The world of pickup trucks keeps evolving, and here is a look at heavily camouflaged next generation 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 (or could this also be the new GMC Sierra 1500?). GM released the current generation of their half-ton pickups for the 2014 model year. They then gave it a facelift for 2016, and added some features for 2017. The best information we have suggests that these are 2019 model-year full-size trucks that will likely go on sale sometime during the 2018 calendar year.
Thanks to Matt Getz for providing these images.
GM has been on a recent kick of making their new vehicles lighter. The same is expected for the 2019 Silverado and Sierra. A lighter vehicle performs better, can carry more weight, and can be more fuel efficient. Will GM turn to an all-aluminum body solution (similar to the Ford F-150), or will they use a blend of ultra-high strength steels, aluminum, and other exotic materials to achieve weight loss. I would be on the latter.
GM went to great lengths to camouflage these test vehicles for evaluation on public roads, but they are proud to show off the polished tips of a new dual exhaust system. What lurks under the hood of these prototypes? We think that GM will offer a variety of engine / power-train options. A V8 is not out of the question. A version of the 3.6L V6 that is found in the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon is also possible. There is no word yet on a turbo-diesel or a more sophisticated gas/electric hybrid system, but you can count on usage of 8 and 10-speed automatic transmissions across the lineup.
Check out this GMC Sierra Denali that is being used a chase/spare tire truck for these prototypes. Could you please help us identify the brand and size of these tires?
Here is the 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 6.2L V8 / 8-Speed tackling the Ike Gauntlet extreme towing test. We cannot wait to test the 2019 Silverado!