Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com
The very first photos have been captured of GM's next generation full-size Silverado pickup truck. We have licensed these photos for our members, so get ready to take your first look at the 2019 Silverado.
Our spy photographer reports:
Judging from the heavily disguised prototypes we caught being loaded into car hauler at a General Motors test facility, it appears that we’ve seen the first sign of testing for the next-generation Chevy Silverado pickup. Of the two prototypes spotted so far, both are Crew Cabs, while one looks to have the short bed while the other has the full-size bed configuration.Engineers parked a current single cab Silverado pickup alongside the loading platform, in an effort to shield the prototype from prying eyes. While it blocked a portion of the prototype, the truck also provided a nice opportunity to see the all-new truck next to today’s model.Our sources at AutoPacific tell us that this new Silverado is accelerating it’s efforts to create an aluminum-intensive body to match the Ford F-series trucks. The next-gen truck—reportedly being developed with the internal code name T1XC—is expected to reach the market in late 2018, as a 2019 model. Our sources tell us that GM has made great efforts to refine its production processes with these lightweight materials, and promises a lighter, stronger, and more efficient truck than its competitors.It will be interesting to see how the next Silverado ultimately stacks up against the F-150, and how GM will spin their current criticism of aluminum intensive trucks when they have one of their own. Now that we know that next-generation Silverado prototypes exist, we’ll be on the lookout to catch them on the road. Stay tuned. - Glen Paulina
Here's the photos
What we can learn from these photos
- Principle engineering of the new Silverado is primarily done and prototypes are being manufactured
- These photos show two different vehicles. One has white lettering on the tires, one does not.
- The crew cab will be much bigger than the current generation
- Rear exhaust tips seem integrated into the bumper or fascia
- The gap between the bed and body seems much tighter than current generation trucks
- A large driver's hand hold is apparent inside the cab
- Use of LED's for some (but not all?) exterior lighting
- Headlights are much larger than the camo would want you to think but doesn't seem to be using production housings yet
- The single cab "current generation" truck may be a hybrid mule with next gen drivetrain.
- The "sharkfin" antenna remains
- Brake rotor sizes seem to be larger than current models
- Rear view mirrors are mounted lower on the door panel
- New chrome/polished wheels
What we can't tell
- What the body is made from. It could be steel, aluminum, or composite.
- What types of engines will be available
What do you think?
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