General Motors may have a real surprise in its next-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra: carbon fiber. Last week, a report claimed the automaker will utilize the lightweight material in the pickup truck’s bed to save weight and increase fuel economy.
It’s a credible rumor, though Chevrolet hasn’t confirmed anything just yet. So, we want to ask if you believe the rumors surrounding the 2019 Silverado and carbon fiber. On the surface, it does make sense. GM has embraced a mixed material strategy for its vehicles and continues to place materials it deems best for the job in various areas. The Cadillac CT6 is a prime example, but other new GM vehicles also incorporate various materials.
Chevy could utilize carbon fiber in the 2019 Silverado, but use traditional high-strength steel and aluminum in other parts of the truck. At this point, it seems unlikely mass amounts of aluminum will be part of the 2019 Silverado; Chevy has called out Ford’s all-aluminum bodies on more than a few occasions to poke fun at the material.
The initial report said range-topping pickups would feature the carbon-fiber beds to start, but production processes could bring the material to more common variants of Silverado in the future. So, will all of that said, do you believe it? Let us know in our poll and talk to us below.