Chevrolet pulled out all the stops as it introduced the next-generation Silverado pickup truck exactly 100 years after the brand delivered its first trucks to customers in January 1918. Eager to prove the supremacy of its full-size pickup in the face of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, Chevy executives, designers and engineers labored day and night to give the new version of their workhorse significant functional advantages versus the competition.
Among the highlights, the all-new Silverado offers the most functional bed of any full-size truck, weighs up to 450 pounds less than the previous model and offers a nearly mind-boggling range of trims and powertrain combinations including an intriguing new 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel.
Bigger bed means more functionality
“With the all-new Silverado, we’ve taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.”
According to Chevy execs, their biggest advantage is in bed. The 2019 Silverado offers the most cargo volume in every bed length, with the short-box offering 63 cubic feet of volume, up to 20 percent more than a competitor’s short-box. Most of that volume was created by increasing the maximum width of the bed floor nearly seven inches through new design and stamping procedures. New on the accessory list are storage bins that fit over the wheel wells, offering nearly seven cubic feet of lockable cargo space, while the bed can accommodate a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood flat on the cargo floor.
Our photo gallery will give you details on important Silverado models.