2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Designers Create Drama

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Chances are, when you think about dramatic pickup truck designs, Chevrolet isn't the name that's top of mind. But that might be changing. From what we're told, designers and engineers for the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 were given the green light for just about everything they suggested. And that hasn't always been the case at parent company General Motors. In fact, the last significant Silverado 1500 redesign came after the big 2008 GM "reorganization," when the automaker had to be bailed out of financial failure by the U.S. government; as a result, some have argued the 2014 redesign (started years earlier) was a cautious play for cost-saving reasons. This time, with a much more solid business plan, GM is hoping to come out on top.

We had two days of seat time in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 earlier this week. Although we can't yet discuss how the new truck drives (look for that Monday morning), we can show you some important details inside and out of the new pickup. We were able to examine in detail all eight trim levels; they are well-positioned and distinct. The 2019 Silverado is broken down into high value, high volume and high feature groups with Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country trim levels. Here are a few highlights from the new top-of-the-line High Country. Look for our driving impressions Monday.

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Comments

The interior looks just like the Rams I detail almost every day. I'm not surprised, the automotive industry as a whole is one big circlejerk. Ford/GM/Ram do something new and the other 2 follow a year or two later. The new expedition looks almost identical to a suburban from a rear single.

But regardless of brand (hence my name) no manual transmission = no sale. Ill take a fullsize ram over a ford or chevy because of that. Tacoma over the new "ranger" as well, even though I've driven then all and despise tacos and full-size rams...

@ tntgmc you are very arrogant and very ignorant. And also very wrong

@ FIF

Your very wrong, and hate to be proven wrong, and when u are proven wrong you get very upset like a child! Now move along! Before I put u in your place again.

BTW...I'm not arrogant. Its confidence bc I have knowledge of what I'm talking about instead of hodge podge ford lies....big difference.

U spew non sense like earlier today to make your self seem like u know what your talking about. Yet u have no facts to back up your claims.

@ tntgmc I would like to buy you for what you are worth a sell you for what you think you are worth. I would be very rich.And yes little boy you are wrong.

FIF

Yet u never prove me wrong! All propaganda. No wonder u drive a Ford... Your perfect in one...like a glove!

Have a great night.

Rather have the 5.4 than a 5.3.


Posted by: frankinFL | Aug 11, 2018 9:57:26 PM

Obviously, one of those guys who would rather push a Ford than drive a Chevy.

Looks like a Tundra...

No way to put larger tires on, epic failure...

It looks like a very nice truck. Chevy has had some fit and finish issues so hopefully they’ve addressed all that.


Posted by: MLS956 | Aug 11, 2018 9:58:39 PM

What were the fit and finish issues you speak of?

Show me a 2019 GM with a manual and ill look at it with interest. Otherwise, I hope it flops.

Rather have the 5.4 than a 5.3.
Posted by: frankinFL | Aug 11, 2018 9:57:26 PM


Hahahaha
Wait
Hahahaha
So sad.

@67exec

Your math is wrong.
285/75R16 are 32.8” tall.
285/70R17, 285/65R18, all essentially the same height.

Yes, they need a lift for 35”x12.50” metric equivalent tire.
My neighbor has a 2018 with 33x 13” metric equivalents and he grinds the air dam every time he backs out of the driveway. Now, he doesn’t rub going forward, but he doesn’t take it off-road, AT ALL. Once the suspension starts to flex, there isn’t much room over stick.

Also, if the 2019 was pretty much all the Engineers wished for, I don’t need to bother shopping one. Aside from the Tundra looks, it sits laughably low. The 825 AAM front axle housing is weak and prone to failure. At least the rear is beefed up with the two different diversions of the smaller 14 bolt semi-floater.
Also, the 6.2 only available in high-end trim is a deal breaker.

I didn’t leave GM trucks, they left me and many like me.
Market share and sales bear this out.

Looks like the new Ram and Colorado had a baby, but that's not a bad thing. I like GM seats. Fit my skinny butt.

Unfortunately, once you get down to a price they tend to be more $$$...I can't justify the extra cash.

Now if they can just build a truck that doesn't spend so darn much time in repair shops.... let's hope.
Posted by: Dale | Aug 11, 2018 10:02:44 AM

LOL oh the irony to hear a Ford guy say that. Ford hasn't built a reliable engine in DECADES. I should know. I owned 3 Ford F-150 dumpster fires before I finally gave up on the brand.

