The Silverado is the second-best-selling truck in the US. However, due to the fact some of its rivals received major revisions, the sales started declining in comparison with the previous years. In order to get back on track, a new version is going to be released with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. GM didn’t say anything about this upcoming model though which could mean they are trying to surprise us.
However, the truck has been seen testing in numerous occasions, and so far it seems quite impressive. For starters, the new model is going to be based on an entirely new platform. It will still be a body on frame truck. However, its chassis is going to be made mostly out of high strength steel, so it should boast increased rigidity and reduced weight.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado Details – the Running Gear
The truck’s suspension setup will remain similar to the one before it. This was confirmed a while ago. In the back, it will continue to use a live axle with leaf springs while in the front it will feature an independent setup. This basically combines the benefits of both types of suspension. However, it also means it will likely handle worse on the road than some of its rivals. This problem could be alleviated though thanks to its considerably stiffer chassis. Its brakes are also likely going to be beefed up. These upgrades alone should be more than enough to increase its payload and also towing capacity. The price is likely not going to change all that much, at least for the base models.
The camouflaged prototype of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is quite impressive. The truck has been seen a short while ago, and the changes seem to be substantial over the ongoing model. In the front, the DRLs moved to the bottom of the headlights. It also seems to boast a considerably larger grille than before. Most of the cabin is unfortunately hidden, but it seems to be at least similar to the smaller Colorado. The bed is all new, though. Even though it is camouflaged, we can see wide wheel arches and an entirely new bed design. The latter will also feature one of GM’s newest innovations. The tailgate will be modular, and it will open up forming a closed step. This would be a major improvement over their main rival’s offering, and it should set it apart from the competition.
The cabin is still well under wraps, but this is likely going to borrow design elements from the Suburban as well as the current truck. We do expect some upgrades to the materials inside, and it should also offer more features than before. Things such as an automatic trailer steering system or even a 360-degree camera are likely going to be available on most models.
The Ruggedness – Is It Gone?
Even though GM is well known for criticizing aluminum, it seems things will change with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. The truck’s cab and most of its front end are more than likely going to be made out of this lightweight metal. This will not only safe weight, but it will make it rust-resistant. Its bed, on the other hand, is expected to be made out of steel. This will keep its usability unchanged, and it will likely become a major selling point for the new Silverado.
So far it seems that both the 4.3 liter V6 and the larger 5.3 liter V8 might be carried over to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Like with most other redesigns, though, the Silverado is expected to receive a bump in power and fuel efficiency. Both engines are expected to receive a revised fuel delivery system, likely a better engine management software as well as a better exhaust. The 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 with its 420 horsepower is also going to be seen again. This time around it is expected to make closer to 450 horsepower and over 460 lb-ft of torque. All engines will feature a standard ten-speed automatic gearbox and a choice of either rear or four-wheel drive. Some rumors also suggested the truck receiving a new DOHC V8. Unfortunately, this is highly unlikely because this type of engine is known to make most of the torque at high RPM. However, it may receive an additional engine, likely a diesel but so far not much information has been made available for it.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado Price and Release date
We expect the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado to be revealed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show next January with sales kicking off by summer! Prices should begin from around $28,880 for the base model and $60,000 for the generously optioned, top-of-the-line High Country.
Competition: Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra.