The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is an important vehicle at General Motors. Not only does the single model sell hundreds of thousands of units yearly, but the architecture beneath it underpins the 2019 GMC Sierra and (presumably) both brands’ full-size SUVs, the Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, plus the Cadillac Escalade.
To make sure engineers got the architecture’s ride and handling characteristics spot on, the 2019 Silverado 1500 underwent a lot of testing. And by “a lot,” the automaker means it. AutoGuide reported Tuesday that the 2019 Silverado 1500 had been under development for almost four years. During that time, the truck was subject to seven million miles of real-world testing.
That is, actual miles driven on the road. When combining every mile of testing from the real world, simulation, durability, test miles and more, the 2019 Silverado 1500 has gone about 31 million miles.
“We could hit Mars at its closest spot to earth about 31 million miles away,” Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer for full-size trucks at GM, said.
As for the real-world miles, GM had been sneaky. The automaker ran the T1 architecture under previous-generation Silverado bodies to keep the camera’s eye at bay and also wrack up precious real-world testing. Engineers also doubled important validation metric to ensure components last and last longer than ever before. The work also helped make sure warranty targets were met.
In our first test of the 2019 Silverado 1500, we found the ride and handling and the cargo bed’s functionality a generation ahead of the competition, and that marks Herrick’s job a well-done one. And the trailering technology onboard will make a seasoned tower out of any newbie that climbs behind the wheel. It’s the interior where we found ourselves having mixed feelings.
Quite a bit banks on the new Silverado’s success. It drives profits and funnels cash into GM’s future projects, such as electric cars and self-driving cars. And both are major priorities at GM right now.