2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Spied: Design Curves

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This is probably our best look at the new design language on the next-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500; it reminds us of some of the exterior lines on the current mid-size Chevrolet Colorado. And maybe that makes sense. By all accounts the Colorado has been a solid hit for GM and is likely to sell close to 115,000 units by year end. Not bad for something that didn't exist just 2.5 years ago. The Colorado has helped GM separate itself from other pickup truck makers, all of which have just two pickup classes to offer their customers. GM has three.

Judging from these photos recently sent to us by our spy shooters, the exterior of the new Silverado looks to be more of an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary change. We're assuming the more significant changes will be in the suspension, interior and powertrain technology. We've heard rumors about both a new twin-turbo four-cylinder as well as a small diesel choice. Additionally, we can see here that it looks like GM has come up with a new mirror design, which we can only assume will have some kind of new technology inside to justify the growth. Whether they will be extendable for towing purposes or not remains to be seen. 

We still don't know exactly when or where GM will make its new half-ton pickups public, but we'll pass that news along when we get confirmation. More to come.

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Comments

Looking good GM!!

Not a bad looking truck. Two little things I don’t like. Picture 2:
- not a fan of the roof sloping downst the rear. Probably aero for fuel economy
- the proportion represented in the distances from the bottom of the window to the rocker and the bottom of the window to the roof line. Could be camo tho?
I like what I’ve seen with the GM and RAM grill tho

Put the interior from the Suburban in it, and GM may have a Ford convert.

Looks good. Some people will notice the wheel wells really do look round. I thought this was a mislook, but it appears the camo wraps the metal and it is round. that would be a bold move for them to do this.

-CT

Lights are looking like they could be similar to a Titan XD

Very Toyota-like design surfacing over all, but with Chevy details. I see the same belt line dip in the front door under the mirror like the GMC. This line is also similar to cues seen on Malibu and Cruze.

Details that draw concern-
The cab is [again] not as large as I thought it should've been and I don't care for the low, sloped roof line. These trucks will need to house big burly dudes with hard-hats and, unless the seats are low, headroom will be a concern.
The belt line and top of box is visually too high on this truck, lending to a stubby/blocky appearance. The fact that the ride height is lower than average will help usability, but I don't care for the look. After seeing these images I'll say the RAM [and Ford] have better proportions for sure.

Just keep same engine line-up. Bump up the power!!
10 spd on higher end models High Country, LTZ, LT
8 spd for lower trim (LS) and 4.3L

Add an SS model with the ZL1 motor. Price it around $60K and it will sell like Starbucks coffee!!

2019 Ram is looking MUCH better than this thing. GM is in trouble. Expect a quick "refresh" by 2021 like they did in 2016 after only 2 years of an "all-new" truck.

why is the front end so low? i use my truck off road and that will certainly drag.

@ Grnzel1...,
I think the sloping of the rear portion of the cab has got to be (partly) camera angle distortion. No? Well, can't wait to see what the new design language finally comes out to be.

Both the new Ram and this new Chevy have the sloping rear roof. Maybe they are building the truck togeather as they look similar.

Both the new Ram and this new Chevy have the sloping rear roof. Maybe they are building the truck togeather as they look similar.

RAMS are made in Mexico... I could/wouldn't buy one if they were giving them away.

If you look at the first picture. I bet this thing has the 4 cylinder turbo that article states. The air dam is cut open on bottom of bumper and its only thing not covered.

This thing better drop serious weight if it wants to have a 4 cylinder?? Yes I agree you can get a lot out of turbos now a days, but they are not economical in trucks to do "TRUCK DUTIES"

Looks like a Tundra

Way to go General Motors you've done a great job copying the side view of the tundra keep up the good work!!

PS. Those wheel wells... Awesome!! Welcome to 1984.

Hopefully they do have some options with a turbo and NO LAG on the throttle. Better engine line up will really help sell this truck. I would be ready to line up for sure.

...hmm interesting, gm designers cave in and go back to rounded wheel openings, to bad. Soon all the 1/2 tons are going to look basically the same, how boring is that? I don't care for trucks to look like cars. Ram if you lose the cross hairs bring back the ram head. Jhawk

The wheel wells are round but the rear quarter panel has a squared flare and the front a round flare. What is up with that, looks like a Tundra.

I'm just waiting for them to start selling the 2500 and 3500 with a LS7 7.0L V8 so I can get a regular gasoline with some more pulling power and a bigger engine. It would be nice if they started putting manual Transmissions as an option too.

Also they need to push the wheels out to the edge of the body like Ram, not only looks better but allows for a tighter turning radius as you have more clearance inside the wheel well.

Finally it looks like Chevy is going to drop those ridiculous square wheel wells for round ones. Even babies learn early on that round tires go into round wheel wells. Also I hope they don't put those probes into the drivers seat that work with the lane keep assist. The probes get more uncomfortable the further you drive. Even when turned off they are to your butt like a rock in your shoe. I sold a Chevy and a Sierra both because of the probes in the drivers seat.

Interesting roof line as it descends in the rear. The square wheel wells are typical GM. The notch at the rear windows is interesting. Nothing else really jumping out at me in these pics. The rest is kinda Tundra looking but that can also be the cammo.

