Now that the Detroit Three have all tipped their hands and thrown most of their resources toward pickups, Chevrolet is firing the first salvo in what may become a price war. Chevrolet is calling the 2019 Silverado LT larger, more capable, more fuel efficient and cheaper than the outgoing model. Its price will be $700 less than the 2018 model. The LT model is one of Chevy’s biggest sellers.
Brian Sweeney, who is vice-president of Chevrolet in the U.S. says in a statement, “For more than 100 years, Chevrolet has developed a reputation for building trucks that offer incredible performance, capability and value. The next-gen Silverado continues that tradition — offering more interior and cargo room, higher towing and payload capabilities and a lower starting at MSRP on our highest volume model.”
2019 Chevy Silverado Has More Options and Better Value
The 2019 Silverado LT crew cab is starting at MSRP $700 less than today’s truck, even with new standard equipment including an all-new 2.7L Turbo engine with 22 percent more torque than the 4.3L V-6 it replaces, an eight-speed automatic transmission and stop-start technology. Of course, it is a smaller engine but Chevy is promising that the turbo will keep it from being under-powered.
Chevy is raising the price of the upscale High Country model that includes bells and whistles like the new power up/down tailgate. The High Country model will feature the 5.3L V-8 with new Dynamic Fuel Management, push-button start, and stop-start technology. It will also have a group of safety systems including the lane change alert, the advanced trailering system, and enhanced LED exterior lighting. The High Country price will go up $1,000.
Chevrolet is also making the Z71 Off-Road Equipment package available on all trim levels. It will be standard on the Trail Boss models. The Trail Boss will also have a factory-installed 2” lift kit.
Chevrolet will also make a number of enhanced safety alerts available as well, like Forward Automatic Braking , Front Pedestrian Braking and the Safety Alert seats, so you are alerted to check for a child or pet in the back seat.
2019 Silverado Has Larger Size and More Cargo Room
The next-gen Silverado is also a tad wider, higher and longer than the outgoing model. The Silverado crew cab, short box has 1.2 inches more total width, 1.5 inches more total height, 1.7 inches more total length and 3.9 inches more wheelbase.
The Silverado offers an additional 3 inches of cab length for all configurations, and up to 4 cubic feet more interior volume. It also claims to offer the largest cargo volume of any full-size truck in short-bed, standard-bed and long-bed models.
The next generation Silverado is up to 450 pounds lighter than the outgoing truck due to the use of mixed materials like high-strength steel and carbon fiber for some of the truck beds.
The 2019 Silverado lineup also offers more choices than ever, including six engine/transmission combinations that give customers different combinations of performance and fuel efficiency.
Chevy will build the models with the bigger engines first. Models equipped with the 5.3L V-8 and rear-wheel drive offer an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon city, 23 highway and 19 combined. Models equipped with four-wheel drive and the 6.2L V-8 offer an EPA-estimated 16 miles per gallon city, 20 highway and 17 combined.
EPA estimates for the other engines, including the all-new 2.7L Turbo and all-new Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel, are not yet available. However, both engines are expected to offer customers even greater fuel efficiency choices.
The information for all of the MPG numbers for Chevrolet trucks and their competitors should be available on www.fueleconomy.gov as soon as they are made public.