It is into this quagmire of disparate requirements that Chevrolet launches the 2019 Silverado. Like its rivals — particularly the Ford F-one hundred fifty and Ram 1500 — GM’s newest fullsize truck needs to be all issues to all individuals. A commuter in the course of the day, a luxurious car at night time, and a reliable weekend warrior when it comes time to work and play. After spending a while with the 2019 Silverado, we think Chevy has achieved a reasonably good job with its newest pickup. We absolutely anticipate that it’ll stay a robust vendor that generates a gentle stream of revenue for the Bowtie. However not all is ideal in Silverado-land.
The 2019 Silverado is accessible in eight trim ranges, beginning with probably the most basic Work Truck for $31,290 and culminating within the leather-based-clad Excessive Nation for $fifty five,990. The LT degree is the bread-and-butter of the lineup, with a standard exterior look highlighted in chrome and an interior that features an eight-inch touchscreen and elective leather-based seats. New fashions for 2019 are the $forty one,790 RST and $forty two,490 Path Boss.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado RST is supposed to attraction to the efficiency crowd with almost all bits of chrome from the LT changed with physique-shade trim. The monochromatic look works fairly properly in shiny shades and in black, however much less so in mild colours and white. We might contemplate the optionally available 22-inch wheels a necessity to finish the muscle-truck look. Sadly, there is no precise added efficiency from the RST over some other Silverado.
Far more fascinating is the brand new 2019 Path Boss, which is accessible as a package deal on the decrease-value Customized trim or the extra absolutely featured LT trim. The LT Path Boss begins at $forty eight,890, and our optioned-up tester carried a $fifty four,930 window sticker. With a blacked-out face punctuated by a beefy pink pair of tow hooks, the Path Boss is a ruggedly good-looking truck. The Z71 Off Street Package deal comes standard on the Path Boss, however the huge promoting factors are the manufacturing unit-put in two-inch suspension raise, Rancho shocks, and skid plates.
We spent most of our time with the LT Path Boss, each on and off street. And once we received a crack on the makeshift off-street course that Chevrolet created utilizing a backhoe, a truck full of logs, a number of tons value of boulders, and, most essential, a devoted water truck, we did not take it straightforward. You possibly can see the results within the photos above, however what they will not present you is how strong the Path Boss felt by means of all of those exams. And by the point we buckled ourselves into this specific truck, it had already made a number of hundred passes by way of the impediment course and felt no worse for the wear and tear — we listened rigorously for squeaks, rattles, or another indication that the truck was faltering after a lot abuse and located none in any respect. That is a superb signal for lengthy-time period sturdiness.
Our Path Boss was powered by the newest model of Chevy’s tried-and-true 5.three-liter V8 engine. Two variations of this engine can be found for 2019, and each of them churn out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-ft of torque. The primary of those V8s carries over from the earlier Silverado, is mated to a six-velocity automated gearbox, and features Lively Gasoline Administration, which permits the V8 to run on 4 cylinders underneath sure circumstances.
The second 5.three is hooked to an eight-velocity automated and advantages from a brand new know-how referred to as Dynamic Gasoline Administration that constantly shuts cylinders on and off as wanted. GM says it fires on fewer than eight cylinders greater than 60 % of the time. And all of it works seamlessly. We could not inform what number of cylinders have been firing whereas we have been driving, and once we requested for full steam forward we obtained it at once. The EPA estimates the brand new 5.three will ship 17 miles per gallon metropolis, 23 freeway, and 19 mixed. Relying on gear, the 2019 Silverado with this new 5.three-liter V8 can tow as a lot as eleven,600 kilos.
We additionally took a spin in an LTZ powered by Chevy’s elective 6.2-liter V8, which for 2019 is hooked to a ten-velocity automated and is on the market solely with 4-wheel drive. With 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, that is the engine that permits the Silverado to tow its most score of 12,200 kilos. From behind the wheel, the 6.2 and 10-velocity really feel a bit extra sprightly than the smaller 5.three V8. The 6.2 additionally will get GM’s newfangled DFM know-how, and it has EPA estimates of sixteen metropolis, 20 freeway, and 17 mixed.
If you’d like a Chevy truck with absolutely the highest payload score, you are going to want to decide on the standard four.three-liter V6, which may haul 2,500 kilos. With 305 horsepower and 285 lb-ft, base Silverado fashions may also tow as a lot as eight,000 kilos. A brand new 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that we did not get to test will begin hitting dealerships just a little later this yr.
Now can be a superb time to say that none of those towing or hauling figures are class-main. The newest Ford F-one hundred fifty can tow as a lot as thirteen,200 kilos with its three.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and boasts a max payload score of three,270 kilos with a 5.zero-liter V8 engine. F-one hundred fifty fashions outfitted with Ford’s 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost six-cylinder engine (which matches up towards Chevy’s 5.three-liter V8) have EPA estimates as excessive as 22 metropolis, 26 freeway, and 22 mixed.
