New Chevy Silverado 1500: pick-up for the US masses updated for 2019

Published: 15 January 2018

► 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500
► US-only pick-up updated
► Revealed at NAIAS 2017

One of the USA’s biggest-selling trucks ever has just been updated: Chevrolet unwrapped its 2019 Silverado 1500 at the 2018 Detroit motor show.

It’s not sold in the UK, but it’s a huge deal in the States – so much so that the first Chevy truck was sold exactly 100 years ago. Chevrolet says the latest Silverado ‘sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks’ – big words.

So what are the headlines?

Chevrolet claims that the 2019 Silverado has class-leading cargo volume and the ‘most functional’ load bay of any full-size truck, for a kick off. The truck bed can carry 1784 litres (63 cubic feet if you’re American) of stuff and Chevy offers load boxes that attach to the wheel wells for more organised storage.

Depending on the model, it’s up to 204kg lighter than its predecessor and the wheelbase is up to 100mm longer.

What engines and specs do we know?

There are six different versions available, spanning from entry-level ‘Work Truck’ spec with black body panels, cloth seats and basic amenities to posh ‘High Country’ that has almost everything other than the kitchen sink thrown at it and enough chrome to blind oncoming drivers.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 rear quarter

The ‘Custom Trailboss’ edition (seen pictured in red) goes full lifestyle, with a two-inch suspension lift system and the Z71 pack – a range of off-road goodies that includes a locking rear diff, Rancho shock absorbers, skid plates and Goodyear off-road tyres.

Engine choices include a 5.3-litre and 6.2-litre V8 petrols and a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel. The larger V8 and 3.0-litre diesel are available with Chevy’s ‘Hydra-Matic’ 10-speed auto ‘box.

How much is the 2019 Silverado?

No info is known on pricing yet but Chevrolet has mentioned that it will reveal more details on the new Silverado later in the year, so stay tuned.

After a more Euro-chic pick-up? Check out our review of the VW Amarok V6

By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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