The full-size pickup truck segment is likely to go through a few more significant changes as high-volume players such as the Chevrolet, GMC and Ram half-ton pickups get ready for an overhaul. So, it's no wonder our spy shooters are beginning to see more of these new pickups being tested in places other than Death Valley National Park in California and Detroit as they get ready for their debut.
We expect new powertrains and safety technology, but which manufacturer will reset the bar? Here's the latest intel we've received from our spy shooters about GM's possible strategy.
"This is our first look at the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 on public roads; we caught this one testing in Southern California. These new shots give us our best look to date at what to expect from the next-generation Silverado. Camouflaged to look like a Ram 1500 in the front and a Ford F-150 in the rear, this new Silverado makes generous use of LED lighting all around.
"Rumor has it that GM is expected to make some radical changes to its full-size pickups in the form of aluminum-intensive construction in a bid to shed weight and improve fuel efficiency, following the F-150's move a few years ago. The company is said to be working on making stronger aluminum and learning from Ford's switch to aluminum.
"The new Silverado will continue with refinements to the current V-8 engines, but it's also expected to get a diesel and mild hybrid option on the half-ton models. Currently the Duramax diesel comes only on heavy-duty trucks — and a turbocharged V-6 is also likely to join the lineup. A 10-speed automatic first seen in the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will find its way into some trucks at launch. Expect to see the new Silverado in late 2018 as a 2019 model."