2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Preview

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Competes with: Ford F-150, Ram 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan

Looks like: The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Drivetrains: 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 (305 pounds-feet of torque); 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 (383 pounds-feet of torque); 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 (460 pounds-feet of torque); six-speed automatic transmission for 4.3-liter and 5.3-liter; eight-speed automatic transmission for 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter; two- and four-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2017

Just as with some other half-ton pickup trucks, not much will change about the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for model-year 2018. GM's 2018 half tons — which include the GMC Sierra 1500 — are scheduled for a significant chassis upgrade and powertrain boost for the 2019 model year. Regardless, the Silverado 1500 maintains the highest maximum tow rating in the class at 12,500 pounds.

The Silverado 1500 offers six different trim levels — Custom, WT, LS, LT, LTZ and High Country — with 11 different special-edition packages to cater to buyers looking for sportier, individualized pickups. Many of the special editions are tied to specific cabs, bed lengths and trim levels. For example, the Special Ops and Black Out special editions can only be ordered for the spartan WT, while the Realtree and Redline editions are tied to the better equipped LT and LTZ Z71 trims.

The Silverado 1500 comes in both two- and four-wheel drive with four wheelbases to accommodate short- and long-bed regular-cab models. Double-cab models come with a 6-foot 6-inch bed, and crew-cab models can be had with either a 5-foot 8-inch bed or 6-foot 6-inch bed.

There are no new engine choices for 2018 models, although some spy photographers are reporting they've seen camouflaged next-generation Silverado and Sierra 1500s with diesel-sounding engines in Michigan and Las Vegas.

Engine choices are the 4.3-liter V-6 that offers EPA fuel-economy estimates of 18/24/20 mpg city/highway/combine and a 5.3-liter V-8 offering 16/23/19 mpg with the six-speed transmission; that engine gets 1 mpg less for highway and combined with the eight-speed transmission. The GM half tons do have the most powerful V-8 in the segment with a bigger aluminum 6.2-liter V-8 that comes standard with an eight-speed transmission; that combo gets 15/21/17 mpg.

Standard safety equipment in the Silverado 1500 includes six air bags, electronic stability control, rollover mitigation technology, a rear camera, trailer-sway control and hill start assist. Optional safety features include an Enhanced Driver Alert Package on LT, LTZ and High Country trims that includes forward collision alert, seat-vibrating safety alerts, intelligent high-beam control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, front and rear parking assist, and low-speed forward automatic braking.

Here are the rest of the changes to the 2018 model:

  • Custom trim (new in 2017) for crew and double (extended) cabs
  • Two new exterior colors: Cajun Red Tintcoat and Havana Metallic
  • Range-extending eAssist Package on LTZ trims nationwide
  • Tire pressure monitor alert now includes a tire overfill alert
  • MyLink 7-inch multimedia system standard on WT models

Manufacturer images

 

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Comments

I read the comments on the 2018 Ram. Why not bash these trucks for being the only trucks to NOT offer rear climate vents or push button start?

Or no head restraint for the middle seat in the back?

N-n-n-ice t-t-truck-k-k.

@Montands I agree with the rear vents but I personally don't see a need for a push to start. I prefer a key for ignition.

What ignorant GM Engineer decided to add a toaster to the left of the steering wheel.

I tell you, those Garbage Engineers. Shaking my head.

What is that in the last picture? Behind the blinker stalk and above the tilt lever. Anyone? Anyone?

Answer, it's a telescoping column lever that Aaron Bragman couldn't find in the GMC/Ford 1 ton test. The lever that's been in this gen trucks since at least 2015.

Here comes the comments for the chevy shake!! you fanboys are so predictable!!
Its true some of them shake...I should know I had one, but GM took care of me and I got a new one!!!
YES,I can't stand that my 17 Sierra doesn't have rear A/C or Heated controls in back or heated and cooled seats in rear!!

Best engine choice lineup in the business.
4.3l is a REAL TRUCK MOTOR, not like fords V6 which is a car motor!!
5.3L and 6.2L are truck motors and best small block V8's in its class.
BEST Diesel engine in its class as we all have seen in the comparison.


Best Diesel engine in it's class....that nobody wants to buy when RAM/FORD SD outsell that BEST in CLASS Diesel.

XD

This truck needs the following, really since the refresh in 2016:
-Rear vents
-Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) it has good safety equipment but I wonder why GM left off BSM
-Optional extended range fuel tank (26 gallon tank is unacceptable)
-Take the 6 speed away from the 5.3 or reprogram it all together. The 5.3 is a complete dog with the 6 speed programming. With the 8 speed the 5.3 is competitive.

Look a 2018 painted brick, yawn.

"4.3l is a REAL TRUCK MOTOR"

Posted by: TINYGMC

...that gets lousy mileage like a real truck motor.

