The latest Ford F-150 has hogged the limelight as the freshest half-tonne pickup truck that anyone really cares about for the past two years, but that changes now with the arrival of the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverdo.
General Motor’s half-tonne puckup is “built from the ground up,” meaning new body, new frame, new design… new everything. Compared to its predecessor, it is notably lighter; roomier both in the cab and the cargo bed, more comfortable; more convenient, practical and versatile; more fuel-efficient; and safer. You be the judge as to whether or not it is more attractive inside and out.
Here are some key takeaways. Let us know if you’re impressed:
- Unlike the latest Ford F-150, which is mostly all-aluminum, the new Silverado uses a mixture of steel and aluminum, with the former constituting its fixed panels and frame and the latter making up all “Swing” panels such as the doors, hood and tailgate.
- It is slightly bigger than the old truck, featuring a longer wheelbase for added room. Some of that increase went to the bed, which now a multi-piece configuration that opens up more than six inches of lateral bed space wall-to-wall, giving the Silverado’s short box up to 20 percent more raw volume (63 cubic feet total) than even the standard-length beds of the F-150 and Ram 1500.
- The bed benefits from 21 cargo tie-downs, larger cutouts in the CornerStep bumpers that provide better accommodation for steel-toed boots, an available 120-volt power outlet and LED task lighting, and an available power up / down tailgate — a first for the Silverado.
- There is more interior volume for passengers, with crew-cab models providing 3 inches more rear-seat legroom than before. There are now two new 10-liter storage bins integrated in the second-row seatbacks and a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat. Expected higher quality materials, improved refinement and, of course, the latest safety and convenience tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
- Despite the larger size, the trucks overall weight is down by 450 pounds (204 kg) thanks to the smart use of aluminum components and other weight-reduction measures.
- Powering the lighter body is the choice of six engine and transmission combinations, including a new 5.3L and 6.2L V8, as well as a new 3.0L six-cylinder turbo-diesel — also a first for the Silverado 1500.
Whatever you think about the new Silverado, there is no doubt that it’s a much better truck than any Silverado before it. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the all-new RAM 1500 and, of course, the top-selling Ford F-1500.
Which of the three trucks piques your interest the most?