General Motors held a special Centennial Event this past weekend in Dallas, Texas to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet Silverado. As you might imagine, there were plenty of Chevy trucks from the past century, but as a special surprise, GM dropped off a 2019 Silverado. Literally – they lowered it down from a helicopter and had it come charging out into the public eye in a pretty fantastic fashion, giving us an unexpected first look at the next generation Chevrolet Silverado.
“Our owners’ passion for Chevrolet trucks is truly humbling,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America, and global head of Chevrolet. “Many of our owners depend on their trucks for work and play, personalize their trucks in astonishing ways and pass their loyalty for Chevy Trucks down from generation to generation. For the Chevy Truck Centennial, we wanted to recognize the customers who have made Chevrolet part of their lives, and have them help kick off the next 100 years of Chevy Trucks.”
Meet the 2019 Silverado
The details on the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado are extremely limited, so we don’t know anything about the drivetrain, interior features or other packages, but to introduce the next gen pickup, Chevy picked their new Trailboss package.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trailboss builds on the off-road-ready Z71 package, but it adds a two-inch lift suspension setup and a set of beefy tires. Of course, it also has an entirely-new exterior, with a redesigned front end and back end, along with round wheel wells. At long last, the square wheel wells are finally gone and I cannot applaud Chevy enough for doing away with that odd bit of styling.
Finally, the press release accompanying the first images of the 2019 Silverado includes the following bit of vague information on the new truck.
“As no two truck customers are alike, the next-gen Silverado will offer an expanded range of models, more engine/transmission combinations and more technology and convenience features to help customers find their ideal truck.”
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will make its grand introduction next month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, at which point we can expect to learn everything that there is to know about the next generation Chevy truck. In the meantime, check out the video below of the surprise introduction in Texas.