Over the weekend, General Motors introduced the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado before hundreds of Chevy enthusiasts gathered at an event in Fort Worth, Texas to celebrate 100 years of truck output.
A helicopter flew into the Texas Motor Speedway carrying a 2019 Silverado LT Trailboss, the highest of eight trims planned, which integrates the off-road equipment of the Z71 package as well as a two-inch suspension lift.
The new Silverado also delivers improved capability and performance. For example, a higher-grade alloy is used in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed that is more functional and lighter.
This use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing is evident throughout the Silverado, resulting in a significant reduction in total vehicle weight and improved performance.
Besides more light-weight materials, the new Silverado is expected to add a 10-speed automatic transmission and enhancing aerodynamics to improve the fuel-economy and overall competitiveness of the pickup.
According to Autonews, the redesign and re-engineering of the next Silverado and its GMC counterpart, the Sierra, are the biggest product program ever undertaken by GM. The company is spending nearly US$ 3 billion alone to upgrade factories in Michigan, Indiana and Guanajuato, Mexico that build the Silverado and Sierra.