUV/Trucks. :( I thought the last design style was better than this and GMC was weaker but then they seem to flip flop between the two divisions.

    Interested to see what GMC does.

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    7 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    450 lbs is a nice weight reduction, but I seem to remember the F150 dropping 750 lbs when it went aluminum so I am not sure how they stack up now.  The larger bed seems like a big win.  

    As I said in the F150 diesel thread, I think the opportunity is plug in hybrid or electric truck, because of the torque advantage and the fuel economy advantage to be gained over the other guys for whoever is first to do it.

    Sir you don't have a clue about trucks.

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    No publicity pics of the double cab?  In watching Motor Trend's live Facebook feed, I think the blue LT is a double cab, but they panned by the rear door too quickly for me to be sure.  I kept rewinding it to that point to no avail.

    GM has a long history of weird bumpers on their trucks.  I am not concerned.  I do think the corner step trumps all comers for bed accessibility though.  Perfectly simple and effective.

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    10 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    450 lbs is a nice weight reduction, but I seem to remember the F150 dropping 750 lbs when it went aluminum so I am not sure how they stack up now.  The larger bed seems like a big win.  

    As I said in the F150 diesel thread, I think the opportunity is plug in hybrid or electric truck, because of the torque advantage and the fuel economy advantage to be gained over the other guys for whoever is first to do it.

    GM already had a hybrid truck before  ;)

    I like the weight reduction from an mpg perpective, but does a lighter truck have a more difficult time providing traction for safe towing?

    That in line 6 diesel would have been my dad's wet dream to be able to get the small diesel in a GM pickup.  I bet it's a hit.  I might even think about it.

    The interior is typically cosmic bizarre per the course for GM trucks, but i hope the plastics are done well enough so it looks good and not plasticky like it sometimes can be

    Otherwise, pumped about this truck!  I bet with the lighter weight, a v6 should get really sweet mpg here.  Is the 4.3 still being offered?

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    3 minutes ago, regfootball said:

    but does a lighter truck have a more difficult time providing traction for safe towing?

    Naa, they just need to use some of that magic spring dust like in past years. 

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    The fact that GM, for the 2019 model year, has no piddly hybrid visible at launch of their new Silverado 1500 pleases me greatly.  Speaking to their customers and listening to them for what they want in a truck has done them well on this new baby.

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    The old Silverado hybrid had a bad system ignored is like having a Nokia flip phone 10 years ago and saying it didn’t sell do smart phones won’t sell.   The CT6 hybrid has 335 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, I imagine that is better than the what the Diesel engine will do, and be much cheaper to run.  

    And why couldn’t they take the 3 liter turbo V6 and put the same plug in hybrid system on it?   That would mop the floor with the not so Eco ecoboost F150.   However I get the feeling that GM will stick with the 6.2 V8 even when Tesla has a pick up that can tow 20,000 lbs and accelerate faster than a Corvette.

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    1 hour ago, smk4565 said:

    The old Silverado hybrid had a bad system ignored is like having a Nokia flip phone 10 years ago and saying it didn’t sell do smart phones won’t sell.   The CT6 hybrid has 335 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, I imagine that is better than the what the Diesel engine will do, and be much cheaper to run.  

    And why couldn’t they take the 3 liter turbo V6 and put the same plug in hybrid system on it?   That would mop the floor with the not so Eco ecoboost F150.   However I get the feeling that GM will stick with the 6.2 V8 even when Tesla has a pick up that can tow 20,000 lbs and accelerate faster than a Corvette.

    Haha, Tesla is on borrowed time.  And what are you talking about, what "3 liter turbo V6"?  It is an inline six.

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    Found a front closeup on Japlopnik....there is a lot going on here, very busy design..

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    Certainly seems so- it could work for me, or could go the other way.
    In some quick angle-around shots, it looks like there are gills in those front fender drops- to allow airflow thru or something. Other pics have perhaps shown lights... maybe the vertical slot has both.

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    5 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Certainly seems so- it could work for me, or could go the other way.
    In some quick angle-around shots, it looks like there are gills in those front fender drops- to allow airflow thru or something. Other pics have perhaps shown lights... maybe the vertical slot has both.

    Probably variations for various trims..not sure what is going on in the horizontal bar that splits the grille below the light cluster..are those lights and vents? 

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    Since the MCE in '16 it seems Chevy has been trying to make the Silverado more and more overwrought looking.  They haven't looked good since '14-15, IMO. 

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