Although the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 just goes back to the 2014 model year, the bow-tie brand’s half-ton pickup trips on an older architecture and is revealing its age. Case in (minor) point: Not a single Silverado 1500 trim is available with a push-button ignition system. The 2019 model year, though, will bring a new Silverado 1500 with modern technology and perhaps 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 sells in huge numbers and is a veritable cash cow for General Motors. Nevertheless, the GM truck’s rather outdated technology and aging overall feel has actually taken some toll on sales, with 2016 numbers down by 4.3 percent from 2015, to 574,876.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 a brand new frame, but the truck’s fundamental setup– separate body and frame and a live rear axle located by leaf springs– isn’t going to change, nor will the typical option of standard rear-wheel drive and optional four- or all-wheel drive.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine
We anticipate the new Silverado to come with a set of base engines: an upgraded 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 designed to help enhance the truck’s general fuel effectiveness. Both engines are anticipated to make use of General Motors’ eight-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, GM’s small-block V-8 will when again work as the Silverado 1500’s volume engine offering. Like today’s truck, there likely will be two readily available displacements of the big bent-eight, while equipment changing duties will be up to eight- 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
Anticipate the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show next January with sales kicking off by summertime. Prices should not alter dramatically from today, where sticker labels begin at $28,880 but can increase to well over $60,000 for a kindly optioned, high-grade High Country.