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2019 Chevrolet Silverado

2019 Chevrolet Silverado

More technology, less weight, and a new turbodiesel

Chevrolet has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck. While Chevy teased the truck back in December at the Texas Motor Speedway at Chevy’s centennial celebration, the full details only became available at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Chevy also made sure everyone knew the 2018 Detroit show marked 100 years since the brand launched its first pickup.

The 2019 Silverado is completely new and shares almost zero parts from the outgoing truck. Even the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s are revised for increased efficiency. The truck’s fully boxed frame is now 88 pounds lighter but has 10 percent more torsional rigidity, and the truck’s overall weight has dropped 450 pounds when comparing crew cab V-8 models from 2018 and 2019. Chevy did this by using aluminum. Yes, after years of dogging Ford for building its trucks from recycled beer cans, Chevy has made the switch, too. But not every body panel made the transition – only the parts that swing, which includes the hood, doors, and tailgate. The rest is steel. This includes the bed floor, which Chevy says is made from higher-strength, roll-formed steel than before.

Of course, the interior has been completely revamped, too. You’ll find those details, along with so much more, down below.

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Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet

Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet

Bowtie’s new full-sized pickup now weighs 450 pounds less than the current model

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.

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New vs. Old: Exterior Updates to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

New vs. Old: Exterior Updates to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Dissecting the 2019 Silverado’s new looks

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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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition – Driven

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition – Driven

A black cloak and knobby tires for Chevy’s half-ton brawler

The current Chevrolet Silverado isn’t that old, really. It debuted for the 2014 model year and underwent a very mild cosmetic refresh for 2016. Yet, in the high-stakes game that is the American pickup market, Chevy has to stay current. An all-new Silverado is destined for 2019, but until the fall of 2018, we’re stuck with the current truck. While the 2017 Silverado is hardly a bad apple, Chevy is keeping it fresh by offering several special edition models and among them is this, the Midnight Edition.

I recently spent a week driving a 2017 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition, driving it the same way any truck owner would, well, save for towing a 9,300-pound trailer. I didn’t have one laying around. I did throw a couple coolers and lawn chairs in the bed, haul five people around, take the kiddo to school, and muddle through everyday life like anyone would. Turns out, the Silverado is a fantastic vehicle for active families.

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The Top 4 Things Chevy Needs To Fix for the 2019 Silverado

The Top 4 Things Chevy Needs To Fix for the 2019 Silverado

What bugged us after spending a week with a 2017 Silverado

The current Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been around since the 2014 model year and has only received a minor facelift in 2016. But, this truck won’t be around much longer. Chevy is bringing an all-new Silverado for the 2019 model year, and with it, some big changes. It’s hard to know for sure what Chevy has up its sleeve at this point, but rumor suggests the pickup’s body will be aluminum while its bed remains steel. The fame will be new, too, lending to better ride comfort and strength for doing truck stuff. The rest is still a mystery.

So, in the darkness of the unknown, we have four ways Chevrolet could make the 2019 Silverado a better truck. Ranging from minor to major, these updated would also help the Bowtie compete against Ford’s ever-hot F-150, which just went under the knife in 2018 for a mid-cycle refresh. Ram is also debuting its next-generation 1500 for 2019, so the competition is certainly getting tense. Let’s hope Chevy (along with GMC and its Sierra) make these and other much-needed updates. And don’t forget to leave your ideas for updates in the comments below.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado

2016 Chevrolet Silverado

Apple pie and baseball’s quintessential company

Chevrolet may have already pulled the covers off the 2016 Silverado’s new exterior design, but it was only at the 2015 Texas State Fair that full information became available. Now Chevy has released nearly all the juicy details on the Silverado’s refresh.

Take a good look at the exterior because that encompasses the majority of changes. In fact, the interior’s design doesn’t change at all. Not that it’s a bad thing – the Silverado still has a highly competitive interior in terms of size, amenities and design. And although the design hasn’t changed, the MyLInk infotainment software now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Carrying over from last year is Chevy’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity.

