During the 2019 Silverado 1500 first drive event hosted by Chevrolet, we stared down a full spectrum of pickup trucks, only to find that we couldn’t drive all of them. Specifically, none of the base models such as the 2019 Silverado WT, 2019 Silverado Custom, and the 2019 Silverado Custom Trailboss. However, we were fortunate enough to pilot the 2019 Silverado 1500 RST, 2019 Silverado 1500 LT Trailboss, and 2019 Silverado 1500 High Country.
To find out when we could get behind the wheel of these base 2019 Silverado 1500 models, and, more importantly, when you can as well, we were able to sit down with some folks from Chevy and get the skinny on when it all rolls out.
Currently, General Motors is ramping up the 2019 Silverado 1500 launch with V8 crew cab configurations, with 5.3L and 6.2L engines featuring Dynamic Fuel Management. All of these builds will be designated to LT trim levels and above – which is rounded out by the LTZ and High Country, as well as the LT Trailboss.
Starting in November, 2019 Silverado 1500 WT, Silverado Custom, and Silverado Custom Trailboss trim levels will join the mix, as well as the double and regular cab configurations. For those waiting for it, the 2.7L TriPower four-cylinder turbo engine will enter the fray, as well. The all-new engine matches the displacement of the 2.7L Ford EcoBoost V6 in the Ford F-150, but with two less cylinders. The GM turbo-four (code-named L3B) is said to make 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. It’s going to be an optional engine.
Beginning early next year, the 2019 Silverado 1500 will integrate the 3.0L Duramax inline-six diesel engine. Expect pricing to be announced as we get closer to the new year. Code-named LM2, GM hasn’t disclosed the power figures of its new diesel. In order for the new 3.0L Duramax Diesel to be truly “best-performing” in the segment, it would need to beat the 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque ratings of Ford’s new 3.0L PowerStroke in the 2019 F-150.