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PostHeaderIcon 5 Trucks To Consider for Hauling Heavy Loads

We often get blinded by the horsepower wars among sports cars and supercars that a lot of us don’t pay enough attention to the pickup truck battlefield where horsepower isn’t as important as torque and towing capacity. These heavy haulers may not have the kind of power that Ferraris and Ford Mustangs have, but when it comes to pulling weight on top of its own, the competition is as cutthroat as it is the performance segments. Whether its towing capacity, max payloads, or just all-around usefulness and reliability, these five pickup trucks are the best options to get to where you need to go if you’re hauling some heavy weight

PostHeaderIcon Mid-year review: The 5 Best Truck and SUV Debuts So Far This Year

SUVs and trucks practically replaced sedans and wagons. Heck, they are so popular now that some manufacturers make three-door versions of SUVs, something that has never worked well. Nevertheless, this year has seen a fair share of SUV and truck releases, but as with everything else, some are more important than others.
I present to you five best and most important truck and SUV debuts so far this year.

PostHeaderIcon Drunk Concert Goer Gets Her Head Stuck in the Most Unbelievable Place

A young woman in Minnesota got her head stuck inside an exhaust tip, forcing the local fire department to cut the tailpipe off just to get her out of the strange predicament. The ordeal — if you can even call it that — took place at the Winstock Country Music Festival

Details are still unclear on how the girl’s head ended up inside the exhaust of a first-generation Chevrolet Silverado or why the girl was even in the vicinity of the truck, to begin with. According to reports, the young lady was reportedly intoxicated when the incident occurred, putting a lot of questions about the whole thing into perspective. Fortunately for her, the Winsted Fire Department was called in to help extract her head out of the exhaust pipe. A power saw was reportedly used in cutting the tailpipe, which led to the girl getting her head out of the exhaust pipe.

The McLeod County Sherriff’s Department also confirmed that the young lady was cited for underage drinking and was escorted out of the concert grounds once her head was removed from the exhaust pipe. To make this story even more unbelievable than it already is, the fire chief spoke to local media outlets and said that he had heard that it was the second time the young woman put her head in the tailpipe during the event. Apparently, she was able to get out the first time, which probably led to her thinking that she could do it again.

We had no plans to reveal the identity of the girl, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. She did it herself when she posted on Facebook, admitting that she was “the tailpipe girl.”

Make good choices, young lady. Make good choices.

PostHeaderIcon For the First Time Ever the Chevy Silverado Will Be Offered with a Four-Cylinder Engine

Just days before the 2019 Silverado’s debut, Chevrolet decided to reveal one key piece of information – the introduction of a four-cylinder engine to its line-up! That’s right, the heavyweight beast is all set to get an engine comparable to a hatch; but wait, puny, you say? This four-cylinder engine is more potent than the V-6 engine! Continue reading to know more.

PostHeaderIcon Chevy is Offering the Most Diverse Silverado Lineup Ever for 2019, Including a 310-Horsepower Four-Cylinder Engine!

The automotive market has changed so much over the last 15 years, and its constant evolution is taking us to places we never expected and showing us things we never thought we’d see. After Ford and Chevy integrated modern four-cylinder engines into the Mustang and Camaro, it was only a matter of time before the led to even stranger things, and in this case, that’s a four-cylinder Silverado. Chevy has announced that the 2019 Chevy Silverado will be offered with a 2.7-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder. In fact, it’s not only offering it but listing it as standard equipment on the entry-level LT and the RST. Both come exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

PostHeaderIcon Chevy is Offering the Most Diverse Silverado Lineup Ever for 2019, Including a 310-Horsepower Four-Cylinder Engine!

The automotive market has changed so much over the last 15 years, and its constant evolution is taking us to places we never expected and showing us things we never thought we’d see. After Ford and Chevy integrated modern four-cylinder engines into the Mustang and Camaro, it was only a matter of time before the led to even stranger things, and in this case, that’s a four-cylinder Silverado. Chevy has announced that the 2019 Chevy Silverado will be offered with a 2.7-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder. In fact, it’s not only offering it but listing it as standard equipment on the entry-level LT and the RST. Both come exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Teases 2020 Silverado HD, Debut Set in the Fall Of This Year

The Chevy Silverado has been a hot topic lately.
The 2019 Silverado 1500 was unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, it’s the 2020 Silverado HD’s turn in the spotlight. It’s not scheduled to make its debut until the fall of this year, but Chevrolet is getting a head-start on the teasing game with the first official image of the heavy-duty pickup.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Chevy Silverado Offers an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax; Revised 5.3- and 6.2-Liter Engines

The Chevrolet Silverado never actually left us, but the debut of the all-new 2019 model feels like a second coming for the Bowtie’s massively popular half-ton pickup. It has a dramatic new look, a lighter packaging, and a staggering number — eight in total — of trim options that’ll make your heads spin in excitement. Best of all, though, is the fact that Chevy is also diversifying the Silverado’s engine lineup, including an all-new Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel engine that will compliment revised versions of Chevy’s 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines.


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“After months of speculation, Chevrolet has confirmed the introduction of an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine”

The rumors were true. After months of speculation, Chevrolet has confirmed the introduction of an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel engine. The automaker remained coy on the output numbers of the engine, but it’s expected to be competitive against Ford’s new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 and Ram’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engines. GM executive vice president Mark Reuss alluded to this in the press conference introducing the new Silverado.
“I’m not going to go into the numbers today, but some of our competition have given numbers on their diesels, and let’s just say I’m confident that we’ll have the best performing diesel in this segment,” he said.

It’s the same story with the two bigger V-8 engine options. Updated power numbers remain vague, but we do know that the 5.2-liter V-8 on the current model pumps out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the 6.2-liter V-8 unit produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. With all the changes made to the two units, including the adoption of the “industry-first” Dynamic Fuel Management system, it’s expected that both mills will be able to unlock instant power at the driver’s disposal, to go along with improved fuel efficiency.


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“The new 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel and the updated 6.2-liter V-8 are getting a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed transmission and start/stop technology”

The new 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel and the updated 6.2-liter V-8 are getting a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed transmission and start/stop technology. No mention was made on the transmission for the 5.3-liter unit, so the expectation is that it’ll retain either of its two current transmissions: a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic and a Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck. While Chevy teased the truck back in December at the Texas Motor Speedway at Chevy’s centennial celebration, the full details only became available at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Chevy also made sure everyone knew the 2018 Detroit show marked 100 years since the brand launched its first pickup.

The 2019 Silverado is completely new and shares almost zero parts from the outgoing truck. Even the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s are revised for increased efficiency. The truck’s fully boxed frame is now 88 pounds lighter but has 10 percent more torsional rigidity, and the truck’s overall weight has dropped 450 pounds when comparing crew cab V-8 models from 2018 and 2019. Chevy did this by using aluminum. Yes, after years of dogging Ford for building its trucks from recycled beer cans, Chevy has made the switch, too. But not every body panel made the transition – only the parts that swing, which includes the hood, doors, and tailgate. The rest is steel. This includes the bed floor, which Chevy says is made from higher-strength, roll-formed steel than before.

Of course, the interior has been completely revamped, too. You’ll find those details, along with so much more, down below.

Continue reading for more on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


Exterior

  • New overall design
  • Seven percent more aerodynamic
  • New stronger steel alloy in bed floor
  • Reduced weight by 450 pounds in crew cab V-8 model
  • Trailboss adds two-inch lift & all-terrain tires

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“Chevy has reworked the Silverado into something we’ve never seen before.”

