Spied: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500

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There is a lot of speculation about how much new powertrain and suspension technology will get stuffed into the next-generation GM half tons. If our most recent set of (admittedly only a few) images are any indication, it looks like GM engineers are taking more precautions to keep prying eyes away from their new platform.

Here's what our spy shooters just sent us:

"This weekend, we caught up to the next-generation Silverado/Sierra in Arizona, but GM's on-duty guard wasn't too happy about it. After our photographer took some shots of the next-gen trucks in a hotel parking lot, GM's security ran up to our photographer's vehicle and tried to remove the camera out of his hands. Our guy left the hotel unharmed, while GM's security gave a peace-out sign.

"The Silverado/Sierra is in line to get a major redo for 2019 with a possible aluminum-intensive body to save weight, just as the Ford F-150 has already adopted. However, it will sport styling much like that of the current model, including an innovative running board that seems to also incorporate a step into the bed.

"A turbocharged V-6 option is also said to be a possibility with the new-generation GM truck, as is a diesel V-6. The 10-speed automatic already seen in the Camaro ZL1 (and in the F-150) should replace the current eight-speed unit in many, if not all, versions of the Silverado/Sierra. A brake-by-wire system will also debut here, and an air suspension (such as the one on the Ram 1500s) may also be offered on the Sierra for the first time, as well.

"The Silverado/Sierra should be revealed next year, with an on-sale date late in 2018."

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Comments

My buddy has the new escalade, now I know its not a truck but same platform and he gets 20 all day long going up and down the interstate.

@TNTGMC

Agree about Fuel Economy! Many of our fellow commenters here at PUTC either forgot---or they aren't old enough to remember---back when a full sized van or pickup was lucky to get over 14 mpg on the highway.

They were geared low, and the trannies were 3 speeds forward, maybe four!

They had carburetors instead of electronic fuel injection; they had electro-mechanical ignition systems that needed tinkering every 12k miles or so. Lousy tires. A long list of features and conditions that were in sore need of improvement.

Fast forward to today. We're there! Every above-referenced item has been vastly improved.

In recent decades the cost of complying with EPA and CAFE has added untold weight to the price on the window sticker. The public puts up with it. It's even worse in places like Europe. Most of us have much bigger fish to fry than this constant annoying buzz about FE.

Do the Chevy shake take 2

They are different trim levels, not just engines. Look! The grill cutouts are slightly different for each and the one on the right appears to be an off road variant. You can see that the one on the right doesn't have a low hanging air damn and it appears to be lifted 1 or 2 inches over the others.

My buddy has the new escalade, now I know its not a truck but same platform and he gets 20 all day long going up and down the interstate.

@TNTGMC

What do you want? A medal?

20 mpg in an SUV is not impressive, but I don't buy for mpg.

As for pickup trucks, seems Ford’s Ecoboost has outdone the GM 6.2 in every test TFL has done.

Thanks for playing.

None of my vehicles have any vehicle shake either.
2016 Silverado 5.3/3.42 LT Z71 (100% stock) - no shake
2016 Toyota Tundra 5.7/4.30 Platinum (3" lift with 34.5" tires) - no shake
2017 GMC Sierra 6.6/3.73 3500HD (1005 stock) - no shake

I wish my 2016 Silverado had a larger fuel tank (26 gallon tank is unacceptable), rear seat vents, and I wish the 5.3 had better low end torque. The 5.3 gets 23 mpg highway, but it is really pitiful when I tow my boat with it. The 5.3 struggles keeping speed when going up hills and is usually in 2nd gear.

The 5.7 Tundra has no problems tugging the boat at 70 mph, but to the tune of 9-11 mpgs. The Tundra also doesn't shift below 3rd gear at any point when towing the boat, and it usually tows in 4th/5th gear comfortably.

The 6.2 GM trucks would tow much better, but you are still stuck with that 26 gallon tank giving you roughly ~200 miles between fill ups, where my Tundra can go ~1.5x more miles between fill-ups with the 38 gallon tank.

The new LP5 Duramax could pull the trailer out from under the boat, and it pulls my livestock trailer like it's not even back there. I am really impressed with the new Duramax.

Re Escalade: "20 mpg in an SUV is not impressive"

@Ken

If you cannot afford an SUV that gets 20 mpg, you probably can't afford an Escalade. And don't forget, that Escalade will be happier with 93 octance. Just sayin.

Ken,
To get that 20mpg he must be driving quite slowly and is almost a hazard on the highway.

I would think he's really getting around 16-17mpg on the highway, not 20.

A Toyota Sienna struggles at 20mpg.

