2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Spied

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Both Ram and GM have important redesigned and upgraded half-ton pickup trucks coming our way for the 2019 model year, so we've been seeing quite a few test mules on the roads where our spy shooters are capturing images. Sales for all half-ton pickups have been strong for 2017 so far, but don't expect the Ram, Chevrolet and GMC competitors to just sit back and wait. We're hearing both Ford and Toyota have some special engineering projects that could shake things up in the segment as soon as next year, as well.

In the meantime, here are the most recent notes we've received from our spy shooters:

"With the vinyl cladding now stripped away but still heavily camo'd, we can see new design details destined for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The body sculpting is largely visible on these latest prototypes, revealing conservative styling similar to today's Silverado half ton. To our eyes, however, the front-end design looks a bit more angular than the current pickup.

"The new prototypes reveal a new LED treatment that had only been hinted at in one earlier photo (where the camo was slipping a bit). We've known that the Silverado would get two thin lighting elements on its front fascia-very thin, slitlike headlights at the top, with another thin LED strip at the bottom. We have now revealed a rather radical LED detail that is stationed between the upper and lower light strips. The end result is something of a stylized, Z-shaped (and reverse Z-shaped) lighting array, promising a distinctive face for the new Silverado.

"The prototypes caught testing in this less disguised form were Silverado double cabs that seemed to struggle with their turning radius."

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Comments

Staying behind or catching up? Cant wait to see.

Think of all the work just waiting to be done--the NEW Silverado joins the All-World GM stable of class leading pickups.

Not much new going on here--sorry in advance to all GM zombies.

Looks like the wheel wheels are a lot more rounded. Good job GM you finally figured out that the wheels are round.

Looks like they transferred some of the body side styling cues from their class leading full size SUV to their class leading full size pick-ups. These new trucks will insure GM continues to widen it's sales lead over Ford.

Wow! what a let down only thing they got to show for is fancy led lighting. still looks cheap boxy and boring. I think the new Ram and f150 looks a lot better and more Reliable.

UH-oh. Those round wheel wells even have me excited, now remove the wrap and lets see it! Hopefully its not an old version called new for the class following GM products.

I wish they would stop following Ford, going to round wheel wells is just plain dumb. Please GM stop following Ford and LEAD for once!

@GMSRGREAT, GM will always follow Ford, been that way for 40 years, which is why they are not in first place. Plus they all ride terrible.

Looks like a truck that says move the F@$k over!! Dang, that thing looks big!!! I just hope they keep same engines!! I PRAY THEY DO!!!!
4.3L 325 HP
5.3L 400 HP
6.2L 450HP

Those are all achievable and still get best in class fuel economy!

@ papajim

I just rode in a brand new Ford FX4 150 with the 3.5L this weekend on a trip to a college game. It rode horrible!!! and didn't get any fuel economy at 70mph=17mpg! My buddy just leases it and wont get another one. He has ridden in my 2017 SLT Z71 and says it rides way better! And I can get 23 MPGs with my 8 spd at 70 mpg!

GM will sell a gazillion of these new full size trucks. Great looking trucks.

I'm not sure about the front end. I hope it's not too crazy. It would be nice if the trucks and Tahoe and Suburban all shared front sheet metal again! I actually like the look of the side mirrors, kind of "below eye line" old school. Profiles looks better than current truck.
Not so sure about the rear "Ram" bumper and exhaust.

Look like steal 2019 Ram 1500!

Look at those photos again, guys. Rounded wheel arches; a flatter hood and grill; and there appears to be more curve to the front corners for improved aerodynamics. It looks like GM may be realizing that boxy is bad.

I'd expect an improvement in fuel mileage out of this, even if no other capabilities change.

"I just rode in a brand new Ford FX4 150 with the 3.5L this weekend on a trip to a college game. It rode horrible!!! and didn't get any fuel economy at 70mph=17mpg! My buddy just leases it and wont get another one. He has ridden in my 2017 SLT Z71 and says it rides way better! And I can get 23 MPGs with my 8 spd at 70 mpg!"
---- Posted by: TNTGMC | Oct 19, 2017 8:15:02 AM

Question: Why did he lease it if it rode so badly?

Re: aerodynamics. It looks like GM may be realizing that boxy is bad... expect an improvement in fuel mileage out of this, even if no other capabilities change. Posted by: Road Whale | Oct 19, 2017

@Roadwhale

considering that the average speed of American vehicle traffic over the lifetime of car is under 40 mph, the incremental gains to be had from smoother airflow are a rather small factor in fuel economy. Much overrated.

@tnt, papa says they all ride bad, so I think your buddy is wrong, if we go by what papa says.

TThe wheel wells may be more rounded, but they come sharply down in front and back. It will still be hard to put a larger tire on it unless you raise iit 6 inches. Unlike the Ram and Ford

pss I have a Chevy so not slamming it, just pointing out the facts, jack

...errrr a sled with a blanket. :D

Wow, a lot of pettyness I'm here.