General Motors is also updating the Silverado’s powertrain, though only on mid- and high-level models. Those leather-lined luxo-trucks get the new eight-speed automatic found in several of GM’s 2015 body-on-frame SUVs, along with the GMC Sierra Denali.

Of course, there’s no room to discount the Silverado’s new styling. The fresh look brings the truck into a more modern era. LED headlights are offered, along with LED daytime running lights, turn signals, and rear taillights. Heck, even the base WT trim level now has HID projector beam headlights – something only found on high-end luxury cars five years ago.

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Update 02/25/2016: Chevrolet announced today that it will offer a mild-hybrid electric system on 500, California-based 2016 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab 1LT pickup trucks. The system delivers a 13-percent increase in fuel economy while adding 13 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque to the 5.3-liter V-8’s overall output.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops Concept

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Special Ops Concept

Chevrolet had no shortage of vehicles at the 2015 SEMA show, and this Silverado blends into the crowd. Though not because it’s boring, but rather thanks to its military-derived camouflage. Ok, corny jokes aside, the Silverado Special Ops concept does take plenty of cues from military history and a naval paint scheme called “Razzle Dazzle.”

Designed to make ships hard to see against the horizon by enemy vessels, the three-tone paint job helps break up the ship’s character lines, making it hard to detect. The same can be said for this Silverado, provided its background was an ocean.

Chevy designers decided to pay tribute to the U.S. Special Forces with this concept. Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports said, “This Silverado concept is a multipurpose truck that reflects the go-anywhere, do-anything commitment of special-forces teams.”

The concept is based on the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71. The newly refreshed truck sports its revised grille design, along with a bed-mounted sports bar, custom rocker guards, and no less than six LED off-road lights. The design team didn’t leave the interior stock either.

Chevy didn’t specify what powertrain this particular Silverado comes with, but our guess is the 6.2-liter V-8 and eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, 4WD is present.

Though we will likely see parts and accessories from this concept make production, it’s very unlikely Chevy will offer such a radical build to the general public – at least not the multi-tone paint job.

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2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD

The Silverado is undergoing some big changes for 2016, though most of them are centered around the 1500 series’ new exterior looks. Nevertheless, the Silverado HD is getting a few upgrades that help make it more attractive in the highly competitive heavy duty pickup market.

Though you won’t find a new grille or dashboard design on the 2016 Silverado HD, the truck now offers some new technologies. Leading the pack is the Digital Steering Assist system that helps the Silverado HD manage heavy loads on uneven road surfaces. Available on several double and crew cab models, the new system is said to enhance road holding and stability on the highway, especially over crowned roads.

Chevy is also now offering a gooseneck and fifth-wheel prep package. The trailering pack includes a spray-in bed liner, the frame-mounted hitch platform that accommodates a gooseneck ball or fifth-wheel hitch mounting brackets, and a wiring harness plug on the sidewall of the cargo bed.

Like the Silverado 1500, the 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks now come with an upgraded version of Chevy’s MyLink software that allows for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though Android auto will have some late availability. Wireless phone charging is also a welcomed new feature.

Lastly, a remote-locking tailgate and three new colors join the 2016 Silverado HD lineup.

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Chevy Previews The 2016 Silverado

Chevy Previews The 2016 Silverado

Chevrolet has just released a single photo of its revised front fascia on the 2016 Silverado 1500 pickup truck. The new look drops the heavy use of chrome and the retro styling for more contemporary look, complete with LED lighting accents.

Sadly, this is the only visual clue Chevrolet has offered on its new truck. There’s no word on what changes – if any – Chevy has done with the rear of the truck. Regardless, the new look addresses concerns that some had with the 2014 and 2015 model years. The new body-colored grille features a much sharper, more high-tech look, thanks in part to the single-stacked HID headlights, razor-like chrome grille inserts, and vertical LED fog lights.

Designers also emboldened the 2016 Silverado’s hood. Sharp creases bring a new take on the “power dome” style, with a narrow center ridge and two divots on either side. And though it’s painted to match the body, the front bumper will likely remain stamped from steel rather than converting to a molded plastic panel.

