The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado exterior ushers in the truck’s fourth-generation design. The pickup moves away from the brash exterior look present over the past decade, but it also does away with a love it or hate it design trait: the square wheel wells.
GM Authority spoke with Rich Scheer, lead exterior designer for the 2019 Silverado, and we asked specifically about why the square wheel wells didn’t make it to the fourth-generation Silverado. The overarching answer? Aerodynamics.
Scheer didn’t name aerodynamics as the design trait’s definitive killer, but he alluded to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado exterior as much more aerodynamically efficient over the previous pickup. He also called the square wheel wells a “polarizing” design cue from the previous truck.
The design team decided to make a clear departure from the outgoing Silverado, and in combination with a pursuit for greater aerodynamics and decreased weight, the square wheel wells didn’t make the cut. Scheer did note the wheel wells aren’t completely rounded off, however, and still retain a slight edge. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado exterior does, in fact, boast some pretty impressive surfacing that looks quite attractive in person.