Can't wait to see the new truck. Not wild about the current Silverado, but the Sierra is a looker. Glad to hear they are sticking with the 6.2 too as it's the best engine you can get in a half ton, by far.

@ Road Whale

When he test drove it. He only drove it for a few miles. Smart move!! Plus the lease payment on truck is only $289/month. The payment was big reason why he got it. He won;t make that mistake again

Dave - I was thinking a 33-34 should fit (maybe minor minor work for a 34). Any more than that and I don't care, 33-34 is perfect in my opinion.

Looks like a mix of the Tahoe and Colorado, a lot of win there. Whoever said they are copying Ford is out of their mi d. Ford now has a Chevy grill for Christ's sake. Most Ford vehicles now are designed to look like something else. Explorer like the Range Rover, Expedition like the Tahoe, Fusion like a 3 cent Aston, Lincolns like Jags. It's embarrassing and pathetic.


Look like steal 2019 Ram 1500!

Posted by: Chris Eichorn | Oct 19, 2017 8:57:00 AM

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Not even close. The new Ram looks horrible. Such a shame.

Even the wrapped blob shapes look to be a much better looking pickup than current one. Brainiacs finally got the wheel wells right.

pss I have a Chevy so not slamming it, just pointing out the facts, jack


Posted by: Dave | Oct 19, 2017 9:38:29 AM

You can't bring that stuff in here, the GM trvlls don't like Facts. Get it straight.

The taillights on the third photo, not looking that much different from the current model application.

I hate it when truck MFG's slope the rear of the rood downward. It makes installing a canopy look stupid.

I just rode in a brand new Chevy Shaker with the 5.3L this weekend on a trip to a college game. It rode and drove horrible!!! Afterwards I had to make an appointment for Dentist ,shook fillings loose. Had to stop on the ride at motocross shop for a Kidney belt. The throttle response was nearly non existent, compared to the mighty FORD F150 with 3.5 L . Eoboost. My buddy just leases it and definitely wont get another . He says " next truck is FORD! With gas at 2 dollars and change a gallon power and throttle response is where it's at.

@gms blows, my biggest issue with the GM v8's, when you put the pedal to the floor, you have to wait for it to kick in, which is why the ecoboost feels much nicer and not like an attempt at, should I stay or should I go. when you have lots of power like in the 6.2l it should go immediately. My wifes camaro is the same, there is that bit of lag before it kicks in.

@gms blows, my biggest issue with the GM v8's, when you put the pedal to the floor, you have to wait for it to kick in, which is why the ecoboost feels much nicer and not like an attempt at, should I stay or should I go. when you have lots of power like in the 6.2l it should go immediately. My wifes camaro is the same, there is that bit of lag before it kicks in.


Posted by: Nitro | Oct 19, 2017 11:52:22 AM

Hahahah it's like a Window PC, you click on Internet Explorer, and you have to wait until it kicks in.

HAHAHAHAHHAHA

I noticed that right off the bat when I test drove a Chevy. I put my foot into the gas and nothing. Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, go.

@ GM BLOWS CHUNKS

Great story!! Let me see how your turd ecoboost does against my supercharged 5.3L!!! Its no comparison. Bring your little gerbil engine to come play with a V8.

N/A v8 5.3L vs a turbo V6..off course its going to beat it in a race. You won't when its supercharged!! ENOUGH SAID!

Plus your junk gerbil engines can't even beat it in fuel economy. Not even with a supercharger!

@ Nitro

I agree with you on the lag issue. Get it tuned for $300 and its a whole different story. Still $1200 less than the upcharge Ford Charges for their ecoboost over 5.0L

This thing looks AMAZING!! Holy cow!! Is that real paint? GM is such an innovator. That thing rides smoother than Ram, I can tell by pictures. The wheel wells will be square, don't be stupid! GM knows a good thing!! Nothing looks better than round tires contrasting square wheel wells. I hope they put the 24" fuel saver tires on it!! I gotta call papajim......later

I was riding in my buddies 3.5 EcoTurd going to a girls volleyball game. He stomped on that thing and the timing chain flew right out of the hood and went thru the windshield of the 6.2 GMC we just passed. Oh man those things are just flying into pieces. Unlike my 1987 C/K 6.2 prototype that Ram copied for their 2019 design.

The tailgate looks really tall, they either raised the bedside or lowered the bed floor a good bit.

Junk ,nothing new here so beat it!!!

was riding in my buddies 3.5 EcoTurd going to a girls volleyball game. He stomped on that thing and the timing chain flew right out of the hood and went thru the windshield of the 6.2 GMC we just passed. Oh man those things are just flying into pieces. Unlike my 1987 C/K 6.2 prototype that Ram copied for their 2019 design

First of all you do not have any friends, second weren't you trespassed and told not to be lurking around schools.
The only believable part is the windshield. Those cheap low grade thin glass won't stop a June bug.