It’s clear Chevy has reworked the Silverado into something we’ve never seen before. There is no retro feel here – it’s completely new, and in our opinion, better for it.

Gone are the squared-off fender flares seen on Silverados since 1973. The rounded cues continue thanks to a swoopy character line on the front fenders and an arching window line on the rear doors. There are plenty of straight lines, too. The grille, beltline, and tailgate are all arrow-straight.

Chevy also improved functionality by making the cargo bed larger. The popular short box, standard with crew cab models, has 63 cubic feet of volume, which Chevy says is 20 percent more than its competitors’ 2018 short-bed trucks. The wheel wells have been pushed apart nearly seven inches, making it even easier to fit 4×8 sheets of plywood or drywall into the bed. Every Silverado comes with more and stronger tie-downs. There are now 12 fixed tie-down loops and each has been reinforced to hold 500 pounds before bending – double the capacity of the previous truck. In addition, there are nine movable tie-downs that offer more flexibility in cargo management.

To compete with the Ram’s clever RamBox system, Chevy now has dealer-installed storage boxes that install over the wheel wells and against the inner bed wall. They offer almost seven cubic feet of lockable storage. Other new features include task lighting in the bed and a 120-volt household power outlet near the tailgate. Chevy’s super handy CornerStep bumper is now larger to better fit steel-toed boots. The extra area also makes finding the step easier when climbing out of the bed.

The New Trim Levels


The familiar trim levels carry over for 2019, but Chevy has injected more visual separation between them. Chevy further defines the trims by grouping them into three categories: high value, high volume, and high feature.

The base Work Truck trim has “CHEVROLET” embossed on its black grille and along the tailgate. Modest, 17-inch wheels and black trim pieces finish off the look. This is the go-to trim for fleets and blue-collar work.

The Custom trim returns, too, offering a more upscale look to the basic Work Truck grade. It includes body-colored trim, 20-inch wheels aluminum wheels, LED taillights, and the availability of the new integrated dual exhaust in the rear bumper. The Custom trim can also be optioned with the new Trailboss trim. This takes the Custom and transforms it into a, well, boss on the trail.


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“The Trailboss trim includes a 2.0-inch suspension lift, red tow hooks, and Goodyear Duratrac tires on 18-inch, double five-spoke black wheels in addition to the Z71 Off Road package”

The Trailboss trim includes a 2.0-inch suspension lift, red tow hooks, and Goodyear Duratrac tires on 18-inch, double five-spoke black wheels in addition to the Z71 Off Road package, which adds the G80 locking rear differential, skid plates, and Rancho shock absorbers.

In the “high volume” category, Chevy offers the LT, a new street-performance trim called RST, and the LT Trailboss. The LT trim brings chrome on the bumpers, grille, and mirror caps, along with a Chevy bowtie on the grille. Upgraded LED headlights and daytime running lights are added, too.

The RST package takes the LT and transforms it into a more menacing street truck. It includes body-color trim; full LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights; and optional wheels up to 22-inches in size. Sadly, no performance or suspension modifications are included. As for the LT Trailboss, it includes all the same equipment found on the Custom Trailboss but features the LT’s more upscale appearance and interior equipment.


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“The High Country trim is a cowboy’s dream. It includes a completely different front grille design with a two-tone chrome and bronze hue”

For those wanting a luxury truck, the LTZ and High Country trims return for 2019. The LTZ comes with chrome accents on the bumper, grille, mirror caps, door handles, and the new “hockey-stick” beltline. The mirrors are upgraded to have power folding and heating. The High Country trim is a cowboy’s dream. It includes a completely different front grille design with a two-tone chrome and bronze hue. Things like the door handles and mirror caps share the body color, while the side steps are chrome.

The High Country also comes standard with Chevy’s new power tailgate. The motorized tailgate operates by pushing a button where the handle is normally located, or by pressing a button on the key fob or inside the cabin. The power tailgate is optional on the LTZ, as well.

Interior

  • Three cab sizes
  • Three new trim levels
  • Three more inches of rear-seat legroom
  • Updated in-dash technology
  • 7.0-inch MyLink is standard, 8.0-inch on higher trims
  • Flat rear load floor
  • Hidden storage behind rear seats
  • Finally push-button starting!

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“The Crew Cab gains three inches in length and push-button starting is now included.”

The 2019 Chevy Silverado’s interior is completely new, though it isn’t a massively drastic change from the previous Silverado. The dash features a two-tone design in upper trim levels, along with bucket seats and a full-length center console. Lower trims come with a black or gray dash and a 40/20/40-split bench seat. Impressively, Chevy has made the 7.0-inch MyLink infotainment system standard, even in the base Work Truck grade. The 8.0-inch MyLink system is optional in mid-level grades and standard in the LTZ and High Country trims.

The redesigned steering wheel looks more high-class but comes with familiar controls. The column shifter is about the only carry-over part in the truck. It still features a toggle switch for manually shifting gears and a button on the end for the Tow/Haul mode. A revised gauge cluster offers digital gauges vehicle stats, much like the out-going GMC Sierra.

The center stack’s redesign simplistically arranges the MyLink controls, HVAC knobs, and a row of toggle switches for ancillary equipment like parking sensors, auto stop/start, traction control, downhill descent control, and on those equipped with the power-operated tailgate, a button for raising and lowering. Integrated trailer brakes, USB and USB-C connection, a 12-volt power port, and a 110-volt household outlet take up the bottom rung.

Does the 2019 Silverado’s Dash Resemble A Porg?

The 2019 Silverado offers tons of storage space. The dashboard’s double glove box returns, there are pockets on the side of the center console, the under-armrest console is larger, and there are even secret storage boxes hidden under the cushions in the rear seat. Yep, inside the backrest of the rear seats in the extended and crew cab models are two, 10-liter bins designed to hold smaller items like tie-down straps or jumper cables. Another storage spot lurks under the folding seat bottoms in the second row. It holds 24 liters of stuff and is wide enough for a gallon of milk and long enough for fishing rods. Depending on the trim level, the Silverado comes with vinyl, cloth, or leather seats in various colors.

What’s more, the Silverado’s rear floor is finally flat, with nearly no humps or transmission tunnels to disrupts the storage of cargo. Another new (and very welcomed) addition is the rear HVAC vents. Both the flat floor and HVAC system help make the most of the 2019 Silverado’s extra three inches of rear-seat legroom thanks to the longer crew cab design.

Drivetrain

  • Six engine/transmission combinations
  • Expected fuel economy improvements
  • Updated V-8s
  • All-new 3.0-liter Inline-six Turbodiesel
  • Eight- and 10-speed automatics

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“Both V-8s are heavily revised and a new 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel is available.”

Despite the 2019 Silverado’s debut at Detroit, Chevy is being coy with powertrain details. The “official” news is the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s are “new” and a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel is coming. The 10-speed automatic will be the premium transmission, presumably making the current eight-speed automatic the standard gearbox.

Details of the V-8s include Chevy’s new Dynamic Fuel Management system that actively shuts off any number of cylinders – not just four – in order to save on fuel when full power isn’t needed. For example, the V-8 can run on six, four, and even two cylinders. We knew General Motors was developing this technology back in early 2015. Back then, it was called Dynamic Skip Fire. As for the exhaust note, Chevy says it has fitted the Silverado’s cabin with extra thick sound insulation to combat unpleasant noises when not in V-8 mode. Aside from Dynamic Fuel Management, the V-8s continue to employ direct fuel injection and variable valve timing.


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The big news, however, is the Silverado’s new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder turbodiesel. The only information Chevy announced about the new engine is that it will pair exclusively with the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Beyond that, we only know this will be Chevy’s first inline six-cylinder since it ended production of the Trailblazer SUV and its 4.2-liter Atlas I-6 in 2009.

