06/30/2017 UPDATE: It seems that diesel in half-ton pickup trucks is becoming a must-have. The latest vehicle to add a diesel powertrain in its lineup is 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. The most recent set of spy photos are showing a prototype on the gas station tanking, you guessed it with diesel fuel. This became evident after the driver took the green handled from the pump. Green is the clear signal of diesel, and that’s how we know. In addition one of Chevrolet engineers even fueled a gas container, a yellow one, which is usually reserved for this type of fuel.
So, we know that there’s a diesel unit under the bonnet but which one? The most likely solution is a 4.5-liter V-6 mill. Also, we wouldn’t like to exclude the smaller 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder which is used by Canyon and Colorado trucks. If the upcoming 2019 Silverado goes trough with the weight loss, this powerplant would have enough power to do a decent job.
The pound-drop would be achieved trough excessive use of aluminum.This was announced by Chevy, but also we know that they won’t get rid of their bragging bed. You know, the highly durable steel bed, which is easily noticeable if you are ‘real people’ and ‘not actors.’ The parts that would use aluminum and other lightweight materials are hood, body panels, and fenders.
Regardless of engines under the hood, GM will probably use a ten-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox was developed in cooperation with Ford, and the Blue Oval company is already using it. It is expected for Chevy to follow suit.
In addition to a diesel powertrain Chevrolet will offer a range of V-6 and V8 units. Also, there ought to be a turbocharged engines, but we still don’t know how will Detroit-based company address this. From the rest of the spy photos, we can conclude that 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is going to use dual exhaust pipes, Rancho shocks which are shared with Silverado Z71.
In conclusion, let’s just say that truck market was never more vivid. With Ford already using diesel in F-150, RAM is exploring the market and plans to enter the oil-burner fry; now we have Chevy doing the same with Silverado. What a time to be alive.
05/08/2017 UPDATE: The work in progress that is 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is getting more and more closer to being a finished product. To confirm this statement of ours, we have a new set of spy photos. Unlike before this time around, we have a good view of the interior of this truck. To say that we are not surprised would be an understatement because the changes that the cabin of Silverado has undergone are small to none. The steering wheel is the part of the interior that has been a subject of redesign and now features four-spoke design. It also has scroll wheels on both sides of the top positioned spokes which are there to make display navigation easier.
Center part of the dash is, like always, reserved for the display and it has the latest generation of MyLink, and it has eight preset shortcuts. Bellow the screen there is a set of buttons and knobs which presumably serve for climate control. Moving even lower than that and we have 110V AC power, several USB ports (at this point we don’t know the exact number), and a standard 12V DC outlet. The part of the console that is positioned overhead features what seems to be OnStar call button, front reading, and entry lights, and an integrated HomeLink transmitter that comes with three buttons.
Same as Ford with F-150 Chevy won’t change too much in order not to upset the loyal customers, and that is why column shifter will be a part of 2019 Silverado.
In addition to the interior, we also have a much better look at the outside of the truck than it was the case before. On the front fascia, we have noticed a new set of headlights that now feature a full LED technology. New to them is the set of multiple reflectors that are positioned on the upper part of the lights. Among spied test mules some of them looked like they are part of lower-trim, with dual rear exhaust pipes, which is different from standard right positioned outputs. If you look carefully, you will notice the absence of venturi tip which is a clear sign of a petrol powered unit.
2019 Silverado Release date
If you are wondering, when will we be able to so a completed model, there is a couple of answers? The most optimistic are that we are going to see it at the Texas State Fair. This manifestation is on schedule in September. If new Silverado misses this opportunity, the odds shift to the Los Angeles Motor Show. As you know, this auto show is usually held in November, and that is the case now. The latest option, which means that the release date of 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is set for the beginning of the next year, is Detroit Auto Show. We all know that this show is held in Detroit in January. 2018 release is a possibility but we keep our hopes high, and our fingers crossed for a 2017 release.
