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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Revealed in Detroit

14 January 2018

And it's a major departure from the squared-off and safe design that has defined Chevy's full-size pickups for decades. Other trim variants include WT, Custom, LT, LTZ, Custom Trailboss, and High Country. It looked tough to be sure. GM wouldn't say if any other engines would be offered, including a V6 gas engine that's now available.

General Motors reveals its 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck at Eastern Market before the start of Press Days of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit January 14, 2018. The model line is comprehensive to put it mildly. The RST is new and could be considered the sport truck trim. An eight-strong line-up, spanning work-focused through to performance, with premium features and advanced driver-assistance along the way, it's Chevy's retort to the F-150 and the product of more than 7m miles of testing by the time it arrives in dealerships. The LT Trail Boss and lower priced Trail Boss Custom are the off-road models.

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The weight savings comes from extensive use of mixed materials and new manufacturing processes. The doors, hood and tailgate are made of aluminum while fixed panels. The truck's frame is made of 80 percent high-strength steel. Remarkably, it's also lighter, weighing 450 pounds (204 kg) less than today's truck when comparing crew cab V-8 models. Crew-cab models now have 3 inches more rear-seat legroom, which means that front passengers have 44.5 inches of front legroom, while rear seat passengers get 43.8 inches of legroom.

"Truck customers told us they want the ideal truck for them and not a "one size fits most" truck", said GM design boss Mike Simcoe. Engines include a turbocharged 3.0-liter Duramax diesel six-cylinder and revised versions of the familiar 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. Both V8s will use a new technology called Dynamic Fuel Management which can shut down any number of cylinders between one and seven. The 3.0L diesel and 6.2L V8 get a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

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The 2019 Silverado's suspension is also lighter tanks to new forged-aluminum upper control arms that are lighter. And those springs save 12 pounds per side.

Inside there's more interior volume thanks to the increased length. Away from the fighting talk, there's a 63 cubic feet short box, while there are lockable storage bins over the wheel arches.

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The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, giving customers more combinations of performance, efficiency and value to best fit their priorities. And new integrated sensors, hidden under the corner step bumper, make for a bigger statement on the back of the truck with big, bold tail lights.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Revealed in Detroit