The 2019 Chevy Silverado Offers an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax; Revised 5.3- and 6.2-Liter Engines
The Chevrolet Silverado never actually left us, but the debut of the all-new 2019 model feels like a second coming for the Bowtie’s massively popular half-ton pickup. It has a dramatic new look, a lighter packaging, and a staggering number — eight in total — of trim options that’ll make your heads spin in excitement. Best of all, though, is the fact that Chevy is also diversifying the Silverado’s engine lineup, including an all-new Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel engine that will compliment revised versions of Chevy’s 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines.
The 2019 Silverado’s 3.0-Liter Duramax Is Chevy’s First I-6 Turbodiesel
Chevrolet is breaking the status quo with its all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel. Announce in conjunction with the new 2019 Silverado 1500, this light-duty turbodiesel marks a few big milestones for the automaker. It breaks convention by avoiding the familiar V-6 design used by both Ford and Ram’s 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesels.
First, the 3.0-liter I-6 Duramax is the first straight-six diesel engine Chevy has ever made, and second, it’s the first inline-six produced since the Chevy Trailblazer and its 4.2-liter Atlas I-6 ended production during the 2009 model year.
Chevy Offers the 2019 Silverado in Eight Trim Levels Across Three Groups
The Chevrolet Silverado made its long-awaited debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. If you’re already drooling over the possibility of owning one in the future, you’re in for a treat because the Silverado will have no shortage of trim options to choose from. According to Chevy, the new half-ton pickup truck will be available in eight different trim options, spread across three different ranges. As far as getting your money’s worth, the new Silverado is giving you plenty of breathing room to choose the best trim that suits your needs and your wallets.
Does The 2019 Silverado’s Dash Resemble A Porg?
I might just have an overactive imagination, but I swear I see a Porg in the center console of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Porg is a mystical bird-like creature from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the similarities are just uncanny – especially with the Silverado’s optional brown leather dash treatment. The Porg’s cute little head and pudgy round body have the same shape as the Chevy’s 8.0-inch MyLink screen, HVAC controls, toggle switches, and connectivity ports.
Of course, I’m sure Chevy’s interior designer didn’t glean inspiration from the Porg. In fact, he likely takes serious offense to my observation considering the years he’s spent sculpting and perfecting his vision, and only then to fight for its approval against endless committee meetings and reviews.
Still, It’s going to take me a while for this coincidence to escape my mind. Surely I’m not the only one. Are you seeing this? Tell me in the comments.
Watch The 2019 Chevy Silverado’s Power-Lift Tailgate!
Chevrolet’s all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 is making waves at Detroit thanks to its slick design, new interior, and list of high-tech features. One such feature is the power up/down tailgate. Simply press a button and the tailgate lowers and lifts on its own. Button locations include the tailgate itself, the key fob, and inside the cabin. Chevy is the first to offer such a tailgate. Ford did debut a power-release tailgate on the 2015 F-150, but it doesn’t close on its own. Chevy’s power tailgate is available on the higher trim level trucks and comes standard on the range-topping High Country.
Other new features at the 2019 Silverado’s business end include larger CornerSteps and new in-bed storage boxes. The new bumper steps are said to accommodate steel-toe boots, which should be a hit at the job site. The cargo bed also has available storage boxes that secure to the bed walls. These removable boxes offer lockable and water-tight storage for gear while not impeding on the width of the bed floor. A sheet of 4x8 plywood or drywall will still fit between the wheel wells.
Last but not least, Chevy has added a 120-volt household power outlet inside the bed. The three-pronged outlet will run any power tools or tailgating party equipment.
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Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet
Chevrolet promised to turn heads at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and it did just that with the introduction of the 2019 Silverado. There’s a lot to unpack about Chevy’s all-new, half-ton pickup truck, and one of the most interesting developments about it has to do with its weight. It may not seem like it in on the surface, but the new Silverado, among other things, is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.
Chevy Drops Teaser of Silverado 4500 and 5500 Prior to March Debut
Chevrolet has dropped a darkened teaser image of its upcoming medium-duty truck, the 2019 Silverado 4500 and 5500. The truck will compete directly with the Ram 4500 and 5500, along with the Ford F-450, F-550, and even the F-650. Chevy officially announced the trucks were coming at the 2017 Texas State Fair.
In a statement at the fair back in September of 2017, John Schwegman, Chevy’s U.S. director of commercial product, said, “We are earning new business because we have more solutions to help businesses grow. The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work. They will be powerful, maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more."
The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be powered by the current 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel and use the Alison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and 4WD will be offered, as well as the regular cab and crew cab configurations. Important to upfitter companies, the trucks will come in a variety of wheelbases and GVWRs to accommodate a wide range of jobs. Fleet managers will also appreciate the optional of 4G LTE connectivity, which is great for keeping track of fleet maintenance and vehicle locations.
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New vs. Old: Exterior Updates to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet’s soft debut of the 2019 Silverado 1500 Trailboss foregoes the big, juicy details, but gives us a great first glimpse at the all-new, next-generation pickup. About the only official specs include the higher strength steel bed floor, a substantial reduction in overall weight, and the presence of that new Trailboss trim. Chevy is withholding the rest until the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in mid-January.
Nevertheless, we’re going over what we know so far and taking a close look at the differences between the outgoing 2014-2018 Silverado and the 2019 model. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments below!
