Here’s something you may not have known about the all-new 2019 Silverado: the LTZ and High Country trims – the highest-level models of the all-new half-ton pickup truck – are not offered in the Red Hot exterior color.
Instead, Red Hot is only available on the lower-trim models, including Work Truck, Silverado Custom, Silverado Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, and LT Trail Boss. That’s a notable departure from the last-generation, K2 Silverado – which offered the bright red hue on all models and trims.
2019 Silverado Red Color Options
Assigned color code G7C and touch-up paint code WA-130X, Red Hot is one of two red hues available for the 2019 Silverado 1500. The other red exterior color is Cajun Red Tintcoat. That’s the only red available on the LTZ and High Country models. By comparison, Cajun Red Tintcoat is available on all 2019 Silverado models except the entry-level Work Truck, Custom or Custom Trail Boss models.
As the photo above shows, the two reds are substantially different – with a 2019 Silverado coated in Red Hot on the left and a Cajun Red Tintcoat truck on the right.
The GM Authority Take
In our opinion, Red Hot looks great on the bold, rugged design of the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500. It’s not that we don’t like Cajun Red Tintcoat… but Red Hot has that extra ‘pop’ to it, while the Cajun Red hue is a bit more reserved.
As such, we believe that Chevy is making a mistake by denying customers the option to order their 2019 Silverado LTZ or High Country in a Red Hot finish. So denying buyers of the two range-topping 2019 Silverado models the ability to get the red they really want would seem to run contrary to Chevy’s own “no two truck customers are alike” mantra that executives have been using when describing the mindset associated with developing the new Silverado.
So, is Chevy making a mistake by not offering Red Hot on the LTZ and High Country models of the 2019 Silverado? Take the poll below, then share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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 and announced the vehicle in November 2018. The truck will launch in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model.
The 2020 Silverado HD will be comprised of the Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD that ride on a more robust and capable version of the new T1 platform when compared to the 2019 Silverado 1500, while sharing many high-tech features and design elements with its light duty brother.
Completing the overhauled Silverado family is the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty series, comprised of the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD.
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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