2019 Chevy Silverado Offers New Diesel Engine, Power Tailgate

2019 Chevy Silverado

New diesel engine. Check. New industry-first power tailgate. Check. Stronger truck bed. Check.

The new 2019 Chevy Silverado – boxes checked and all – made its stage debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Chevy is hoping for a win here so the Silverado can try to catch up with the Ford F-Series which outsold it by some 300,000 vehicles in 2017.

Here’s are 5 ways the new Silverado shapes up on paper:

1. It’s available with a new diesel:

  • An all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel joins the Silverado engine lineup. No power figures yet.
  • New 5.3L and 6.2L V-8 engines come with cylinder deactivation systems that can shut the fuel flow to anywhere from one to seven of the cylinders as needed, to optimize power or efficiency.
  • Both the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L engines are paired with a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission as well as start/stop technology.

2. The truck bed is stronger, offers more cargo space and adds new features:

  • Chevy strengthened the roll-formed steel bed floor by using a higher grade of steel. Yield strength increased from 340 to 500 megapascals of pressure for optimal strength and mass.
  • The truck bed is also longer and wider for best-in-class cargo volume according to Chevy. For example, the short-box offers 63 cubic feet of volume, up 20 percent more than a competitor’s short-box.  The sides of the bed rise half an inch higher as well.
  • It also features an industry-first power tailgate that can be operated by the key fob, by hand or by a button in the cabin. It’s standard with the High Country trim.
  • There are count ’em, 12 fixed tie-downs in the bed and their strength has doubled to 500 pounds of force before bending. There are also nine moveable tie points.
  • Other changes include available task lighting, a 120-volt power outlet and larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers to better accommodate steel-toed boots.

3. It’s lost weight, too. 

While the Silverado is a bit longer than its predecessor, it still sheds up to 450 pounds thanks to an aluminum hood, doors, and tailgate. Mixed materials also play a roll in an all-new suspension.

4. Chevy didn’t go easy on the seats.  

The automaker says even the luxurious High Country is subjected to stringent durability tests, including 100,000 seat-slide tests to make sure they’re tough enough.

5. It’s trim crazy.

The Silverado comes in eight different trims, so if you can’t find the one for you, well, it’s probably you.  New for 2019:

  • Custom Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the Custom, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
  • RST (new for 2019) brings a street-performance appearance to the LT, with body-color trim, full LED lighting and up to 22-inch wheels with all-season tires.
  • LT Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the LT, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package, including locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.

Chevy promises more news in terms of safety and convenience features later this year. The Silverado will be built in Fort Wayne, Indiana and rolls out in the fall.

Photo Credit: Chevrolet/Newspress USA

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