A helicopter airlifts the Trailboss trim to its debut

Continuing the modern trend of sneak-peak reveals ahead of official debuts, Chevrolet dramatically introduced its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup truck by airlifting the truck under a helicopter on December 16. The spectacle took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in view of the media and members of Chevy’s new Truck Legends owners club.

Chevy hasn’t released much information on the new 2019 Silverado, but we do know several key points. For starters, the new Silverado will come with a Trailboss trim. First seen on the Chevy Colorado, this trim takes the Z71 off-road package and adds a two-inch suspension lift and Goodyear DuraTrac tires. Chevy also says the new Silverado will come with more engine and transmission combinations, more technology and convenience features, and has a “significant reduction” in weight over the outgoing Silverado.

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What We Know

This Is It! Meet the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Exterior
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The new Silverado 1500 is lighter than before thanks to "mixed materials and advanced manufacturing."

Chevy didn’t divulge too many details about its new 2019 Silverado – we’ll have to wait until its official debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show come January. For now, we know the new Silverado 1500 is lighter than before thanks to “mixed materials and advanced manufacturing.” While Chevy did not confirm the rumored carbon fiber cargo bed, it did reveal the bed’s floor is a higher-grade steel alloy that’s roll-formed for added strength and added lightness. Perhaps the bed walls will use carbon fiber. Either way, it seems Chevy smartly avoided using aluminum so it won’t have to backpedal on its “aluminum sucks” ad campaign that targeted the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150.

Chevy also dropped clues on the 2019 Silverado’s trim levels saying eight will be available. Currently, seven trim are available. These include the WT, LS, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ Z71, and High Country. Adding the Trailboss trim brings the count to eight. There is one catch, however. Chevy says the truck that debuted is an LT Trailboss; that suggests an LTZ Trailboss is possible. If that’s the case, other changes to the standard trim level lineup will be required.

This Is It! Meet the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Exterior
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As for the 2019 Silverado’s outward appearance, the truck is sleeker than before, with zero body panels shared from the outgoing truck

As for the 2019 Silverado’s outward appearance, the truck is sleeker than before, with zero body panels shared from the outgoing truck. The grille is still flat and upright, but its details are completely new. Updated LED daytime running lights and projector beam headlights define the face, while lower fog lights sit next to the Trailboss’ red-colored tow hooks.

Gone are the squared-off fenders and replaced with a more rounded, sculpted design. The side mirrors are now separated from the door rather than attached next to the window. This will help reduce wind noise while cutting drag. The step bumper returns, but now features rectangular, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes tucked into its lower half. The trailer hitch receiver, trailer wiring connections, and access hole for the spare tire winch remain unchanged.

Last but certainly not least, the tailgate features a retro-style CHEVROLET stamping. The Silverado and trim level badges are set in chrome letter along the tailgate’s lower edge.

Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait before Chevy releases the full barrage of information on its new half-ton truck. The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is happening January 13 through 28, with all the reveals scheduled during the first two days. As always, stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for the latest in breaking news.


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Press Release

All-new 2019 Silverado builds on 100 years of Chevy Truck expertise

DALLAS — The past and future met today with the introduction of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado at an event celebrating the first 100 years of Chevy Trucks. Many in attendance were Chevy Truck Legends members, some of the brand’s most passionate owners.

“Our owners’ passion for Chevrolet trucks is truly humbling,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America, and global head of Chevrolet. “Many of our owners depend on their trucks for work and play, personalize their trucks in astonishing ways and pass their loyalty for Chevy Trucks down from generation to generation.

“For the Chevy Truck Centennial, we wanted to recognize the customers who have made Chevrolet part of their lives, and have them help kick off the next 100 years of Chevy Trucks.”

The 2019 Silverado 1500 is all new from the ground up and leverages Chevrolet’s experience building more than 85 million dependable, long-lasting pickups. It also reflects feedback from more than 7,000 people on what they wanted in their next truck — the most customer research in the company’s history.

The 2019 Silverado’s strong, modern design advances Chevrolet’s history of industry-leading pickup design. It’s a legacy built on decades of experience with models such as the Advance Design trucks of the 1950s and the C/K series of the 1960s. Those trucks set the standard for pickup design in their eras, and currently are some of the most coveted vintage trucks on the market. The next-generation Silverado is poised to change the face of trucks again, with a breakthrough design that is unmistakably Chevrolet.

The new Silverado also delivers improved capability and performance. For example, a higher-grade alloy is used in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed that is more functional and lighter weight. This use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing is evident throughout the Silverado, resulting in a significant reduction in total vehicle weight and improved performance in many measures.

As no two truck customers are alike, the next-gen Silverado will offer an expanded range of models, more engine/transmission combinations and more technology and convenience features to help customers find their ideal truck.

The new Silverado LT Trailboss is one of eight 2019 Silverado models. It integrates the off-road equipment of the Z71 package as well as a two-inch suspension lift. Unlike aftermarket lift kits, the Trailboss suspension is fully tested, validated and warrantied by Chevrolet.

The 2019 Silverado will make its public debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, exactly 100 years after the first Chevrolet trucks were delivered to customers.


Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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