03/08/2017 Review: The Silverado is the second best selling truck on the US market but despite that many said it is also the best. While this was true when it was released, this is no longer the case. In order to get back at the top GM is already preparing a new model. So far the new truck has been just a rumor but more recently the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has been actually seen testing in the Arctic. The best part about this camouflaged truck is that it was a complete prototype which means Chevrolet is nearing the end of the development process. Unfortunately though, so far there is very little information available about it. From the spy shots we can get a good idea about the size of the truck but that’s about it. We currently know two things for sure.
Firstly, GM is heavily criticizing the use of aluminum in trucks. They say aluminum increases repair costs and it doesn’t make much sense in a truck. While we tend to agree, aluminum does have its advantages which are quite clear. It is lighter so it allows for a higher payload than otherwise and it is also immune to rust. These alone should be more than enough to make GM change their mind.
Secondly, even though GM is waging a war against aluminum, it seems that they might develop an aluminum alloy to use on their 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. This was just a rumor but it has been confirmed not that long ago that the truck will be considerably lighter than before. This could only be achieved with aluminum, especially since a truck needs to have a beefy running gear to tow and go in off-road. The price will likely not change much so expect it to cost from around $28,000.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado Redesign
Even though Chevrolet is camouflaging the development mule as a Ford, it is quite clear the truck is the future Silverado. The prototype is definitely a crew-cab model with a short bed. There are some interesting design notes such as the rectangular dual-exhausts integrated under the rear bumper. On top of that it seems to get an all new front fascia. This boast a more subtle grille than before and so far it seems they might skip the massive amounts of chrome for once. When parked near a current generation version, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado seems to be slightly taller and wider as well. On top of that, the wheel arches are definitely wider while the wheels do seem to be smaller than before. Soon enough we also expect to see development mules for its other versions which will get rid of some of the mystery surrounding it.
Unfortunately it is still quite early in development so the cabin of the upcoming Silverado is still a well guarded secret. Luckily though Chevrolet has been fixed on simplicity for the past few years. All of their models, including crossovers, SUVs or cars, feature a minimalist dashboard, great materials and a great set of features. We are quite sure the new Silverado won’t be far off their other models.
2019 Silverado Engines
V8 engines are great but they do not represent the future. Emissions standards are getting harsh and naturally aspirated engines won’t pass them soon enough. Because of that rumors suggest the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is going to boast new turbocharged V6 gasoline engines. The base model of the truck will likely receive a smaller 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 offering around 330 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Both the 5.3 and 6.2 liter engines on the other hand could get replaced by either a 3 or 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6. Either of them is known to make as much as 400 horsepower and over 400 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to power the lighter Silverado.
Some even suggested that GM could develop a high-torque 3 liter twin-turbo V6 offering around 325 horsepower and north of 400 lb-ft of torque as their mid-level engine. Like before, rear wheel drive is going to be standard while a four wheel drive system, with an optional rear LSD, will be offered as an optional extra. The old 6 and 8 speed automatic gearbox will definitely be discontinued. In their place we should see a single 10 speed automatic which should considerably improve fuel consumption.
We listed all of its rivals bellow but you, same as us, know just at which competitors truck is new Silverado aiming. The Ford F-150 is archival which needs to be dethroned. Hence why Chevy is going to do with its premium truck the same thing Ford did with its. The work is in progress, but still in early stages. Nevertheless, the date is set. 2019 Silverado is going to be presented at 2018 Detroit Auto Show. NAIAS has for years been the main stage for promoting new trucks which are adored in the States. Summer release in dealerships is what awaits us after and we sincerely can’t wait to see what Chevrolet has in store for us.
They say that the only way to become better is to compete with someone and by outshining them set new boundaries for yourself. This is an everyday occurrence in the car industry where competitors fight each other to stay on top. The truck segment in the United States is one of those where big fish battle the most. The list of Silverado’s rivals inevitably starts with 2018 Ford F-150 and goes across GMC Sierra 1500, 2019 RAM 1500, 2017 Nissan Titan all up to 2018 Toyota Tundra.