It’s long been known General Motors will incorporate aluminum construction with its next-generation, full-size pickup trucks. However, it may not be as extensive as once thought.
New spy shots don’t reveal any new design characteristics, but they do tell us the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra will feature steel beds. It’s long been assumed GM would follow Ford with an aluminum-bed construction. How has this been determined? A simple magnet test.
The spy shots show the magnet clearly stick to the bed of the truck and the photographer confirmed there was magnetization present—aluminum would not allow this. Lightweight materials will likely still be present, but the bed seems to be off limits. That’s good since Chevrolet has been adamant to highlight steel’s benefits over Ford’s aluminum bed in a whirlwind of aluminum-shaming advertisements.
Additionally, spy photographers say a stop/start system was present on this prototype, which may indicate plans for an eAssist variant. Chevrolet rolled out a mild-hybrid Silverado last year, but in limited numbers in the state of California. It said it would evaluate the demand for the truck and take other factors into future consideration of the Silverado eAssist.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra should be revealed next year in time to go on sale for the 2019 model year.
Spy shots: Pickuptrucks.com