It is, however, easy enough to speculate Chevy’s new light-duty turbodiesel will have to be competitive against Ram and Ford’s 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesels. The Ram’s updated EcoDiesel will make 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, while Ford’s Power Stroke V-6 will make 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque.

Naturally, the Silverado will come standard with rear-wheel drive, but part-time 4WD will be offered on every trim. The Trailboss will come standard with 4WD. As for the rear differential, the Silverado continues to use the G80 automatic locking rear differential from Eaton. It mechanically detects excess wheel spin and locks itself to power both rear wheels at the same speed. While convenient that the driver doesn’t have to do anything, both the new 2019 Ram 1500 and the current Ford F-150 offer electronic locking rear diffs that engage at the push of a button.

Fuel economy ratings have not been announced but we fully expect to see a jump in efficiency. Currently, the 2018 Silverado with the 5.3-liter V-8 and rear-wheel drive can achieve 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined.

Pricing


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Naturally, Chevy has not announced pricing for the 2019 Silverado 1500. That news probably won’t be available until a few weeks before the truck arrives in showrooms. Chevy says that will happen sometime in late 2018.

We do expect a slight increase in pricing, of course. Currently, the 2018 Silverado 1500 WT starts at $28,285 and goes into the low $60,000 with every option box checked.

Chevy will likely increase each trim’s base price by $500 to $1,500, depending on how much content and improvements come in the generational change.

Competition

2018 Ford F-150


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The biggest competitor in the half-ton pickup category is the F-150. It’s also the best-selling vehicle in America, regardless of vehicle category or price point. That’s saying something. Still, Chevy will have time to one-up the F-150, whose latest version debuted in 2017 as a 2018 model. The F-150 comes in literally hundreds of bed, cab, trim, drivetrain, and option combinations, making the truck incredibly customizable.

The powertrain list is long. It starts with a 3.3-liter V-6 as the base engine. A 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 are the mid-range engine choices, while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost is what Ford wants you to buy. Those getting the F-150 Raptor will automatically get a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost that’s rated at an impressive 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Most models come with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission Lower trims get the six-speed automatic.

Ford’s latest engine is a new 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel. This new Power Stroke makes 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy and towing specs have not been announced, though the engine is expected to go on sale in late 2018.

Prices range wildly depending on trim and options. The base XL truck starts at $27,380, but a decked-out Limited trim with all the options checked will top $68,000.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ford F-150.

2019 Ram 1500


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The Ram 1500 also underwent a massive generational update for the 2019 model year. Like the Silverado, the truck is completely new from headlights to hitch and offers some tantalizing new interior features including a new 12-inch touchscreen. The new frame is lighter and stronger and the suspension has been revised for a smoother ride while boosting the Ram’s payload and towing capabilities to an impressive 2,300 and 12,750 pounds, respectively.

The 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter V-8 are both heavily updated and offer an available mild-hybrid system. It uses an electric motor in place of the alternator that receives power from a small battery pack to help provide low-end torque via the engines’ belt drives. On the V-6, the system will supplement 90 pound-feet of torque and an extra 130 pound-feet on the 5.7- liter Hemi.

Top-end horsepower and torque specs remain unchanged from the previous generation. The V-6 still provides 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The Hemi kicks out 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy ratings haven’t been announced.

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 will return in the new Ram, though the date has yet to be announced. Power levels have increased to 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, prices for the new 2019 Ram 1500 haven’t been announced, though we won’t have to wait long. Ram says the new truck will arrive in showrooms by the end of Q1 2018. Prices for the current Ram 1500 start at $26,495 for the base Tradesman trim and peak around $56,000, just to give an idea.

Read our full review on the 2019 Ram 1500

Conclusion


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Chevrolet has done a good job at revitalizing the Silverado. It shares almost nothing with the outgoing truck and improves on nearly every metric save (undoubtedly) on price. Its longer cabin provides more rear legroom and storage area, while rear HVAV vents and keyless starting bring the truck in line with its competitors.

Chevy’s new RST and Trailboss trim levels should prove popular among retail customers wanting a more stylish – and with the Trailboss, more capable – truck. The added interior storage compartment will make everyday life more organized, while the new cargo bed with its wider floor and reinforced tie-downs will make using the Silverado for truck stuff more effortless.

We can’t wait to hear more about the new powertrain upgrades, especially the new 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel, and how they improve the Silverado’s fuel economy. It’s an exciting time in the half-ton truck market, for sure. Ram’s new 1500 is extremely impressive and the revised-for-2018 Ford F-150 continues to be the most popular vehicle in America. It’s a tough race, but Chevy has an impressive new runner.


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    • * 2019 Ram is also extremely impressive

References

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Does The 2019 Silverado’s Dash Resemble A Porg?


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Watch The 2019 Chevy Silverado’s Power-Lift Tailgate!


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Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.


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Read more Detroit Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Silverado’s 3.0-Liter Duramax Is Chevy’s First I-6 Turbodiesel

Chevrolet is breaking the status quo with its all-new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel. Announce in conjunction with the new 2019 Silverado 1500, this light-duty turbodiesel marks a few big milestones for the automaker. It breaks convention by avoiding the familiar V-6 design used by both Ford and Ram’s 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesels.

First, the 3.0-liter I-6 Duramax is the first straight-six diesel engine Chevy has ever made, and second, it’s the first inline-six produced since the Chevy Trailblazer and its 4.2-liter Atlas I-6 ended production during the 2009 model year.


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Note: Chevrolet Equinox’s 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine pictured here.

“The 3.0-liter I-6 Duramax is the first straight-six diesel engine Chevy has ever made”

Though Chevy has a long history with diesel and turbodiesel engines, they have all been I-4, V-6, and V-8 configurations. Currently, Chevy makes both I-4 and V-8 styles. They include the 1.6-liter I-4 found in the Cruze and Equinox, the 2.8-liter I-4 Duramax in the Colorado, and the 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 used in the Silverado HDs. The list of V-6 turbodiesel is much shorter, containing only the Oldsmobile’s 4.3-liter V-6 built from 1982 through 1985.

As for the Chevy Trailblazer’s 4.2-liter inline-six gasoline engine, it met an untimely demise thanks to the downturn in the economy, the Trailblazer’s age, the ease of manufacturing the 4.3-liter V-6 next to the 5.3-liter V-8, and the rise in popularity of front-wheel-drive crossovers. The 4.2-liter Atlas was simply too long for transversely mounting between the front wheels of a crossover SUV. While it would have made a great engine in the Silverado 1500, the Atlas would have proved too costly in replacing the 4.3-liter V-6. See, the V-6 was basically a 5.3-liter V-8 with two cylinders missing. That meant it was the same width and shared the same engine mounts as the V-8. The similarities also made engine production much easier for Chevy.

Read our in-depth look at the 4.2-liter Atlas inline-six.


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Note: Colorado’s 2.8-liter inline four-cylinder diesel engine pictured here.

“The new Duramax will have to compete with Ram’s updated 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 and Ford’s all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6.”

As for Chevrolet’s all-new 3.0-liter Inline-six Duramax, its displacement, cylinder arrangement, and fuel are all we know. Power, fuel economy, and option cost have not been announced. Still, that won’t stop us from speculating. The new Duramax will have to compete with Ram’s updated 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 and Ford’s all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6.