IF YOU SEE THIS 2 LETTERS STAY AWAY FROM THEM (GM) THEY CAN KILL YOU AND NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT FROM THOSE 2 LETTERS OH WAIT I KNOW JUNK AND JUNK AND JUNK. HAHAHAHAH. STAY THIRSTY MIS AMIGOS!!

interesting...all the usual idiotic comments on stuff you cant even see or know yet. Its covered and no details are out yet morons go on and on about how bad it is.....hilarious buffoonery.

Getting a much better look at these new trucks is nice. As mentioned , wheel wells SEEM to be nearly round , a big change. Can barely see details of the new front end , almost seems to more closely mimic the Suburban than the current gen trucks but its really hard to tell with the camo.

Dual exhausts , like the Ram, but sit nearly flush with bumper not impeding clearance or departure angle.

Engines WILL include the usual V8's which are best in the biz according to rumors at dealer show etc. 6.2 is still the king (beating 6.4L Hemi and stressed 5.0L and even 6.2 Ford) of gas motors . GM's V6 slaughters the car based base 6's now in Ram and Ford , with much better torque...built for trucks not cars. Hopefully power will be up and weight will be down, very likely. Rumors of small diesel and turbo V6 power are interesting as well.

GM has been putting out superb products since its total revamp ......at the very least fully competitive and usually class leading . Ford F150 has by all accounts only slightly bettered the current GM trucks in some areas, even though they are all alum. (and only on average ~150+lbs lighter ). Rams look great in and out , offer tons of features but are long in the tooth (new one coming !) and have poor payload and tow capabilities as well as performance and mileage in comparison currently.

It will be very interesting to see how the new Ram and GM trucks square off against the improved '18 Fords .

@shirker
The 5.0 is meant to compete with the 5.3 not 6.2. The 6.2 will continue to be GMs expensive unicorn. I'm not knocking it at all either. If GM allows it in any trim, then it will be a game changer for sure. Fords 6.2 is for 3/4 ton and greater trucks. The 2017 6.2 has proven to be better than the other HD offerings. What is a stressed 5.0?

Am I the only one that noticed that side mirrors are way different?


I just rode in a brand new Chevy Shaker with the 5.3L this weekend on a trip to a college game. It rode and drove horrible!!! Afterwards I had to make an appointment for Dentist ,shook fillings loose.

Posted by: GM Blows Chunks | Oct 19, 2017 11:46:18 AM
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You can stop right there. We know it is a LIE because you don't have any teeth left from all the lip service you give Ford.

It will be super quite with those mirrors hung low

I just rode in a brand new Ford FX4 150 with the 3.5L this weekend on a trip to a college game. It rode horrible!!! and didn't get any fuel economy at 70mph=17mpg! My buddy just leases it and wont get another one. He has ridden in my 2017 SLT Z71 and says it rides way better! And I can get 23 MPGs with my 8 spd at 70 mpg!

Posted by: TNTGMC | Oct 19, 2017 8:15:02 AM

I just rode in a 2016 F-150 2.7EB and ended up getting stranded. Went into limp mode. My buddy said it's the 3rd time it's happened and the dealer has replaced the junk electronic throttle body twice now. Not to mention it's burning more and more oil as he puts miles on it. Another legendary junk engine from Ford. Just when you thought they might have finally designed a decent engine they surprise us again.

The 5.0 is meant to compete with the 5.3 not 6.2. The 6.2 will continue to be GMs expensive unicorn.

Posted by: Grnzel1 | Oct 19, 2017 2:44:07 PM

Since when is the 6.2 an expensive "unicorn"? You can get a Sierra 1500 with the 6.2 for just under $40k if you find the right dealer. Laura GMC has a pile of 6.2 trucks.

"considering that the average speed of American vehicle traffic over the lifetime of car is under 40 mph, the incremental gains to be had from smoother airflow are a rather small factor in fuel economy. Much overrated."
---- Posted by: papajim | Oct 19, 2017 9:15:42 AM

Considering that the average HIGHWAY speed of American vehicular traffic is over 75mph, the incremental gains to be had from smoother airflow are a rather large factore in fuel economy--much underrated.

"I hate it when truck MFG's slope the rear of the rood downward. It makes installing a canopy look stupid."
---- Posted by: dale milner | Oct 19, 2017 11:13:26 AM

Also makes what fuel economy gains their are go away as the air suddenly hits a flat-faced surface. These trucks aren't being designed for canopies any more but rather for tonneau covers mounted on the bed rails.

average HIGHWAY speed of American vehicular traffic is over 75mph. Posted by: Road Whale | Oct 19, 2017

@roadwhale

that is a bleeping crazy stat.

Please cite any source to verify. Next, tell us how it would be relevant.

Do you really intend to suggest that folks who own pickup trucks are all out on the Interstate blasting along at top speed all day long?



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