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New Silverado Adds Space and Enough Options for All

Long story short, Chevrolet officially launched the 2019 Silverado lineup ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The truck is lighter, has more cargo and passenger room, and is more configurable than ever before.

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You could stop there and drool over the photos we published, but Chevrolet needs success with the fourth generation Silverado amongst strong competition from Ford and Ram. Both rivals have offered competitive configurable options for years, but Chevy is kicking its selection up on a notch. The eight trim levels announced were the result from a 7,000-individual survey, one of the brand’s largest research efforts to date.

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According to Chevrolet’s research, Silverado owners want a truck that ‘works for them. Chevrolet interpreted that as a demand for a larger, more spacious cabin and bed. There’s three more inches of rear leg room space in the crew cab models for a total split of 44.5/43.8 inches of leg room. The second row seat now hides 10-liter bins behind the back-cushions and a storage tray below. The whole package grows the wheelbase by up to 3.9 inches.

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Chevrolet changed their manufacturing process for the bed, separating the wheel-well material from the rest of the bed structure. (Which is still high-strength steel, by the way!) The result is a widened storage space, seven inches wider than the previous model. The 2019 Silverado will store 63 cubit feet of stuff and things in the short-box configuration, nearly 20 percent more than competitors with similar configurations. They’ve also added more storage tie-downs, optional LED bed lighting and a 120-volt power outlet.

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The larger steps in the corners of the bed now house blind-spot detection sensors, a different zip-code than competitors’ preferred location in the tail lamp. Something Chevrolet argues will reduce cost of replacement and maintenance.

Competing with Ford’s newly half-ton available Power Stroke and Ram’s EcoDiesel, a brand new 3.0L Duramax inline-six turbo-diesel was announced alongside revisions to the existing 5.3 and 6.2 liter gasoline power plants. The two gasoline engines will be married to a new 10-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and offer Chevrolet’s Dynamic Fuel Management, capable of shutting off one to seven cylinders. Coupled with a weight loss of 450 pounds and new aerodynamic tuning, Chevrolet hopes to deliver strong numbers of fuel efficiency.

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The Silverado will available with more trim and options combinations than before. ‘High Value’ trim levels include the WT ‘Work Truck,’ Custom and Custom Trailboss, adding off-road options to the custom for the first time. The ‘High Volume’ trim levels include the LT, new for 2019 RST, and LT Trailboss. Chrome accents adorn the LT while the RST adds 22-inch wheels, body-colored trim and full LED lighting. On the high-end side of things, Chevrolet offers the LTZ and High Country add chrome and leather – the latter offering a powered tailgate.

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The 2019 Silverado will be available for order later this year, and the company hopes to meet the demand they’ve discovered with recent research and 100 years of experience.

 

 

Dusty Michael

As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.