If you’re not doing anything this Friday evening, and are otherwise waiting for the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, have a go with the 2019 Silverado 1500 configurator. Because, finally, finally, finally – it’s live.
Early builds appear to be pretty rigid, but the bandwidth of possibilities remains broad. When attempting to configure the 2019 Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss pictured above – which starts at $43,395 – the Chevrolet website would not allow for it to be built in a Double Cab configuration, and directed us to a Crew Cab instead. From there, our engine of choice was the 5.3L L82 V8 engine – the one with the familiar Active Fuel Management system and not the new Dynamic Fuel Management system. The base engine for a 2019 Silverado Custom is the 4.3L V6.
Color selection for the 2019 Silverado 1500 Trail Boss reveals that the only premium color option is the $495 Cajun Red Tintcoat, while the Satin Steel Metallic hue we selected is a standard selection. Only Jet Black cloth seats are available in this trim level. From there we selected the $2,495 Off Road Performance Package, adding the sport bar, soft tonneau cover and assist steps. The $800 Custom Convenience Package adds stuff like remote start, rear window defogger, EZ Lift tailgate and and LED bed lighting. We kept the wheels standard but added a $495 spray-in bed liner and $995 bedside storage boxes. The trick seat-storage system turns out to be an additional $225 in the 2019 Silverado 1500, while all weather floor mats come in at $200. All in – the 2019 Silverado 1500 Trail Boss built above comes in at $50,710 – or an estimated $693 per month lease for four years. Happy building!
About Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado is a lineup of full-size pickup trucks sold primarily in North America, but also in the Middle East and in certain markets in South America. Slotting above the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado (known as the S10 in some markets), the Silverado is Chevrolet’s largest pickup truck and currently consists of the 1500 light duty model, two Heavy Duty models – the 2500HD and 3500HD, as well as Conventional Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 Medium Duty models – the Silverado 4500HD and Silverado 5500HD and Silverado 6500HD.
The 2018 Chevy Silverado represents the fifth model year of the third-generation Silverado. It is based on the GM K2 platform shared with other full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from GM. Though the line sold relatively well, it became less competitive in the marketplace with time when compared to its primary Ford F-Series rival, due to lacking cutting-edge features such as turbocharged engines, a rugged off-road variant such as the Ford F-150 Raptor, a diesel engine option in the light duty (1500) model, and also various modern features and equipment.
Luckily, an all-new Silverado arrived for the 2019 model year that addresses many of the issues of its predecessor model. Customers began taking delivery of the all-new truck in the second half of August 2018.
Chevrolet says that the all-new 2019 Silverado is the result of over 7,000 customer interviews – the most intensive research in its history. The new model uses higher grade alloy steel in the bed floor as well as various mixed materials that result in a reduction in weight and improved performance, with weight falling about 450 pounds. The truck also offers an expanded amount of models for a total of eight, including the new 2019 Silverado Trailboss.
Riding on GM’s new T1 platform shared with other future GM full-size trucks and SUVs, the 2019 Silverado offers more technology, convenience features, and engine/transmission combinations. While details of five powertrain combos have already been revealed, GM has not yet shared details of the new inline-six 3.0L Duramax Diesel engine, only stating that it will be “best-performing” and that it will be mated to GM’s new 10-speed transmission.
Having overhauled the Silverado 1500, Chevy will next overhaul the Silverado Heavy Duty. The brand released a teaser image of the upcoming all-new 2020 Silverado HD in April 2018. The truck will be revealed and launched in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model year vehicle. The model family will be comprised of the Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD models, ride on a more capable version of the new T1 platform, share many technologies and design elements with the 2019 Silverado 1500, while being more robust and capable.
The 2019 Silverado Medium Duty series, comprised of the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD, completes the overhauled Silverado family.
The Chevrolet Silverado is built at the following GM plants:
- GM Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan, USA
- GM Fort Wayne Assembly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
- GM Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
- GM Silao in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
- Navistar Springfield Assembly in Springfield, Ohio, USA (Silverado Medium Duty only)
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