This single photo reveals what the mid-range Z71 trim level will look like, so we’ll have to wait on the lower-spec trims. It’s suspected the grille and bumper will be black while the headlights are down-graded to halogen units without the LED daytime running lights.

Beyond the body, Chevy did announce the 2016 Silverado will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its eight-inch MyLink infotainment system, while the new eight-speed automatic transmission will make its way into more trim levels. Additional safety technologies will also be included, though Chevy hasn’t specified what those will be.

Save for the new eight-speed automatic, don’t expect GM to roll out any major powertrain changes with its three available engines. Changes like that will likely be saved for the next generation Silverado expected out for 2018.

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Takata Airbag Recall Now Includes GM HD Trucks

Takata Airbag Recall Now Includes GM HD Trucks

The Takata airbag recall debacle has expanded once again, this time covering vehicles not previously on the list. Both the Chevrolet and GMC 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks were added May 28, 2015 due to possibly defective passenger side airbags.

The effected trucks include the 2007 and 2008 model year. For the Chevrolet, the Silverados were built from November 28, 2006 through August 29, 2008. For the GMC Sierra, effected trucks were built from November 27, 2006 through August 29, 2008. A total of 330,198 trucks are under recall.

Though the heavy-duty trucks share the same interior as their half-ton counterparts, a recall as not yet been announced for Silverado and Sierra 1500 models. The same can be said for GM’s full size SUVs that include the Tahoe, Suburban, their GMC equivalents, and the Cadillac Escalade. Information regarding a recall concerning the driver’s side airbag has also not been announced.

The Silverado and Sierra HDs are only the third GM vehicle to be involved in the Takata airbag recall. Previously only the 2003 and 2004 Pontiac Vibe (a rebadged Toyota Matrix), along with the 2005 Saab 9-2X (a rebadged Subaru Impreza) were involved. The trucks are the first true GM-engineered vehicles to be effected. This potentially opens Pandora’s box for GM, as many of its vehicles share componentry, especially those trucks and SUV mentioned above.

As for now, GM remains relatively unscathed by the massive Takata recalls, which currently cover more than 34 million vehicles inside the U.S.

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Stock Chevy Silverado Pulls Homemade Camper On Off-Road Adventure

Stock Chevy Silverado Pulls Homemade Camper On Off-Road Adventure

Embarking on an overland journey through treacherous terrain usually requires some specialized equipment. Most folks choose Jeep Wranglers with lift kits and 35-inch tires or Land Rovers with supplies hanging off its roof rack, but for Mark Christy and his girlfriend Nives Riddles, a bone-stock 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD was the vehicle of choice.

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GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

General Motors has just announced it will be investing some $1.2 billion into its Fort Wayne, Indiana assembly plant over the next several years. The plant, which builds both light- and heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras in both single and double cab configurations, will be getting upgrades in five major areas to facilitate the plant’s manufacturing.

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GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

GM Investing $1.2 Billion in Fort Wayne Truck Plant

General Motors has just announced it will be investing some $1.2 billion into its Fort Wayne, Indiana assembly plant over the next several years. The plant, which builds both light- and heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras in both single and double cab configurations, will be getting upgrades in five major areas to facilitate the plant’s manufacturing.

Three of the five upgrade areas center on paint, including prep, application, and curing. First on the list is a new pre-treatment facility that will coat each truck body in a thin-film pretreatment paint. This will ensure rust won’t be an issue. Next, body colors will be applied using an E-coat system that is customized to each truck style. This will result in a more even paint coverage and curability. Lastly, the paint will be cured in GM’s newest radiant tube ovens that use less energy during the process.

Outside of paint, the assembly plant will receive new equipment that better facilitates the marriage between the body and the chassis of the various body configurations that are available. The plant manufactures all three weight classes – 1500, 2500, and 3500 – along with both single and double cab configurations with the various pickup box lengths, so there are plenty of combinations to account for.

Workers will also get a helping hand with the conveyance systems for the instrument panels. GM says improved ergonomics and therefore better product quality are the primary reasons for the upgrade.

The current vehicle production will not be interrupted during the construction and update phase, which is scheduled to begin in June.

