2019 Silverado, Designed to Compete!

2019 Silverado Z71 Trail Boss

The 2019 Silverado is completely redesigned this year to compete with the Ram and Ford products. Chevy has done an amazing job of blending current styling and function to give us a Silverado that performs as good as it looks. Our test truck for the week was a Silverado LT Z71 Trail Boss.

The 2019 Silverado is new from the ground up

incorporating a stronger high strength steel fully boxed frame and while still using a steel body and bed it now has aluminum for all the hinged panels; doors, tailgate and hood. The list of other new and innovative features is long, from a new grille and LED lighting in front to a push button and power up tailgate.  

2019 Silverado redesigned to compete

2019 Silverado redesigned to compete

The revamped body styling incorporates stamped accent lines in the front fenders extending down the truck side at two levels, more dramatically styled fenders front and rear, a sharper windshield angle and a slight overhang on the rear of the cab roof. Combined these give the Silverado a more aerodynamic profile. The truck is as much as an inch and a half longer sitting on a 4 inch longer wheel base and slightly wider track. The front end uses a bold grille, high narrow headlamps, and a bumper that wraps under the front fender edges creating air scoops on each side of the truck that improve air flow. The Trail Boss edition we tested with a blacked out grille and bow tie brought to mind a transformer character with villainous squinty eyes. Rear body styling is completely

2019 Silverado with new front design

2019 Silverado with new front design

changed sporting larger LED taillamps, a bold Chevrolet stamp across the push button release tailgate and substantially larger corner steps in the bumper. Importantly the bed is almost 7 inches wider allowing more cargo to be loaded more easily.

Silverado stepped up the interior styling to compete with its rivals. Prior Chevy owners won’t feel out of place, the interior didn’t depart from the traditional look and feel, but improved on it. The appearance and texture of the materials is greatly enhanced on the broad flat dash as well as the seats and door panels. Due to the longer wheel base the cabin interior space is enlarged offering more leg room in the rear and longer seat tracks for more front seat adjustment. Seat padding is increase with a corresponding improvement in comfort. Other improvements include a larger glove box and center console and storage pockets hidden behind doors in the rear seat backs; cool place to stash electronics, books or any small item you want

2019 Silverado now has rear seat storage boxes

2019 Silverado now has rear seat storage boxes

to keep clean and dry. A unique feature of the Chevrolet High Country is the power deployable side step that moves rearward with the push of a button to give step up access to the front of the bed.

Chevy 2019 Silverado engine options

are expanded for the new model starting with an all new turbocharged 2.7 liter 4 cylinder kicking out 310 horsepower and 348 pounds of torque. Still available are the 4.3 V6 that has been the mainstay of the base truck lineup, the popular 5.3 and 6.2 V8 powerplants and if the plans hold true, a new 3.0 liter straight line DuraMax diesel coming later this year. Transmission options include the 8 and 10 speed automatics. Fuel economy is improved across the board with the 4 banger leading the way at an estimated 20 city and 24 highway. Most engines now offer Dynamic Fuel Management that shuts off cylinders to conserve fuel. The 5.3 liter is theoretically able to run on as few as one cylinder. Our test truck was powered by the 5.3 liter V8 and performed very well. The power management was completely transparent, as was the auto stop start feature. This truck did have a button to disable the stop start if it bothered you.

The 2019 Silverado Z71 Trail Boss came with a 2 inch lift, 18 inch wheels and 31 inch tires giving the pickup an aggressive stance and lots of ground clearance.  The Trail Boss also includes crawl control, an electronic two speed transfer case with 2 speed, Auto 4 wheel drive, 4 high and 4 low ratios, locking rear differential, Rancho shocks at each corner, recovery hooks and skid plates.  Despite being off road ready the Trail Boss behaved well on the city pavement and freeways with only a little tire noise and no tendency to wander or oversteer. Electronic variable power steering helps to make the big truck handle with ease. For first drive impressions of the Trail Boss check this site on You Tube

Chevrolet has stepped up its game with high tech and nifty useable options this year. The Mylink system is improved offering better interface with Apple and Android phones and the 8 inch screen responds to the finger motions we have grown used to on our small screens. USB, power point, auxiliary and even 120 volt outlets are scattered about the cabin, wireless charging and a 4G hot spot make the Silverado a portable office.

Safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure alert, parking assist, rear cross traffic warning, collision warning and low speed emergency braking. A 360 degree camera system and color heads up display both help make driving safer. A camera image rear view mirror eliminates vision obstacles behind you.

If you tow trailers there is an available trailer towing package that includes integrated apps in the Mylink to set trailer pre-hitch checklists, brake gain calibrations, maintenance reminders and test the lighting on the trailers you tow. Mylink can memorize each of your trailers to making connections fast, The tire pressure monitor system can extend to the towed trailer. Also available is a hitch camera and additional cameras to make towing and hooking up the trailer simple and safe. A real boon for the unlucky is a feature that will allow your active OnStar system to monitor for trailer theft and alert you when someone unhitches your rig.

Chevy offers the 2019 Silverado in models from the Work Truck to the top of the line High Country. The combination of models, cab and bed configurations and engine selections make it possible to find the perfect truck for every use from the job site, to the country club to the off road adventure.

Listen to the on air review from October 13, 2018