The Rear Camera Mirror was first introduced in 2014 for the 2016 Cadillac CT6. It is a General Motors safety technology that replaces the traditional rear-view mirror with high-resolution video streaming to a display in the rear-view mirror, thereby improving on the traditional inside rearview mirror by providing field of view that’s wider view and has zero obstructions.
The Rear Camera Mirror system is comprised of two primary components:
- Camera: the rear-facing high-definition camera features a high dynamic range designed specifically to enhance rear view lane width and maximize low-light situations. The camera reduces glare and allows a crisper image in low-light situations compared to a traditional glass electrochromatic, or auto-dimming, rearview mirror. The camera is finished with a water-shedding hydrophobic coating to keep it clean to maintain visibility regardless of the driving conditions.
- Display: the in-mirror 440 by 300-pixel TFT-LCD display
Notably, the Rear Camera Mirror in the 2019 Silverado is the second-generation system, which delivers the following improvements over the first-generation unit:
- Frameless Design
- Increased brightness adjustments from 3 to 5
- Zoom function
- Tilt/position adjustment (of camera)
- Increased in the screen and camera resolutions from 1280×240 pixels (Gen 1) to 1440×300 pixels (Gen 2)
The benefits of the Rear Camera Mirror are most evident when using the system in person, since the system significantly improves the driver’s rearward visibility when driving, changing lanes, and checking for vehicles and traffic conditions. Specific benefits include:
- Providing a clear view of the view behind the vehicle, with no obstructions of passengers, headrests and the vehicle’s roof and rear pillars
- Improves field of vision by 300 percent, or roughly four times greater than a standard rearview mirror
On the 2019 Silverado, the Rear Camera Mirror is assigned GM RPO code DRZ. It is bundled with the Technology Package (CWM), which is only available on LTZ and High Country models.
The package also bundles the LTZ Convenience Package I (PCZ), LTZ Convenience Package II (PCN) and Safety Package II (PDJ) for LTZ models, and requires the Safety Package II (PDJ) for High Country models.
Technology Package Contents:
- HD Surround Vision (UV2)
- Rear Camera Mirror (DRZ)
- 15″ Diagonal Head-Up Display (UV6)
LTZ Convenience Package I Contents:
- Bucket seats (A50) with (D07) center console
- 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)
- Rear heated seats on Crew Cab Models (KA6)
LTZ Convenience Package II Contents:
- Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8″ diagonal color touch-screen (IOT)
- Bose Premium Audio System (UQA)
- Wireless Charging (K4C)
Safety Package II Contents:
- Forward Collision Alert (UEU)
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (UHX)
- Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking (UHY)
- Front Pedestrian Braking (UKJ)
- IntelliBeam headlamps (TQ5)
- Following Distance Indicator (UE4)
- Safety Alert Seat (HS1)
Notably, the Rear Camera Mirror cannot be added to 2019 Silverado models equipped with the Trailer Camera Package.
About Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado is a lineup of full-size pickup trucks sold primarily in North America, but also in the Middle East and in certain markets in South America. Slotting above the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado (known as the S10 in some markets), the Silverado is Chevrolet's largest pickup truck and currently consists of the 1500 light duty model, two Heavy Duty models - the 2500HD and 3500HD, as well as Conventional Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 Medium Duty models - the Silverado 4500HD and Silverado 5500HD and Silverado 6500HD.
The 2018 Chevy Silverado represents the fifth model year of the third-generation Silverado. It is based on the GM K2 platform shared with other full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from GM. Though the line sold relatively well, it became less competitive in the marketplace with time when compared to its primary Ford F-Series rival, due to lacking cutting-edge features such as turbocharged engines, a rugged off-road variant such as the Ford F-150 Raptor, a diesel engine option in the light duty (1500) model, and also various modern features and equipment.
Luckily, an all-new Silverado arrived for the 2019 model year that addresses many of the issues of 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 is the result of over 7,000 customer interviews - the most intensive research in its history. The new model uses higher grade alloy steel in the bed floor as well as various mixed materials that result in a reduction in weight and improved performance, with weight falling about 450 pounds. The truck also offers an expanded amount of models for a total of eight, including the new 2019 Silverado Trailboss.
Riding on GM's new T1 platform shared with other future GM full-size trucks and SUVs, the 2019 Silverado offers more technology, convenience features, and engine/transmission combinations. While details of five powertrain combos have already been revealed, GM has not yet shared details of the new inline-six 3.0L Duramax Diesel engine, only stating that it will be "best-performing" and that it will be mated to GM's new 10-speed transmission.
Having overhauled the Silverado 1500, Chevy will next overhaul the Silverado Heavy Duty. The brand released a teaser image of the 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 will be comprised of the Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD that ride on a more robust and capable version of the new T1 platform when compared to the 2019 Silverado 1500, while sharing many high-tech features and design elements with its light duty brother.
Completing the overhauled Silverado family is the 2019 Silverado Medium Duty series, comprised of the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD.
The Chevrolet Silverado is built at the following GM plants:
- GM Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan, USA
- GM Fort Wayne Assembly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
- GM Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
- GM Silao in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
- Navistar Springfield Assembly in Springfield, Ohio, USA (Silverado Medium Duty only)
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