Hmmm... Still chunky looking but it looks like they've finally realized that the fake-big-rig look is dead.

Maybe the GM HD2500 guys can now run a larger tire with those round wheelwell, :D

Now all those who complained about the square wheel wells have to buy GM, since they listened to you, I prefer the look of the square wheel wells,

Walter, I believe it is the if you cant beat 'em, join 'em attitude with GM. Smart move really,

-CT

Looks okay other then the mirrors, they look stupid.

"The Colorado has helped GM separate itself from other pickup truck makers, all of which have just two pickup classes to offer their customers. GM has three."

Just imagine, if GM made a compact pickup that would give it four truck size lines: compact, midsize, full-size and heavy duty.

Since the mirrors are mounted to the door panel, I wonder what the tow mirrors are going to look like...something like the Chevrolet Kodiak, I guess.

Is it only me..., I don't see the Tundra resemblance but a resemblance to another 2018 truck. 2 bars going across the front..., the camo for the taillights..., I think GM is having fun. Think I'm also going to wait till NAIAS in Detroit to get the final look.

Did they fix the shake?

Why mount the mirrors to the door? If you hit the mirror base your going to rip the sheet metal on the door. Not a great idea.

This redesign utilizing styling cues from other chevy products including their full size SUV line-up will make the Silverado the most desirable truck on the market. The side mirrors now being mounted to the door panels is certainly a differentiating point separating it from other full size trucks. Great job GM.

Are you guys blind? Those are not round wheelwells! Sure, they're less subtle then past designs, but not near as "round" as, say, a Ford or even Ram. For instance, look hard at the shape. Now imagine a full "circle" with the bottom filled in the same as the top. You would have a square with more rounded corners! Definately NOT a circle! You can pretend GM has "finally gotten rid" of the square wheelwells, but they aren't round, that's for sure. And that is a good thing. Why look like every other pickup truck out there? As far as "finally fitting big tires in a round well," just not true. Some of the largest wheel and tire combos on the road are on one of the best out-of-the-box offroad vehicles made with SQUARE wheelwells: the Jeep Wrangler!

Nice profile. Wheel cut-outs are HUGE improvement. And goes with the curves and slopes much much better. Overall better language. Hate the small rims and tires, that makes it look like so many F150s they equip. Don't go there Chevy. And don't like the weighed down look on front clip. Bad habit they all have adopted. Find another way to get the efficiency they are looking for.

All GM did was make the top of the well bow up slightly. It's still largely horizontal. Personally the flat top well is one of the things I love about Chevy, and what sets it apart. You watch, after a few years of every pickup looking the exact same, GM will revert back to a flat top well, and people will love how it stands out from all the others all over again. And I agree about having a little more ground clearance. But keep in mind; 80 to 90% of half tons will never see conditions that warrant it. May as well provide better mpg than ground clearance. The other 10% can lift the coil-over/leaf spring setup to 2500HD height for less than 300 bucks.

I'm a GM person all my life, I recently went shopping for a new truck, What I didn't like about the Colorado was the sloping down roof line and the way the mirrors looked. Also the trucks lines looked a little too soft for my taste. I am just hoping the Silverado sill got some squarish/ truck like apprance.

I dont like it.. Keep Original

Why mount the mirrors to the door? If you hit the mirror base your going to rip the sheet metal on the door. Not a great idea.


Posted by: Inspector Gaget

Learn how to drive and you won't have a problem dumb $$$

Those mirrors mounted on the doors remind me of the old '73-'87 GM truck "Below Eye line Mirrors".
They worked much better than the ones on my '14 SIlverado. Glad to see the return of them.

Looks like a cross of this year's chevy and a F-150.
Wonder if a 3.6TT will be offered?

@The Lawn Ranger
Nope... I looked at each picture and I do believe the roof slopes to the rear. Let’s wait for the release to be sure.
BTW - I’m restoring a 1968 WH Lawn Ranger :)

If this truck debuts with round wheel wells, the Military Grade crew will criticize GM for copying Ford even though they were complaining about GM having square wheel wells. hahaha

the fake-big-rig look is dead... Posted by: RoadWhale™ | Dec 11, 2017

@Roadwhale

Try telling that to the millions of Americans who bought a full size pickup in the last 10 years.

I hope the steering wheel is not offset again........

Looks like I'll keep my 07 Sierra a few more years.Want a tundra I will go buy a real one.

It looks much better than the over-squared previous gen. Kudos for round wheel wells!

A 4 cylinder diesel wouldn't cannibalize from HD line, but it also wouldn't be competitive with the 3L diesel competition. I think GM needs a 6 cylinder to be competitive.

"The Colorado has helped GM separate itself from other pickup truck makers, all of which have just two pickup classes to offer their customers. GM has three."
Just imagine, if GM made a compact pickup that would give it four truck size lines: compact, midsize, full-size and heavy duty.

Posted by: Liam | Dec 11, 2017 11:44:13 AM

If they named them all Silverado I'd be able to make more totally senseless post.

If they named them all Silverado I'd be able to make more totally senseless post.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Dec 11, 2017 6:47:11 PM

That would be simple for a GMSRGREAT wanna be.



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