@ redbloodexy or whatever you inbred name is!

The 4.3L will outrun, pull, or do whatever is needed it to do compared to Fords junk 3.5L or now its a 3.3L??? RIGHT!!!! JUNK!!!

As for Frank

You've already seen how the Duramax beat your Powerstroke...we all know how butt hurt you were and still are...CLOWN!

You've already seen how the Duramax beat your Powerstroke...we all know how butt hurt you were and still are...CLOWN!


Posted by: TNTGMC | Sep 15, 2017 12:02:01 PM

@ "IT" the Clown.

I really don't care and it being a few tenths does not make a difference to real truck people.

Best Diesel engine in it's class....that nobody wants to buy when RAM/FORD SD outsell that BEST in CLASS Diesel.

XD


Posted by: Frank | Sep 15, 2017 11:30:36 AM

I'll say it again. That crap can have 1000hp, they still won't buy it.

That speaks volume, who wants an over bloated caprice station wagon on an IFS Suspension.

Now get back into your....

Gay

Man's

Crotch

xD

Does Ford still use the I-beam crap suspension on their 2WD trucks? I'd stay with a solid axle if I couldn't build an IFS HD suspension too...

In reality, unless you are lugging a big plow, the IFS is much better for 97% of truck owners.

Great looking truck. That High Country interior is the most aesthetically pleasing and comfortable in the segment. The engine line up clearly the best in class for power and efficiency.

when RAM/FORD SD outsell that BEST in CLASS Diesel.

XD

Posted by: Frank | Sep 15, 2017 11:30:36 AM

At least Ford fans are recognizing that GM has the best in class Diesel truck, any they are right for once.

It's also disappointing that GM gave the High Country that bland-boring cluster. The GMC Denali has a much nice cluster and interior than the High Country.

@John. Clearly the buying public / businesses don't agree with your assessment. Ford and Ram easily out sell the GM twins in the 3/4 and 1 ton category. The GM Duramax / Allison combo is stellar, but the wrapper is comes in sucks.

At least Ford fans are recognizing that GM has the best in class Diesel truck, any they are right for once.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 15, 2017 12:28:50 PM

It takes a REAL MAN and REAL TRUCK ENTHUSIAST to make that comment....not that you have the cahoots to do. Carry on son, you can toast your bread next to the steering wheel on this hideous outdated truck.

@ Frank

You better get back on your knees for redbloodedxy and smile like a doughnut!! You two are suited for one another!!

" the Silverado 1500 maintains the highest maximum tow rating in the class at 12,500 pounds."

I understand GM comparing their "best in class" numbers with last years competitors but pickuptrucks.com should do better.

Ford's 13,200lbs of towing for 2018 has Chevy's 12,500lbs beat.
http://www.tfltruck.com/2017/08/2018-ford-f150-towing-payload-mpg-specs/
"2018 FORD F150 SPECS

If you are buying a truck for towing, then you will be pleased to hear that a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 2018 F-150 is rated to tow up to 13,200 lbs. It is the first half-ton truck to claim maximum towing of over 13,000 lbs."

a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 2018 F-150 is rated to tow up to 13,200 lbs. It is the first half-ton truck to claim maximum towing of over 13,000 lbs." Posted by: Walt | Sep 15, 2017

@Walt

After seeing the Ford Super Duty diesel falls so short of its RATED performance figures in the recent PUTC test of the DuraMax and the Ford diesel, you want to be a bit more circumspect in my opinion. Just to be on the safe side.

If I wasn't conmfortably towing 12K comfortably on a daily basis with my current F150 I would probably have some reservations too.

Well its the end of a very tired line. The good news here is relatively speaking these will be cheap and even without (compared to most of the competition) modern engines, modern features, and a low crash rating they still are nicer than many past trucks and GM fans forgive or ignore just about anything. At least this year the general will give them a bit more value. Hopefully in a welcome change the next gen will actually pioneer something worth while or at least really get into the game.

In reality, unless you are lugging a big plow, the IFS is much better for 97% of truck owners

I know in 2007 gm hd trucks were rated to carry a 1000lb plow
from gm.
I have a 2006 gmc 2500hd 208k and has plowed every winter (commercial lots) for 10 seasons and my plow weighs 815lbs. My ifs has been great and even most of the suspension is original.
Im not sure how the new fords are but most older years will need ball joints and wheel bearings and front u Joints about every 3 years with the type of plowing we do. I should know my partner for has a 2011 f250 diesel and im the one replacing the front end every few years.

TINYGMC: Your unfounded personal insults only solidify my initial ugly perception of who you really are.

Good luck with that.

Carry on son, you can toast your bread next to the steering wheel on this hideous outdated truck.

