2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: Spied

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It looks like Chevrolet engineers are starting to do more on-road testing of various trim packages, powertrain configurations and suspension strategies for the upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. We're also beginning to see more tow testing with the latest versions of camouflaged pickups as well. Here's what our spy shooters have sent us after camping out near parent company GM's Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.

"We've caught two new, less-disguised 2019 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado prototypes, giving us our best look yet at the front end, headlight and LED design, and the rear end.

"With the vinyl cladding mostly stripped away, we can see new design details destined for the next-generation Silverado. The body sculpting is largely revealed on these latest prototypes, exposing the conservative styling consistent with the current Silverado. To our eyes, however, the design looks a bit more angular in certain areas.

"The new prototypes reveal a new LED treatment that had only been hinted at in earlier photos in which the camouflage was slipping a bit. We've known that the Silverado would get two thin lighting elements on its front end — very thin, slitlike headlights at the top, with another thin LED strip at the bottom.

"We can now see a rather radical LED detail that is stationed between the upper and lower light strips. The result is something of a stylized Z-shaped (and reverse Z-shaped) lighting array, promising a distinctive face for the new Silverado."

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I like it when they integrate the exhaust tips into the rear bumper. Nice clean look. Good copy from Fiat although its also got its down sides.

I like it when they integrate the exhaust tips into the rear bumper. Nice clean look. Good copy from Fiat although its also got its down sides.

The headlights with the led shape resemble the fords. I wish we could see it without the wrap.

-CT

You can see the body sculpting through the camo. Clearly the square wheel openings has been rounded but not simply an outline of the wheel like Ford and RAM. The little you can see of the dash is reminiscent of the mid seventies to mid eighties GM full size twins. Great looking truck. GM will sell truck loads of these.

Front end look a little like an older Colorado?? Or a little hint of the 2003-2006 front end. Interesting

The Big Three have long considered pickup buyers to be very conservative. So, "conservative" is what you get.

It must be hard for media guys in the auto press to act excited when the latest round of spy shots come out.

I personally do not like the rear exhaust, doesn't do well for boats gel coat, and it can get annoying hearing the exhaust resonating off your trailer. If you don't tow, the rear exhaust looks good.

I also don't like the LED DRLS, based on my guess through the camo. I personally like the Sierra/Tundra C shaped LED DRLs.

The wheel wells looks very similar to the 2014+ Tundra wheel wells.

I'm liking the 70's / 80s body crease below the bed rails. Always a classy look. In fact, I'm thinking I'm liking this more than any GM truck since the 60s!

Conservative is fine but not too conservative. This is too conservative for my taste. It is just not my cup of tea.

I just read GM shares are tanking after Goldman downgrades the automaker to sell. It looks like papa won't be shilling for GM in 2018 or will he come up with another reason to shill? Let's have a further discussion about this.

GM has done a marvelous job of creating a Tundra twin. Well done.

Another FAKE post from the Australian JEFF

I had dual exhaust out the back once. Oh boy did that make hooking up a trailer stinky.

RE: GM stock

If you bought GM 3 months ago you're up 20 percent since then. If you bought it in January you are up about 30 percent. Not bad for a stock that the FAKE jeff says is tanking.

Nothing to see here,Looks like every other truck, flat front end, flat rear end with a bed and cab in the middle, Until someone comes up with some real styling, (aka Ram in the 90's) nothing will change

Re: percent

It's now up only about 16% since Jan. But the firm sees a 28% decline in stock price over the next 12 months. They are saying to dump the stock. Big Al saw this coming.

But continue to shill or bury your head in the sand and buy more GM stock or base trucks on stock prices if that's what you want to do. Hypocrisy is one with you.

@Jeff

20% assumes you timed it exactly right. Most saw much less return. And if you bought GM in October when it was $46 and Papa said buy its going to $100, you would not be happy today. Carry on.

I had GM stock after the bailouts, I then sold and reinvested into tech. Not sure why some put so much faith in auto stocks. I am getting 42% returns on some of mine, 16% would not cut it for me. I would dump them as well.

