The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado — introduced at an event last month in Dallas, Texas — will be officially unveiled later this month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
According to Chevrolet this debut occurs exactly 100 years after its first trucks were delivered to customers. Since 1918, more than 85 million Chevrolet trucks have been built.
Many of those trucks have stood the test of time and remain among the most coveted vintage trucks in the collector market.
I’ll be there in Detroit for the debut of the new Silverado, and as a lifelong Chevrolet truck fan I’m more than a little excited to be among the flock of auto journalists to see it up close for the first time.
Details are scarce on the new 2019 Silverado, and although the tough-looking Trailboss model was driven out onto the stage at the event in Dallas, it wasn’t there long and those in attendance weren’t given much of an opportunity to fully inspect it.
But Chevrolet is promising improved capability and performance, big factors in today’s competitive truck market. Obvious style cues gleaned from the released photos include an aggressive grille with wraparound headlights, and for the first time since 1972 the return of rounded wheel wells.
According to the most recent press release, higher-grade alloy is used in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed designed to be more functional and lighter weight.
This use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing occurs throughout the new Silverado, resulting in improved performance and a significant reduction in total vehicle weight. Although Chevrolet hasn’t come right out and said it, it’s a good bet the term “mixed materials” means aluminum will be used in some, if not all of the body panels.
The next-gen Silverado will also offer an expanded range of models, with more engine and transmission combinations and more technology and convenience features to help customers find their ideal truck.
The new Silverado LT Trailboss — the only model to date we’ve seen photos of — is one of eight 2019 Silverado models poised for production. It integrates the off-road equipment of the Z71 package as well as a two-inch suspension lift.
We hope you enjoy the historic truck photos Chevrolet recently released — feel free to hang this page on your garage wall until you can park a new Silverado on your garage floor!