5 Things We Expect From the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Now that we've gotten a glimpse of the next-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, here are the issues we hope GM engineers focused on when developing this new half-ton player. You can bet we'll be looking closely at these when we're able to see it in person.

1. Frame Changes

We have no doubt that using advanced high-strength steel in the frame will help with weight savings and provide for a stiffer foundation for suspension upgrades. We'll want to look closely at the front support beams and cross-members to see how GM attempted to improve test results for head-on and mild offset crashes.

2. Axles and Suspension

With a stronger frame will come more flexibility to fine-tune the front and rear suspensions. We don't expect any major changes here, but the Silverado needs to drive better when empty and when fully loaded. Allowing more versions of the frame to be built could allow GM to offer a mild off-roader (like we saw in the form of the Trailboss trim that was revealed in Texas) and a better max-towing player that could carry as much as 1.5 tons.

3. Powertrain Upgrades

This is the arena where GM is probably better positioned than anyone else to make the biggest strides. It has a deep well to tap, and it looks like its pickup truck team is getting more support to think outside the box. We fully expect to see some high-performance models use some high-tech options, but we also expect more electric-hybrid and diesel options to make their way into the mix, especially if we begin to see fuel prices shift. GM's V-8 offerings to date have been spot-on.

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4. Weight Savings

Chevrolet has said high-strength steel will lighten the new half ton, but we're curious about some of the more exotic possibilities. GM engineers have not been shy about saying they like to hedge their bets by using several different weight-saving strategies, so we expect it might again try composite materials or aluminum or carbon fiber in some less conventional areas, possibly putting all three in play on a pickup.

5. Interior Technology

Improving the technology interface between driver and vehicle is almost the price of admission when updating such an important vehicle, so we fully expect there to be some significant advances here. The trend for cars is larger screens, more connectivity and more sensors to help prevent or minimize pedestrian and other events. Cab storage and flat floors will be valuable as well.

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Comments

WOW GMSRGREAT.., That is some old data..., sourcing graphs or interpreting graphs are definitely NOT your strong points...

@GMSRGREAT..., You embarrassed yourself again..., At least the F150 scored better than the Silverado 1500...,

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Dec 20, 2017 2:59:59 PM

Read the article and pay attention to measured performance and comments on overall road manners particularly when loaded and towing. Sorry mate, both GM full size dominated that test. Hey, Ford helps pay the bills some why not put then in between the 2 GM's.

@GMSRGREAT..., Now you are mad..., here come the insults..., who knows , maybe one or two of your insults may be better than the graphs you post...

I will say this as well...I have spent weeks researching the three major truck brands and here's what I've come up with...they are all overpriced junk. They all have problems. Bottom line is the Ford does everything I want the best.

Chevrolet and Ford...Four door Lego's.

Get back to the drawing board.

@ Dan

I agree with you 100% how they are ALL overpriced!!

Tntgmc-. It is not misleading. Do the research it's in plain English. I can also tell you this. I was at the Chevy dealer awhile back talking to a mechanic. We we're talking about half ton trucks. He said come out back for a minute. He showed me 6 f-150 Ecoboosts lined up. He looked at me and said one is mine the others are other mechanics that work here. He said the 5.3 has to many problems and Ford builds the best truck right now. That's from chevy mechanics. That says alot!

Posted by: Dan | Dec 20, 2017 12:27:48 PM


My god it's really getting deep in doodoo here. Maybe it would have been more believable if you said 1 maybe 2 f150's. But you went to an extreme exaggeration of 6. Can you post the name of that Chevy dealer? The 5.3 is a proven engine ... any non bias mechanic will tell you and I don't believe you.

SORRY, I'M A MORON. I THOUGHT THAT FORD BUILT A QUALITY TRUCK, NOW I KNOW I WAS WRONG. THEY ONLY BUILD ECOTURD JUNK. JUNK JUNK JUNK

@ crunchtime -You are probably correct that the 6.2 will be offered in the higher trims. I do agree that at least 1 turbo V-6 would be a good addition to Silverado/Sierra and maybe offer it on the higher trim Colorado/Canyon. Regardless of the comments on this site most of the people I know that have EcoBoost V-6s really like them and one guy that rides the bus with me has a 2011 F-150 with one and has had nothing but praise for it--he has had zero issues. The guy across the street from me also has a 2.7 EcoBoost in his 2016 F-150 and likes it a lot. I myself was a skeptic about them but they have been on the market long enough to work out any major issues.

