Last week, we presented what we like about the 2019 Silverado. Chevrolet’s new full-size pickup truck has a lot going for it, after all. But, as usual, we have to explore the other side of things as well. No car, truck, SUV or crossover is perfect.
Read on below to see what we’re not absolutely loving about the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
The Underwhelming Interior
This is number one for a host of reasons. All of us here at GM Authority expressed a very similar sentiment: the 2019 Silverado’s interior is pretty darn underwhelming. We knew it was coming—spy shots showed a very similar interior setup to the outgoing truck months ago—but to see the new cabin in person underscores its sameness.
We don’t deny that the interior is more ergonomically friendly, and that’s always a plus, but this is an all-new truck from front to back. We definitely expected more from the interior, especially when rival Ram completely overhauled its half-ton truck’s cockpit. Chevrolet said the interior was strongly influenced by customer feedback. So, hey, if this is what owners want, more power to them. We think it could have been so much more.
Not Enough Luxury?
Yes, Chevrolet will sell the 2019 Silverado in High Country trimmings with plenty of bells and whistles, but to us, it’s still not quite on par with offerings from Ford and Ram at first glance. Again, this comes back to the interior. While the Ram Limited shows off centerpieces like a 12-inch touchscreen that really pushes the envelope for what’s been come to be known in trucks. Moreover, the (pre-production) materials, and specifically the leather quality, look and feel identical to what shoppers will find in lesser vehicles. As pickups become more of a luxurious expression, we’re not sure how much the High Country will raise the bar. But, there’s a GMC Sierra Denali for that, we suppose.
Lack Of Electrification… For Now
We have a feeling we’ll be able to strike this off of the list in the months to come, but as it stands, we’d like to see Chevrolet include some sort of electrification for its pickup. 48-volt mild-hybrid systems offer many benefits, yet such a system is absent from the powertrains Chevy announced thus far. Again, that can absolutely change, and we think it will, but Ram could have an ace up its sleeve with standard mild-hybrid units for its powertrains that also boost torque output. That said, Chevrolet could have something in store that would deem a mild hybrid system irrelevant.
No Motion Control Power Tailgate
Pushing a button to open and close the tailgate is an added convenience, to be sure. Though we’re left scratching our heads as to why it can’t be opened with a kick motion that’s been trickling into various crossovers and SUVs throughout the industry. Maybe there’s something that Chevy isn’t showing just yet, which brings us to our next talking point.
We Still Know Almost Nothing
There are currently more unknowns than storage compartments with the 2019 Silverado 1500. And that’s one hundred percent by design, Chevrolet is definitely keeping several unique selling propositions of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado still in the dark. So far we know that the 5.3L and 6.2L V8 engines will find themselves cradled in front of the cabin, but it’s foolish to assume these are the only propulsion systems. We also know zero about the capabilities of this truck. We’re sure that Ford and Ram are at the edge of their seats as well, but after a thirty minute reveal of the truck on January 13th, we’re surprised things remain so hushed.
Has It Lost Some Of Its Macho Looks?
We placed the exterior design on our “What We Like” list as well, but we also think the new look will split Chevy truck fans. There’s no doubt Chevrolet moved to a very safe exterior design that will probably please the masses, but we do think it may have lost some of its rugged charm in the process. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is for buyers to decide.