Chevy’s all-new 2019 Silverado offers many new features, one of which is an inclined panel within the center console that doubles as a wireless phone charger.
A Closer Look
The charger panel in the 2019 Silverado is a clever feature: it doubles as a wireless phone charger while enabling at-a-glance smartphone notifications.
The charger panel takes up roughly half of the space within the center console’s bin. It also has left and right bumpers that prevent the phone from sliding off the pad, which is particularly useful during cornering maneuvers.
Simply placing one’s smartphone on the panel charges it via inductive (or wireless) charging. Notably, the charger does not work with all phones – since it requires a device compatible with either the QI or the PMA technologies.
Chevrolet recommends that users refer to the mobile devices manual to confirm phone compatibility. However, we should note that the charger should work with all smartphones equipped with QI and PMA, including the Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
The placement of the wireless phone charger in the center console represents a notable departure from the last-generation K2 Silverados, which placed the inductive phone charging feature on the cover to the center console / center armrest.
The wireless phone charging feature is included and only available with the LTZ Convenience Package II (RPO code PCN). This package is available on LTZ (1LZ) models and is standard on High Country (3LZ) models.
The package also includes the Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation along with a 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen (IOT), a Bose Premium Audio System (UQA), and requires the Convenience Package, which includes the following:
- Bucket seats (A50) with center console (D07)
- Heated and ventilated front seats (KQV)
- Rear sliding power window (A48)
- Universal Home Remote (UG1)
- 2 USB ports with auxiliary input (MCZ)
- Power up/down tailgate (QT6)
- Crew Cab models include rear heated seats (KA6)
On the 2019 Silverado LTZ, the LTZ Convenience Package costs $1,550 while the LTZ Convenience Package II costs $1,070.
Other 2019 Silverado Features
The 2019 Silverado introduces a host of new features, including LED lights, an electronic push-button parking brake, an improved CornerStep rear bumper, several tailgate options, an enhanced 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as two new engine choices – the 2.7L Turbo L3B four-banger and the upcoming 3.0L Duramax I6. The new GM 10-speed automatic transmission will be mated exclusively to the range-topping 6.2L V8 L87 and the Duramax diesel six.
What’s more, RST, Custom TrailBoss and LT TrailBoss are three new models that expand the portfolio, while the Silverado High Country remains the range-topping model and features all the bells and whistles that the 2019 Silverado has to offer.
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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