100 YEARS IN THE MAK­ING

FIRST LOOK AT THE ALL-NEW CHEVY SILVERADO

Diesel World - - Contents - BRYON DORR

We were lucky enough to at­tend the 2019 Silverado 1500 launch— which co­in­cided with the 100-year an­niver­sary of Chevy’s first cus­tomer truck de­liv­er­ies in Jan­uary of 1918—prior to the North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Auto Show in Detroit. The new light­duty Silverado is go­ing to turn a lot of heads, and more im­por­tantly ex­cite a lot of diesel fans.

Sure, the styling of the truck is uniquely mod­ern, yet con­sis­tent with its Chevy Truck DNA, and there is a lot more to this all-new truck than just pretty sheet metal. It has a 3.9 inch longer wheel­base and is 1.6 inches longer over­all, which of­fers both in­creased room for cargo and com­fort. With im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics, new pow­er­train tech and over­all weight re­duced by up to 450 pounds the 2019 Silverado 1500 is sure to of­fer im­pres­sive per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy.

Pow­er­train

We know the new 1500 will be of­fered with an all-new Du­ra­max 3.0L in­line-6 turbo diesel, which will be mated to a new Hy­dra-matic 10-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. What we don’t know is how many of the eight dif­fer­ent Silverado mod­els on of­fer will be avail­able with this op­tion. Out of the re­ported six en­gine/trans­mis­sion con­fig­u­ra­tions, so far we know about the new Du­ra­max diesel and new 5.3L and 6.2L V8 gas en­gines, along with the new Hy­dra-matic 10-speed auto trans. There is lots of spec­u­la­tion on the other op­tions, but not much hope for an­other diesel in the lineup.

While the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L V8 will both be paired with the new 10-speed auto, we don’t yet know what trans op­tions the 5.3L V8 will get. We can also only dream of the other op­tions avail­able with the diesel. Some of us dream of a 6- or 8-speed man­ual to go along with what will hope­fully

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