The All New Completely Redesigned Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle and their most profitable one as well has been given a complete overhaul, so the new year will start with a brand-new version of the already famously good Silverado. The star out of all General Motor's vehicles when it comes to sales wasn't dusty, to begin with, but I suppose the company chose to invest in their champion to fend off any trace of competition from its rivals. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado came out better than its predecessor and that’s saying something.
First of all, there’s the new look with modern, sharp lines at the exterior that give the Silverado the sex-appeal that’s been lacking in the pick-up truck segment for decades. In today’s world design matters and functionality is often taken for granted, but it won't be the case here since Chevrolet has invested in providing future customers with an impressive 5 different engines to choose from. 4 of these will be available straight away and another one will be introduced mid-way 2019.
The base model comes equipped with a 285-horsepower producing V6 that’s great for fuel economy, but not exactly a monster. It gives the Silverado decent power though, especially since the new model is a whopping 450 pounds lighter than the older version, but I don’t expect many buyers to stick to it though. The next available upgrade is a reliable 4.3-liter V6 that will give out 310 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque, but the real power is unleashed when you order one of the two V8s. There is a 5.3-liter that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, coupled with an 8-speed automatic, and a 6.2-liter that will give you 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The 6.2-liter is able to tow in excess of 12.000 pounds with the car at full passenger capacity, which makes the Chevrolet Silverado more of a beast than a pick-up truck. Both V8s come with the Fuel Management System in place which allows the engines to operate on as little as 2 cylinders if there’s no need for extra power, a feature that will save you a ton of fuel money. The powertrain that’s still to be introduced will be a turbodiesel, somewhat of a rarity when it comes to pick-up trucks.
The inside of the Silverado is closer to a crossover SUV than anything else and it’s on account of both the quality of materials used and the long list of standard features that includes, among others, Chevrolet’s excellent infotainment system, with a 7-inch touchscreen and the MyLink system installed, both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for complete smartphone connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. To these, you can add upgrades like a state-of-the-art seven-speakers BOSE audio system or a sunroof that will transform the vehicle into a luxury car.
As far as passenger capacity goes there is a clear distinction between Regular and Double or Crew Cabin modes. The last two offer an additional row of seats that can seat 3 people while the Regular Cabin only has one row. The standard option is for bucket seats for that front row which means you'll be able to transport two people up-front, but you can opt for a bench at no extra cost and that will get you, three passengers, instead.
Chevrolet’s take on the new Silverado seems like the perfect recipe for success. They took a platform that has given the company a lot of sales and that commands a huge following of customers, kept the positive aspects and improved where it was lacking. The result is one of the industry’s best engine line-ups ready to be fitted on a car that looks every bit like a vehicle from 2019. The inside is more comfortable than the sedans of only 5-6 years ago and the tech available is on par with the luxury segment. Looking at the 2019 rendition of the Silverado you can either feel pride or envy.