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.

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