Chevrolet’s announcement of the 2019 Silverado 1500 at the Chevy Truck Centennial celebration in Texas last weekend was quite the welcome surprise: we got to see what Chevy is cooking for its bread-and-butter vehicle. Only problem is, we only know a few bits and pieces of information about the next Silverado, such as the fact that the truck will use “higher grade alloy steel” in the bed floor and is the result of over 7,000 customer interviews – the most intensive research in Chevy’s history. We won’t get the complete details until Chevy officially unveils the truck on January 13th, 2018 – but we did get one important tid-bit – that it will have an expanded range of models.
“As no two truck customers are alike, the next-gen Silverado will offer an expanded range of models, more engine/transmission combinations and more technology and convenience features to help customers find their ideal truck”, reads Chevy’s official press release.
Chevy didn’t go on to clarify what those expanded models will be, but the lack of details from the OEM has never prevented us from speculating. For instance, we already know that the expanded 2019 Silverado range will include the Silverado Trailboss. So that’s one model. The rest are currently unknown, though we posit that definite shoe-ins include the Premier, High Country, and Cheyenne models. That would make four, leaving four other models unknown.
If we were to have our way in planing the new Silverado’s expanded range, we would introduce direct rivals to the Ford F-150, Platinum, Limited and Raptor – which are badly needed. along with a sporty model that could be called SS, RS, Red Line or Rally names. That’s a grand total of eight, though we imagine that a potential Raptor fighter, likely branded as Silverado ZR2, won’t come to market until later on in the model’s lifecycle, if at all.
Outside of specifics associated with the model range, we’re also really curious to find out about the new Silverado’s expanded range of powertrain combinations, technology and convenience features.
We’ll know plenty more about the new Silverado soon at Chevrolet’s upcoming has a media event scheduled for January 13th, 2018 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show, where it will share complete details about the new truck. In the meantime, be sure to follow our Chevy Silverado news coverage.