Chevy Silverado Models Lined Up for 2019, New Custom Trailboss Planned

Hope Soto
January 17, 2018

The Trailboss was the first new Silverado shown to the public - you may recall Chevy dropping it into Texas Motor Speedway by way of helicopter this past December.

The new 2019 Silverado will stare down a new crosstown rival right inside Cobo Hall this week - Ram will unveil a new version of its 1500 pickup at the Detroit Auto Show on Monday. Silverado was again the second-best selling light vehicle in the US last year, but it trailed Ford's F-Series-the top-selling vehicle line in America for the 36th consecutive year-by more than 300,000 units. As for when it will go on sale, and for how much, the automaker hasn't said. It can't be overstated; without the profits from pickup truck sales, the rest of GM's vehicle lineup probably could not exist.

"We have an opportunity to continue some of the gains we made with the current truck", he said. There's a lot to digest, but here are the highlights. The front end is created to move air more smoothly and easily over, underneath and around the Silverado.

The new Silverado has a longer wheelbase, more passenger volume, and more cargo volume than the outgoing truck, yet is 450 pounds lighter. They direct air from the front of the vehicle around the wheels to reduce drag. The shape of the front end has been improved to duct air around the tires, while the shape of the roof and the shape of the tailgate have been created to move air smoothly over the bed.

"Chrome has become more polarizing, and more personal, than any other aspect of truck design", said Rich Scheer, director, Exterior Design, Chevrolet Trucks. The redesigned, 10 percent stiffer frame is now nearly 100 pounds lighter thanks to.

There's a fully boxed steel frame, which is now 88 pounds lighter than in the old truck, despite offering 10-percent greater torsional rigidity. Only the Ford F-Series outsells the Silverado.

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As a celebration of Chevrolet's 100-year anniversary, the American marque reminisced about its models of yesteryear that eventually transitioned to the current model.

The steel bed is now a stronger grade of steel alloy, for extra strength without adding weight.

The company said it used customer feedback to redo the interior, with more comfortable seats, more interior cargo space and added legroom for front and rear passengers. Customers can choose from eight different body styles, including a work model, custom model, custom Trailboss, LTZ, High Country, LT, LT Trailboss and RST.

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

All Silverado 1500s will have the Chevrolet name stamped on the tailgate, while some of the trim levels will have the classic bow tie in front and others will have the name Chevrolet boldly scrolled across a center bar through the grille.

It also features aluminum upper control arms in the suspension, along with GM's Mark Reuss call shot to the Silverado's bed as "the most functional bed of any fullsize pickup". The most notable improvement is the repositioned steering wheel. The live-axle rear suspension also gets new carbon-composite second-stage springs on LT models that save about 12 pounds per side over the steel springs they replace.

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