Chevy Silverado Models Lined Up for 2019, New Custom Trailboss Planned

Pickup Wars       GM revamps Silverado in bid to narrow gap with segment leader Ford              Source Autodata Corp

Pickup Wars GM revamps Silverado in bid to narrow gap with segment leader Ford Source Autodata Corp

The model line is comprehensive to put it mildly. Everything from the frame up is new or heavily revised over today's K2XX trucks. GM's faith in steel hasn't put much of a dent in F-150 sales, which are a couple of hundred thousand units higher than the Silverado's, but it's clearly sticking with it. The LT Trail Boss and lower priced Trail Boss Custom are the off-road models. The doors, hood and tailgate are made of aluminum while fixed panels.

Under its skin, the pickup uses more high-strength steel in its ladder frame for weight savings and a 10-percent stiffer body.

The company wouldn't release the weight or estimated fuel economy, but said the 450-pound weight loss is on a crew cab model with a V8 engine. The longer length provides more cargo and interior volume, but even with the larger size, the 2019 Silverado comes in much lighter with 450 pound weight reduction. One thing that's noticeable right away is that the huge rear doors on these new Crew Cab models will open to a ton of room in the back seat: Chevy confirmed rear-seat passengers will have 43.8-inches of legroom, up 3 inches over today's truck.

"Truck customers told us they want the ideal truck for them and not a "one size fits most" truck", said GM design boss Mike Simcoe. Chevrolet said the 5.3-liter V-8 and 6.2-liter engines will be offered in the Silverado and would include cylinder shutdown technology that could deactivate up to seven of the truck's eight cylinders.

The 6.2-liter V8 and the 3.0-liter Duramax will come with Chevy's 10-speed automatic transmission as standard. Chevy didn't mention any horsepower or torque figures but did hint that its diesel would not be overshadowed by any other light-duty diesel (like, say, Ford's new Power Stroke V6) in terms of output.

There's independent short/long front arm suspension, together a live axle vehicle suspension with composite second-stage springs on select models, a light-weighting approach borrowed from the Corvette. And those springs save 12 pounds per side. They are also made from a higher-grade steel than before. The bed floor is also seven-inches wider than the old one, which Reuss said delivers best in class cargo volume, and it can be accessed by an optional power tailgate with remote opening and closing functions. In other words, the beds are bigger, tougher and more useful.

The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, giving customers more combinations of performance, efficiency and value to best fit their priorities.

In the world of full-size pickups, it's a race to see who can haul more stuff, yet do it with lighter, more efficient trucks.