Chevrolet recently showed the all-new Silverado to the public, and with it, some all-new features and versions of the popular pickup.
According to Chevy, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado has a "Larger, more functional" bed. In addition to lockable storage areas, the bed can accomodate a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood (as you’d expect). Even the short-bed version has a decent amount of cargo capacity, at 63 cu ft.
Recently, Ford has made a big deal about the use of aluminium in the F-Series trucks. Many have speculated that Chevy might do the same thing. However, for 2019 Chevrolet is standing by steel as the material of choice for the Silverado’s bed. This time around, they’re saying it has a "higher-strength steel floor." There are also 12 tie-down points in the Silverado’s bed, and the strength of those has been increased to take 500 pounds of pressure. In addition to these fixed points, there are nine moveable tie-down points. For the Chevy, aluminium is used in other areas of the truck, like the doors, hood and tailgate.
A lot of that is just one truck builder jockeying for position against another. However, some of these features or improvements will certainly net real-world results for Silverado owners.
Perhaps the most practical change to the Silverado lineup is the number of versions or trim levels now available. THere are now eight trim variations and six engine/transmission choices. Chevrolet says these are designed to offer the greatest variety to three distinct truck-buyer types:
- "High Value" customers want the capability of a full-size truck at a great value.
- "High Volume" customers represent the heart of the truck market, requiring the capability of a full-size truck as well as the creature comforts of a passenger vehicle.
- "High Feature" customers represent the fastest-growing part of the truck market and want luxury-car refinement and appointments without sacrificing capability or durability.
These trim levels also vary the use of a certain material that can be a point of contention among truck owners — chrome. Some see chrome as a sign that you’re not a "real" truck owner/user, while others like the way it makes a utility vehicle look nice enough for everyday use.
"Chrome has become more polarizing, and more personal, than any other aspect of truck design," said Rich Scheer, director, Exterior Design, Chevrolet Trucks. "Some customers want no chrome at all and only body-color or blacked-out trim. Others feel a truck isn’t a truck without a chrome bumper, but feel extra chrome can be too ‘flashy.’ Others want as much chrome as they can get."
Personally, I think blacked-out trim and wheels is kind of tough-looking, but wouldn’t fault anyone for getting a "fancy"-looking truck. The Ram 1500 Limited is really nice, as are Chevy’s High Country versions. Chevrolet also added a few off-road versions of the Silverado. Here are all the new trim levels for the new 2019 Silverado, as stated on the Chevrolet media site:
2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trim Levels
- Work Truck features a "CHEVROLET" graphic across the grille and tailgate, blacked-out trim and 17-inch steel wheels for maximum durability. The interior features durable vinyl or cloth seats and a 7-in color touchscreen.
- Custom features a body-color styling theme, 20-in painted aluminium wheels, LED signature tail lamps and an available integrated dual exhaust.
- Custom Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the Custom, including a 2-in suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-in wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
- LT features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille and mirror caps, the Chevrolet bowtie in the grille, LED reflector headlamps and signature daytime running lights. The interior features an 8-in color touchscreen and available leather seating surfaces
- RST (new for 2019) brings a street-performance appearance to the LT, with body-color trim, full LED lighting (fog lamps, headlamps and tail lamps) and up to 22-in wheels with all-season tires.
- LT Trailboss (new for 2019) adds off-road equipment to the LT, including a 2-in suspension lift and the Z71 Off-Road Package, including a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-in wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
- LTZ features chrome accents on the bumpers, front grille, mirror caps, door handles and hockey-stick beltline, as well as power-folding and heated outside rearview mirrors. Leather interior trim is standard equipment.
- High Country features an exclusive front grille design with a two-tone chrome and bronze finish, body-color accents plus chrome assist steps from wheel to wheel. It also includes the power up/down tailgate as standard equipment.