As for pickup trucks, seems Ford’s Ecoboost has outdone the GM 6.2 in every test TFL has done.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: Ken | Jul 20, 2017 9:20:14 AM

Seems you should have stayed in school.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/whats-the-best-light-duty-truck-for-towing-2016-texas-truck-showdown.html

Who wants to start a pool on when these new options will be available? For some reason GM will NOT take any risk or introduce an engine or transmission in a model without carrying over the old stuff first. For example, the current Tahoe and Suburban lazy around with the 5.3/6spd combo. Do you think the new 10spd will be offered with a refresh? NO, they will finally pair it with the 8spd they should have done in 2015. When is comes to trucks and full sized SUV's GM is the most pathetic company of them all (sans Toyota) and I don't know why brand loyalist continue to be happy with new 5 year old technology.

As for pickup trucks, seems Ford’s Ecoboost has outdone the GM 6.2 in every test TFL has done.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: Ken | Jul 20, 2017 9:20:14 AM

Seems you should have stayed in school.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/whats-the-best-light-duty-truck-for-towing-2016-texas-truck-showdown.html


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 20, 2017 10:08:47 AM


You should have stayed in School, he is referencing TFL Truck, not PUTC......uber mvron.

Lots of videos of GM smoking the 3.5 Ford turd on TFL truck. I guess if ken only watch the 2 or 3 videos out of like 20, where Ford finally won then so be it HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Being a Ford loser must be hard.

As for pickup trucks, seems Ford’s Ecoboost has outdone the GM 6.2 in every test TFL has done.

Thanks for playing.

Posted by: Ken | Jul 20, 2017 9:20:14 AM

Seems you should have stayed in school.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/whats-the-best-light-duty-truck-for-towing-2016-texas-truck-showdown.html

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 20, 2017 10:08:47 AM

You should have stayed in School, he is referencing TFL Truck, not PUTC......uber mvron.

Posted by: Frank | Jul 20, 2017 1:33:34 PM

How silly of me to assume you guys could read well. Watch the video below or fast forward to the 6:25 mark and find out from the FLT for yourselves how the 6.2 chevy beats the 3.5 ecobust.

Morons!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8KN5juXz8CE

Why Ford 250 pull lest whit a gooseneck compare to gm if the truck is made whit aluminum

As for pickup trucks, seems Ford’s Ecoboost has outdone the GM 6.2 in every test TFL has done.

Posted by: Ken | Jul 20, 2017 9:20:14

TFL does all their tests at around 10,000 feet or roughly 2 miles above sea level. Of course a 24 valve 3.5L twin-turbocharged engine is going to perform well against a 16 valve V8. Meanwhile, the average truck owner is using their truck at around 2500 ft (mean elevation of the US). And at those elevations, the 6.2 trounced the 3.5 Ecobust.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/whats-the-best-light-duty-truck-for-towing-2016-texas-truck-showdown.html

Who wants to start a pool on when these new options will be available? For some reason GM will NOT take any risk or introduce an engine or transmission in a model without carrying over the old stuff first. For example, the current Tahoe and Suburban lazy around with the 5.3/6spd combo. Do you think the new 10spd will be offered with a refresh? NO, they will finally pair it with the 8spd they should have done in 2015. When is comes to trucks and full sized SUV's GM is the most pathetic company of them all (sans Toyota) and I don't know why brand loyalist continue to be happy with new 5 year old technology.
Posted by: Diesel_Dice | Jul 20, 2017 11:29:42 AM

Because 5 year old tech is more reliable than the "innovative" pieces of sh** Ford has been pushing out the last 15 years. Their DOHC V8's are complete junk. Their Ecoboosts are trash. Constantly seeing bad turbos or worn out timing chains by 80k miles. Then there's the internal water pump failures. Great idea to bury a water pump down inside the engine, right next to the oil. "It'll run out the vent" uh huh, just like all the other nightmare engine designs that tried to put a water pump inside the engine. Great for dealer service departments though $$$$. Then there's the myriad of misfire issues....

And you're calling out GM for limiting the 8spd availability in 2015? Ford did the exact the same thing in 2017 with the 10 speed.

"Complete redesign for 2014 model year and then another complete redesign for 2019 model year. Just another example of GM staying ahead of the competition. Ford fans will have to be content with their new grilles next year."
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 19, 2017 8:43:26 AM

You forgot the Face lift in 16', funny that GM guys came on here and criticized Ford for doing their face lift after 3 years.....I would love (honestly) to see some innovation in these trucks, Ford is probably running out of ideas. But, "the use of turbo V6 engines, a V6 diesel and possibly aluminum body panels"........ sounds a little familiar. Heck if I was a Cheby lover, I'd just wish they'd fix the shake and offer their premium engine transmission combo in every trim. It's nice to be able to buy a Ford with rubber flooring in every trim, 3.5 EcoBeast in every trim etc.... If GM ever does it, you'll see how nice it is.

