If the introduction of the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 didn’t bring a sufficient amount of excitement for you, then we have some more good news to share: the 2019 Silverado engine auto-stop start feature can be defeated (or disabled) by the driver via a button in the truck’s cabin.
Chevy’s all-new half-ton pickup has a button on the center console, third from the left in the horizontal row of controls, clearly shows the ability to disable the enable or disable the auto engine stop-start feature. Auto engine stop-start automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a complete stop, such as at a stop sign or stop light. The system then automatically starts the engine back up as soon as it detects that the driver has lifted their foot off the brake pedal.
Engine auto stop-start feature has occasionally been criticized by owners of vehicles with the feature. As such, the inclusion of a toggle do disable automatic engine stop-start functionality is noteworthy, especially given that other vehicles from Chevrolet and General Motors do not have such an option. For instance, the current Chevy Cruze (second generation), Chevy Malibu (eighth generation) and Buick LaCrosse (third generation), among other models with automatic transmissions, do not have a button to disable auto engine stop-start, although there are several workarounds, such as shifting the vehicle into sport and/or manual modes. Vehicles with manual transmissions are not equipped with the auto stop-start feature. Meanwhile, all Cadillac models except for the XT5 equipped with the feature have a button to disable the auto stop-start functionality.
We should note that it’s currently unclear whether disabling auto stop-start will turn off the feature completely until it is re-enabled by the driver, or whether it will automatically default to “on” at the next ignition cycle (the next time the vehicle is started). It’s also unknown whether all 2019 Silverado engine combinations will have the toggle to disable the engine auto stop-start feature. In other words, it’s possible (though unconfirmed) that some powertrain combinations will not have the aforementioned button to turn off auto stop-start, thereby always having the feature active.
Speaking of powertrains, Chevy has not yet announced all of the 2019 Silverado engines. The brand has officially stated that there will be six different powertrain combinations, but has so far only announced three of those six: two V-8 gasoline engines in 5.3L and 6.2L sizes, and a new 3.0L Duramax Diesel in an inline-six configuration. Many believe that the other three engines will be divulged after GMC announces its all-new 2019 Sierra on March 1. Until then, stay tuned to GM Authority for around-the-clock Silverado news coverage.
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