Chevrolet Silverado Unveiled, Drops 450 Pounds And Gains A Diesel Engine

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Let the truck wars begin.

GM says its new truck is up to 450 pounds lighter than the current model.

Chevy is going out of their way to say their bed is not made of aluminum like the F-150.

"The working end of every pickup is the bed".

While we'll be uploading more images later, we wanted to get you pictures from the launch as fast as possible.

The company said it used customer feedback to redo the interior, with more comfortable seats, more interior cargo space and added legroom for front and rear passengers.

Chevy will offer a diesel option for its light-duty truck. The current crew cab with a 6.2-Liter V8 gets 15 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway.

Before the 2018 NAIAS opens to the public from January 20 to January 28 at the Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit, automakers show off new models and make world debuts in scheduled press conferences. That hasn't happened. Indeed, Chevy skewered its rival with "real people" commercials showing a dropped toolbox puncturing the bed of the F-150.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Trailboss was unveiled last month, but we now have details on the full line-up of no less than eight variants. The fully boxed steel frame is also 88 pounds lighter than its predecessor, while eighty percent of the frame is made of high-strength steel. Remarkably, it's also lighter, weighing 450 pounds (204 kg) less than today's truck when comparing crew cab V-8 models.

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Two V-8 engines return to satisfy traditional truck buyers looking for a V-8 rumble. In addition to its aluminum diet, Ford has committed to a turbocharged V-6 strategy to save fuel while increasing torque.

"Our competition has downsized and boosted their engines", said Herrick. Chevrolet managers say the passenger volume has increased, and so has the cargo volume in the bed of the truck.

"Truck customers told us they want the flawless truck for them and not a "one size fits most" truck", said GM design boss Mike Simcoe.

Alan Batey, GM's head of North America, said Chevy will offer eight different configurations of the truck from basic work models to well-equipped off-road and luxury versions so they can be personalized.

The Silverado is the second-best selling vehicle in the USA and is outsold only by Ford's F-Series pickups.

The Silverado features the first opening and closing power tailgate.

The one thing the pickup adversaries share is a 10-speed transmission, co-developed by GM and Ford for rear-wheel drive platforms.

Under the hood the 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/ transmission combinations, which includes new 5.3L and 6.2L V8 engines.

The truck will undergo 7 million miles of testing before production begins at the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant.