General Motors has announced the all-new Chevrolet Cheyenne and Silverado for Mexico. The full-size pickups will arrive in Mexico early next year, introducing significant improvements over the outgoing models.
“For a century, we have evolved in the development of alternatives for the changing needs of transportation and cargo of our customers, and with this we have built the most complete portfolio of pickups in the Mexican market that integrates various options such as Tornado, Colorado, Silverado and, of course Cheyenne,” said Ernesto M. Hernández, President and CEO of General Motors de México (in a statement translated from Spanish by GM Authority).
New Chevrolet Silverado For Mexico
The new trim level strategy that Chevrolet implemented on the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 in the U.S. market will be particularly appropriate for Mexico, where the brand markets the Silverado pickup via two nameplates:
- Silverado serves as the basic version of the truck focused on the fleet market, while
- Cheyenne is the better-equipped model focused on the retail market
In that regard, the 2019 Silverado in Mexico will be equivalent to the 2019 Silverado Work Truck trim level in the United States. The model features a model-specific, black front fascia design with incandescent headlights, a grille with a horizontal bar and the “CHEVROLET” script.
In Mexico, the 2019 Silverado will be available in Single Cab or Crew Cab bodies along with a single powertrain combination: the 4.3L V-6 LV3 engine making 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission in either 4X2 or 4X4 configurations.
2019 Chevrolet Cheyenne For Mexico
Meanwhile, the 2019 Chevrolet Cheyenne is the higher-end Silverado. In the case of the all-new model, it will be available in RST, Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country trim levels. All 2019 Chevrolet Cheyenne models will be available exclusively in the Crew Cab body style and include the up-level front fascias, with more sophisticated headlights plus a grille with a double horizontal bar, in various finishes.
On a mechanical level, the 2019 Chevrolet Cheyenne will be offered exclusively with two eight-cylinder engines:
- The 5.3L V8 L84 making 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque mated to an improved 8-speed automatic transmission, and
- The 6.2L V8 L87 making 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque mated to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission, exclusive for the Cheyenne High Country
The 2019 Chevrolet Cheyenne and Silverado for Mexico will continue to be manufactured at the GM Silao plant in Guanajuato, Mexico and will arrive at dealers during the first quarter of 2019. The brand has yet to disclose pricing for the new trucks.
The Cheyenne Name
The Cheyenne name was first introduced in 1971 as the highest equipment level of the second-generation Chevrolet C/K pickup. However, at the end of the 1970s, GM’s Mexican subsidiary decided to commercialize the third-generation C/K as the Chevrolet Cheyenne due to the remarkable success of the C/K in the Cheyenne trim level.
So when GM, in 1998, decided to replace C/K with Silverado for Chevy’s full-size pickup truck line, the Cheyenne name in Mexico already had two decades under its belt, becoming very well-established and achieving high levels of recognition. Because of this, GM decided to keep the Cheyenne name for the Mexican market – which is currently the only country where the Silverado is marketed as the Cheyenne.
So perhaps that’s why GM filed the Cheyenne trademark in 2016.