Ram’s revised EcoDiesel will make 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The Ford’s Power Stroke will produce 250 horses and 440 pound-feet of torque. Chevy is undoubtedly targeting these performance figures. Since the last automaker to debut will generally one-up the competition, Chevy’s turbodiesel could potentially make more than 260 horses and 442 pound-feet. However, Chevy could be targeting fuel economy rather than power, in which case, we might see Chevy’s specs fall around the F-150’s.

And while horsepower and torque are important, the real winner will be the first truck to achieve greater than 30 mpg on the highway without some outlandish fuel economy-oriented trim package.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Gives the 2019 Silverado a Proper Diet

Chevrolet promised to turn heads at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and it did just that with the introduction of the 2019 Silverado. There’s a lot to unpack about Chevy’s all-new, half-ton pickup truck, and one of the most interesting developments about it has to do with its weight. It may not seem like it in on the surface, but the new Silverado, among other things, is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.


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“Chevy’s going to point to the combination of using aluminum and steel on the truck’s body as the biggest reason behind the Silverado’s loss in weight”

Chevy’s going to point to the combination of using aluminum and steel on the truck’s body as the biggest reason behind the Silverado’s loss in weight. There’s a good reason for that because a number of body panels in the truck are made from aluminum, including the doors, hood, and tailgate, Together with the lightweight material, Chevy also used steel in the development of the new pickup, including seven different grades of steel on the underlying safety cage.

The shift to this mixed-material use is a body that now weighs 88 pounds (40 kg) lighter than the current model while also offering 10 percent greater torsional rigidity. The use of mixed materials also has an effect on the pickup’s all-new suspension. Take the front independent short/long arm suspension, for example. According to Chevy, not only are the new forged-aluminum upper control arms lighter, but they also provide better wheel alignment than the stamped component they replace. The redesign extends to the live-axle rear suspension, which now includes new carbon-composite second-stage springs on LT models. The addition of these springs helps save 12 pounds per side compared to the steel springs that are used in the current model.


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“The 2019 Chevrolet now weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 4,000 pounds, 450 pounds less than the current model”

As it is, the 2019 Chevrolet now weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 4,000 pounds, 450 pounds less than the current model, which carries a base curb weight of around 4,500 pounds for the Regular Car trim. It’s not the sexiest development attributed to the new Silverado — it also gets a new engine, in case you’re wondering —but it is significant in improving the pickups all-around versatility.

By comparison, the base curb weight of the existing Ford F-150 sits at 4,560 pounds while the Ram 1500 tips the scales at a heavier 5,083 pounds. A lighter pickup truck has the makings of a more versatile pickup truck, a strategy that Chevrolet is adopting with the new 2019 Silverado. Combine that with the presentation of the pickup and all its other new features and you have a new Silverado that’s looking to make a statement in the half-ton pickup segment.


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“A lighter pickup truck has the makings of a more versatile pickup truck, a strategy that Chevrolet is adopting with the new 2019 Silverado.”

Consider this a warning shot aimed at the feet of Ford and Ram. The 2019 Silverado is now lighter on its feet. Care for a response, Ford and Ram?

References

Chevrolet Silverado

Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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PostHeaderIcon Chevy Drops Teaser of Silverado 4500 and 5500 Prior to March Debut

Chevrolet has dropped a darkened teaser image of its upcoming medium-duty truck, the 2019 Silverado 4500 and 5500. The truck will compete directly with the Ram 4500 and 5500, along with the Ford F-450, F-550, and even the F-650. Chevy officially announced the trucks were coming at the 2017 Texas State Fair.

In a statement at the fair back in September of 2017, John Schwegman, Chevy’s U.S. director of commercial product, said, “We are earning new business because we have more solutions to help businesses grow. The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will stand out because we’ve designed the trucks around how customers work. They will be powerful, maneuverable and among the easiest trucks on the market to upfit with specialized bodies, such as dump bodies, rollbacks, freight boxes and more.”

The Silverado 4500 and 5500 will be powered by the current 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel and use the Alison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive and 4WD will be offered, as well as the regular cab and crew cab configurations. Important to upfitter companies, the trucks will come in a variety of wheelbases and GVWRs to accommodate a wide range of jobs. Fleet managers will also appreciate the optional of 4G LTE connectivity, which is great for keeping track of fleet maintenance and vehicle locations.

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The Teaser Photo After Editing


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We ran the mysterious, darkened teaser photo through some edition software and came up with more detail than Chevy likely intended for us to see. The shadows were easily lightened and the grille, headlights, and bumper were quickly revealed.

The headlights are from the current Chevy Silverado Heavy Duty (2500 & 3500), while the bumper, hood, and grille are all unique pieces. Unlike the Cab of the TopKick and Kodiak, the new 4500 and 5500 won’t be based on the Express van. Rather, these will have the Silverado’s cab and interior.

Chevy’s Resurging Commercial Fleet


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“Now with the return of the 4500- and 5500-series trucks, General Motors will once again be able to compete against Ford’s impressive F-Series lineup”

General Motors’ commercial presence took a huge nosedive during the 2008 recession. The Chevy Kodiak and GMC TopKick medium-duty trucks were dropped and GM’s partnership with Isuzu floundered. Thankfully, Isuzu and Chevy announced their revived partnership in 2015 with the Low-Cab Forward medium-duty trucks. Now with the return of the 4500- and 5500-series trucks, General Motors will once again be able to compete against Ford’s impressive F-Series lineup. While Ford doesn’t offer a low-cab forward truck, the automaker does have a Stripped Chassis vehicle that can be upfitted in the aftermarket with nearly any cab and body. Ford also has the E-Series and Transit van cutaways. In the medium-duty segment, the F-Series includes the F-650 and F-750. Bridging the gap are the Super Duty-based F-450 and F-550.

On the Ram size, the Ram 4500 and 5500 are designed after the Ram 2500 and 3500 series truck. Ram currently doesn’t build a true medium-duty or a low-cab forward truck, but does offer cutaway vans thanks to the ProMaster.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper Selections of the Day: 2019 Chevy Silverado

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PostHeaderIcon The Best Truck For Moving A Big Christmas Haul

Imagine, for a second, a long-lost and filthy rich uncle invites your family over for Christmas. Under the tree is every imaginable gift to make up for his years of absence. (It’s a stretch, yeah, but play along.) The kids tear through the paper revealing massive gifts that somehow weight a ton. Now, how will you get these presents home? Well, luckily there are pickup trucks built to handle the load.

General Motors, Ford, and Ram’s offerings have all grown exponentially capable over the last decade, with some hauling and towing more than ever though possible. In many cases, a commercial driver’s license is needed to stay legal. Here, we’re going to focus on one-ton trucks with single-rear wheels and achieving the maximum payload capacity. So, if you’re needed a truck that can haul, this is for you.

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3. Ram 3500HD


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4,140 pounds of payload

Coming in at third on our list is the Ram 3500HD Built as a regular cab and long bed, the single-rear wheeled Ram is capable of carrying 4,140 pounds in its bed. That’s pretty impressive when compared to a half-ton or even three-quarter ton truck, but doesn’t quite stack up to the one-ton competition.

Unlike the Ram 1500 and 2500 models with their multi-link and coil spring rear suspension setup, the 3500 uses a traditional leaf spring design. The thick leaf pack affords more weight tolerance, though at the compromise of unladen ride quality. Still, when it comes to moving heavy objects, the Ram 3500HD does a fine job. The Ram requires the larger gasoline engine option – the big 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. While you’d think the 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six would be the better choice for heavy hauling, the turbodiesel’s weight adds to the Ram’s overall curb weight and therefore directly drops the available payload capacity. It’s worth mentioning that by opting for the dual-rear wheels, the Ram 3500HD’s payload shoots up to 7,350 pounds – the most of three trucks with the dually option.

