2019 Chevrolet Silverado – The Right Truck For The Right Job

2019 will be a very good year for the Chevy Silverado.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado crew cab short box to be bigger, lighter and cheaper. That’s good news because the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 have been bringing the goods in the truck market, and the Big 3 are largely leaving Japanese full-size trucks in the dust.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado front
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is cheaper than the truck it replaces. Then again, it’s also more expensive.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will start at $29,795, which includes a $1,495 destination charge and is $400 cheaper than last year’s equivalent truck. This is a proper base model, with a regular cab, a long bed and rear-wheel drive. The top-of-the-line 2019 Silverado High Country starts at $55,990, which is an $1,000 increase.

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.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado front left
For the new truck, a host of engine choices and trim options will be available including both a 5.3-liter (355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque) and a 6.2-liter V8 (420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque) that will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Not to mention a 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-six engine. The 4.3-liter V6 will be available as the base engine that makes 305 lb-ft and 285 horses. The new engine option will be a 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four with stop-start tech that produces 348 lb-ft of torque and 310 ponies.

On the V8 engines, the big news is the new Dynamic Fuel Management system that takes cylinder deactivation to the next level. Unlike the previous system that changed the engine from a V8 to a V4, the new system offers 17 different deactivation profiles, and can choose among them every 12.5 milliseconds to adapt to changing conditions in real time.

The Silverado will be available in Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trim levels. Only work trucks can be equipped with a regular cab, the rest of the trim levels are available only as double or crew cabs, which have four doors.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado rear
Chevrolet also announced that the Z71 Off-road Equipment package will be available on all models. It includes off-road-tuned Rancho twin-tube shocks, hill-descent control, a two-speed transfer case, an automatic locking diff, skid plates, a heavy-duty air filter, special 18-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and dual exhaust for V8-powered models.

The 2019 Silverado will tow up to 12,200 pounds with a 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed. The 5.3-liter V-8 and 8-speed combo should manage up to 11,600 pounds (11,000 pounds with a 6-speed), and the turbo-4 should lug up to 7,200 pounds when it goes on sale later this year.

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