A great little bit of credit score for Ford’s class-main tow, payload, and effectivity ratings may be attributed to its aluminum-intensive structure, which saves weight in comparison with metal. Chevrolet has gone down a considerably totally different path with the 2019 Silverado, selecting to make use of light-weight aluminum for sure exterior panels whereas sticking with numerous grades of metal in all places else, together with the pickup mattress. Meaning whereas Chevy wasn’t capable of minimize fairly as a lot weight as Ford did a number of years again with the F-one hundred fifty, a 2019 Silverado Crew Cab continues to be about 450 kilos lighter than the outgoing truck. And, since metal development is cheaper than aluminum, it additionally signifies that Chevy can doubtless pocket a bit extra revenue from every Silverado sale than it might if it dove extra absolutely into lightweighting measures.
Probably the most obtrusive deficiency of the 2019 Silverado is its interior, which simply is not as much as snuff in comparison with the newest Ford and Ram choices. A seven-inch infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a welcome piece of standard gear, and elective bits just like the phase’s first head-up show, a encompass-view digital camera setup and a rear-digital camera mirror are good touches. However not one of the supplies have a premium really feel, and the trim — fake wooden in some fashions, an odd cross-hatch in others — appears low cost. Even the costliest Excessive Nation, which replaces the aluminum-painted encompass of the middle stack with a bronze-painted encompass, lacks the polish of Ford’s Platinum and Restricted trim ranges. And there isn’t any present-stopping know-how centerpiece like Ram’s vertically oriented 12-inch touchscreen, both.
Partly atoning for the shortage of pizzazz is a give attention to practicality. Chevy’s engineers added three.9 inches to the wheelbase of the 2019 Silverado versus the previous truck. From the surface, the 2019 is 1.2 inches wider, 1.5 inches taller, and 1.7 inches longer. All that additional area provides as much as a cabin that feels extra roomy than the final Silverado, particularly the rear seat with its forty three.four inches of leg room (a three-inch enchancment).
Simply as essential, Chevy was capable of equip the 2019 Silverado with the most important truck mattress within the phase. In comparison with the final Silverado, the brief mattress will increase from fifty three cubic ft to sixty three, the standard field swells from sixty two to seventy two, and the lengthy field goes from seventy five to eighty. There are additionally 12 fastened tie-down factors within the mattress, every of which is rated to carry 500 kilos, up from the 250 kilos of the previous truck. Accessing all that area within the mattress might be made simpler by an influence-operated rear tailgate, however solely on LTZ and Excessive Nation fashions.
Out on the street, the 2019 Silverado behaves simply as you’d anticipate from a contemporary pickup truck. The journey is strong and, contemplating the capabilities, fairly snug. The reside axle on the rear causes some anticipated sidestepping at freeway speeds over angled bumps and dips. We did not anticipate a lot steering really feel from the Silverado, however have been pleasantly stunned by the slight tightening up of the wheel when the truck is switched into Efficiency mode utilizing a knob on the higher left aspect of the dashboard. Efficiency mode, which is new for 2019, additionally adjusts the programming of truck’s transmission for a barely sportier really feel.
We towed a 6,000-pound cargo trailer with a Silverado LTZ powered by the 6.2-liter V8. As you’d anticipate, contemplating that this weight wasn’t anyplace close to the utmost load the truck is able to pulling, the Silverado principally simply shrugged off the test. Even when we did not have the prospect to push the truck to its trailering restrict, we did recognize Chevy’s newest suite of towing aids. Consumers can choice as much as 4 cameras to assist line up a truck and its trailer, together with one pointed straight down on the hitch. An app within the Silverado’s LCD display screens the temperature and air strain of the trailer’s tires in actual time, and it may additionally hook up with a smartphone to conduct a trailer mild test whereas the driving force is outdoors of the vehicle. As much as 5 trailer profiles could be remembered by the app, and it’ll remind the proprietor of every trailer’s regular maintenance wants.
Concentrating on the guts of the pickup market by providing numerous mid-degree decisions might be a smart play for Chevrolet. We actually just like the Path Boss package deal, and respect that it is obtainable on the decrease-value Customized or the extra absolutely featured LT trim. A bigger cabin, a mattress that is 20 % bigger than earlier than, a 14 % enchancment in payload capability, a 5 % achieve in tow ratings, and a 5 % improve in fuel effectivity are all welcome steps in the appropriate course. However not one of the towing, payload, and fuel effectivity figures are sufficient to beat the Silverado’s primary competitor, the Ford F-one hundred fifty, regardless of Chevy having a number of years to catch up. Plus, the lackluster interior and the shortage of a real luxurious package deal are missteps that we will not overlook.
There’s much more Silverado information to return, notably the Duramax three.zero-liter turbo diesel inline-six engine that we’re actually wanting ahead to testing. For now, although, we will not fathom a state of affairs during which Chevy passes Ford for fullsize pickup truck gross sales dominance.
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