I didn’t leave GM trucks, they left me and many like me.
Market share and sales bear this out.
Posted by: James | Aug 11, 2018 10:55:11 PM

HAHAHAHA

Hmmmm....
http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/07/gm-is-winning-the-sales-battle-in-first-half-of-2018.html

Also - not only does GM dominate Ford in half-ton sales, Ram is stuck at 20% and not even the 2019 Ram 1500 has been able to generate more sales. Some dealers are already starting to throw 10 grand on the hood of a totally new 2019 Ram just to get their stagnant inventory moving.

Chevrolet need to bring back the solid front end instead of this indapendent crap. I've talked to more people who said if Chevrolet would get rid of the crazy indapendent frontend they would have a solid truck. I know from experience I have to rebuild my 04 front end at least once a year. please Chevrolet come back with a solid frontend

Not interested until there is an SS model.

20th century truck. Get a clue Detroit. Tesla and the other EV makers are about to leave you in the dirt

@Mr Trout

About 2 million times every year your neighbors and your countrymen buy "20th century" pickups and do not blink about spending north of $50k to do so.

At this point "Tesla and EV" have yet to make an imprint in the market for pickups.

Just so you know.

I love Chevy, this design is amazing. I have 1992 4x4 Chevy s-10 and 2017 z-71 Silverado and I am proud to use both. I hope this generation appreciate the value and the excellent service of this truck.

What an ugly truck completely go away from the square body and make it look very feminine. The days of looking up in the rearview mirror and seeing a truck that makes you want to move out of the way are over. Thank God i still got my 97 they broke the mold after that one absolute last of the somewhat square body trucks for men.

@ Kenneth

I agree. I have a 98 and it's the best looking truck Chevy ever produced.

That saying, go see this truck in person and their are shuttle hints in that design. Its a TOTALLY different looking truck in person. U may not like it but u will appreciate it after u see it. I was the same exact way when I first say pics of this. Dealership here has chevy and GMC and I'm liking the Chevy better. I preferred the GMC in previous model year....hence, why I own one.

The interior is 10 years behind Ford and Ram. They had a chance to update it with the new design and it barely changed. Boring

I've been a mechanic for almost 40 yrs., I have worked on ALL makes and models. Each manufacturer has had there up's and downs. The only thing I will say is that more mechanics ( and in almost 40 yrs. believe me I know an awful lot of mechanics) most have a GM product either a Chevrolet or a higher priced GMC that they own, Why, they are easier and cheaper to fix. My personal favorite not to work on is the F-350 with a 8 ft. Utility body with a diesel engine, almost impossible to work on....

WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!! Trying to look like an already WAY OUT DATED FORD !!!!! I used to be a Ford guy then for the last ten years GM has been producing BEAUTIFUL CHISELED MAN SIZED TRUCKS...NOW , NOW , AHH...I Guess Girls Like Trucks Too...Just hopefully Ford will redesign and follow your old BEAUTIFUL CHISELED MAN SIZED TRUCK. COME ON FORD PICK OFF WHERE GM LEFT OFF!!!! UGH Come on

I don't have a life, so I really care what my truck looks like.

I've been a mechanic for almost 40 yrs., I have worked on ALL makes and models. Each manufacturer has had there up's and downs. The only thing I will say is that more mechanics ( and in almost 40 yrs. believe me I know an awful lot of mechanics) most have a GM product either a Chevrolet or a higher priced GMC that they own, Why, they are easier and cheaper to fix. My personal favorite not to work on is the F-350 with a 8 ft. Utility body with a diesel engine, almost impossible to work on....
Posted by: Steve E.

I've noticed that in my neck of the woods too. The only auto techs I know that drive Ford trucks were either born and raised in a hardcore Ford family, or work at a Ford dealer and got a deal too good to pass up.

@HD Ramking

Here's a prediction. Within ten years Ford will be out of the auto business completely.

Their focus will be on technical systems for manufacturing and fleet systems for rental-car operations. There's huge money in those areas.

Ford's present generation of car dealers in the US is still loaded with small-town family owned businesses, and the younger generation of those families just don't want the demanding life of operating a business that runs long hours, six or seven days a week.

During the last recession GM and Chrysler/RAM dealerships underwent a lot of mergers and downsizing. Many are now owned by big corporations, not family businesses.

They can operate on very thin margins during soft economic times and Ford is very poorly positioned to deal with it. Take a look at the stock prices of Ford compared to Chrysler and GM. Very revealing.

Can't wait to get my 4cyl Silverado. It won't sound bad like the Ford EcoBoost.......🤣😂😁

GUTS

GLORY

WILL DESTROY THE NEW SILVERADO IN EVERY CATEGORY

LOVED BY EVERYONE

CLASS LEADING 2019 RAM!!!

