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February 26, 2018
By Mario Cywinski


The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado made its Canadian debut at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Its official debut at the North American International Auto Show in January, came exactly 100 years after the first Chevrolet trucks were delivered to customers in 1918

“With the all-new Silverado, we've taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice-President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model."

Pick-up truck beds are of utmost importance for work trucks. the 2019 Silverado 1500 keeps that in mind with a lot of changes for the new model. The short box offers 63 cubic feet of volume, with additional volume being created by widening the max width of the bed floor by seven inches. Lockable storage bins will be available from Chevrolet Accessories which fit over the wheel wells and offer nearly seven cubic feet of cargo space for short-box models.

Higher-grade steel is used for 2019 Silverado which features increased strength to 500 megapascals of pressure (up from 340). 12 fixed tie-downs are available with strength up to 500 pounds (double of the previous generation) before bending. Additionally, nine moveable tie points are also part of the new truck. Other features added to the bed are: power up/down tailgate (operated through key fob, interior button, or by hand), available task lighting, 120-volt power outlet, and larger CornerStep bumper cutouts.

The Silverado has an up to 100 millimetres longer wheelbase and is 41 mm longer overall, allowing for more cargo volume and interior space (for all cab lengths). Crew cab models now offer three inches more rear leg room. The new crew cab V-8 model is 204 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, a result of using mixed materials like the high-strength steel making up 80 per cent of the frame.

For 2019, two new V-8 engines will be offered, 5.3 litre and 6.2L, both with Dynamic Fuel Management that can shut down cylinders in a number of combinations. A 3.0 Duramax inline six turbocharged diesel will also be available. Diesel and 6.2L V-8 engine will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with start/stop technology. In all, six engine/transmission combinations will be available.

Eight trim levels are available in three buyer profiles. High Value, offers a Work Truck trim which has cloth seats, seven-inch screen, blacked out trim, 17” steel wheels, and CHEVROLET graphic across grille and tailgate. Next up is Custom which offers 20” aluminum wheels, body-colour styling, LED taillights and dual exhaust. Custom Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road features to the Custom trim.

High Volume offers LT trim which has chrome on bumpers/front grille and mirror caps, bowtie on grille, LED headlights and DRLs, inside is eight-inch touch screen and available leather seats. RST (new for 2019) has body-colour trim, full LED lighting and up to 22” wheels; LT Trailboss takes the LT trim and adds off-road features.

High Feature offers LTZ trim which has an abundance of chrome accents on bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles, belt line, along with with power folding and heated mirrors, and leather interior. At the top of the range is the High Country.

“Truck customers told us they want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits most’ truck, compromised for the masses,” said Mike Simcoe, Vice-President, Global Design, General Motors. “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.”

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