Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chevrolet Silverado reveal kicks off 2018 Detroit auto show

Chevrolet Silverado reveal kicks off 2018 Detroit auto show

Such a milestone almost demands a blockbuster product, which Chevy seems quite confident it has just that in the 2019 Silverado.

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.

Chevrolet introduced the latest model of best-selling Silverado pickup truck Saturday evening, January 13 to kick off the North American International Auto Show from Detroit's Eastern Market. The trucks will range from the most basic "Work Truck" trim all the way up to the feature-rich "High Country" model.

The Silverado will also be available with an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel. The automaker surveyed more than 7,000 people to figure out the priorities of the new pickup, finishing up with more body variants and more engine and transmission combinations. "This use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing is evident throughout the Silverado, resulting in a significant reduction in total vehicle weight and improved performance in many measures". The doors, hood, tailgate and swing panels are made of aluminum. The 80 percent high-strength steel frame is also lighter. And despite a wheelbase up to 3.9-inches longer on some models, when you compare the old Crew Cab shortbox to the new 2019 Crew Cab shortbox, the new model is 450 pounds lighter.

The truck's bed is made of stronger grade steel alloy. Small spoilers on the roof and tailgate optimize airflow. Unlike crosstown rival Ford, Chevrolet has opted to keep steel as a core component of the 2019 Silverado.

Inside there's more interior volume thanks to the increased length.

In that bed, customers can opt for a series of storage compartments over the wheel arches that, when installed, will still accommodate a full four-by-eight-foot sheet of plywood. Twelve of them are fixed and can handle 500 pounds each - twice the maximum capacity of the tie-downs in the outgoing Silverado. The 2019 Silverado will be available with a power up/down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand. The knobs and controls have been enlarged and textures, to give more grip when you're wearing gloves, and there are hidden storage cubbies around the cabin, including a tray under the rear seat.

There are eight vehicle trims available. The company said it will announce even more improvements for the 2019 model later this year.

"After selling 85 million trucks over 100 years, I would say we have learned a lot about what truck buyers want and what they truly need", said Alan Batey, president of GM's North American operations.

From the outside, the Chevy Silverado sports squintier headlights and an updated front fascia that changes with trim levels.

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