Chevrolet on Saturday revealed more information on the 2018 Chevy Silverado at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, including its focus on mixed material manufacturing, the introduction of a turbo-diesel engine option, and what sets its eight trim levels apart.
The Silverado is 1.6 inches longer than the outgoing model, despite a 3.9-in. increase in wheelbase that contributes to up to 3.0 ins. of extra passenger room in crew cab models. All of this results in a seven-percent improvement in aerodynamics, according to Chevrolet. While the 2019 Silverado obviously has a new look inside and out, some of the bigger updates are that the truck now weighs up to 450 pounds less than its predecessor and it debuts a more functional bed. GM's faith in steel hasn't put much of a dent in F-150 sales, which are a couple of hundred thousand units higher than the Silverado's, but it's clearly sticking with it. That means more space in the cargo box, and in the cab. Small spoilers on the roof and tailgate optimize airflow.
The weight saving extends to the Silverado's fully boxed steel frame which is also 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than its predecessor despite boasting a 10 percent increase in torsional rigidity. The doors, hood, tailgate and swing panels are made of aluminum. Carbon-composite second-stage rear springs save 24 pounds versus the current truck's steel springs.
As for the bed, there Chevrolet has some fighting talk for Ford.
While we'll be uploading more images later, we wanted to get you pictures from the launch as fast as possible. The bed offers a total of 63 cubic feet of volume. They are also made from a higher-grade steel than before. The tailgate can be lowered with the key fob or a button inside the truck. 120V AC outlets are optional. The automaker surveyed more than 7,000 people to figure out the priorities of the new pickup, finishing up with more body variants and more engine and transmission combinations. The company said it will announce even more improvements for the 2019 model later this year.
For existing, there's the 2019 Silverado LT Trailboss, which includes a two-inch factory lift and the off-road equipment of the Z71 package. An available 3.0-liter turbodiesel will be available in the Silverado 1500 later, officials said. The 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 gas engines are getting revamped for more performance and economy, like the dynamic fuel management which can deactivate between one and seven of the cylinders depending on the load on the truck at any time. Technology-savvy customers are further offered 4G LTE with Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, as well as wireless phone charging. The knobs and controls have been enlarged and textures, to give more grip when you're wearing gloves, and there are hidden storage cubbies around the cabin, including a tray under the rear seat.