It’s not that the current, third-gen Silverado is a bad place to spend time in. In fact, the cabin is quite functional and utilitarian, but there is also a lot of room for improvement in terms of aesthetics and high technologies. Having closely examined the spy shots of the new Silverado, here’s everything we do and don’t know about the 2019 Silverado interior prior to the official unveiling of the all-new half ton truck next week.
What We Know
The spy shots show an interior that is quite similar to the one in the current Silverado, with the design being more about functionality and practicality. But there are key differences worthy of mentioning. So, here’s what we believe we know for sure about the 2019 Silverado’s cabin.
1. Larger Cabs
From the looks of it, the the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 will feature larger cabs than the current models.
Though we have yet to see the Regular and Double Cab models in spy shots or in official pictures, the Crew Cabs definitely appear to be larger than those of the current K2 platform Silverado. Here’s to hoping the Double Cabs, which replaced theExtended Cabs from the GMT-900 generation, also grow in size.
2. Driver-Side Step Assist Handle
One of the more common complaints of the current, K2 Silverado is that it doesn’t ship with a step-assist handle on the driver’s side from the factory, making it rather difficult to get into the truck, especially for models without running boards. Though the handle is available as a dealer-installed accessory, that’s the equivalent of shipping a four-door vehicle with three door handles, while leaving the fourth one as an optional extra.
Nevertheless, it looks like the 2019 Silverado interior will include the step-assist handle for the driver as a standard feature from the factory.
3. Keyless Entry, Keyless Start
Another common complaint about the K2 Silverado was the lack of two key features (no pun intended): keyless entry and push-button start. Even top-line models such as the Silverado High Country, which have as starting price of roughly $50,000, didn’t offer them, and their absence means that owners must always take out the key to enter and start the truck – a significant inconvenience in light of more modern solutions. The good news is that it would seem that the 2019 Silverado interior will finally gain both features.
We see the silver keyless entry buttons on the door handles in the reveal video, while a spy shot does show the presence of keyless start. But there’s a twist: it would appear that keyless start on the 2019 Silverado will be accomplished by turning a knob on the steering column, rather than pushing a button. We think it’s interesting why Chevy went with such a solution, though something tells us that an extensive amount of research played into the decision to go with “knob-turning” over “push button”.
Update: there’s some debate on whether or not the item on the steering column that we believe to be keyless start is actually that, or something else like the column shifter. We’ll have to wait for the official reveal to find out for sure.
4. Elimination Of The Column Shifter
Another area of debate on the K2 generation Silverado was the gear selector: some prefer to shift via a console selector over a shifter on the steering column. But based on the absence of any shift selection mechanism on the column or in the center console seen in the spy shots, it would appear that the 2019 Silverado cabin will shun both shifters and instead get a version of GM’s new Electronic Precision Shift (EPS).
A digital shift selection mechanism, EPS enables two key advantages:
- Decoupling the gear selection interface from being associated with one specific mechanism, and
- Enabling the gear selection interface to be placed almost anywhere in the cockpit
These benefits enable engineers to make the gear selection interface nearly anything they want and place it anywhere in the vehicle. In the third-generation Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XT5, for instance, EPS is in the form of a joystick-like shifter in the traditional spot on the center console. By comparison, 2018 GMC Terrain drivers select gears by simply pressing a button.
Though we don’t know what form the EPS mechanism will take in the 2019 Silverado, we’re certain that designers will opt to keep the center console space “open” for storage, cupholders and the like – just as they did for the K2 Silverado.
Update: there’s some debate on whether or not the spy shots actually feature a column shifter or not. We’ll have to wait for the official reveal to find out for sure.
5. New Infotainment System, Steering Wheel Controls, But No CD Player
Though the MyLink infotainment system in the K2 Silverado gets the job done, it also leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the user experience, especially in terms of speed and responsiveness. Luckily, spy shots of the 2019 Silverado interior show the center screen running the new, third-generation GM infotainment system – which is significantly better, faster, and more responsive than the predecessors. The system first debuted in new Cadillac models as CUE 3.0.
What’s more, the spy shots show the steering wheel as having new controls for media and cruise, as well as the absence of a CD slot in the center stack. GM as well as other automakers have been actively removing optical media players from their vehicles in light of most consumers bringing digital media into their vehicle on their smartphones. Even so, Chevy might offer a CD player as an accessory that hooks up in the glovebox to appease those who yet to embrace the 21st century.
What We Don’t Know
And now, here’s a list of features we don’t know for sure that the 2019 Silverado interior will have… but we certainly hope that it will.
1. Rear Camera Mirror
General Motors surprised the industry when it introduced the Rear Camera Mirror on the 2016 Cadillac CT6. The extremely helpful and innovative solution effectively delivers a live super-wide-angle, high-resolution digital video feed of the area behind the vehicle into where the traditional rearview mirror resides.