Great design for GM, really sets them apart design wise. Can't wait to see these on the road.

Didn't like the last Silverados but these sure are lookers.

Here's a prediction. Within ten years Ford will be out of the auto business completely.

Their focus will be on technical systems for manufacturing and fleet systems for rental-car operations. There's huge money in those areas.

They can operate on very thin margins during soft economic times and Ford is very poorly positioned to deal with it. Take a look at the stock prices of Ford compared to Chrysler and GM. Very revealing.


Posted by: papajim | Aug 12, 2018 5:15:08 PM

Yeah Ford's share price has taken a beating. Despite huge F-series sales numbers, FoMoCo's business health doesn't reflect it. Selling nearly a million fullsize trucks and profits still are not there. I wouldn't describe myself as a Ford can but I hate to see any of the big 3 in financial turmoil. It's ironic that Ford fans have brought up the bailouts constantly over the last decade when today Ford seems to be the ship without a rudder. The latest quarterly report was scary.

The latest quarterly report was scary...Posted by: Nitto4x5 | Aug 13, 2018

@NITTO

The entire auto industry world wide is still over-capacity. It's a business model that may have made sense 40 years ago, but it is very disrespectful of capital---today's markets won't abide it.

We have a hot economy in the US but if demand for pickups cools during the next three years Ford is very poorly positioned to deal with it, based on their current standing. It's a recent part of their shareholder discussions.

You can expect them to jettison more product lines during the next five years. Their goal is to be a Silicon Valley giant regarding all things automotive, just not building cars.

Tesla is showing how badly that can turn out. Instead Ford wants to be designing and executing "systems" that the world's automakers will buy. They also will offer the potential to dominate the systems that companies in the auto-rental fields will use to minimize the expense of owning big fleets. Ford knows a bit about that. It will be huge in China. ditto the Systems business.

Auto assembly is a prosaic business compared to the new ideas that Ford is planning to enter.

@Nitto

I failed to mention one other thing re Ford. Their declining share price is concerning, but their dividend payments to shareholders are impressive. Over five percent. Very attractive industrial stock.

CEO Jim Hackett is a brilliant guy who spent 30 years re-inventing a great manufacturing business, Steelcase, during a time when the modern-day business office was being completely revolutionized.

He's potentially the best CEO they've had in a generation, and he was already a Ford board member so he was able to move quickly and did not need on the job training. He is the reason I made the comment about Ford getting into entirely new markets and operations.

@papajim, $10,000.00 says you are dead wrong. Ford won't be out of the auto business in 10 years. Do we have a bet?

FAKE money

Yeah Ford's share price has taken a beating. Despite huge F-series sales numbers, FoMoCo's business health doesn't reflect it. Selling nearly a million fullsize trucks and profits still are not there. I wouldn't describe myself as a Ford can but I hate to see any of the big 3 in financial turmoil. It's ironic that Ford fans have brought up the bailouts constantly over the last decade when today Ford seems to be the ship without a rudder. The latest quarterly report was scary.


Posted by: Nitto4x5 | Aug 13, 2018 3:13:02 AM

Yes. Ford should file bankruptcy. Then they too can then have lucrative profits and great stock prices because they'd have no debt. Investors want Ford's earning reports to look like GM's , but Ford has bills to pay. It's kinda laughable to compare their business health. GM had a huge advantage getting a fresh start right as the economy was recovering. I'd have no problem with uncle Sam bailing Ford out now too. What's another $11-$12 billion in the tax payers books? Chump change!

@fake papajim predictions--You are a fake, a phony and a fraud.

For a guy who hides his WEIRD opinions (and personality issues) behind another commenter's ID to call anyone else a fraud underlines the sociopathic personality disorder on full display. G'day mate.

Saw the truck in person yesterday. Not bad. I like some aspects of the design and dislike others. I'm not a fan of the sloping roofline--makes the truck look like the rear end sags. Interior is not different enough from '18.

Great job on the exterior
Horrible interior and a deal breaker for me

This is an ugly truck

I Like the front grill of the Chevy but that's about it,, The gmc looks very close to a ford,,does not look good,,, both trucks bodies look like Toyota ,,,they dropped the ball on this one and I'm a Chevy man,,,maybe the 3500 will look better,,,,fire the designer fire the ceo. ,,,,think outside the box and come up with something futuristic sharp and functional and affordable to the masses

They created drama? That's nice. Ram created the 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the year!!



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