"Complete redesign for 2014 model year and then another complete redesign for 2019 model year. Just another example of GM staying ahead of the competition. Ford fans will have to be content with their new grilles next year."
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 19, 2017 8:43:26 AM

You forgot the Face lift in 16', funny that GM guys came on here and criticized Ford for doing their face lift after 3 years.....I would love (honestly) to see some innovation in these trucks, Ford is probably running out of ideas. But, "the use of turbo V6 engines, a V6 diesel and possibly aluminum body panels"........ sounds a little familiar. Heck if I was a Cheby lover, I'd just wish they'd fix the shake and offer their premium engine transmission combo in every trim. It's nice to be able to buy a Ford with rubber flooring in every trim, 3.5 EcoBeast in every trim etc.... If GM ever does it, you'll see how nice it is.

How silly of me to assume you guys could read well. Watch the video below or fast forward to the 6:25 mark and find out from the FLT for yourselves how the 6.2 chevy beats the 3.5 ecobust.

Morons!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8KN5juXz8CE
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 20, 2017 4:30:34 PM

It got 1mpg better towing? I guess at this point a win is a win for a GM guy....LOL
From the above mention PUTC article they didn't like this about the F-150 " while Bruzek, our track driver, saw "absurd wheelspin that keeps the big power from being used to its maximum potential." "Our test truck had Michelin Energy Saver tires, and it was frustrating to watch it on the track" and that was a 6 spd version that lost to the 6.2 by tenths of a second. The GM 6.2 is an impressive engine, but don't slight either EcoBoost either. They are FUN to drive!!

Article has nothing New, and bad information... There has already been an article ( I believe at TFL) where they stuck a magnet to the body.... obviously not Aluminum guys.... GM only needs to copy one thing from Ford and that's their marketing department...

I can't see the reason for gm to skip the 8 speed so quick. Mine is a phenomenal towing vehicle in tight steep hills. Awesome traction in 2wd and perfect gear ratios for quick pulling out into traffic uphill on a highway. I'm contemplating weather to keep this truck and replace a 1 ton instead of always getting a new half ton. The 10 speed, lighter weight, possible 5.7 liter option, and gm tow tuning stock really interest me with what's possible. I really like the 8 speed 3.42 gear setup. Mine is a double cab and it shits and gets with only a 5.3. Really have been impressed with it and I sold a 2013 f150 eco boost to buy it. Eco boost is faster but not better. The 10 speed is the ? With a v8 in front. I'm very curious how my 8 speed will compare. If it has more of a Ford tune. It will be smoother for sure. The 8 speed is a hard up shift and down shift tow style tranny. It slows the truck without hitting the brakes. Very cool to drive, it's ready to boil the tires always. If the 10 speed has some of what the a speed has it will be a winner. I just hope not to find out the 8 speed is a grenade waiting to blow and I decide to keep this thing...

@TNT

is your neighbor a woman or drive like a lunatic?
My 2000 K2500 454 got 12.1-12.6 mpg every single fill up.
Towing it was in the high 9s. And I drove same as now, 75 mph on the highway.

It got 1mpg better towing? I guess at this point a win is a win for a GM guy....LOL
Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 21, 2017 5:08:54 AM

When an all-star naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 wins in fuel economy by 1 MPG, that's a major slap in the face to all the clowns boasting about the fuel economy of the all aluminum wonder truck running a 3.5 twin turbo "eco"boost.

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From the above mention PUTC article they didn't like this about the F-150 " while Bruzek, our track driver, saw "absurd wheelspin that keeps the big power from being used to its maximum potential." "Our test truck had Michelin Energy Saver tires, and it was frustrating to watch it on the track" and that was a 6 spd version that lost to the 6.2 by tenths of a second. The GM 6.2 is an impressive engine, but don't slight either EcoBoost either. They are FUN to drive!!

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 21, 2017 5:08:54 AM

You forgot to mention that the GMC with the 6.2 was bouncing off the speed limiter for then last 100 feet. As for the Ford's wheel spin, that's on Ford for putting trash tires on a $50k Lariat with a max tow package.

If you want to cherry p8ck quotes about engine, then let's see what the editors had to say about the 6.2 Sierra a year ago:

"The hot-rod 6.2-liter engine and eight-speed transmission are a match made in heaven," Bruzek said, "capable of making a maxed-out payload feel nonexistent." "The engine and transmission are synced up like a smooth-flying jet rocket," Williams added. And Smith liked "the fuel economy and power the 6.2-liter and eight-speed combo provides." "I love the sound of the 6.2," Sundling noted.