A key selling point of the feature is that it does away with unnecessary distractions one often sees in a normal rearview mirror, such as rear seat occupants, headrests, pillars and glass. Currently available on a small yet growing number of GM vehicles, the Rear Camera mirror would be right at home in the 2019 Silverado; not only would it be useful, but it would also a major competitive advantage for the new Chevy truck, giving Chevy the ability to leverage its presence in marketing materials and to deliver a pretty unique, not to mention cool, demo at the dealer.
Those concerned about the rear-mounted camera lens that makes this all possible getting dirty need not to worry: a small washer sprays down the camera when windshield washers are activated. To note, the camera mirror can be disabled by simply “pushing” the mirror’s stem forward; doing so switches to the good-ol’ regular mirror.
2. More Active Safety Features & Super Cruise
The current K2 Silverado offers various basic active safety features, such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and GM-exclusive Active Seat Alert. But the truck doesn’t offer more advanced collision avoidance features, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (available on GM’s full-size SUVs), Surround Vision and the ultimate in GM active safety – the Super Cruise autonomous driving system.
We’d like to see all of these make their way to the 2019 Silverado interior as optional features. Each one will be highly useful in a full-size pickup truck while also enabling GM to charge more for the features, thereby raising ATPs and per-unit profit margins.
3. HVAC For The Second Row
Selling a full-size pickup truck with four doors without real A/C vents for the second row is just bewildering in today’s market. What’s even more head-scratching is that every single competitor has one except for the Silverado (and its GMC-badged twin, the Sierra). Sure, the current K2 Silverado has smaller vents under the front two seats… but that’s a lame excuse of a feature.
The bottom line is that those sitting in the back, whether kids, fellow colleagues or other family members, are no different from the driver and front-seat passengers in that they, too, get hot and cold. So, why don’t they get any love from the Silverado’s HVAC department? We’re hoping that the rear seats of the 2019 Silverado gains real air vents, as well as tri-zone or quad-zone climate control.
4. Factory Camera System For Towing
Truth be told, the K2 Silverado does offer a towing camera system. Made by EchoMaster, the optional system adds up to four cameras in an effort to eliminate blind spots and enhance the driver’s ability to line up to the trailer and hitch it when backing up. While that’s great, there two problems with this solution.
The first is that the system is dealer-installed, and a significant difference between a dealer-installed item, and one that comes straight from the factory. The second is that its integration with other the Silverado features leaves a lot to be desired.
So, we hope that the 2019 Silverado offers an integrated trailering camera system straight from the factory.
5. Centered Steering Wheel
You won’t notice it unless you really closely, but the K2 Silverado’s steering wheel is not centered to the driver’s seat. It’s not necessarily a big deal, but it might be important to discuss how and why it took place.
While the K2 Silverado grew in width compared to the GMT-900 Silverado that preceded it, the placement of the steering system was not accordingly moved to the port side, or to the left. This hints at corner-cutting, and we sincerely hope it doesn’t take place with the all-new 2019 Silverado on the T1 architecture.
6. More In-Cab Storage
Though the K2 Silverado aptly delivered an increased amount of storage space in its dual glove box, center bin and console, it doesn’t provide any storage in the rear of the cab. By comparison, rivals such as Ram provide removable in-floor storage bins for things like tools and valuables. And though the K2 Silverado is offered with a plastic under-seat bin as an accessory, its quality leaves a lot to be desired. All that means that there is an opportunity for better and smarter in-cab storage areas in the 2019 Silverado.
Spy shots appear to show that the dual glovebox design will continue in the 2019 Silverado interior, but we’re also hoping for the addition of more useful storage space in the rear of the cab.
7. Oversized Moonroof
An oversized moonroof would be the proverbial bee’s knees of a full-size truck. And with Ford offering the feature in its F-150, we see no reason why Chevy can’t do the same. Sure, there are weight-related concerns in adding a huge piece of glass on the roof… but we’re sure that the benefits will negate any downsides by those who truly want it.
About 2019 Chevrolet Silverado
The 2019 Silverado 1500 was surprisingly revealed at the Chevy Truck Centennial celebration in Texas on December 16th. Chevrolet says that the all-new truck is the result of over 7,000 customer interviews – the most intensive research in its history. The brand has stated that the pickup will use “higher grade alloy steel” in the bed floor as well as various mixed materials that will result in a reduction in weight and improved performance. The truck will also offer an expanded amount of models for a total of eight, including the new 2019 Silverado Trailboss, with more engine/transmission combinations and more technology and convenience features. The new truck is believed to ride on GM’s new T1 platform set to be shared with other full-size trucks and SUVs.
We’ll know complete details about the new Silverado and its interior 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.