2019 Chevrolet Silverado Intro Heats Up Detroit NAIS Auto Show
As frigid temperatures gripped Detroit last week the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up literally and figuratively broke the ice and set the tone for the massive North American International Auto Show press preview.
Though the technology buzz was deafening — with Ford committing $11 billion to the electrification of its line-up by 2022, and the first ever Detroit Auto Show appearance by Saudi petroleum giant Aramco with its new more efficient low emissions opposed-piston gasoline compression ignition engine developed in a partnership with San Diego based Achates Power — the boldly styled new Chevrolet Silverado smashed through the dense tech talk.
With its own tech cred established with the plug-in electric Chevrolet Bolt which last year led the field of EV contenders gaining on Tesla – the brand is leveraging the stalwart 100 year heritage of Chevy trucks to power through the next decade of transition.
Though the new Silverado is bigger by 3.9 inches on the wheelbase and overall length by 1.6 inches, it has shed 450 pounds improving efficiency. Inside high quality upholstery, finish details and a comprehensive central tech array are fresh and modern.
The roll-formed higher strength steel bed, more tie-downs and a class exclusive power tailgate are noteworthy. In some models the fully lined beds have built-in side stow hatches.
With 6 engine options including a Turbodiesel V6, and 8 trim levels for this pick-up expected to hit showroom by fall of this year at a base price just shy of $30,000.