Although the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 just goes back to the 2014 model year, the bow-tie brand’s half-ton pickup rides on an older architecture and is revealing its age. Case in (small) 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-day technology and perhaps 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, in addition to its fraternal twin, the GMC Sierra, also sells in huge numbers and is a veritable golden goose for General Motors. However, the GM truck’s somewhat out-of-date technology and aging overall feel has taken some toll on sales, with 2016 numbers down by 4.3 percent from 2015, to 574,876.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 rise by 5.2 percent, to 820,799.
The Silverado will ride on an all-new frame, however the truck’s standard setup– separate body and frame and a live rear axle located by leaf springs– isn’t really going to change, nor will the usual option of basic rear-wheel drive and optional 4- or all-wheel drive.
We anticipate the new Silverado to come with a pair of base engines: an updated version of the truck’s tried-and-true 4.3-liter V-6 in the current truck and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the latter created to help boost the truck’s overall fuel effectiveness. Both engines are expected to use General Motors’ eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, GM’s small-block V-8 will when again serve as the Silverado 1500’s volume engine offering. Like today’s truck, there likely will be two offered displacements of the big bent-eight, while gear changing responsibilities will be up to 8- or 10-speed automatics (the latter co-developed with Ford) depending on the size of the engine.
Expect the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to debut at the 2018 Detroit auto show next January with sales beginning by summer. Rates shouldn’t change dramatically from today, where stickers start at $28,880 but can skyrocket to well over $60,000 for a generously optioned, state-of-the-art High Country.