With fan­fare, food and al­co­hol flow­ing freely at NAIAS 2018 in De­troit, Chevro­let gave us a closer look at the new Silverado.

Us­ing in­put from cus­tomers, Chevy de­vel­oped the new Silverado to meet and ex­ceed the ex­pec­ta­tions of truck en­thu­si­asts. They didn’t do so by build­ing one all-en­com­pass­ing truck, but in­stead pro­vided trim lines and power train op­tions that re­sulted in al­most 48 ver­sions so each Chevy Silverado buyer gets ex­actly the fea­tures they need and want.

Many of the de­tails re­vealed were about the tail end of the truck, which for many of us is the busi­ness end. Af­ter all, you bought a pick-up truck not an SUV. The force­ful em­bossed name­plate sits be­low the re­lease for the power tail­gate. Touch the but­ton and it drops down gen­tly - great when you’ve got both hands full and you want to open the tail­gate with an el­bow. You can also open it us­ing the fob or hit­ting a but­ton in­side the cab. The tail­gate also closes at the touch of a but­ton.

The built-in bumper step is en­larged to ac­com­mo­date folks wear­ing a big­ger boot, and this gets you into a truck bed that is now 6.5” wider, in­creas­ing the cargo vol­ume in every truck bed length - the short box now has a vol­ume of 63 cu­bic ft. And you can tie down ev­ery­thing you stack or drive into the bed us­ing 12 fixed (dou­ble strength) and 9 mov­able tiedown points - a fea­ture de­sired by truck en­thu­si­asts.

There are some very use­ful elec­tronic fea­tures in­clud­ing task light­ing and a 120V out­let in the back to make load­ing and work­ing eas­ier. Most re­mark­able is the two cam­era ports for tow­ing. Di­a­grams on the cov­ers show you where to place the cam­eras on your trailer - rear and side for great views from your dash. This is in ad­di­tion to the built-in back up cam­era and light on ei­ther side of the tail­gate re­lease.

You can also get stor­age boxes that fit over the wheel wells, which don’t pre­vent you from slid­ing in a 4x8 sheet of ply­wood, but do pro­vide a rel­a­tively weath­er­proof and lock­able box, large enough for fish­ing rods and ri­fles. This is not in­te­grated into the truck body like a Ram box but an op­tional add-on.

But that’s not all that’s larger than be­fore. The wheel­base is up to 100 mm (3.9 in) longer and the over­all length is 41 mm (1.6 in) longer, pro­vid­ing not just more cargo vol­ume but also more in­te­rior room for all cab lengths. Crew cab mod­els now of­fer an ex­tra 7.62 cm( 3 in) of rear seat legroom for a to­tal of 111 cm (43.8 in) of rear legroom to ac­com­pany the 113 cm (44.5 in) of front legroom.

Although it is big­ger, it is 204 kg (450 lbs) lighter com­pared 2018 crew cab V-8 mod­els - at­trib­uted to the use of alu­minum in the swing pan­els (ev­ery­thing with hinges - tail­gate, doors, and hood), and dif­fer­ent weights of steel through­out the rest of the body and frame. Mark Reuss, Gen­eral Mo­tors ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Global Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment, Pur­chas­ing and Sup­ply Chain says “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.”

Up­front, Dy­namic Fuel Man­age­ment is cylin­der de-ac­ti­va­tion tech­nol­ogy that al­lows both the new 5.3L and 6.2L V8 en­gines to drop down to just one-cylin­der de­pend­ing on the power re­quire­ments. For those of us who want great fuel econ­omy but also want V8 power and re­li­a­bil­ity - this is great news. Diesel fans can re­joice as Chevro­let will also of­fer the 3.0L in­line six Du­ra­max turbo diesel. Both the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L en­gines are paired with a new Hy­dra-Matic 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and have start/ stop tech­nol­ogy to im­prove fuel econ­omy. There is a but­ton to dis­able the stop/start if it’s a pet peeve of yours.

Sub­tle ex­te­rior de­sign changes also im­prove the aero­dy­nam­ics to re­duce your fuel costs. Air cur­tains next to the bumper route air around wheel wells, and an in­te­grated spoiler at the rear of the cab di­rects air to the lip on the tail­gate to re­duce wind drag in the bed.

I’ve al­ways found the Chevro­let dash to be easy to use and ac­cess with in­tu­itive well placed con­trols - and the 2019 is no dif­fer­ent. There are some unique stor­age op­tions in­clud­ing ten-litre stor­age com­part­ments in the seat backs of each of the two rear seats and a larger 24-litre stor­age com­part­ment un­der­neath the rear seats.

Matthew Palmer, Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Gen­eral Mo­tors Canada, says Cana­di­ans are go­ing to love this truck and com­pares it to the ‘Truck of the Year’ the Colorado ZR2. Palmer says, “Think about all the things you love about the ZR2, it’s a func­tional of­froad truck that’s quiet on the high­way, it han­dles well, when you’re in the cock­pit it feels like a first class ve­hi­cle.” “… what we learned from the use of DSSV in the Colorado will carry-over to the Silverado."

In to­tal there are six en­gine/pow­er­train op­tions and eight trim lev­els:

2019 Silverado 1500 Trim Lev­els

High Value - for cus­tomers want the ca­pa­bil­ity of a full-size truck at a great value:

• Work Truck - fea­tures “CHEVRO­LET” graphic across grille and tail­gate, blacked-out trim and 17-inch steel wheels for max­i­mum dura­bil­ity. The

in­te­rior fea­tures durable cloth seats and 7-inch colour touch screen.

• Cus­tom - fea­tures a body-colour 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 - these 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:

• 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 colour touch screen and avail­able leather seat­ing sur­faces.

• RST (new for 2019) brings a street­per­for­mance ap­pear­ance to the LT, with body-colour trim, full LED light­ing (foglamps, head­lamps and tail­lamps) and up to 22-inch wheels with all-sea­son tires.

• LT Trail­boss (new for 2019) adds of­froad 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 - cus­tomers rep­re­sent the fastest-grow­ing part of the truck mar­ket and want lux­ury-car re­fine­ment and ap­point­ments with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ca­pa­bil­ity or dura­bil­ity:

• 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-colour ac­cents plus chrome as­sist steps from wheel to wheel. It also in­cludes the power up/down tail­gate as stan­dard equip­ment

Many key spec­i­fi­ca­tions are still yet to be an­nounced, in­clud­ing horse­power, torque, pay­load, tow­ing, ap­proach, breakover and de­par­ture an­gles, and of course pric­ing, so stay tuned.

Check our video in­ter­view with Cana­dian Chevy exec Matt Palmer as he talks about his top fea­tures for Cana­di­ans - https://


Chevro­let’s use of alu­minum is lim­ited to the hood, doors, and tail­gate. While the truck bed and body pan­els are made of steel.

Their mixed ma­te­rial strat­egy in­cludes us­ing dif­fer­ent types of steel for the bed, body pan­els and cab frame.

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