-CT

But the firm sees a 28% decline in stock price over the next 12 months. They are saying to dump the stock.

Posted by: Jeff S | Nov 6, 2017 9:25:18 AM

And if you bought GM in October when it was $46 and Papa said buy its going to $100, you would not be happy today. Carry on.

Posted by: Big Al is coming to FL | Nov 6, 2017 10:00:13 AM

GM is trading at $41 now. Lol. Papa.

Psycho-billy Big Al (and his host of multiple personalities) believe they are smarter than the millions of investors who made huge money on GM during the last 12 mos.

Just go to Yahoo Finance and look at the graph for GM

So if you zoom on the center of the tailgate you will notice no handle and the top of the gate bumps up... wonder If this is the stepgate

Truck is totally boxy and disgustling unattractive! Would not give it a second look or consider it and I'm a Chevy gal

Not taking interior or drivetrain into account, the spy shots of the '19 ram are far superior to the '19 GM's and the current f-150. Would look to them if I didn't already work out of a fleet Dodge and witnessed the reliability issues they have.

@john Gregg

I zoomed in and seen the handle. It's in the slanted part of the tailgate. Camo made it hard to see thou.

I'm liking the 70's / 80s body crease below the bed rails. Always a classy look. In fact, I'm thinking I'm liking this more than any GM truck since the 60s!

Posted by: Toycrusher | Nov 6, 2017 8:21:01 AM

That body crease can be seen on the current GM full size SUV also. It is a nice distinguishing body line that catches the eye.

Looks like GM and RAM designs were born from the same concept.
Just as well.

Just noticed that GM put round fog lights in a square opening, lol

So far to me it kind of looks like the Tahoe/Suburban wheel wells and fenders and a mixture of the Colorado I like it so far. For all of the guys the absolutely hate the squared wheel wells you must really hate a lot of other manufacturers as well. To just name a few jeep is the number one offender you must really hate them, Toyota especially the earlier models, Mercedes G wagon, Land Rover, the early Ford bronco for all you Ford fans on here getting there rocks off about squared objects. For someone that said tundra twin needs to go to the eye doctor.

Oh you must hate Dodge Ram from the 90s too

Oh wait there’s more squared off wheel wells oh the early Ford F 100s, 150s, 250s and 350s

And they Honda Ridgeline

Doesn't look to bad!

Keep the same engine lineup with about 50 hp/tq added to each engine and they will be perfect

Looks decent so far, I like it better then the slab side ford with the wavy sheet metal. And I'm not really a GM guy.

One thing I noticed on this and the new Ram is that the rear roof tappers down at the back like a Sedan. Probably for better aerodynamics.

The front-end around the headlights looks as if some inspiration was placed into the new design from the current Tahoe/Suburban. Based on what's revealed so far...not bad!!!

Looks like a tundra and some Titan.

Too much camouflage still but the only good news are the square wheel wells rounded off; let's hope it will match/blend in with the rest...

why cover it, it's not like someone else would copy it before it came out..who would want to anyway..

copy from the F-150

Thank God it doesn't look soft and feminine like the F-150.

Chevy's been playing it safe (a kind word for BORING) in the full size market since 06. No real innovation since before then. No modern weight saving body materials, no innovation in the rear suspension, no turbos, no small diesel, avoiding 4V per cylinder DOHC and Vari Timing every chance they get... Its sad how they miss the big things. They did dabble in hybrid, and did the start stop thing early but those are small potatoes. It would be nice to see some real progress with Fiat nipping at their heels.

@ Clint

Why mess with turbos when their V8's perform better, have better fuel economy, and are more reliable!!

"Chevy's been playing it safe (a kind word for BORING) in the full size market since 06." - Clint

"Safe" AKA RELIABLE. Ford's love for "innovation" has resulted in unreliable throwaway engines, a glitchy worthless MyFord Touch/SYNC/whatever else they've rebranded it as, over-engineered tailgate steps, and aluminum bodies that rip like tinfoil.
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"No real innovation since before then."

