Spied: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Brian Festen Chevy Silverado spy 1 II

We received these photos from one of our industry friends who caught a heavily disguised 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew-cab pickup truck running down the highways in and around Las Vegas. We're guessing GM was doing some bumper-to-bumper hot-weather testing. From the looks of the taillights and cab configuration, this could be a mid-level trim package with either a V-6 or small V-8 gas engine (check out the tailpipe).

It doesn't look like there are any big changes underneath the truck, with its solid-axle and leaf-spring setup. The integrated hitch looks like a standard Class 3, while the bumpers look like they're hiding standard-issue bumper tailgate steps on both sides.

GM should be getting close to giving final approval on the engineering changes and upgrades for the new Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500. We expect to be able to drive and write about GM's new trucks by summer 2018.

Cars.com photos by Brian Festen

 

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Comments

The differential silhouette looks different from the current truck. Maybe they're finally upgrading to something more substantial like Ford did decades ago.

Otherwise, based on the general proportions of this truck, my hunch is that it doesn't seem to be much different size-wise than the current truck except for a slightly longer rear passenger area. The greenhouse and beltline height looks similar as well.

Wheel cut-outs might be rounded rectangles? Hard to tell.

Do the big 3 trucks come with a standard class 3 hitch with non max-tow packages?
Toyota gives you a class VI hitch (actually larger than VI) on any truck with a tow package...

Hopefully GM will offer an optional extended range fuel tank on these new trucks, they are the only truck in the segment that doesn't offer a larger tank than 26 gallons... That is completely unacceptable for those that actually use their trucks to tow.

@Tyler, I believe you are referring to Toyota having a class 5 hitch.

It really won't matter because my friend has a 2010 Tundra, towing 9,000 is plenty, a class 4 will do 10,000, and my friends Tundra is a handful at 9,000 plus.

That's why he went out and bought a Ram 2500 crew cab 4x4 Hemi.

The Tundra has plenty of power for it, but you're asking a bit too much of it to do 10,000 K.

@TRX-4 Tom The tundra hitch is bigger than VI but not a 2.5" receiver for a class V, but I am really surprised if the big 3 are putting class 3 hitches on some of these "full sized" trucks.

I agree, I think 9-10k is a handful in majority of half ton trucks (not just Toyota, Ram 1500 would not be able to handle this weight either), once you get in this realm you really should be using a HD truck if you will be towing regularly or for a long distance.

People think power is all that matters in towing (3.5 ecoboost and 6.2 Ecotec wanting to tow 12k), but the vehicle platform (frame) has to be able to handle the weight (possible sway) and brakes able to stop the load in the event trailer brakes fail.

There's a camera hole in the middle of the brake light. Is this new or something they already offer?

Rarely do beauty, imagination, virtue and serenity begin to illuminate our dreary world in quite the same way as a new GM truck coming to life.

My eyes are lusting for the cladding to fall away as if she were a beautiful maiden dancing or taking her bath. An entire year I am forced to wait?

Junk just pure junk Government motors sucks big B=====D. so nothing new here just as usual.

I bet all the garbage motors fan girlies are gonna bragging about.

I'm keeping my '93.

Who cares? The big news coming is the new RAM!

I'm not impressed.

Chevy imitating Ford. RAM doesn't play follow the leader. The new RAM is coming, not like the Chevy warmover.

I'm not impressed. Posted by: Jeff S | Sep 1, 2017

@Jeff S

Too bad they didn't offer the i-3700 five cylinder engine option.

Looks a lot bigger than my 2017 in the cab area! Not going to comment on the truck yet bc I don't know anything about it.
I will say I hope they keep the engine lineup they have and just bump up the power a bit. Other than that..they are the most reliable engines on the market! PERIOD!!!

Looks like GM has opened up their trucks sales lead in August.

The differential silhouette looks different from the current truck. Maybe they're finally upgrading to something more substantial like Ford did decades ago.


Posted by: redbloodedxy | Sep 1, 2017 8:15:18 AM

HAHAHA Ford's junk 8.8" more substantial? The 8.8" has been complete garbage. Axle tubes that get torqued even by weak Ford mod motors, cheap Chinese carrier bearings that wear out by 100k miles, axles seals leaking everywhere you look. The 9.5"/9.75" axles on GM half-tons make the 8.8" look like toys.

Rarely do beauty, imagination, virtue and serenity begin to illuminate our dreary world in quite the same way as a new GM truck coming to life.
My eyes are lusting for the cladding to fall away as if she were a beautiful maiden dancing or taking her bath. An entire year I am forced to wait?