Posted by: Frank | Sep 15, 2017 12:35:22 PM

Don't worry, Ford will eventually adopt this more intuitive and better placement of interior controls and creature comfort features currently available in the Silverado. Hang in there Frank, Ford may even create a better riding and handling truck in their pursuit of following the truck leader, GM.

Don't worry, GM will eventually more intuitive and better placement of interior controls and creature comfort features currently available in the F Series. Hang in there GM squids, GM may even create a better riding and handling truck in their pursuit of following the truck leader, FORD

Be happy GM fan girlies, watch GOVT motors dump prices on these floating barges w/square wheel wells for another year to try keep up with the leader, Ford F-series, 41 yrs & counting...heh heh heh

With the 2019 twins on the horizon, you're going to get a lot of truck for the money with the 2018's. GM spends their R&D money on making tough trucks with beds that turn into swiss cheese when you try to use it for real work, and they come with tough, reliable engines. You won't find wimpy tailgate steps, fake engine noises on the stereo, or computers that back your trailer up for you (real men know how to back a trailer up without a computer).

Nope, Ford spends their money on TV commercial puffery (https://www.carcomplaints.com/news/2017/built-ford-tough-is-mere-puffery.shtml) featuring the annoying voice of Dennis Leary. If there's any money left, they'll bump power numbers on their junk, unreliable engines. You'd think they'd at least spend a few extra bucks on timing chains that don't stretch or a modern 4WD system that doesn't use ancient vacuum actuators (nothing wrong with old school, but Ford's IWE hubs are complete junk, nothing but plastic gears and leaky vac lines). But hey, gotta pay for that billion dollar propaganda show, and the dealers make good money repairing all those ecobusts anways so...

@Vince,

F-Series still outsells the Twinkies by a MILE. GM is just as worst, not better.

You won't find whimpy Ecoboosts in a GM, just Ecotechs that turn into 4 cylinders most of the time. I'm glad Ford went with smaller more powerful engines instead of the shaky cylinder deactivation route.

@Big Al--Thank you for supporting my comments, I just try to post information that is objective. I have had most of my comments blocked so maybe it is better that the papa jim's run the comment section. I don't need the aggravation and TTAC is more up-to-date on their postings. I let papa jim win and remove myself, that will make him happy.


Posted by: Jeff S | Sep 13, 2017 2:24:30 PM

@Big Al--Thank you for supporting my comments, I just try to post information that is objective. I have had most of my comments blocked so maybe it is better that the papa jim's run the comment section. I don't need the aggravation and TTAC is more up-to-date on their postings. I let papa jim win and remove myself, that will make him happy.


Posted by: Jeff S | Sep 13, 2017 2:24:30 PM

F-Series still outsells the Twinkies by a MILE. .

Posted by: Frank
/QUOTE

Well of course they do,,Fords break down soon as waranty expires so you Fordnatics need to keep trading them in all the time ,,
,perfect SCAM by Frod co,,to keep You mOrOns in DEBT.
LLOLOL

Needs a more visually pleasing dash, rear vents. And for that matter the rear seat is low and the head rests are a joke unless you don't mind slamming your head into the rear glass in an accident.

It's just an UGLY dash.
But the seats are better than Ford.

F-Series still outsells the Twinkies by a MILE. .
Posted by: Frank
/QUOTE
Well of course they do,GM's break down soon as you drive them off the lots, shaking begins immediately waranty expires far too doon so you GM squids need to keep trading them in all the time ,,
,perfect SCAM by GM,,to keep You mOrOns in DEBT.
LLOLOL

I own a 2011 F150 5.0 (Mustang derived) V-8 and love the sound of the engine when accelerating. I'd love to get my hands on a Chevy/GMC with the 6.2L Corvette derived V-8!!!

2018 is obsolete their will be a brand new 2019 model

nothing new here still the same oh plain chevy junk

When you look up "pick up truck" in the dictionary you will find a picture of this truck.

With all the warning alerts in Silverado 1500
1500 models.Why didn't engeniers think about
a warning llite for Tail Gates. If u hv a door ajar
Lite notifies you on dash board, why not tail hates?

Because people drive with their tailgates down all the time hauling long or big objects and you can imagine it would be distracting driving 60 miles being reminded of something that you deliberately did.

We want more idiot lights!

Seems like a lot of petty complaining here.

Who cares, buy what you want to drive, and stop whining. I have driven Ford, Dodge, and Chevy, I own Chevy because I like it better. I don't give a damn about minor interior or exterior differences. I bought the truck I wanted. Grow up, and quit complaining. You sound like a bunch of school kids arguing about whose dad can beat up who.

How many of you all think that if Ford and/or GM could, they would prefer to run a Cummins diesel as opposed to their Ford Powerstroke or Isuzu/GM Duramax? Not poking at any of the big three, just wondering if the Cummins brand is strong enough that all of the big three would prefer to run that motor as opposed to the billions they have thrown into their current motors.

Amen



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