99% of the "innovations" we've seen from truck builders lately are cheap, tacky gimmicks or over-engineered garbage. Look no further than Ford's overly complicated tailgate step that GM embarrassed by simply putting a step on the sides of the bumper. And worse yet, those simple bumper steps are MORE useful since you can still use them with a trailer hooked up.
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"No modern weight saving body materials"

The hoods have been aluminum for several years now. GM even got the paint to stick unlike Ford.
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"no innovation in the rear suspension"

What has Ford done with the rear suspension on their half-tons? They just finally switched over to a staggered shock setup in 2015, the same shock setup GM has been doing for decades. The only alternative is a coil spring/airbag setup like Ram, but then your payload is barely more than a Chevy Colorado and you have a dozen links with bushings that wear out, creaking and squeaking before the 2nd oil change.
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"no turbos"

GM has shown that you don't need turbos. So far, Ford has shown us that turbocharged gas engines are MUCH more complicated, meaning more expensive repairs and more sources of failure. And for what? They burn as much or more gas than a comparable naturally aspirated V8. The 2016 Texas Truck Showdown proved pretty clearly when the "outdated" 16-valve pushrod 6.2 dominated the "innovative" aluminum bodied twin-turbo wonder truck.
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"no small diesel"

So far we have yet to see a half-ton diesel truck that's reliable and offers real benefits in towing and fuel economy. The Ram Ecodiesel has been a reliability nightmare and is much more expensive to maintain. Ford's diesel half-ton is still an unproven no-show.
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"avoiding 4V per cylinder DOHC"

4-valve DOHC engines don't offer any advantage over a 2-valve pushrod engine. Like I pointed out above, the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown made that quite clear. DOHC doesn't automatically mean it's any more fuel efficient (the latest Gen V smallblock 6.2 is actually more efficient than the port injection 5.0 Coyote despite it's bigger displacement). Not to mention Ford's DOHC system has been a reliability mess for nearly 3 decades now. Cam phasers failures, VVT solenoid failures, broken timing chain guides, leaking chain tensioners, stretched timing chains, lash adjuster failures, cam follower failures, burnt valve seats, wear-prone valve guides, etc.
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"Vari Timing every chance they get"

Assuming you mean Variable Valve Timing, GM smallblocks have had VVT for over a decade now.

@ Clint

Why mess with turbos when their V8's perform better, have better fuel economy, and are more reliable!!

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 7, 2017 12:33:42 PM

You forgot to mention how good those GM V8's sound. And it's all natural sounding unlike like Ford's fake V8 ecobust sound systems.

Looks to be best looking Chevy in a long time. And rounded wheel arches on a Chevy? Gotta get my eyes checked.

"... Its sad how they miss the big things. They did dabble in hybrid, and did the start stop thing early but those are small potatoes. It would be nice to see some real progress with Fiat nipping at their heels."

More like it's sad to see Ford gradually turn the F-150 into a soft, weak grocery getter over the last 20+ years. Back in the 80's Ford's F-150 was a decent, tough truck that was easy to maintain and could take some abuse. These days the beds rip apart if you just look at them wrong, the ecoboosts are constantly having expensive mechanical issues and failures, the 4WD system is an unreliable (and ancient) vac-assist system that depends on weak plastic gears to lock the front hubs, and the interior is filled with cheap gimmicks that stop working or just plain fall apart right after the bumper-to-bumper warranty is up.

Ford is the one that should be worried. It certainly looks like they are, or I wouldn't be seeing so many "innovative" new 2017 F-150's with $10-15k on the hood right now. All that money Ford has invested in the F-150 lately and where are the results? And for all the bragging about Ford's "innovations", their ultra-tough "military-grade" super alloy bodies, and 4V DOHC Turbocharged engines, they're still being forced to put huge stacks of cash on the hood to stay ahead of GM's ancient 2007-era GMT900 platform, complete with steel bodies and those old-school pushrod V8 engines.

I hope they don't have another "cat eye" look like a "03-06". That was an ugly truck! In fact this '16-current truck front end is not too attractive.

It's been since '72 that GM had round wheel wells. Not sure if I want to go back now.

Beltline is too dang high still!



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