Posted by: papajim | Sep 1, 2017 10:56:21 AM

HAHAHA......hey papajim; don't forget your blue pills while you're at it LOL - always amusing to watch GOVT motor fangirls wet their panties with cladding spy shots of their new shaky cheby's with not-so-square wheel wells now; oh well, I guess they finally listened to their customers...LOL

Anyone got a idea on when will GM release these trucks??? Texas state fair? LA Auto Show in November? Detroit Auto show in January?

Im in the market for a new pickup, wondering how long wait this is going to appear...

I would wait at least a year after release ('20?) to allow GOVT motor's time to work out all the usual kinks & shakes....

I would wait at least a year after release ('20?) to allow GOVT motor's time to work out all the usual kinks & shakes....


Posted by: Lio | Sep 1, 2017 6:41:36 PM

I told people that about Ford and their engines. Unfortunately Ford is constantly tryingbto fix old issues and just creates more NEW issues in the process. Hence why there hasn't been a reliable Modular V8, Duratec, Ecoboost, or Powerstroke yet. Just new even less reliable engines, year after year. Ford, a legacy of junk engines.

What ever they do can guarantee it's going to be better than any Ford or Dodge

@Lionel

Blue pills?

You just know the new GM trucks will be bleeping beautiful! Who needs pills?

told people that about Ford and their engines. Unfortunately Ford is constantly tryingbto fix old issues and just creates more NEW issues in the process. Hence why there hasn't been a reliable Modular V8, Duratec, Ecoboost, or Powerstroke yet. Just new even less reliable engines, year after year. Ford, a legacy of junk engines.
Posted by: Brawndo | Sep 1, 2017 7:12:37 PM

Yep, says the brand that has killed/maimed so many folks with their recent ignition switch fiasco...

ou just know the new GM trucks will be bleeping beautiful! Who needs pills?
Posted by: papajim | Sep 1, 2017 8:05:16 PM

Yep, I knew all these shaky GOVT motor fangirls were a little strange; they get a boner over a bleeping shaky truck LOL

I bet all the garbage motors fan girlies are gonna bragging about.

All of you sound like kids at recess!
Mines better, no, mines better blah blah blah.... it's entertaining so carry on!

Mines better, no, mines better blah blah blah.... it's entertaining so carry on!

Posted by: cynthia ladwig | Sep 2, 2017 4:10:53 AM

Now, guys will be vying for your attention. Not only will you be reading," mines better" but also "mines bigger". After all this is a pick-up truck site. By the way, I drive a Superduty and I can get access to a Camaro, if it's speed you like.

I wonder if the GM engineers will finally be able to center the steering wheel/column to the driver seat, instead of being offset towards the center of the truck by almost an inch. I can't beleive more of their customers don't complain about this design flaw.

I can't beleive more of their customers don't complain about this design flaw.

Posted by: Matt | Sep 2, 2017 3:20:28 PM.

First of all, the offset steering wheel has been in the last 4 generations of pick-ups because it is designed to allow easier access and egress to the drivers seat. How does one complain about a feature that provides more comfort to the operator. The only flaw is your spelling. It is believe, not beleive.

Looks like a toyota and nissan had an inbred baby

@Tyler: I think your little confused on the rating of the hitches.

All the half tons, or so they are called half tons, have class 4, Roman numeral IV. VI would be class 6, no such thing.

The Tundra one might be stronger then some of the others, but whats it really worth?

I would say the Ram would do just fine with 10,000 pounds if it had the air suspension.

But the gross vehicle weight rating on the Ram is usually to low to get a real heavy trailer on it.

https://www.etrailer.com/faq-hitchclasses.aspx

@gmsrgreat

Easier access and egress? I've never sat in another vehicle with this "feature". Wouldn't it be even more desirable in cars which are usually tighter to get in and out of? The only people who would be more comfortable in that driving position would be those with a curvature of the spine to the right.

@ Matt: go sit in a Ram and you'll discover the steering column is offset to the left of the drivers seating position. The Viper is a car and I believe (yes, that's the correct spelling) it too has offset steering and foot controls. These offsets are more common than you think. In fact, I'm confident you never ever noticed the GM offset until someone else told you about it. Otherwise, it is nearly undetectable.

It look like some Ford fan start to get nervous again :)

Yep, says the brand that has killed/maimed so many folks with their recent ignition switch fiasco...


Posted by: Lio | Sep 1, 2017 8:49:13 PM

Another low iq fangirl with no knowledge of Ford's legendary history of deadly defects and subsequent cover-ups, including hiding documents and lying to Federal investigators.

