The 2019 year promises to be a pivotal one in the full-size pickup segment, as a new generation of two of the main combatants — the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 — is set to arrive. GM decided to showcase the virtues of its pickup on Canada’s newest highway, which links Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic Circle. This 138-kilometre unpaved road was inaugurated in November after four years of construction, and the tundra turned out to be the ideal place to put the 2019 Silverado’s claims to the test.
This segment is a veritable clash of the titans, so it’s no surprise that the manufacturer really studied the competition while preparing this generation of the Silverado. Comparisons are inevitable, so let’s begin by looking at how the updated Silverado sets itself apart.
Style-wise, you’re unlikely to confuse it with the previous generation. It features an entirely reworked, aggressive front end with slim lights set in the top part of the grille. That gives the vehicle a lot more personality, especially in the off-road versions, which also come with the red tow hooks fans so appreciate.
The liftgate, prominently emblazoned with the Chevrolet logo, is more angular than before. In some versions, you can now lower and raise it automatically from inside. The footwells in the rear bumper are back, but bigger to accommodate even the biggest boot sizes. It’s a shame that the MultiPro liftgate and carbon fibre bed are exclusive to the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. We really like the dual exhaust integrated in the bottom of the rear bumper — another nice touch that now makes the Silverado more attractive than the Ford F-150.
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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, with its aggressive front end and slim lights set at the top of the grille, has a drastically different appearance than previous models.