Prices for this particular 3500HD SRW with a 4,140-pound rating start at $33,790.

Read our full review on the 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty.

2. Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD


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4,390 pounds of payload

The Chevy takes second place in this comparison, much like it does in the sales wars. Built as a 3500HD with the regular cab and eight-foot bed and powered by the 6.0-liter V-8 and with rear-wheel drive, the Silverado will haul 4,390 pounds in the bed. The Silverado also requires the 11,100-pound GVWR weight rating option to be selected. As with the Ram, the Silverado 3500HD with dual rear wheels is capable of hauling much more. In this case, it’s 7,153 pounds – again with the gasoline engine and rear-wheel drive.

Pricing for this specifically configured truck starts at $44,720 in the base WT trim. That’s a hefty increase over the Ram’s base price.

Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

1. Ford F-350 Super Duty


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4,710 pounds of payload

Defying conventional wisdom of cab and bed configurations, reaching the maximum payload in the 2018 Ford Super Duty without dual-rear wheels requires the Super Cab and long bed configuration with 4WD. Set up this way, the F-350 will haul 4,710 pounds in its aluminum bed. The 6.2-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic transmission are required, along with the 11,500-pound GVWR.

Like the Silverado and Ram, the Ford Super Duty’s payload rating jumps significantly when adding the dual-rear-wheel option. In that case, the F-350 Super Duty will haul 7,630 pounds. That configuration requires the regular cab, long bed option with rear-wheel drive.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty.

PostHeaderIcon GM Will Continue Current Silverado & Sierra Production Past 2019 Model Launch

General Motors has apparent plans to keep the current-generation 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 in production while simultaneously building and selling the all-new, 2019 versions. GM has tapped its Oshawa plant in Canada to continue production while its other plants in the U.S. and Mexico will build the new model.

“This strategy will help us meet customer demand as we transition our production and introduce our exciting new models into the market starting later in 2018,” said Jennifer Wright, a GM Canada spokeswoman to Automotive News Canada. “The length of the program in Oshawa will be dependent on market demand.”

For anyone who has followed the auto industry, this news isn’t surprising, especially for GM. Most recently, GM built both the previous and new generation of Equinox crossover and Jeep plans to do the same with the outgoing Wrangler JK while the new 2018 Wrangler JL’s production is ramping up. Automotive News reports that even the current Ram 1500 will continue production alongside the next-generation Ram 1500 when it begins assembly in early 2018.

As for the Oshawa’s future, Canada’s Unifor union president Jerry Dias, told AN, “They are being very careful about what they are announcing right now. But they have invested a fortune in Oshawa. Right now the commitment is to the existing portfolio. More decisions will be made.”

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Why It Matters


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“By continuing to produce current models, it gives automakers the chance to perfect the new model’s assembly while giving customers a shot at deeply discounted “classic” models.”

Automakers cannot afford to create a gap in their sales flow. Simply ending production of an outgoing model, allowing for weeks of renovation and retooling, and then spending several more weeks ramping up production just isn’t feasible. By continuing to produce current models, it gives automakers the chance to perfect the new model’s assembly while giving customers a shot at deeply discounted “classic” models.

That “classic” name actually has a history at GM. The automaker has used it on several occasions to denote previous-generation models that share the same model year as the new generation vehicle. Notable nameplates with the Classic treatment include the Malibu, Caprice, and of course, the Silverado. The last Silverado Classic happened in 2007 as GM transitioned from 1999-2006 GMT800 pickup to the 2007-2013 GMT900 pickup.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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Read more about the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.


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PostHeaderIcon New vs. Old: Exterior Updates to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Chevrolet’s soft debut of the 2019 Silverado 1500 Trailboss foregoes the big, juicy details, but gives us a great first glimpse at the all-new, next-generation pickup. About the only official specs include the higher strength steel bed floor, a substantial reduction in overall weight, and the presence of that new Trailboss trim. Chevy is withholding the rest until the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in mid-January.

Nevertheless, we’re going over what we know so far and taking a close look at the differences between the outgoing 2014-2018 Silverado and the 2019 model. Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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What We Know

“The 2019 Silverado is completely new – that much we fully expect”

The 2019 Silverado is completely new – that much we fully expect. A new frame made from stronger and lighter steel, updated suspension parts, and lighter body panels are all highly probable. Chevy did say the 2019 Silverado will be substantially lighter than before while its capability will be greater. New engine and transmission combinations are officially happening, though Chevy was mum on the details.
Expect updates to the 4.3-liter V-6 and 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8s. Chevy will certainly include its new 10-speed automatic transmission in the Silverado, too. A possibility of a forced-induction engine – like a turbocharged V-6 – could be happening, as well.

As for the added lightness, Chevy only revealed details of its new cargo bed. The floor is made from a roll-formed, higher-grade steel alloy. Chevy says it’s stronger yet lighter. The rest of the Silverado will use “mixed materials and advanced manufacturing, “ though no word on what that actually means. Rumors suggest the bed could be made of carbon fiber. Since the floor is known to be steel, perhaps it’s the bed walls that get the high-tech material.

More Off-Road Tech


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“The Z71 package includes a two-inch suspension lift and Goodyear DuraTrac tires”

The truck Chevy used to debut the 2019 Silverado is the Trailboss trim – an upgraded Z71 package that includes a two-inch suspension lift and Goodyear DuraTrac tires. Chevy says it’s one of eight trim levels available, which falls in line with the trims currently available on the 2018 Silverado. These include the WT, LS, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ Z71, and High Country. The Trailboss will be available in the LT trim and likely the LTZ trim. The red one seen here is the LT trim.

It’s clear the Silverado Trailboss isn’t a Ford F-150 Raptor fighter. Rather, this will go head-to-head with the Ram Rebel and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro. Technically, the Ford F-150 FX4 package should be included in the fight, as well, though it’s not as dedicated as the others.

A Visual Comparison

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“It’s clear from the images the 2019 Silverado shares no exterior parts with the outgoing pickup”

It’s clear from the images the 2019 Silverado shares no exterior parts with the outgoing pickup. Even the A-pillars, roof, and doors are new, confirming the 2019 Silverado’s complete revamp. The windshield is more raked for better aerodynamics and the side mirrors are now perched on the doors rather than mounted by the windows. This will help both reduce wind noise and aerodynamic efficiency.

Up front, the grille is still upright but shares no cues or design features with the outgoing style. Projector beam headlights are stacked atop the amber parking lights with the fender cutting into the grille and housing the LED daytime running lights. The bumper has a familiar design with the fog lights and tow hooks mounted together, a design cue seen on older Silverados. Red tow hooks apparently come on the Trailboss trim, too. Noticeably missing is a big, ugly front air dam, though we expect non-Trailboss models will have one.

Fender Vents


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“Perhaps the most interesting feature of the 2019 Silverado’s front end is the fender vents”

Perhaps the most interesting feature of the 2019 Silverado’s front end is the fender vents. The vertical vents are located between the front bumper and fender. The fender bulges outward, leaving space between itself and the amber parking light and bumper. How this plays into aerodynamics or drivetrain cooling is yet unknown. This feature could also be unique to the Trailboss trim, too. That seems especially plausible considering the body seam between the vent and front fender.

Around the Sides


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“The 2019 Silverado is far more sculpted and swoopy verses the previous Silverado”

The 2019 Silverado is far more sculpted and swoopy verses the previous Silverado. Gone are the squared-off fenders, replaced with rounded wheel wells for the first time since the second-generation C/K generation ended in 1972. A strong character line runs from the headlights through the front fender and then dives sharply under the side mirror. The line then runs across the doors and then dissipates within the rear fender bulge. A second character line runs just above the door handles and into the rear taillights before continuing onto the tailgate. A detail worth pointing out is the keyless entry button on all four door handles.