Apparently you don't remember the time Ford lied and covered up:
- Ford transmissions that pop out of park and rolled over owners (1000+ deaths and injuries)
- Ford Escape cruise control defect that Ford knew about for years
- 15+ years of cruise control fires that burnt down countless homes, Ford concealed the deadly defect for many years, then fought the Feds for years before finally issuing a recall. There are still hundreds of thousands of vehicles that havent been recalled that still have the defective part.
- Explorer rollovers caused by junk suspension design. Ford initially blamed Firestone, until investigayors found Ford documents showing that Ford knew that their junk suspension was the real problem.
- Bronco II rollovers causee by junk suspension design. Ford also knew that it was an unsafe (and a po5) vehicle. Sold it anyways. Lots of Ford customers were killed or severely injured.
- Ford's own ignition switch coverup where ignition switches caused deadly fires (Ford covered it up for 15+ years).
- Crown Vics with exploding gas tanks that have killed dozens of officers.
- Ignition modules that cause deadly stalls.
- Door hinges that Ford didn't want to recall until the Feds forced them to.
- F-150 Ecoboosts with sudden brake failures that Ford won't recall.
- Who could forget the legendary Pinto!

I could keep going but you get the idea.

At Ford, safety is job NONE!

Here's an idea: Leave all the camo on it!

Talking about pills. Papa Jim is not that easy to swallow.

@gmsrgreat

Chrysler products are a poor choices as examples of design/ergonomics benchmarks.

The offset in GM trucks is blatantly obvious, it never had to be pointed out to me. I sit in many different makes and models in a regular basis, it is not a common design "feature" in the industry. Where it does exists is due to packaging compromises.

I ignored the jab at my mis-type on "believe" in your first comment, and you had to bring it up again because your argument is that weak?

Sounds like Matt is unable to shift his body left or right in the drivers seat. Typical Ford boys bellyaching about GM.

The latest fullsize GM trucks/suv are being equipped with such small mirrors. SMH

@ Matt: Your earlier comments made it sound like only GM has an offset and you clearly didn't know that it is a design feature that GM has been using in their last several generations of truck, designed always to the right of the drivers seat. You claim to have sat in many different makes of vehicle but failed to notice or acknowledge the offset in the Ram. Do some research and you'll discover that it is very commonly used in both trucks and cars. I agree that packaging is sometimes the reason for the offset but this would not be the case for a full size GM twin.

@ Matt: go sit in a Ram and you'll discover the steering column is offset to the left of the drivers seating position. The Viper is a car and I believe (yes, that's the correct spelling) it too has offset steering and foot controls. These offsets are more common than you think. In fact, I'm confident you never ever noticed the GM offset until someone else told you about it. Otherwise, it is nearly undetectable.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Sep 2, 2017 8:48:51 PM

I agree, it's almost unnoticeable. In fact I didn't notice it until the last couple years when the Ford fans started whining about it more than normal. I actually like it, as it allows me to rest elbow on the center console, reach the steering wheel, yet be able to just pivot my arm over and reach the stereo and HVAC controls. Centering the steering wheel might "look" better to neurotic Ford fans, but the ergonomics of the off-center steering wheel has its advantages.

Hopefully GM will offer an optional extended range fuel tank on these new trucks, they are the only truck in the segment that doesn't offer a larger tank than 26 gallons... That is completely unacceptable for those that actually use their trucks to tow.
Posted by: Tyler | Sep 1, 2017 8:19:52 AM

Please don't give them any ideas.....They'll never figure out how to do it right. We'll end up with this all over again....


"Alex Mair recommending in 1964 that the fuel tank of the next generation pickup must be mounted outside the cab and as near the center of the vehicle as practical. (Attachment E.) The safety concerns of GM engineers were overridden by management’s sales concerns who wanted to install 40 gallon capacity to get a greater driving
range, and used this as a selling point. The easiest way to achieve a 40 gallon capacity was to install two 20 gallon fuel tanks outside the frame
rail where they were more vulnerable to rupture and puncture by sharp objects in crashes. In 1972, GM engineers recommended to the Vice President for Engineering that if occupants were not killed by crash forces, they “should be free from the hazards of post-collision fuel fires.” (See Attachment F.) After GM management made the decision to place the tanks outside the frame, GM engineers recommended that shields be installed around the tanks to protect them. (Attachment G is an engineering diagram of one GM shield from 1972 while Attachment H is a GM crash test photo of another shield.)"

https://www.autosafety.org/history-gm-side-saddle-gas-tank-defect/

Haha I was waiting for that one. So you found 1 safety defect as a response to the near dozen examples I quickly rattled off. Wow I'm impressed. Fuel tank leaks and fires were common among all vehicles in the 60's and 70's. The Chevy/GMC side saddle tank got the attention it did simply because there were so many on the road (well over 6 million). NBC Dateline picked up on it in the early 1990's and tried to sensationalize it for the ratings. It was so rare, the crew had a hard time even getting the fuel to ignite. They had to put little model rocket engines on the bottom side of the truck to make sure the fuel would ignite for the camera. Of course they never mentioned that during the entire episode.

