The latest generation of the Chevrolet Silverado dropped in for the 2019 model year, and while it’s certainly a very good truck, it isn’t great. Indeed, the Silverado fails to be class-leading in a number of different ways, and considering how important the nameplate is to GM’s bottom line, we think it’s about time the Silverado stops with the corner-cutting and delivers the greatness we all know it’s capable of.
As we’ve covered before, Chevrolet Silverado sales from 2019 place the Silverado in third for its segment, ceding the number-two spot to Ram. This was primarily down to GM’s rollout strategy, with the more-expensive, high-content trim levels launched ahead of the less-expensive models, thus affecting sales. That was the plan from the beginning, and although fewer units were sold, more money was made.
But what about the next generation? What would put the Silverado at the top of its class? Read on for the top 10 things we want to see from the new Silverado.
1. Better Interior
This one should be obvious. The Silverado’s lack of cabin glitz and glam has been covered to death, and although it hasn’t prevented the truck from selling well, we’d still like to see improvements. Luckily, we expect exactly that with the upcoming 2022 model year refresh.
2. Large Sunroof
Piggybacking off the point above, a large, dual-pane sunroof would add a good deal to the experience in the Chevrolet Silverado cabin space. Again, it looks like we’ll get exactly that with the 2022 model year refresh.
3. More Towing From Diesel Engine
Although it’s great on fuel consumption, the Chevrolet Silverado’s turbodiesel 3.0L I-6 LM2 Duramax engine currently trails Ram and Ford with regard to towing, posting 9,300 pounds compared to the Ram’s 12,560 pounds and the Ford’s 11,500 pounds.
4. Eliminate The Troublesome Eight-Speed Transmission
Despite a few improvements made for the 2019 and newer trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado’s eight-speed automatic needs to go away as soon as possible. Not only is it the subject of multiple lawsuits, but it’s doing irreparable harm to customer satisfaction as well.
5. Highly Capable Off-Roader Variant With Lots Of Power
GM is planning a new Chevrolet Silverado ZRX to take the fight to the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram Rebel TRX. Unfortunately, the ZRX won’t get any power gains, which puts it at a disadvantage next to vehicles like the 707-horsepower Rebel TRX.
6. Bring Back Magnetic Ride Control
Magnetic Ride Control went away with the introduction of the latest Chevrolet Silverado generation. We think it should come back. Not only would it improve handling, but it would likely address any complaints over ride quality as well.
7. Offer Air Ride Suspension And Independent Rear Suspension
Taking a page out of the Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 playbook, the Chevrolet Silverado would pair nicely with air suspension and an IRS setup, particularly when it comes to ride height adjustability and capability. The benefits offered by the Ram’s air setup certainly come to mind.
8. Offer The MultiPro Tailgate From the GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra’s MultiPro tailgate was nothing short of a home run, and it could be a big help for the Silverado as well. Luckily, it looks like the Silvy may get exactly that.
9. Offer The CarbonPro Box From the GMC Sierra
The Sierra’s carbon box is damn near indestructible. Added to the back of the Chevrolet Silverado, it could do wonders.
10. Replace Or Improve The 5.3L V8 L84
As soon as buyers start getting into the mid-range trim levels, the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 engine starts to lag behind the competition. This is most obvious when compared to Ford, namely the Blue Oval brand’s twin-turbo 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and 5.0L V8, both of which best the L84 in terms of output. The problem would be less worrisome if the L84 offered decent fuel economy, but in reality, it’s not that far off the mpg figures posted by the Chevrolet Silverado’s range-topping 6.2L V8 L87.
The solution? We can think of three – improve the L84’s power and torque ratings without hurting fuel economy, dump the L84 outright in favor of the L87, or introduce an entirely new engine.
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