The Silverado Trailboss comes with some handsome and blacked out, double five-spoke wheels. They come wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. It is interesting that no side steps or rock sliders come with the Trailboss package, especially considering its off-roading intentions.

Out Back


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“New for 2019 are the chrome-tipped dual exhaust pipes integrated into the bumper’s lower half”

The 2019 Silverado’s business end is highly stylized yet ready for work. The tailgate features a retro-style CHEVROLET embossing right into the metal, while the Silverado and trim level badges are chrome lettering. The step bumper returns with larger steps for easier access into the bed. The trailer hitch receiver and trailer wiring connection remain almost unchanged, as does the access hole for the hand-crank winch that lowers the spare tire from under the bed. New for 2019 are the chrome-tipped dual exhaust pipes integrated into the bumper’s lower half. This looks similar to the Ram 1500’s dual exhaust treatment, but doesn’t blatantly copy the design detail.

Looking closely, more aerodynamic features are seen back here, too. The trailing edge of the cab has a spoiler integrated into its design. The third brake light seamlessly follows the spoiler and even appears to incorporate a camera for viewing the bed. The tailgate has a slight spoiler, as well, with a thick lip along the top. These two features should help the 2019 Silverado slip through the air more efficiently.

Badge Locations


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General Motors’ pickups have had numerous locations for badging over the years. The outgoing Silverado has its main badges on the front doors, while the GMC Sierra places the high on the font fenders. It seems Chevy will follow GMC’s lead for 2019; the Z71 badge seen on the new Silverado is placed predominately ahead of the side mirrors. At face values, this serves two purposes. One, it puts the badge at eye level, making the truck’s trim level easy to spot, and two, it frees up the door space for company logos.

Around back, the Silverado badge and trim level continue to reside on the tailgate, though the embossed CHEVROLET logo hasn’t been seen in several generations. Most recently, the embossed logo was seen on the ill-fated Pro-Tec composite bed offered on the 2001-2003 Silverado.

What We Expect Next


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“Chevy will divulge all the details at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show come mid-January”

Chevy will divulge all the details at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show come mid-January. Until then, we can only speculate. We expect the interior to have improved fit and better materials, more storage space, and hopefully a completely flat rear load floor in extended and crew cab models. Updated in-dash tech will also be included, along with a 360-degree camera system should be present.

As for powertrains, expect to see the venerable 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s return, but perhaps with updates for more power and increased fuel economy. The 4.3-liter should be present, too, but perhaps with a turbocharger or two for increased power with added fuel economy. Chevy’s 10-speed automatic transmission is expected on all but the WT trims, which will likely get the existing six-speed or even the eight-speed automatic. The base trucks will likely continue using a manual transfer case, while upper trims will get a push-button system with an Auto mode.

The 2019 Chevy Silverado will make its appearance in dealership showrooms sometime in the third quarter of 2018. Pricing hasn’t been revealed, of course, but expect a slight increase over the outgoing Silverado.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.


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PostHeaderIcon This Is It! Meet the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Continuing the modern trend of sneak-peak reveals ahead of official debuts, Chevrolet dramatically introduced its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup truck by airlifting the truck under a helicopter on December 16. The spectacle took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in view of the media and members of Chevy’s new Truck Legends owners club.

Chevy hasn’t released much information on the new 2019 Silverado, but we do know several key points. For starters, the new Silverado will come with a Trailboss trim. First seen on the Chevy Colorado, this trim takes the Z71 off-road package and adds a two-inch suspension lift and Goodyear DuraTrac tires. Chevy also says the new Silverado will come with more engine and transmission combinations, more technology and convenience features, and has a “significant reduction” in weight over the outgoing Silverado.

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What We Know


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“The new Silverado 1500 is lighter than before thanks to "mixed materials and advanced manufacturing."”

Chevy didn’t divulge too many details about its new 2019 Silverado – we’ll have to wait until its official debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show come January. For now, we know the new Silverado 1500 is lighter than before thanks to “mixed materials and advanced manufacturing.” While Chevy did not confirm the rumored carbon fiber cargo bed, it did reveal the bed’s floor is a higher-grade steel alloy that’s roll-formed for added strength and added lightness. Perhaps the bed walls will use carbon fiber. Either way, it seems Chevy smartly avoided using aluminum so it won’t have to backpedal on its “aluminum sucks” ad campaign that targeted the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150.

Chevy also dropped clues on the 2019 Silverado’s trim levels saying eight will be available. Currently, seven trim are available. These include the WT, LS, LT, LT Z71, LTZ, LTZ Z71, and High Country. Adding the Trailboss trim brings the count to eight. There is one catch, however. Chevy says the truck that debuted is an LT Trailboss; that suggests an LTZ Trailboss is possible. If that’s the case, other changes to the standard trim level lineup will be required.


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“As for the 2019 Silverado’s outward appearance, the truck is sleeker than before, with zero body panels shared from the outgoing truck”

As for the 2019 Silverado’s outward appearance, the truck is sleeker than before, with zero body panels shared from the outgoing truck. The grille is still flat and upright, but its details are completely new. Updated LED daytime running lights and projector beam headlights define the face, while lower fog lights sit next to the Trailboss’ red-colored tow hooks.

Gone are the squared-off fenders and replaced with a more rounded, sculpted design. The side mirrors are now separated from the door rather than attached next to the window. This will help reduce wind noise while cutting drag. The step bumper returns, but now features rectangular, chrome-tipped exhaust pipes tucked into its lower half. The trailer hitch receiver, trailer wiring connections, and access hole for the spare tire winch remain unchanged.

Last but certainly not least, the tailgate features a retro-style CHEVROLET stamping. The Silverado and trim level badges are set in chrome letter along the tailgate’s lower edge.

Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait before Chevy releases the full barrage of information on its new half-ton truck. The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is happening January 13 through 28, with all the reveals scheduled during the first two days. As always, stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for the latest in breaking news.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.


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PostHeaderIcon Australia Getting the Chevy Camaro SS, Colorado, and Silverado HD Through HSV

Living in Australia and feeling depressed over Holden being shut down? Can’t get your V-8 fix now that Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) is no longer building cool, beefed-up versions of the Commodore? Well, here’s some good news for ya: HSV just announced that it will convert the Camaro SS to right-hand drive for the Australian market starting 2018. The announcement is part of a new agreement struck between HSV and Holden, which will work together to bring new GM vehicles Down Under. The brands also unveiled a joint logo that now contains the lion and helmet used by Holden and HSV in the past.

The Camaro will be brought to Australia in SS trim, powered by the naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8. No four-cylinder or V-6 options, but also no ZL1. It will also be the higher-level 2SS version with various performance and convenience upgrades. No info on pricing yet, but expect it to be more expensive than the competing Ford Mustang GT after the right-hand-drive conversion. Production will begin in July 2018.

Alongside the Camaro SS, HSV will also modify the the Colorado and heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD for right-hand-drive use. The Colorado will also wear a “SportsCat” badge and will continue to use a Holden logo as it did until now. The Silverado 2500HD, on the other hand, will sold as a Chevrolet, just like the Camaro SS. The Colorado will be available in two versions, but none will get more power. However, a hotter version of the truck is likely to be followed as a direct rival for the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor. The Colorado SportsCat will go into production in late January as HSV first Chevrolet conversion. Silverado conversions will commence in April 2018.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition – Driven

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition

The current Chevrolet Silverado isn’t that old, really. It debuted for the 2014 model year and underwent a very mild cosmetic refresh for 2016. Yet, in the high-stakes game that is the American pickup market, Chevy has to stay current. An all-new Silverado is destined for 2019, but until the fall of 2018, we’re stuck with the current truck. While the 2017 Silverado is hardly a bad apple, Chevy is keeping it fresh by offering several special edition models and among them is this, the Midnight Edition.