The interesting thing is, fuel tanks mounted outside of the frame rails was not uncommon back then. Ford even offered in-cab fuel tanks for decades that were known to rust through and develop leaks. Yep fuel leaking right into the cab. THE TANK WAS INSIDE THE CAB, RIGHT BEHIND THE SEATS! You could literally hear the fuel sloshing around as you drove. And even when fuel tanks were on the inside of the frame rails, that wasn't a guarantee that the fuel tank wouldn't develop a leak in a crash. Ford's swiss cheese frame from 1980/81 would fold in half like wet spaghetti in a side impact crash, offering little to no additional protection in a high speed crash.

So anything new? Coil Springs in the rear? New body material? Turbo V6? Small diesel? Anything GM? its not looking like it so far... Waiting to see if GM does more than just run a little faster in the same hamster wheel, again.

LOL at offset steering wheel placement. Calling a flaw a design feature... Now I've heard it all...If you say so...LOL

LOL at offset steering wheel placement. Calling a flaw a design feature... Now I've heard it all...If you say so...LOL

Posted by: uh huh | Sep 4, 2017 6:42:58 AM

It is funny how GM can place the steering wheel in the center of the drivers seat of their Corvette and Camaro but not with their full size pick-up truck, even with all that extra space of the full size truck to work with. Yes, it is a design feature and it works. BTW, Mercedes does those the same thing and they invented the automobile.

Waiting to see if GM does more than just run a little faster in the same hamster wheel, again. Posted by: Clint | Sep 4, 2017

@Clint

Who knows, maybe GM will outsell Ford again in 2018 too.

I for one hope Gm keeps it as much like my 16 1500 as possible. I love the truck, love the 8 speed, love the low gearing. It always has traction at both rear wheels which my ecoboost had the worst one wheel squeal while towing it was half the reason I sold it with 18k on the clock. Sure it was powerful, and fun to race cars with. Those are little kids type games I didn't buy a truck for. Towing on highway was awesome. Thing had so much torque available you couldn't believe it. I don't tow on a highway at all really. I load it up and tow around town. The inconsistent traction and the fact that it can hurt it's self loading the motor at low rpm made you pay more attention to what gear you were in them needed on short trips. It also wants to be at a good running temp before it gets good fuel economy. Something that I don't care to worry about as well.
When you order a new 18' f150. The max payload package only is available with the v8. The v8 in a gm 1500, 8 speed 3.42 gears double cab is awesome! I wouldn't own any other setup though. Its about impossible to find that. So gm does suck for not having this in every truck model and trim. As far as what I got, I wouldn't buy anything available other than what I currently own as of right now. Maybe a max payload f150 regular cab 8ft bed v8 10 speed. But it's a costly setup to order for what you get. Double cab doors imho are way more convenient when your carry arm loads of parts out of the parts store. Just happy with my setup and very surprised others who have the same exact truck from gm don't speak out more about it. My truck is a unicorn, and it makes no sense for as good of a works truck as it is.

I have a 2015 Silverado 1500 LT 5.3 with 3.73 gears. Tuned by Blackbear Performance. Up front I have Cognito upper control arms and Rancho Quicklifts. I went with 1" taller blocks in the rear to give the truck a little rake, plus Rancho 9000's. 33" Toyo Open Country AT2's. It's been a great truck, especially after I had BBP disable cylinder deactivation and had the lazy throttle by reducing torque management and tweaking the cam phasing. It pulls harder than my last truck, a 2011 F-150 Scab FX4 5.0. It's even meaner on E85.

There were things I liked about the F150. It had the right weight to it that made towing feel planted. After I put BFG's on it, I could go anywhere it seemed like. I also liked that it was easier to put bigger tires on too. What I didn't like was that my vacuum lines to the front started leaking and caused the front hubs to start grinding. I pulled them apart and found that the plastic gear used to lock the hub was all ground up into dust. My rear window shattered twice and I guess it's happened to a lot of guys. The 5.0 had good power, way better than the weak 5.4, but it had a knock that Ford says was "normal" and it definitely wasn't. It almost sounded like piston slap. I was really considering a 2015 F-150 but I didn't want to be a guinea pig. I also didn't like that they went from tough forged control arms to cheap stamped steel parts. It's surprising that my Silverado has heavy forged steel control arms and the new 2015+ F-150's have weaker stamped steel parts. When I bought my 2011 Ford made such a big deal about the tougher forged control arms on their trucks, now I guess it's all about light-weighting the truck instead toughness.



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