2019 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado pickup: much im­proved in ev­ery way

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Gen­eral Mo­tors fourth-gen­er­a­tion 2019 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado pickup is much im­proved in ev­ery way, I am happy to re­port with a big­ger and bet­ter choice of pow­er­train com­bi­na­tions, more tech­nol­ogy, and new fea­tures com­pared to the old model. An al­lnew plat­form is lighter, wider, and taller and rides on a longer wheel­base stretched by 3.9 inches. The front fea­tures elon­gated nar­row head­lights, a typ­i­cally big Chevro­let grille and some aero­dy­namic aids. GM has also in­tro­duced the first power lift­gate that can be moved up or down with the key fob, in­te­rior but­ton, or man­u­ally. There is a larger cor­ner step to ac­cess the bed and the 21 tie downs. The 2019 Sil­ver­ado boasts seg­ment lead­ing cargo vol­ume in the three bed lengths. Also note, the bed floor is nearly seven inches wider than the com­pe­ti­tion and deeper. An op­tional ac­ces­sories bin on some mod­els will of­fer stor­age bins that fit over the wheel wells, pro­vid­ing nearly seven cu­bic feet of lock­able cargo space. There is mul­ti­tude of op­tions in dif­fer­ent pack­ages in­clud­ing tow­ing equip­ment, heated front seats, and heated steer­ing wheel, Bose au­dio, slid­ing rear win­dow side steps, and a sprayon bed­liner and fold­ing ton­neau cover. We tested the four wheel-drive Sil­ver­ado Z71 Trail­boss model with a cool black-out front grille and match­ing black wheels, equipped with the new 5.3-liter, the DFM V-8, en­gine which makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed au­to­matic. There was also a 2-inch sus­pen­sion lift, and off-road tires. The en­gine lineup in­cludes: a car­ry­over 4.3-liter V-6 and six-speed auto; the car­ry­over Ac­tive Fuel Man­age­ment (AFM) 5.3-liter V-8, paired with a six-speed auto; and a new 310-hp 2.7-liter tur­bocharged I-4 and 3.0-liter tur­bod­iesel I-6. 6.2-liter V-8s can dis­able up mul­ti­ple en­gine cylin­ders when not needed, which im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency sig­nif­i­cantly. The 6.2L makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 10-speed au­to­matic with four-wheel drive. The Sil­ver­ado is rated to haul up to 2,190 pounds (993 kg) with the 5.3-liter DFM en­gine or 2,100 pounds (952 kg) with the 6.2-liter en­gine. It can tow up to 11,600 pounds (5,262 kg) with the 5.3 or 12,200 pounds (5,534 kg) with the 6.2. Max pay­load ca­pac­ity is 2,500 pounds (1,134 kg) with the V-6.

There has been a plethora of improvements when it comes to the in­te­rior cabin, up front, there are big, com­fort­able seats with avail­able heat­ing func­tion, dual glove boxes, an enor­mous cen­ter con­sole and huge door pock­ets.

Tech­nol­ogy is up­graded to state of the art with, Chevro­let In­fo­tain­ment 3 sys­tem linked to a crys­tal clear 8-inch screen. You can pro­gram and make com­mands such as menu changes and se­lec­tions to control such items as the seven-speaker Bose au­dio setup, Wi-fi hotspot, and Blue­tooth func­tions very quickly and eas­ily. Both Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto ca­pa­bil­i­ties are stan­dard. The Sil­ver­ado is well equipped with120 volt and 12 volt power and USB out­lets front and rear. Back seat pas­sen­ger is also well catered for, with the rear cabin gain­ing an ad­di­tional 3 inches of legroom, and more stor­age in­clud­ing two bins in­te­grated into the back of the rear seats. On the road, the Sil­ver­ado’s 5.3-liter V8 pow­er­ing, makes 355 horse­power and 383 pound-feet of torque, and of­fers tremen­dous ac­cel­er­a­tion. The new trans­mis­sion pro­vides smooth, jerk free tran­si­tions. Mean­while the new Dy­namic Fuel Man­age­ment sys­tem en­ables the V8 to run on two to eight cylin­ders de­pend­ing on en­gine load. The sys­tem is seam­less, and works very well. Com­bined with a well-in­te­grated stop-start sys­tem for the en­gine that saves fuel at traf­fic lights or, when the truck comes to a stop too, the Sil­ver­ado also de­liv­ers de­cent fuel econ­omy for its size and weight. This is a large hefty truck, so no apolo­gies for its ride, it will be a tad jig­gly on bumps when there is no load in the pickup bed, but smooths out con­sid­er­ably when loaded. It’s easy to drive ac­tu­ally with, a light, pos­i­tive feel to the steer­ing, good ride control and nicely con­trolled han­dling in bends.

To sum up, the new 2019 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado makes for an ex­cel­lent work, leisure and sport truck with its al­laround im­proved re­fine­ment, com­fort and tech­nol­ogy. Highly rec­om­mended.

2019 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado 4WD LT Trail Boss Z71 (Crew) Priced from $49,795 plus op­tions. www.chevro­let.ca

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