Chevy’s all-new 2019 Silverado offers many new features, one of which is an inclined panel within the center console that doubles as a wireless phone charger.
A Closer Look
The charger panel in the 2019 Silverado is a clever feature: it doubles as a wireless phone charger while enabling at-a-glance smartphone notifications.
The charger panel takes up roughly half of the space within the center console’s bin. It also has left and right bumpers that prevent the phone from sliding off the pad, which is particularly useful during cornering maneuvers.
Simply placing one’s smartphone on the panel charges it via inductive (or wireless) charging. Notably, the charger does not work with all phones – since it requires a device compatible with either the QI or the PMA technologies.
Chevrolet recommends that users refer to the mobile devices manual to confirm phone compatibility. However, we should note that the charger should work with all smartphones equipped with QI and PMA, including the Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.
The placement of the wireless phone charger in the center console represents a notable departure from the last-generation K2 Silverados, which placed the inductive phone charging feature on the cover to the center console / center armrest.
The wireless phone charging feature is included and only available with the LTZ Convenience Package II (RPO code PCN). This package is available on LTZ (1LZ) models and is standard on High Country (3LZ) models.
The package also includes the Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation along with a 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen (IOT), a Bose Premium Audio System (UQA), and requires the Convenience Package, which includes the following:
- Bucket seats (A50) with center console (D07)
- Heated and ventilated front seats (KQV)
- Rear sliding power window (A48)
- Universal Home Remote (UG1)
- 2 USB ports with auxiliary input (MCZ)
- Power up/down tailgate (QT6)
- Crew Cab models include rear heated seats (KA6)
On the 2019 Silverado LTZ, the LTZ Convenience Package costs $1,550 while the LTZ Convenience Package II costs $1,070.
Other 2019 Silverado Features
The 2019 Silverado introduces a host of new features, including LED lights, an electronic push-button parking brake, an improved CornerStep rear bumper, several tailgate options, an enhanced 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as two new engine choices – the 2.7L Turbo L3B four-banger and the upcoming 3.0L Duramax I6. The new GM 10-speed automatic transmission will be mated exclusively to the range-topping 6.2L V8 L87 and the Duramax diesel six.
What’s more, RST, Custom TrailBoss and LT TrailBoss are three new models that expand the portfolio, while the Silverado High Country remains the range-topping model and features all the bells and whistles that the 2019 Silverado has to offer.
About ChevroletÂ Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado is a lineup of full-size pickup trucks soldÂ primarily in North America, but also in the Middle East and inÂ certain markets in South America. Slotting above the mid-sizeÂ Chevrolet ColoradoÂ (known as the S10 in some markets),Â the Silverado is Chevrolet's largest pickup truck and currently consists of the 1500 light duty model, twoÂ Heavy Duty modelsÂ - the 2500HD and 3500HD, as well asÂ Conventional Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 Medium DutyÂ models - theÂ Silverado 4500HDÂ andÂ Silverado 5500HDÂ and Silverado 6500HD.
TheÂ 2018Â Chevy SilveradoÂ represents theÂ fifthÂ model year of the third-generation Silverado. It is based on theÂ GM K2 platformÂ shared with other full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from GM. Though theÂ lineÂ sold relativelyÂ well,Â itÂ became less competitive in the marketplace with time when compared to its primaryÂ FordÂ F-Series rival, due to lacking cutting-edge features such asÂ turbocharged engines, a rugged off-road variant such as theÂ Ford F-150 Raptor, a diesel engine option in the light duty (1500) model,Â and also variousÂ modern features and equipment.
Luckily,Â an all-new SilveradoÂ arrived for the 2019 model year that addressesÂ manyÂ of theÂ issuesÂ ofÂ its predecessor model. Customers began taking delivery of the all-new truck in the second half of August 2018.
Chevrolet says that the all-new 2019 Silverado isÂ the result ofÂ over 7,000 customer interviewsÂ - the most intensive research in itsÂ history. The new modelÂ usesÂ higher grade alloy steel in the bed floorÂ as well as variousÂ mixed materialsÂ that resultÂ in aÂ reduction in weight and improved performance, with weight falling about 450 pounds. The truck alsoÂ offers an expanded amount of modelsÂ for a total of eight, includingÂ the newÂ 2019 Silverado Trailboss.
RidingÂ onÂ GM's newÂ T1 platformÂ shared with other future GM full-size trucks and SUVs, the 2019Â Silverado offers more technology, convenience features, andÂ engine/transmission combinations. While details ofÂ five powertrain combos have already been revealed,Â GM has not yet shared details of theÂ newÂ inline-sixÂ 3.0L Duramax Diesel engine, only stating that it will be "best-performing" and that it will be mated toÂ GM's new 10-speedÂ transmission.
Having overhauled the Silverado 1500, Chevy will next overhaul the Silverado Heavy Duty. The brandÂ released a teaser imageÂ of theÂ upcoming all-new 2020 Silverado HD in April 2018 and announced the vehicle in November 2018. The truck will launch in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model.
The 2020 Silverado HD willÂ be comprisedÂ of the Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD that ride on a moreÂ robust and capableÂ version of the new T1 platform when compared to the 2019 Silverado 1500, whileÂ sharing many high-techÂ features and design elementsÂ withÂ its light duty brother.
Completing the overhauled SilveradoÂ family is the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty series, comprised of the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD.
The ChevroletÂ Silverado is builtÂ atÂ the followingÂ GM plants:
- GM Flint AssemblyÂ in Flint, Michigan, USA
- GM Fort Wayne AssemblyÂ in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
- GM Oshawa AssemblyÂ Â inÂ Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
- GM SilaoÂ in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
- Navistar Springfield Assembly in Springfield, Ohio, USA (Silverado Medium Duty only)
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