Although the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 only dates back to the 2014 model year, the bow-tie brand’s half-ton pickup rides on an older architecture and is showing its age. Case in (minor) point: Not a single Silverado 1500 trim is offered with a push-button ignition system. The 2019 model year, though, will bring a brand-new Silverado 1500 with contemporary technology and possibly even a handful of aluminum body panels atop its steel frame.
The Ford F-series might be the very popular truck (and vehicle) in America, but the Chevrolet Silverado, along with its fraternal twin, the GMC Sierra, likewise offers in huge numbers and is a genuine cash cow for General Motors. However, the GM truck’s somewhat out-of-date technology and aging general feel has actually taken some toll on sales, with 2016 numbers down by 4.3 percent from 2015, to 574,876. Compare that with the F-series, which saw sales rise by 5.2 percent, to 820,799.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Platform
The Silverado will ride on an all-new frame, however the truck’s fundamental setup– different body and frame and a live rear axle found by leaf springs– isn’t really going to change, nor will the typical option of standard rear-wheel drive and optional 4- or all-wheel drive.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine
We expect the new Silverado to come with a pair of base engines: an updated version of the truck’s tried-and-true 4.3-liter V-6 in the existing truck and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the latter created to assist boost the truck’s general fuel efficiency. Both engines are expected to utilize General Motors’ eight-speed automated transmission. Meanwhile, GM’s small-block V-8 will when again function as the Silverado 1500’s volume engine offering. Like today’s truck, there likely will be 2 available displacements of the big bent-eight, while gear changing duties will be up to 8- or 10-speed automatics (the latter co-developed with Ford) depending on the size of the engine.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Release Date and Price
Expect the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show next January with sales starting by summer. Pricing shouldn’t change significantly from today, where stickers start at $28,880 but can increase to well over $60,000 for a generously optioned, top-of-the-line High Country.
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