Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado debuts with diesel

The redesigned Ram pickups are loaded with new tech and features

The redesigned Ram pickups are loaded with new tech and features

The Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most important vehicles that General Motors makes so it comes as little surprise the company made a decision to unveil the truck at the North American International Auto Show.

The Silverado was the No. 2 top-selling vehicle in the U.S.in 2016. But we know enough to know these trucks will provide some stiff competition for Ford and Ram, and it's definitely time to stage our own battle of the light-duty diesels.

The automaker introduced the truck by celebrating 100 years of Chevy trucks. One in every seven vehicles sold previous year was a full-size pickup. The all-new Silverado sets the course for the next century of Chevy Trucks with the most functional bed of any full-size truck, weighs up to 450 pounds less for increased performance and offers a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations. Among those materials are seven different grades of high-strength steel in the cab, and aluminum for the hood, doors and tailgate. Eighty percent of the all-new fully boxed steel frame is made from high-strength steel. Aluminum parts in the suspension and other areas make up the rest of the weight loss. "That insight shaped our design strategy with eight distinct models, each with a unique personality to fit different customers, from the affordable work truck to the luxurious High Country".

"Truck customers told us they want the flawless truck for them and not a "one size fits most" truck", said GM design boss Mike Simcoe.

Designers and engineers paid particular attention to aerodynamics for better fuel economy, GM said. Engines include a turbocharged 3.0-liter Duramax diesel six-cylinder and revised versions of the familiar 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. The sides of a mean-looking front grille direct air around the front wheel wells to reduce wind drag, and there's a spoiler at the back of the cab roof to steer air over the bed. The bed offers a total of 63 cubic feet of volume. It's also 88 pounds lighter than the old one and has 10 percent greater torsional rigidity.


The truck also has 21 fixed and moveable tie-down points to secure cargo, and a power tailgate is available.

All engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that General Motors developed in tandem with Ford. Cutouts in the bumper that let drivers step into the bed are larger to accommodate steel-toe boots.

"Developing an all-new structure gave us an opportunity to examine the proportions of the truck", Mike Simcoe, VP of global design, says.

The Saturday presentation by GM President Mark Reuss revealed that the truck is "built from the ground up", meaning all-new body, chassis frame and just about everything else.

Recommended News

  • New Nintendo And Nintendo Switch Accessories Unveiled

    New Nintendo And Nintendo Switch Accessories Unveiled

    In " Hyrule Warriors ", you can play as a whopping 29 different characters from the " Zelda " universe, including Link and Zelda . The releases last fall of Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild , further spurred demand.
    Fuel scarcity: Why oil markers can't be punished - Kachikwu

    Fuel scarcity: Why oil markers can't be punished - Kachikwu

    Kachikwu, however, said the government has put various measures in place to address the issue of scarcity within the 18 months. This is even as the Federal Government has set up a committee to find a long term solution to fuel crisis in the country.
    Ford Ranger debuts at Detroit auto show

    Ford Ranger debuts at Detroit auto show

    With the Ranger being the best-selling pickup in Europe, South Africa, and New Zealand, there is an obvious opportunity for Ford . The Ford Ranger FX4 will also get a Terrain Management System not dissimilar to that found on the Ford F-150 Raptor.
  • Dark Souls Remastered is on its way - PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch

    Dark Souls Remastered is on its way - PC, PS4, Xbox, Switch

    According to the pre-order page, Dark Souls Remastered is priced at $39.99 so PC gamers will be able to get it at $19.99. Bandai Namco have announced that Dark Souls: Remastered is on its way to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
    Oregon Ducks Need Another Complete Game Effort Against Arizona Wildcats

    Oregon Ducks Need Another Complete Game Effort Against Arizona Wildcats

    OR used a late spurt to go up eight points and hit four free throws in the final 32 seconds to earn its biggest win of the season. Brecca Thomas had 12 points and Mya Hollingshed scored 10 as the reserves accounted for 31 points for the Buffaloes (11-5, 2-3).
    Canadiens, Julien fall to Bruins in first matchup against Boston

    Canadiens, Julien fall to Bruins in first matchup against Boston

    Marchand was left alone in front on a power play to take a feed from Patrice Bergeron and score his 18th of the season at 17:11. Danault went down with 1:37 left in the second period, and the teams were sent to the locker room after he left the ice.
  • Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

    Turkish passenger plane skids off runway metres away from sea

    Flights resumed at the Trabzon International Airport on Sunday, after being temporarily suspended following the incident. Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said a crisis desk had been set up after the accident.
    The Government Is Now Warning People To Stop Eating Tide Pods

    The Government Is Now Warning People To Stop Eating Tide Pods

    A new fad sweeping social media called the " tide pod challenge " could send your child from the laundry room to the hospital. They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children.
    Harry Kane becomes Tottenham's record Premier League goal scorer

    Harry Kane becomes Tottenham's record Premier League goal scorer

    They can cement that with a win at the home of the England senior team, who Allardyce managed for one game but never at Wembley. Everton had the ball in the back of the net after 21 minutes but Wayne Rooney's strike was flagged offside.
  • Flu outbreak fills Alabama's hospitals, emergency rooms

    Flu outbreak fills Alabama's hospitals, emergency rooms

    Puerto Rico's Hurricane Maria aftermath is contributing to flu season deaths as well. The PHA has urged those who are eligible to get their flu vaccine.
    Prime Minister Modi receives Israel PM Netanyahu at airport

    Prime Minister Modi receives Israel PM Netanyahu at airport

    In Mumbai, Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet Jewish community leaders and select members of the Indian business community. A press release published by the French presidency said this on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.
    David Warner joins ailing cricketers' list on Australia-England ODI series

    David Warner joins ailing cricketers' list on Australia-England ODI series

    During the same period, Australia reached 300 12 times in 50 matches, including 10 out of 23 matches batting first. They have a better record than any other team since the last World Cup winning 34 of 53 matches.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.