WOW GMSRGREAT.., That is some old data..., sourcing graphs or interpreting graphs are definitely NOT your strong points...

Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Dec 20, 2017 3:05:57 PM

Why? Has there been a revision to the truck sales totals for 2015 ? Just pointing how Ford and their Fan girls like offer up their alternative facts. LOL!

@GMSRGREAT..., Getting hit with that dictionary earlier today must have hurt you..., you are on with the insults..., C'mon..., you posted graphs that proved MY point (TWICE) that the F150 sells more trucks than the Silverado 1500 (No matter what year/month it is)..., You are all about misrepresentation of the facts...

@GMSRGREAT..., Why are you posting live on two separate articles here?..., I gotta go..., Please Post Responsibly and Behave

Does anyone have a spare time machine?
GMS is stuck in 2015 and can't get out.

This is supposed to be a truck news site but this story broke virtually everyplace else a day ago.

Sad. Really SAD.

I don't like it!

TNT, I thought you were a GM guy but i guess not. In the owners manual for the 6.2 it states using premium as recommended, because the engine is tuned for premium fuel. Sure you could use regular and then the performance and efficiency would go down, not sure why you would want to.

-Ct

Next they're going after Jeep's square/trapezoidal wheel arches.

@ CT

Recommended and required are 2 different things! "You" stated it needed/required premium fuel! Big Difference! The Eco-boosts also recommend premium. That doesn't mean my stepdad puts it into his 2013 Eco-boost.

I had a 2006 Trailblazer SS with the Corvette LS2 motor in it and it recommended premium fuel. I didn't see drop in performance when I drove it with either gas I choose! I actually saw the best FE when I ran straight 89 through it! I would put an octane booster in it when I had my mods

I run 89 in my 2017 Sierra 5.3L and it gets 23-24 running 70 mph down highway. I rarely run 91 or 93 in it. For one its 25 cents higher and I never saw need to. Now I have read that if you put E-85 in the new Eco-tec 5.3L, it really wakes it up and gives it more HP...I haven't had chance yet, bc places I regularly fill up at don't have E-85


http://gmauthority.com/blog/2013/07/lingenfelter-performance-puts-the-2014-silverado-on-the-dyno-with-video/

Here is one of the articles I read.

Huge Difference in Performance! But like I have said I really don't care that "MY" truck can run 0-60 "this fast"...that's what a camaro is for...2 years is my goal....ZL1!!!

Will the body still be thin tin that dents when leaned on and hood that leaves a body impression if you wish to star gaze with your babe on a Summer evening? Can the unicorn 6.2 be ordered in trims other than High Country or other top trim?
Posted by: FXDX1450 | Dec 20, 2017 8:14:19 AM

Ford has set the standard when it comes to tinfoil bodies. It's unreal just how thin they pushed it. It's really obvious when you compare a 2017 F-150 to a 2017 F-250. "Ford Tough" huh?

The 6.2 can be ordered in the LTZ trim which isn't that expensive of a trim. You can find them priced at $40k all day. Laura GMC has 6.2 Sierras priced at $39k.

"In the owners manual for the 6.2 it states using premium as recommended, because the engine is tuned for premium fuel. Sure you could use regular and then the performance and efficiency would go down, not sure why you would want to.

-Ct
Posted by: crunchtime | Dec 21, 2017 12:48:03 PM"

Yes, only recommended, not required. This is no different than the 3.5 EB version of the F-150. They also RECOMMEND 91 octane.

The F-150 manual has always had this statement in the manual for the 3.5 Ecoboost:

"For best overall vehicle and engine performance, premium fuel with an octane rating of 91 or higher is recommended. The performance gained by using premium fuel is most noticeable in hot weather as well as other conditions, for example when towing a trailer. See Towing a Trailer.

