2018 is going to be a big year for Chevrolet. To help kick off the 100th anniversary of GM trucks, the automaker revealed the full details all new 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 just ahead of the Detroit Auto Show. The Silverado is all new inside and out and promises to be more powerful and more fuel efficient than ever before, thanks to a new diesel engine inline-six and revised gasoline V8s.
Chevy’s drawing on its 100-year experience building more than 85 million pickups. But it also asked the customer what he or she wants in a truck — Chevy asked 7,000 of them, actually, in what it says is its biggest-ever piece of customer research.
We saw the truck last month in Texas in the new LT Trail Boss trim, but it was only a teaser of things to come. As we saw then, the exterior is all new and a huge break from the blocky styling of the current model. Thanks to a mix of high-strength steel and aluminum, the new Silverado is about 450 pounds lighter than before. While the use of aluminum isn’t as extensive as that on the F-150, look for the lightweight alloy on the doors, hood and tailgate.
Customers were apparently pleased with the current Silverado’s interior, so at a brief glimpse it doesn’t look all that much different. The 2019 Silverado still boasts some of the best connectivity in the segment, with 4G LTE Wi-Fi available as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The LT Trailboss trim is new among eight 2019 Silverado models. It gets the off-road hardware from the Z71 package and adds a two-inch lift in the suspension that until now you’d have to go aftermarket to get.
Pricing and final figures haven’t been announced, but look for more news in the next few months.