I recently spent a week driving a 2017 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition, driving it the same way any truck owner would, well, save for towing a 9,300-pound trailer. I didn’t have one laying around. I did throw a couple coolers and lawn chairs in the bed, haul five people around, take the kiddo to school, and muddle through everyday life like anyone would. Turns out, the Silverado is a fantastic vehicle for active families.

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Video Overview

Exterior

  • Midnight Edition brings blacked-out look, upgraded tires
  • Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires
  • Bumper steps
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Towing Package
  • Skid plates

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“Looks are subjective, so everybody will have their own opinion.”

The 2017 Chevy Silverado is a handsome truck that’s been around since 2014. The grille, headlights, front bumper, and hood were refreshed in 2016 with a more aggressive design, but otherwise, the truck remains unchanged. Looks are subjective, so everybody will have their own opinion. For me, I like the Chevy’s squared-off appearance.

As for the Midnight Edition, the special edition package brings black door trim, a black front skid plate, black Chevy bowties, and that chrome Z71 badge on the front doors. Equally important to the tuck’s murderous tone are the black 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. Interestingly, the Midnight Edition also brings Front and Rear Park Assist that works via bumper-mounted sonar sensors.


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“The rear bumper features those awesomely handy steps for getting into the bed”

When it comes to utility, the Silverado has it in spades. The cargo bed has a spray-in bedliner, which came standard as the LTZ trim package. The rear bumper features those awesomely handy steps for getting into the bed. In conjunction, the rear stake pockets have larger openings for handles when climbing up. The tailgate has an easy-lower and lift feature. The towing package, which is standard on the LTZ trim, not only includes the two-inch receiver hitch, but both seven- and four-pin wiring connectors. Having 4WD makes the front tow hooks standard. Other niceties include LED projector-beam headlights, LED fog lights,

All told, the Silverado fulfills its utilitarian role as a pickup, but also does a great job of being family transportation. Compile that with the sinister looks of the Midnight Edition, and it’s a solid package.

Interior

  • Seating for five
  • 8.0-inch MyLink Infotainment
  • Handy center console
  • Fold-up rear bench seats

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“This Silverado is meant to haul people and stuff within the comforts of an air-conditioned space”

Being a Crew Cab, this Silverado is meant to haul people and stuff within the comforts of an air-conditioned space. Naturally, the Silverado does this well. My LTZ tester comes with leather seats and has the $510 front bucket seat option that includes the full-length center console. Though it takes away the middle seat, reducing the seating capacity form six to five, the console offers tons of storage space, a rack for hanging file folders, a wireless phone charger, and a rubberized spot for holding cell phones. Best of all, the console adds an array of charge ports that includes two USB ports, two 12-volt power outlets, and a three-pronged, 110-volt plug.

The LTZ package makes a handful of electronic gadgetry standard, too. There’s the 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with navigation and the 4.2-inch driver information screen in the gauge cluster. Both are moderately customizable and allow for different information to be displayed. The MyLink system rivals Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch Uconnect system for simplistic perfection while offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The home screen’s icons can be rearranged to suit the driver’s preference.


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“The heated and vented front seats work exceptionally well at keeping backsides happy”

Another lovely feature is the heated and vented front seats. They both work exceptionally well at keeping backsides happy. The dual-zone climate controls keep front sides happy, too. Unfortunately for those in back, the Silverado does not have rear air vents, meaning they’ll have to rely on front occupants sharing their vents in the game of “move it a bit to the left. No, too much.” Adding insult to injury, the Silverado (and its corporate twin, the GMC Sierra) is the only full-size truck without rear air vents.

One thing the Silverado Crew Cab has plenty of is storage space. Not only does the center console have a ton of room, but all four door pockets have two shelves and room for big-gulp cups. The glove compartment has two tiers, making it easier to organize things. The rear bench seat has space underneath for stuff, as well. Chevy actually sells a storage organizer for this area, should you not need the mostly flat load floor. And yes, the bench seat folds up neatly, allowing larger items to slide in.

Other interesting features include a sunroof, a power-sliding rear window, memory settings for the driver’s seat, and power-adjustable pedals. Those things help make up for the Silverado’s lack of push-button starting.

Drivetrain

  • 5.3-liter V-8
  • 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 4WD with Auto mode
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • 15 mpg city / 20 hwy / 17 Comb
  • 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds

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“The small-block Chevy kicks out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm”

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is available with three engines: the base 4.3-liter V-6, the volume-leading 5.3-liter V-8, and the premium choice, the 6.2-liter V-8. All three engines are from General Motors’ EcoTec3 engine family and share the same basic architecture and technology. The three main features (and why its called EcoTec3) are variable valve timing, direct fuel injection, and Active Fuel Management, otherwise known as cylinder deactivation.

Like most consumer-grade Silverados, my tester came with the 5.3-liter V-8. The small-block Chevy kicks out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. That’s enough grunt to move this 5,300-pound truck to 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds. Chevy limits the truck’s top speed to a measly 99 mph, so don’t expect to run the German Autobahn.


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“The 4WD system offers five modes: 2WD mode, an Auto mode, 4WD high, 4WD low, and neutral”

Behind the V-8 is GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission and two-speed transfer case with auto mode. The eight-speed isn’t as smooth as FCA’s ZF eight-speed gearbox, but it’s plenty fine for pickup duty. The 4WD system offers five modes. There’s a 2WD mode, an Auto mode, 4WD high, 4WD low, and neutral. Auto mode is the set-it-and-forget-it setting that only sends power to the front wheels when traction is an issue. For serious stuff, the Silverado is equipped with the G80 automatic locking rear differential. It mechanically senses a difference in wheel speeds between the rear tires and automatically locks to send equal power to both wheels.

The EPA rates my tester at 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 17 mpg combined.

Behind the Wheel

  • Impressive handling for a truck
  • Feels more powerful than horsepower suggests
  • Easy to drive but hard to park
  • Comfy interior makes long drives fun

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“The Silverado is no sports car”

The Chevy Silverado is a big truck, but it somehow drives smaller than it looks – at least until it comes time to park. The steering is decently weighted but does require several turns from lock to lock. Throttle and braking inputs are smooth and linear. Visibility is actually pretty good, too, thanks to an airy cab and large side mirrors.

When the pedal hits the metal, the 5.3-liter feels way more stout than its 355-horsepower rating would suggest. Throaty intake and exhaust sounds accompany a heavy right foot, as does plenty of tire squealing if pushed too far. Keeping the transfer case in Auto mode is definitely advisable.

Of course, the Silverado is no sports car. Body roll is present, though not outlandish, as is brake dive and squirm from the knobby Goodyear DuraTrac tires. Still, the Silverado feels stable during quick maneuvers. On the highway, things settle down nicely. The cabin is quiet and free of wind and road noise. The meaty tires do give off more noise than the average all-season, but it’s not bad.

Pricing


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Perhaps the biggest downside to modern pickups is the price. The 2017 Silverado 1500 starts at $29,080, but that’s for the bare-bones WT trim in the single-cab, short bed configuration with the base V-6 and 2WD. Opting for something more upscale requires a fat wallet.