Do not be concerned if the engine sometimes knocks lightly. However, if the engine knocks heavily while using fuel with the recommended octane rating, contact an authorized dealer to prevent any engine damage.

Do not use any fuel other than those recommended because they could lead to engine damage that will not be covered by the vehicle Warranty."

I hear way more issues with the 5.3 than the eco. And as far as high Roma in the mountains. U must have a problem because mine pulls like a dream and will smoke any 5.3. That's the difference between naturally aspirated and turbo motors in high altitude
Posted by: Dan | Dec 20, 2017 2:58:25 PM

The latest 5.3 doesn't have anywhere near as many issues as the 3.5EB.

Timing chains problems
Timing chain tensioner problems
Lash adjuster problems
Misfire problems from multiple sources
Misfire-induced fuel dilution of the engine oil
Turbo failures
BOV failures
Carbon buildup issues

The 5.3's only remaining issues are AFM lifter failure, which is nowhere near as common as it was in the previous 5.3, and the occasional HPFP failure. They are problems that aren't widespread, they're problems due to the face that so many of them are built. Since 2014, at least 3 million 4.3's, 5.3's, and 6.2's have been built.

The nice thing is, it's fairly easy to deactivate AFM or remove the system all together. Not so easy to do with the issues that affect the 3.5EB.

Here are Five things we expect from GM on the new Silverado.
Its 5 times better then any Ford product that will ever be made! End of story!

The Ford girls must be pretty threatened by this new Silverado. They were so excited when they thought GM was going to do an all-aluminum Silverado. They though they were finally going to get their turn talking crap about that aluminum. And then GM shows up with a real truck built to take 10 times more abuse than any wimpy aluminum F-150. Sorry girls, no aluminum foil beds on this truck.

Not only is this new truck NOT made of paper thin aluminum, the suspension is beefier, the 4WD system isn't made of plastic, the axles are heavy duty and make the 8.8 look like a toy, and the engines last 10 times longer than any over-boosted timing gear grinder that Ford currently builds. Not to mention GM puts real leaf springs in the back, not those wimpy soft leaf spring packs that Ford uses and has F-150's dragging their bumpers everywhere they go.

Sad to think this truck is how Ford used to make half tons back in the day. Now the F-150 is aluminum foil, plastic, and garbage "innovations". I don't think Ford could build a truck like my 87 F-150 anymore. So sad.

@papajim did you read the part in #2 that said something about the way they hope GM will fix this new Silverado to drive while empty. So it seems that that many pickup trucks drive bad or not as good as the carlike Ridgeline when unloaded or loaded.
Compare that to a Ridgeline and seems like other people care about how the GM rides.
It's not always about how much it can carry or how much it can tow or is it a beast off-road.

TNT- if you guys are really not doing what the recommended fuel is, you are not seeing what the engine was designed to do. Man that is just plain dumb-sorry. You guys talk about how great these engines are and then you put crap fuel in it. Mmight as well just buy the small engine since you wont see what the big one can do. that is just lack of knowledge.

-CT

It may actually be better, but they have been so very late on several things in this post, better will ring hollow.

Turbo engine: Ford says hello 2011
Bigger cab: Ford says 2009
Flat floor: Ford says hello 2009
Weight savings: Ford says hello 2015
Better crash tests: Ford says hello 2016
10 speed: Ford says hello 2017
Off-roader: order says hello 2010 Raptor

@ CT

What year truck do you drive?

I have had NO ISSUES what so ever using regular 89. Plus here in the Midwest, many gas stations don't carry Premiuim! I guess you just don't understand the difference between recommended and required. I don't know why you are pushing so hard on this issue. 89 is not "crap" fuel!!

