Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado debuts with diesel

2019 Silverado Reveal

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The Silverado is General Motors' best-selling model, as well as its most profitable, so the next generation is already being studied and scrutinized ahead of its official launch.

The truck also includes a new 120-volt outlet and led task lighting.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado will be up to 450 pounds lighter than the current-generation model, yet it will offer a wheelbase that is up to 3.9 inches longer, more passenger volume, and best-in-class cargo volume.

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There are six powertrain choices in the 2019 Silverado although Chevrolet discussed only three on Saturday. 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. 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.

A new inline-6 turbodiesel will be offered in the Silverado, which Chevrolet will brand Duramax. Crew-cab models now have 3 inches more rear-seat legroom, which means that front passengers have 44.5 inches of front legroom, while rear seat passengers get 43.8 inches of legroom.

A new Custom Trailboss is also in the works for the 2019 Silverado, which is categorized as a "high value" truck and will sport a Z71 Off Road Package, 2-inch suspension lift and 18-inch wheels.

The Silverado shares a platform with the GMC Sierra and Chevy managers said more information about the updated version of that truck will be released later.

The tailgate gets "Chevrolet" stamped across the back, which returns for the first time since the 1990s.

Chevrolet's "High Volume" truck buyer benefits from two new trims in addition to the Silverado 1500 LT: RST and LT Trailboss. This includes new 5.3L and 6.2L V-8s with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management that actively shuts off any number of cylinders, in a variety of combinations, depending on immediate needs to optimize fuel economy.

Chevy saved weight by using light materials in targeted applications, including aluminum for the doors hood and tailgate. This is important marketing point given the literal beating Chevrolet has given the F-150's aluminum bed in its advertising, by dropping a load of rocks and a toolbox into one to depict how it can potentially be punctured more easily than steel. The bed and frame make extensive use of high-strength steel.

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.

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

That's a significant gap that GM needs to close with Ford's - and America's - most popular light truck model. The Chevrolet Silverado was last redesigned in 2014, and if this was a compact auto or a crossover, it would probably soldier on at least a couple more years.

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