And more powertrain: "Did I mention it's fast?" Bruzek asked. "It's like hit-the-speed-governor-before-the-quarter-mile-ends kind of fast." "It's surprising how much of a sleeper hot rod this is," Williams said. "Loaf along and get rewarded; stomp the throttle and get rewarded too."

"You forgot the Face lift in 16', funny that GM guys came on here and criticized Ford for doing their face lift after 3 years....."
Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 21, 2017 4:55:51 AM

IMO face lifts every 2 or 3 years is a good thing. You won't see me criticizing Ford for it. I like the new Chevy-inspired front end they used for the 2018 F-150 lol.
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"I would love (honestly) to see some innovation in these trucks, Ford is probably running out of ideas. But, "the use of turbo V6 engines, a V6 diesel and possibly aluminum body panels"........ sounds a little familiar."

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 21, 2017 4:55:51 AM

Depends on what you mean by innovation. Ford's 'innovation' is comprised mostly of new even more unreliable engines that burn MORE fuel than "old" engines like GM's latest 6.2 V8 (when used like a truck and not a car). Between the constant timing chain issues, water pump failures, expensive turbo failures, and a multitude of dangerous stalling/misfire problems with the 3.5, it doesn't look like an engine that's going to live up to the old 351/390/460/300 I6. Unfortunately, most of Ford's DOHC engines seem to be constantly plagued by issues (timing chains, bad oil pumps, misfires/spark plugs, etc).
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"Heck if I was a Cheby lover, I'd just wish they'd fix the shake and offer their premium engine transmission combo in every trim."
Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 21, 2017 4:55:51 AM

Yet you're a Ford cheerleader and they haven't fixed the 2015+ F-150's high speed vibration issues and major transmission shudder problems (an issue that plagued the previous version of the F-150 too).

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It's nice to be able to buy a Ford with rubber flooring in every trim, 3.5 EcoBeast in every trim etc.... If GM ever does it, you'll see how nice it is.
Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 21, 2017 4:55:51 AM

You spelled Ecobust wrong.

its always nice to flip on over here and read the comics

I like the new Chevy-inspired front end they used for the 2018 F-150 lol.
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Posted by: Brick | Jul 23, 2017 9:02:08 AM

Future Ford owners can look forward to GM inspired styling being used on their F-series. Fortunately for Ford, GM has 2 truck lines to draw inspiration from.

It got 1mpg better towing? I guess at this point a win is a win for a GM guy....LOL

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 21, 2017 5:08:54 AM

Do take it so hard. GM is just showing Ford how to built a V8 that is powerful and efficient. Seems (that's your word) after decades of trying, the Ford V8 never reached small block Chevy dominance so Ford just gave up and went in a different direction.

Don't take it so hard.

Do take it so hard. GM is just showing Ford how to built a V8 that is powerful and efficient. Seems (that's your word) after decades of trying, the Ford V8 never reached small block Chevy dominance so Ford just gave up and went in a different direction.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Jul 23, 2017 1:39:59 PM

There you go again. In the midst of changing screen names, you referenced the wrong guy. "Seems" was not my word. The 3.5 EcoBoost crushes the 5.3 GM. Embarrasses it, destroys it etc. The 2.7 EcoBoost beats the 5.3, an engine nearly twice it's size. The 2.7 gives the 6.2GM a run for it's money. That is AMAZING!! The 3.5 Raptor crushes the GM 6.2!! TRUTH!!

The 3.5 Raptor crushes the GM 6.2!! TRUTH! Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 24, 2017

The n/a engine will outlive the turbo gasser in any other pickup.

A pushrod 2 valve single cam engine has far fewer moving parts. Ask any SAE engineer which engine lives the longest, all other things being equal.

I already know the answer.

The 3.5 Raptor crushes the GM 6.2!! TRUTH!!

Posted by: 2.7EcoboostRoost | Jul 24, 2017 6:37:03 PM

Toy Raptor. 0-60 in 5.3 seconds.
GM Truck 6.2. 0-60 in 5.4 seconds.

Put the 6.2 GM drivetrain in the lighter Raptor and that thing would fly.

Okay, the only picture that is gm is the interior picture. All the others are ford. And screw round wheel wells!

It's funny to read through theses comments. I have had a 2008 crew cab Silverado z71 and loved it, traded it for a 2013 Ram Sport, and loved it, Traded it for a 2015 F150 Lariat and love it! I'm thinking my next truck may be back to a Silverado with a 6.2, I'm interested in the new 2019 model. I buy a brand new truck every 3-4 years and enjoy switching manufactures so I can sample everything. The brand loyal guys that do nothing but bash other brands are missing out on some nice vehicles.



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