The industry is abuzz with rumors and predictions surrounding the next-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Rightfully so because General Motors has everything to lose with the pickup. It helps pay the bills.
Automotive News compiled a list of predictions surrounding what the 2019 Silverado, and subsequently the 2019 GMC Sierra, will feature. It all starts with the potential for carbon-fiber truck beds. If GM does make it official and announce the 2019 Chevy Silverado will feature some carbon-fiber construction, GM could have a few major talking points.
Per the report, GM could tout the truck as an outright fuel economy leader. Carbon fiber saves weight, and fuel economy is, no doubt, important to buyers. It could also give the 2019 Silverado fuel economy bragging rights with regards to towing and hauling. Furthermore, the predictions go on to include lowest curb weight, a repair program announcement to curb fears of body shop complications in the event of a wreck and an optional diesel-powered V6 engine.
There’s one final ace GM could have up its sleeve on the topic of fuel economy: Dynamic Skip Fire. We’ve covered the topic before, but it’s Delphi’s next-generation cylinder deactivation technology. It works by controlling engine oil flow via special valve lifters on each cylinder and works in concert with the throttle system. It’s essentially software-enabled variable displacement.
Whatever GM does show off, even if the design doesn’t push the envelope, expect the biggest talking points to be skin deep.