My Crew Cab LTZ Z71 Midnight Edition carries a starting price of $48,890 but quickly escalates with options. There’s the $770 LTZ Plus Package, the $1,050 Midnight Edition package, the $995 sunroof, the $945 Enhanced Driver Alert Package, the $650 heated and vented front seats, the $510 bucket seat option, and the $495 addition of navigation to the 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment system. All told, my tester carries a final price of $55,600. While expensive, that actually represents a decent deal relative to what Ford, Ram, Nissan, and Toyota are charging for an equivalent truck.

Competition

2018 Ford F-150


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The Ford F-150 has undergone a mid-cycle refresh for the 2018 model year. The changes include mild exterior changes like a new grille, front bumper, and revised tailgate skin. Inside, the F-150 carries on unchanged, though that’s just fine since the cab is still fresh form 2015. The F-150 offers the widest array of cab and seating, configuration and options combinations of any vehicle in the industry. Customers can nearly build a one-off truck despite Ford building nearly a million F-Series truck each year.

The big changes for 2018 are found under the hood. The base V-6 is new, displacing 3.3 liters. It’s more fuel-efficient than the outgoing 3.5-liter while producing nearly identical power numbers. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost moves into its second generation with updated technology and 25 more pound-feet of torque at 400 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower remains at 325. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost carries over unchanged from its major updates in 2017. The 5.0-liter V-8 gets love, too, with direct injection and other tech for an increase in power to 395 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. All but the base 3.3-liter V-6 come with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. The 3.3 keeps the six-speed automatic used before.

Pricing for the 2018 F-150 swings wildly thanks to the trucks numerous configurations and trim levels. The base XL regular-cab truck with zero options starts at $27,380. Check every box on the range-topping Limited trim and you’re looking at nearly $70,000.

Read more about the 2018 Ford F-150.

2017 Ram 1500


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The Ram 1500 is the oldest pickup of this trio, but that will change for 2019 when the next generation hits showrooms. Until then, the 2017 and 2018 Ram 1500 continues to offer all three cab sizes, multiple bed lengths, a slew of trim lines, and nearly as many options as the F-150. And like the competition, the Ram can vary from stripped-down work truck to glammed-up and loaded out luxury machine. Niceties include the lovely 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, a four-corner air ride suspension, and real wood and aluminum interior accents.

Three engines are available: the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6. All three have their place and target audience. The 3.6 caters to the fleet and budget-conscious with 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The Hemi is the one with muscle car ties. It kicks out 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, matching the 2018 F-150’s updated 5.0-liter V-8. The EcoDiesel is for those who enjoy sipping diesel at a slow pace. With 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged V-6 can get upwards of 29 mpg on the highway when paired with the right truck configuration. That’s impressive.

Like any half-ton truck, prices vary greatly depending on trim, drivetrain, and cab choices. The base Tradesman trim on a regular cab truck with no options starts at $26,495. Interestingly, the Ram 1500’s max price peaks far lower than the Ford’s at roughly $58,000.

Read our full review on the 2017 Ram 1500.

Conclusion


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Despite strong competition from Ford and Ram, not to mention the hungry Nissan and Toyota, the Chevrolet Silverado continues to sell extremely well, consistently ranking right behind the F-Series. It’s no wonder since the Silverado has a cab size, trim level, and engine choice for just about any job and budget. Choice is what Chevy delivers. Sprinkle on some special edition seasoning and boom, customers who crave something different with their truck can have it.

The Z71 Midnight Edition Silverado adds flair to an otherwise conventional truck. What’s more, the package adds functionality thanks to the more aggressive Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires.

  • Leave it
    • Blacked-out theme is almost too common now
    • Fuel economy
    • Gets expensive with options

References


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71: An Overview


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2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 Midnight Edition: Dissecting The Name


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The Handiest Feature On The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado


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The Top 4 Things Chevy Needs to Fix For The 2019 Silverado

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2018 Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept

Folks like to modify their rides for a variety of reasons. Some like to add a dash of personalized style, while others want to enhance the vehicle’s natural talents. However, some of the most interesting results come from the desire to take a vehicle out of its comfort zone, and as a result, create the unexpected. The Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept is a great example of something from that third category. While the Silverado is best known for its ability to haul goods, Chevy decided to see what would happen if it built a Silverado that could also haul ass. As such, this 2018 model gets a boatload of extra power thanks to a new concept supercharger system that ramps up output from the truck’s 5.3-liter V-8 engine by more than 100 horsepower. Of course, while gobs of extra power is always appreciated, a well-rounded build needs the complementary gear to go with it, and the Silverado Performance Concept delivers with additional performance parts, styling upgrades, and more.

Making its debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Silverado Performance Concept joins roughly 20 other factory-backed Chevy models in attendance to entice both builders and enthusiasts alike with Bow Tie-styled goodness. Read on for the details on this go-faster truck.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept.

What Makes The Chevrolet Silverado Performance Concept Special

  • Concept supercharger adds more than 100 horsepower
  • Blower is based on the Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06
  • Big Brembo brakes in front
  • 22-inch wheels
  • Breathing support mods
  • Custom exterior graphics
  • Black badges and trim
  • Carbon fiber gauges
  • Performance Data Logger

Wait, It’s A Blown Silverado?


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“Under the hood we find a brand-new supercharger stuffing the stock 5.3-liter V-8 with enough boost to produce more than 100 extra horsepower.”

You heard right. The big news with this concept is what’s going on under the hood, where we find a brand-new supercharger stuffing the stock 5.3-liter V-8 with enough boost to produce more than 100 extra horsepower. Although Chevy didn’t give us specific figures, we know that the V-8 Silverado makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque from the factory, so it’s probably safe to assume as much as 460 horses and nearly 480 pound-feet of torque from this concept. In stock form, the 0-to-60 mph sprint takes 7.2 seconds, and we’re guessing the blower cuts that down to the high-five-second range.

That’s a huge jump in output and performance, but we’re not surprised. Chevy says the supercharger system is based on the same blower you get on the LT4-equipped Camaro ZL1 and Corvette Z06, even utilizing an intercooler system to keep the incoming air nice and chilly.


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“That’s a huge jump in output and performance, but we’re not surprised. Chevy says the supercharger system is based on the same blower you get with the Camaro ZL1.”

To help put it all to the pavement, the Performance Concept gets 22-inch performance-oriented tires, which are mounted on custom aluminum wheels painted in a unique hue. Under the front rollers are new brakes from Brembo, rocking six-piston calipers finished in red.

Supporting the superchargers is a new cold-air intake, as well as a cat-back exhaust with a polished tip. This last bit left us a bit surprised, as we would have expected a full-length exhaust upgrade to make the most of the blower, but hey – 100 horsepower is still 100 horsepower.

What’s Going On With The Exterior?


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To help it look the part of a tuned performance machine, this concept Silverado gets a new Satin Steel Gray paint job. Adding extra lines and muscly sinews is a restyled lower fascia up front, plus new air ducts and a new hood. The grille surrounds and bumper were also repainted to match the color of the body.

Complimentary details include darker accents for the window moldings and various body emblems, as well as smoked coverings for the headlights and taillights. You’ll also find custom exterior graphics and a tri-fold tonneau cover.

Looks Pretty Good!


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We agree, and the good stuff continues inside where the steering wheel is covered in black suede and gets the requisite performance red stripe. The concept also uses carbon fiber gauges from the Z71, as well as an LCD competition-style dash logger so you can put some numbers to your extra performance.

And, being a truck, there’s some practicality-oriented gear as well, including all-weather floor liners and a storage organizer under the rear seat.

We didn’t get any photos of the interior, but it sounds like it’s got the right stuff to impress.

References

Chevrolet Silverado


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Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.


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