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The 2018 Chevy Traverse Has Plenty of Storage Spots
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is all new, and while most reports focus on its longer wheelbase, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the RS trim, the new nine-speed automatic transmission, and the crossover’s new design, the Traverse’s number of storage options shouldn’t be overlooked.
I took the new Traverse on a 1,600-mile road trip over the recent Thanksgiving holidays. All three rows were packed with people, luggage, and the random junk that tends to accumulate on a long drive. Cups, napkins, phones, charging cables, sunglasses, iPads, and even Lacrosse sticks were all present by end of our 12-hour travel day. But thanks to the 2018 Traverse’s wildly functional interior, everything had its own place.
There are no less than eight cup holders, eight USB ports, and three separate compartments in each door panel. The rear doors have five compartments. Pockets in the seatbacks of the front seats make a great iPad hiding spot, and the hidden storage compartment behind the 8.0-inch MyLink touchscreen is a smart place to store valuables. It’s even lockable with a four-digit pin.
As for larger items like those Lacrosse sticks, they fit perfectly in the under-floor compartment behind the third row. The area still had plenty of room for other items, too. We ended up putting an entire soft-sided duffle bag in there. If it came to hauling more cargo than people, the Traverse’s rear two rows fold flat for 98 cubic feet of storage volume. Even with the third row in place, the Traverse still boasts 23 cubic feet of room.
All told, the 2018 Traverse proved its worth at catching all the crap that tends to accumulate during a trip. It also proved easy to clean with a simple damp cloth over the plastic and leather bits and a vacuum over the black carpet. Storage and cleanability – two very important aspects of any family vehicle and something the 2018 Chevy Traverse has in spades.
Read more of my thoughts and experiences on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse below.
Road Trippin’ in The 2018 Chevy Traverse
Thanksgiving tops the list of holidays most traveled for, and like I always do, I joined the fray of people flocking back home for some turkey and homemade desserts. My destination was the family farm, nestled just south of Knoxville in the rolling hills of East Tennessee. Joining me was the wife and kid, along with my wife’s sister. With three girls packing for a weeklong trip, I knew I needed tons of luggage space, so I reached out to Chevrolet. They were kind enough to let me rack up miles on a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse decked out in the Premier trim.
The Traverse has been Chevy’s three-row crossover since it debuted for the 2009 model year and a slight refresh in 2013 kept it from getting stale. But Chevy pulled out all the stops for 2018, giving the Traverse an entirely new architecture, a new design, a longer wheelbase, and a swankier interior filled with Chevy’s latest tech. And not only does the new Traverse look much more upscale, its spacious interior proved well suited for two, 12-hour driving days. And anyone with kids knows entertainment options are a must; the Traverse’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi was invaluable.
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Chevy Offers Helpful Hints for Transporting Your Christmas Tree
December has arrived, and that means many different things to different people. Those of us who celebrate Christmas will have to face an onslaught of visits to shopping malls or online stores. But before that, the first order of business is to buy a Christmas tree. For those who prefer to go all-natural with their Christmas trees, Chevrolet isn’t going to let you do it without sharing some tips on how to properly secure and transport your freshly cut trees from farm to home.
The Handiest Feature on the 2017 Chevy Silverado
Pickup trucks have gotten bigger and taller over the years, and an unfortunate side effect is the height of the cargo bed. For anyone less fit than a teenager or Olympic gymnast, climbing into the bed can be difficult. Automakers have combated this with various step designs like Ford’s fold-out tailgate step and Nissan’s adoption of aftermarket-style pop-out steps that hide under the fenders. But it’s Chevrolet that wins the simple-is-better prize with its integrated bumper steps.
I recently spent a week with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition and found the steps to be an essential tool for using the cargo bed. My week included hauling coolers, folding lawn chairs, and Lacrosse equipment. Thanks to the Chevy’s nose-heavy rake, everything tended to gather around the bulkhead, making getting into the bed to retrieve things a necessity. The bumper steps proved absolutely invaluable.
Now, I’ve used Ford’s fold-out tailgate step plenty of times on several different F-Series trucks, and though it works, it’s just not as effective as Chevy’s bumper step. Ford’s obvious downfall is its step requires action to use it. I have to stop what I’m doing, empty my hands, and lower the step. It’s just not as slick, though, in Ford’s defense, I can climb up its step without using my hands – something I can’t say about the Chevy’s bumper step and stake pocket hand-grab.
Still, the Chevy’s bumper step takes the cake for the simplest design and one that isn’t going to break. The bumper step is also seen on General Motors’ other pickups, including the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Sierra and Canyon. GM fans will remember the bumper step making its debut with the 2001 Chevrolet Avalanche.
2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition: Dissecting The Name
Vehicle names can get incredibly long and confusing, especially when adding option packages or special edition trims. A perfect example is the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition. Yeah, that’s a long name for a pickup truck. Since I’m driving this truck for the week, I wanted to break down the name. Each piece means something and is essentially the DNA that determines the truck’s existence. This is especially important for a prospective owner trying to decipher Chevy’s convoluted naming system.
Let’s start at the top. Of course, this is the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado. It’s one year past a mid-cycle refresh that’s brought a new grille and… not much else. Still, the Silverado is aging well. The 1500 part is Chevy’s way of calling this a half-ton truck. It competes with things like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150. Of course, there’s also 2500 and 3500 versions of the Silverado. Basically, it boils down to the truck’s weight class and how much it can tow and haul.
Now to the fun stuff – splitting out the LTZ from the Z71 and decoding what’s in a Midnight Edition. Keep reading for that.