It has been a long time that Chevy Silverado did not get major changes in both redesign and mechanical upgrades. As full-size and heavy-duty pickup trucks from General Motors, the third-generation model was introduced for the first time along with GMC Sierra during the 2012 North American International Auto Show and goes on sale in the North American market since 2014. GM offers three choices of EcoTec3 gasoline engines with advanced technology for the 2014 Silverado 1500, including a 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 engine. The third-gen Silverado utilizes a high-strength steel chassis with hydroforming technology. While the hood and its engine block use aluminum material in order to reduce its weight.
Now the fourth-generation 2019 Chevy Silverado is rumored to be ready to hit the US dealers in the near future. This is not surprising us, given that the third-generation model has long not received a major redesign. The Autoguide spy photographer recently caught the mule version of the new Silverado pickup being tested with a diesel engine on the highway. Even the new pickup truck gets into a gas station to refuel diesel fueled by one of Chevrolet’s engineers. However, like other prototype vehicles, the 2019 Silverado concept version covered heavy camouflage throughout its body.
Redesign, Interior and Specs
Under its hood, GM is rumored to be offering several engine options for the upcoming 2019 Chevy Silverado, including a 4.5-liter V6 and a 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel engine currently used by the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado. Several gasoline engine options will also be available when this pickup truck hit the market, including six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines, as well as turbocharged gasoline units. Nevertheless diesel engine options are still uncertain and so far no leaked information from General Motors. But the 2500HD and 3500HD models are rumored to be available with a new turbo-diesel engine.
All of these engine options are expected to be available with a new 10-speed automatic transmission developed by Ford along with General Motors. The fourth-generation Silverado will most likely use a lot of lightweight aluminum material with a hood and its fenders utilize lightweight metal materials. But based on recent spy shots photos, the truck’s pickup bed will not take advantage of aluminum material. While on the back end, we can see a dual exhaust system mounted on this pickup truck.
As you know that the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado is currently available in three different choices of EcoTec3 small-block engine with high performance and adopting fuel-efficient technology. The first option is a 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine capable of delivering 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 lb-ft of torque at 3,900 rpm, as well as has an EPA fuel economy number of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. It has a towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. Furthermore there is a 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec3 engine with peak output of 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. GM has claimed that this engine can return 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, as well as has 11,100 pounds towing capacity.
The last option is a more powerful 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine capable of spewing up to 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm. This eight-cylinder engine has a towing capacity of 12,500 pounds, as well as has a fuel EPA rating of 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. All of these engine options can be paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission in order to get perfect balance between power and acceleration.
Moving into the interior, Chevrolet reportedly will provide some changes and redesign on its Silverado interior that we’ve never seen before. Some of them are the new four-spoke steering wheel and center stack that showcases the latest generation of Chevrolet’s MyLink Infotainment System, complete with traditional 12V DC outlet, 110V AC power and several USB ports. Meanwhile, the exterior also received some changes such as better lighting with full-LED lighting and some reflectors on the upper side of the headlight housing.
Release Date and Price Forecasts
There’s no official word about the release date schedule, but the 2019 Chevy Silverado is expected to go on sale in the United States around 2018. The new pickup truck is likely to be on display at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, as well as the Detroit Auto Show early next year. Pricing is expected to be not much different from the current model that starts at a base MSRP of around $39,455 and $41,025 for the Regular Cab Standard Box 4WD LT Z71.
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