Chevrolet’s bread-and-butter pickup gets some pretty serious upgrades for 2019. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is based on an entirely new architecture, which means that unlike the old version, you’re no longer stuck in a tech time-warp. You now get access to cool stuff like wireless charging and available push-button start, which weren’t available in the past, although I’m sure some folks will bemoan the lack of a proper key.
The General tells us that the Silverado will initially get two V8 engine options — a 5.3-liter and a 6.2-liter, though power and torque figures have yet to be released. We do know that they will come with a hot new fuel management system that will allow the deactivation of between one and seven cylinders for fuel economy. There is a 3.0-liter inline-6 diesel option on the horizon, as well, which gets bolted to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
While the new Silverado’s face may be more than a little polarizing, the fact that Chevy managed to save 450 pounds from the truck is impressive. It’s done this by selectively replacing steel with aluminum, though the bed floor remains steel, as Chevrolet reps are quick to point out. Still, while dropping the weight of a silverback gorilla doesn’t make the Silverado the truck equivalent of a Lotus, that weight savings will pay big dividends in handling and fuel economy.