Turbo engine: Ford says hello 2011
Bigger cab: Ford says 2009
Flat floor: Ford says hello 2009
Weight savings: Ford says hello 2015
Better crash tests: Ford says hello 2016
10 speed: Ford says hello 2017
Off-roader: order says hello 2010 Raptor
Posted by: Danny | Dec 22, 2017 10:16:43 AM

Turbocharged timing chain eating engine: Ford says hello 2011
Weight savings thanks to aluminum foil bodies and thinner cheaper frames and suspension components: Ford says hello 2015
Caught cheating on crash tests: Ford says hello 2015
10 speed: Ram says it's about time you had more than 6 gears!!
A cartoonishly oversized off-road truck with a weak junk 4x4 system with plastic hub locks and a throwaway timing chain eating ecobust: Ford says hello 2017

TNT- if you guys are really not doing what the recommended fuel is, you are not seeing what the engine was designed to do. Man that is just plain dumb-sorry. You guys talk about how great these engines are and then you put crap fuel in it. Mmight as well just buy the small engine since you wont see what the big one can do. that is just lack of knowledge.

-CT
Posted by: crunchtime | Dec 22, 2017 7:47:06 AM

Wow you are really dense. These guys just highlighted the fact that Ford themselves say that the 3.5 Ecoboost should run 91 octane to do what its designed to do but you glossed right over that part. Nobody is saying that the 6.2 should run on premium, just pointing out your hypocrisy for knocking that engine for "requiring" premium but ignoring the fact that the 3.5 Ecoboost would "require" premium too. The fuel recommendations for both engines are identical.

terrible design... looks like a student assignment work. That complicated from bumper is terrible with that plastic fender front hanging over. Terrible. Horrible. No question now Ford is the best designed truck in the market. No question. Hopping the Sierra version does not have the same funky front bumper.

@ridgeline

1. Did you ever take a class in composition?
2. Did you pass?

@papajim I don't know if I took class in composition or not.
I don't know if I passed it or not been so long ago.
But I do understand or grasp what they are saying about GM Silverado. They say it needs to drive better when empty or loaded. You don't hear that being said about the carlike Ridgeline. I comprehend this fact.

The Ridgeline might have a car-like ride, but its suspension will wear out fast, like a passenger car trying to haul 2000 lbs on the roof. Ford makes their trucks ride smoother by putting soft leaf spring packs on their trucks, but they squat so bad the bumper is dragging on the ground and the headlights are either blinding oncoming traffic or blinding the pilot of the plane flying overhead. Ram gave the 1500 soft coil springs for a better ride but the payload ratings suck and they too squat so bad the bumper drags on the ground with weight in the bed. Not to mention the multilink suspension means dozens of bushings that wear out (the RL will also suffer when all those links loosen up and the bushings wear out). My friend's 2015 Ram 1500 started squeaking and groaning with any payload in the bed or a trailer hooked up to it. That was at a mere 10k miles.

You can't get something for nothing. I applaud GM for sticking with a tried-and-true pickup truck design. Now that Ford has softened the F-150 and turned it into a suburban housewife truck, somebody has to continue making tough half tons.

They say it needs to drive better when empty or loaded. You don't hear that being said about the carlike Ridgeline. I comprehend this fact. Posted by: RIDGELINE OWNER 2007 | Dec 24, 2017

@Ridgeline

Your reading comprehension sucks too.

You might recall that PUTC compared the Honda to other pickups and even with a "mulligan" from PUTC editors, the Ridgeline could not carry a load without the back end sagging like hell.

Ah the kids are asleep and the presents finally under the tree...

What does the Ridgeline have to do with half-ton trucks. The Silverado 1500's ride is the perfect balance of payload capacity, suspension sag, and durability. The F-150 is WAY too soft these days, the Ram's coil spring/airbag setup sucks after the 2nd year, and the Ridgeline's IRS setup would be a nightmare to maintain if it did the stuff a typical half-ton does day in and day out. Honda beefed up a few of the Pilot's parts but the rear suspension still looks frail and the transmissions's tendency to overheat is scary. The big leaf spring pack GM uses on the well-equipped half-tons is simple and tough. Very few moving parts, plenty of weight capacity in the leaf spring pack, bolted to the toughest frame in the segment. Like Marty says, you don't get something for nothing, the softer the springs, the less control you have to a given payload. An IRS suspension has a TON of moving parts and links, not to mention the rear driveline is made up of CV links. No thanks. Funny how the anti-GM crowd is suddenly dogging GM for building a simple, tough truck in an era of soft grocery-getters, when back in the 80's and early 90's, they ripped on GM trucks for being the 'soft" trucks. My how the times have changed.



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