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How I'd Spec It: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

How I’d Spec It: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado

There’s an almost limitless number of options and extras available on pickup trucks these days, from factory spray-in bed liners to swanky floor mats and navigation systems. This gives folks not only a choice between brands and models, but also a wide range of possibilities of trims and functionalities.

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Chevrolet Silverado Chassis Cab Gets CNG Capability

Chevrolet Silverado Chassis Cab Gets CNG Capability

Chevrolet has just announced it will continue offering its bi-fuel option on the 2016 Silverado 3500. The setup allows customers to power the truck using either Compressed Natural Gas or standard gasoline. Directed at fleet customers, the bi-fuel option is only available on regular cab Silverado Chassis Cabs but can be had with either 2WD or 4WD.

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Chevrolet Silverado Chassis Cab Gets CNG Capability

Chevrolet Silverado Chassis Cab Gets CNG Capability

Chevrolet has just announced it will continue offering its bi-fuel option on the 2016 Silverado 3500. The setup allows customers to power the truck using either Compressed Natural Gas or standard gasoline. Directed at fleet customers, the bi-fuel option is only available on regular cab Silverado Chassis Cabs but can be had with either 2WD or 4WD.

The bi-fuel option is also only available with the standard 6.0-liter V-8 engine. The V-8 makes 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm and is mated to GM’s Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission.

Once example of a possible chassis configuration is the utility box as seen here. In the front of the box lies the high-strength, 24.5-gallon CNG tank. This easy-access door allows for quick fill-up of CNG, while fill-ups with gasoline happen the conventional way. The standard gasoline tank still resides between the Silverado’s frame rails and holds 23.5 gallons.

Though the Silverado bi-fuel option is limited in its cab configurations, Chevy does make it easy for buyers of CNG trucks – the trucks completely outfitted by Chevrolet. Ford, on the other hand, only offers a CNG prep package for its F-Series trucks, requiring the customer to turn to a third party supplier to complete the conversion.

“CNG burns cleaner and costs less at the pump than gasoline, making it an appealing option for fleets,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial. “Expanding our CNG lineup furthers our commitment to provide a diverse lineup of alternative fuel vehicles for our customers.”
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Chevy Silverado 2500HD Proves Work Trucks Can Drift

Chevy Silverado 2500HD Proves Work Trucks Can Drift

Who says pickup trucks can’t drift? And I’m not talking about custom-built rigs like Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s F-150 Street Truck. No, this is a high-riding, 4WD, Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a cargo rack, a missing tailgate, and a banged-up front bumper. This truck seems about as ordinary as it gets.

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Chevy Silverado 2500HD Proves Work Trucks Can Drift

Chevy Silverado 2500HD Proves Work Trucks Can Drift

Who says pickup trucks can’t drift? And I’m not talking about custom-built rigs like Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s F-150 Street Truck. No, this is a high-riding, 4WD, Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a cargo rack, a missing tailgate, and a banged-up front bumper. This truck seems about as ordinary as it gets.

The video description says this Silverado is a 2002 model with the 6.0-liter V-8, but judging by its gratuitous burnouts and ability to dance sideways, the V-8 is either modified with more power than its stock 300 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque, or the monstrous 8.1-liter V-8 is really lurking under the hood.

That 8.1-liter was introduced in 2001 in the General Motors HD truck lineup and lasted through 2006. It produces a respectable 340 horsepower and a raucous 455 pound-feet of torque. That would be more than adequate power to morph those skinny tires into spinning hoops of smoke.

Regardless of what engine is under this Chevy’s hood, it let’s this workin’ man have fun on the track.

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Deep Dive: General Motors' G80 Locking Rear Differential

Deep Dive: General Motors’ G80 Locking Rear Differential

General Motors has been offering an automatic locking rear differential in its Chevy and GMC trucks for more than 40 years. Today, its prevalence has grown to include every body-on-frame, rear-drive vehicle in GM’s lineup – from the Colorado WT up through the leather-lined Cadillac Escalade. And thanks to its order code, most folks know the mechanical locker as the Eaton G80. Here’s how it works.

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