After speaking with some 7,000 Chevrolet truck customers and chalking up more than 18,000 hours in the process, the engineering team working on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 decided to up their towing game with the all-new half-ton pickup truck. In fact, 60 percent of those surveyed said that towing was a key consideration in their next pickup purchase.
The new Silverado 1500, on its way to dealerships now, will offer several all-new technologies and towing packages. It will also provide a brand-new door tag that will let owners see exactly how much their individual pickups can safely tow and carry. The new door tag will list both the max tongue weight and gross combined weight rating for the pickup, which shows precisely how much the truck can safely tow. Other numbers on this new door tag will include gross vehicle and rear gross axle weight ratings, max payload and the truck's curb weight. (These door tags are not required by the government.)
Among the new technologies offered as an option, the myChevrolet phone app will provide a towing checklist, glossary of terms and even allow drivers to conduct a trailer-light tests from their phone single-handedly.
For truck buyers that know they'll be towing more often, Chevy offers what it calls its Advance Trailering System. This includes Auto Parking Brake Assist, which prevents any rollback when taking your foot off the brake during hitch-ups; a new hitch guidance view in the backup camera with new dynamic backup lines; and a new tire pressure monitoring system that can include the trailer tires and features temperature and pressure readouts. Additionally, this advanced system available in the myChevrolet app can track real-time mileage, transmission temperature and provide monitoring for the driver with up to five different trailer types. There's even a Trailer Theft Alert option that will connect your trailer with your tow vehicle's alarm system, blowing all horns and lights if the harnesses are disconnected.
The final piece of the towing puzzle is a set of upgraded cameras, four in all, that cover the vehicle to provide a 270-degree view at any given time. Cameras are located at the bottom of the rearview mirrors and in the tailgate, with an optional fourth camera available to be mounted to the rear of the trailer that must be hard-wired.
The Advanced Trailering System will be standard on LTZ and High Country trims and available for LT, RST and Trail Boss trim levels for $240. Pricing for the option will fluctuate based on trim and features.