Though we won’t know the complete details surrounding Chevy’s all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 until January 13th, 2018, we were just able to glean a minor yet important detail about the truck’s cabin: the 2019 Silverado interior will gain a step-assist handle on the driver’s side.
The most recent 2019 Silverado spy shots clearly show the presence of a driver step-assist handle located on the inside potion of the A-pillar. We couldn’t gleam this from the 2019 Silverado Trailboss that was shown at the reveal event because the windows on that model were tinted, and Chevy didn’t allow anyone to come close enough to the truck to peek inside.
The step-assist handle is very helpful when entering a high-riding vehicle such as a pickup truck, as it provides a secure point that a person can grab onto when getting in. This is even more important in models that are lifted or otherwise have a higher ground clearance. In the case of the 2019 Silverado interior, the addition of the handle is noteworthy given that the current-generation, K2 platform Silverado did not feature said handle for the driver (albeit the item is available as an add-on accessory installed by the dealer). The K2 Silverado did, however, provide the handle for the front passenger as well as for both of the rear passengers (on Double Cab and Crew Cab models). Not providing such a handle on the driver’s side left the driver no choice than to grab on to the steering wheel entering the truck. Needless to say, a steering wheel makes for a poor alternative to an actual handle – so we can see why the new Silverado is adding it.
We should also note that both of the Silverado’s primary competitors – the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 – feature step-assist handles at every door, and it looks like the 2019 Silverado is doing the same. Regardless of who was first to add the feature, making it easier for owners to get into their truck is a worthy cause.
About 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Believed to ride on GM’s new T1 platform, the 2019 Silverado 1500 is the result of over 7,000 customer interviews – the most intensive research in Chevrolet’s history. The brand has gone on record in saying that the all-new Silverado will use “higher grade alloy steel” in the bed floor as well as various mixed materials, resulting in a reduction in weight and improved performance. The truck will also offer an expanded amount of (eight) models (including the new 2019 Silverado Trailboss variant) with more engine/transmission combinations and more technology and convenience features.
We’ll have more details about the 2019 Silverado interior and the new Silverado as a whole at Chevy’s upcoming media event scheduled for January 13th, 2018 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show. In the meantime, be sure to follow our Chevy Silverado news coverage.