The Silverado has been around since 2012, but it went on sale a few months after its official unveiling. The truck received an update a couple of years back and not much since. However, more recently it received quite a bit of attention. It looks like GM is trying to keep the Silverado relevant before an all-new model is released next year. Until then, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado brings a new trim level as well as a few other subtle updates. The core remains the same as before, but that’s to be expected considering the outgoing model wasn’t around for all that long.
2019 CHEVROLET SILVERADO RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
Unlike its main rival, the current Silverado is based on a high strength steel frame which is not really as light or as structurally sound as it should. On top of that, the steel body is not the lightest out there so the Silverado doesn’t have the performance it should either. Even so, it still sells quite well. Why? Well, it manages to offer the perfect blend of performance, reliability and ease of maintenance. This is not the case with its rivals, and this is likely why GM is going to keep it around for at least one more year.
The 2019 model brings very few new things into the mix. Even so, its price has been revised in order to allow it to be more competitive. The new Silverado will start at less than $29,000 which is still more than the average of its class but better than its predecessor. The new trim level, the “Custom”, will become the truck’s new mid-range model which is expected to retail for around $41,000, still well under some of its rivals.
Not much changed with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado which is to be expected. The base through the range-topping models all get a similar grille design and headlights. However, some of the higher end models receive bi-xenon headlights or even fully LED lit ones that are far better regarding nighttime visibility. The new “Custom” version of the truck is quite interesting. This gets chromed front and rear bumpers, side-steps as well as a chromed grille. The standard wheels are 17 inch chromed steel ones that do stand out quite a bit. Optional extras include new 20 inch chromed rims, blacked out mirrors as well as a unique silver color which has a matte texture to it. Even with all the options selected, the Custom will cost less than the equivalent LTZ which is quite impressive to see.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado comes with the same features as its predecessors. This means the base models get little over the six standard airbags. However, the higher end versions come with features like automatic climate control, a head-up display, a large instrument cluster display as well as a touch-screen based infotainment system. The Custom is not all that different from the regular model either. It gets a different cloth upholstery which is actually of a better quality than on the regular trucks. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring anything new which is a shame considering how expensive it is over the base model.
2019 CHEVROLET SILVERADO ENGINE
The base model of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado still comes equipped with a 4.3 liter naturally aspirated V6 which is good for up to 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. This is very different from what its rivals have to offer. Even so, GM decided it would be best for the Silverado to feature this engine and it looks like they were right. This V6 offers the torque needed to tow a good amount of weight while also being very reliable. Its only real drawback is the really bad fuel efficiency.
Further up the range the truck can also be had with a larger 5.3 liter naturally aspirated V8 good for 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. A larger 6.2 liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque is only available on the range-topping versions. All of them are mated, as standard, with a highly capable eight-speed automatic gearbox. This drives either the rear or all four wheels with some of the higher end models even getting a limited slip differential which will aid with traction.