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 readily available with a push-button ignition system. The 2019 model year, though, will bring a brand-new Silverado 1500 with modern technology and potentially even a handful of aluminum body panels atop its steel frame.
The Ford F-series might be the best-selling truck (and vehicle) in America, but the Chevrolet Silverado, along with its fraternal twin, the GMC Sierra, likewise offers in big numbers and is a veritable cash cow for General Motors. Nevertheless, the GM truck’s rather out-of-date technology and aging total feel has taken some toll on sales, with 2016 numbers down by 4.3 percent from 2015, to 574,876.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, however 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 normal choice of basic rear-wheel drive and optional four- or all-wheel drive.
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engine
We expect the new Silverado to come with a set of base engines: an updated variation of the truck’s tried-and-true 4.3-liter V-6 in the present truck and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the latter created to help enhance the truck’s general fuel performance. Both engines are expected to use General Motors’ eight-speed automated transmission. On the other hand, GM’s small-block V-8 will once again work as the Silverado 1500’s volume engine offering. Like today’s truck, there likely will be two available displacements of the burly bent-eight, while gear altering responsibilities will be up to 8- 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
Expect the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show next January with sales kicking off by summer season. Prices shouldn’t alter dramatically from today, where stickers start at $28,880 but can increase to well over $60,000 for a generously optioned, state-of-the-art High Country.