Although the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 only dates back to the 2014 model year, the bow-tie brand name’s half-ton pickup flights on an older architecture and is revealing its age. Case in (minor) point: Not a single Silverado 1500 trim is offered with a push-button ignition system. The 2019 model year, however, will bring a new Silverado 1500 with modern technology and potentially even a handful of aluminum body panels atop its steel frame.
The Ford F-series may be the very popular truck (and vehicle) in America, but the Chevrolet Silverado, along with its fraternal twin, the GMC Sierra, likewise sells in substantial numbers and is a veritable golden goose for General Motors. Nevertheless, the GM truck’s somewhat out-of-date technology and aging total feel has actually taken some toll on sales, with 2016 numbers down by 4.3 percent from 2015, to 574,876.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 increase by 5.2 percent, to 820,799.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Platform
The Silverado will ride on an all-new frame, but the truck’s fundamental setup– different body and frame and a live rear axle located by leaf springs– isn’t really going to change, nor will the normal choice of basic rear-wheel drive and optional 4- or all-wheel drive.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine
We anticipate the brand-new Silverado to come with a pair of base engines: an upgraded variant of the truck’s reliable 4.3-liter V-6 in the present truck and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the latter created to help improve the truck’s total fuel performance. Both engines are expected to make use of General Motors’ eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, GM’s small-block V-8 will once again serve as the Silverado 1500’s volume engine offering. Like today’s truck, there likely will be 2 offered displacements of the burly bent-eight, while gear altering responsibilities will be up to eight- or 10-speed automatics (the latter co-developed with Ford) depending upon the size of the engine.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Release Date and Price
Anticipate the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show next January with sales beginning by summer. Pricing shouldn’t change dramatically from today, where stickers start at $28,880 but can escalate to well over $60,000 for a kindly optioned, top-of-the-line High Country.