Following the introduction of the 2015 Ford F-150, the half-ton truck segment seemed poised for a revolution. Steel was out and aluminum was in. But, at Chevrolet, that’s not the case. Steel will, once again, prevail in the 2019 Silverado.
Automotive News reported on Monday that Chevrolet did look at the potential for an all-aluminum Silverado, but it never seriously considered the option. “We don’t believe in it. We fundamentally don’t believe in it,” Alan Batey, General Motors’ North America president, told the publication regarding an aluminum truck.
“Did we ever seriously consider it? No,” he added.
Chevy has stayed all-in on steel for the most important parts of its full-size truck. The hood, doors and tailgate are made from aluminum, and the all-important bed made from roll-formed high-strength steel. All the while, the 2019 Silverado dropped up to 450 pounds. It’s safe to say we’ll see more aluminum attack ads from Chevrolet directed toward Ford.
Ford has no regrets over its switch to aluminum, however, and Brian Bell, Ford’s marketing manager for the F-150, said, “it’s been fantastic.”
And rumors of a carbon-fiber bed? Those seem to be unsubstantiated for now. We haven’t heard a peep about such a material finding its way to 2019 Silverado. Though, never say never. For now, Chevy is heavy on steel and light on aluminum.