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  1. and that's the idea. You get the warranty.. and GM can roll the extra price into your monthly payment.
  2. Usually any of that performance stuff is dealer installed.
  3. Zane Merva - Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com Thom Cannell - Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com December 4th, 2018 The long wait of teases, spy-shots, and speculation is over. This morning Chevrolet took the wraps off the all new 2020 Silverado HD. Unlike past generations, the HD model seems to share very little with it's younger light-duty sibling. Sharing only a roof with the Silverado 1500, the Silverado HD has a more aggressive front end, semi-style grill, and a mean imposing stature. The most noticeable detail is the large open grille with Chevy's new "CHEVROLET" embossed insert. There isn't a bowtie to be seen, which is kind of odd. We can also deduce that the LTZ and High Country trim levels will have a more advanced headlight cluster with LED bulbs and some sort of DRL. Recent spy shots showed as much. This LT example has the more basic halogen bulb headlight set. We don't know what the interior will look like, or pretty much anything else. Chevy is waiting until the full show in February for those details. What we now know about the 2020 Silverado HD: Full debut in February 2019 & GM-Trucks.com will be there All new gas engine (rumor is 6.7L) 910 lb-ft of torque from Diesel engine option (Duramax similar to 2019 model) All new 10-speed Allison Transmission New "Bedstep" side steps on ahead of rear wheels Photos in this article show LT trim level On sale mid-2019 GM-Trucks.com Contributor, @ThomCannell saw a 2020 Silverado HD styling buck a few weeks ago and adds: "These pics are, as far as I can tell, of the same buck I saw in Phoenix, Arizona, at the launch of the Chevrolet Bison and the GM 2.7-liter engine. If so, it’s a piece of painted foam, with production-ready details that completely fool anyone until they try to open a door. Shaved from billets of structural foam by CNC machines, this was the final approval-concept for the Heavy Duty Silverado before dies were struck. What the photo doesn’t disclose is the sheer size of this Heavy Duty truck. It’s imposing, solid as a billet of steel, and it absolutely commands attention. What is impossible to put into words is the harmony that designers achieved. Proportions are balanced so well that you are unaware of the size—until you’re next to it. I stood with the design team with a three-quarters front view, simply admiring their achievement. Although the front end appears ready to take on an M1A2 Abrams, it is balanced by the sloping hood and how the edges wrap around into the fenders. My only quibble is the vast wheel wells, which allow large wheels and tires as well as plenty of wheel travel. Interestingly, the production reveal will be in Flint, Michigan, where the truck is built. We’ll be there. From the dramatic grille to the windscreen, the hood is shorter than you’d expect given the unannounced (speculation says 6.7-liter) DI gas engine and Duramax diesel with Allison transmission that must fit under the hood. We only saw the crew cab shown. Give it a good look, see how low the top of the bed rail appears, that’s on purpose according to the designers. Having a lower bed rail, and a bumper-step sized to fit steel toed boots was a necessity, and delivered." Read Chevrolet's Press Release on the 2020 Silverado HD Most Capable, Most Advanced Silverado Heavy Duty Ever to Debut in February 2019 2020 Silverado HD is the third all-new Silverado in 18 months DETROIT — When the 2020 Silverado HD debuts in February 2019 it will be the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever. It will also be the third all-new Silverado model from Chevrolet in just 18 months — each designed for different customers. “We know the needs and priorities of heavy-duty customers are different than those of either light-duty or medium-duty customers,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “As such, we built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.” Built at the Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Mich., the new Silverado HD’s design has a bold, sculpted form that follows its enhanced heavy-duty function, differentiating it from the light-duty Silverado. In fact, the 2020 Silverado HD exterior shares only the roof with its Silverado 1500 stablemate — every other piece of sheet metal is exclusive to Silverado HD. “We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck,” said Brian Izard, lead exterior designer for Silverado HD. “The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finishes and customer-focused details.” The interior benefits from similar architectural changes made to the all-new Silverado 1500, including an additional 3 inches of legroom on crew cab models and a taller, more comfortable seating position. Under the 2020 Silverado HD’s hood is a choice of two new powertrains: an all-new gasoline engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed transmission, or the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V-8, which delivers 910 lb-ft of torque through an all-new, Allison 10-speed transmission. The 2020 Silverado HD also will offer all-new customer-focused trailering technology, significant increases in towing and payload capabilities and a host of technologies and features designed specifically for heavy-duty truck customers. GM’s focus on understanding truck customers has helped build the most successful truck franchise in the industry over the last four years. Since introducing the industry’s first three-truck strategy with midsize, full-size light-duty and full-size heavy-duty trucks in 2014, GM has been the best-selling truck manufacturer for four consecutive years. The company has sold more than 600,000 pickups than the closest manufacturer from 2014 through the first three quarters of 2018. That momentum is expected to continue with the launches of the new Colorado ZR2 Bison, all-new Silverado 1500, the all-new Silverado Medium-Duty trucks and now the all-new Silverado HD models. The 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale in mid-2019, stay tuned for more details about the all-new 2020 Silverado HD. ----------------------- What do you think? Are you excited about the 2020 HD?
  4. Only days after we got a more detailed look at the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD and the 2020 GMC Sierra Denali HD, the Sierra HD is out in full public view once again. This ramp up of public testing can only mean one thing. We're close to the all new 2020 HD's being unveiled. Look out for the new HD duo to go public soon and officially debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show.
  5. Zane Merva Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com November 30th, 2018 Only days after we got a more detailed look at the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD and the 2020 GMC Sierra Denali HD, the Sierra HD is out in full public view once again. This ramp up of public testing can only mean one thing. We're close to the all new 2020 HD's being unveiled. Look out for the new HD duo to go public soon and officially debut in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Our photographer says this about the new photos: 2020 GMC Sierra HD Spy Shots 2020 GMC Sierra HD Full Spyshot Gallery Link coming asap See the entire 2020 Sierra HD SLT & Dually Gallery
  6. Hot on the heels of the 2020 Silverado HD dropping a significant amount of camo, the 2020 Sierra Denali HD is also stepping out into public wearing a lot less camo than in the past.
  7. Zane Merva Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com November 26th, 2018 Hot on the heels of the 2020 Silverado HD dropping a significant amount of camo, the 2020 Sierra Denali HD is also stepping out into public wearing a lot less camo than in the past. See the 2020 Silverado HD, also with less camo! Our spy photographer reports: See this entire 2020 Sierra Denali HD Spyshot Gallery
  8. Our eagle eyed spy photographer has done it again. This time capturing the all new 2020 Silverado HD with next to no camouflage.
  9. Zane Merva Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com November 26th, 2018 Our eagle eyed spy photographer has done it again. This time capturing the all new 2020 Silverado HD with next to no camouflage. The 2020 Sierra Denali HD just dropped cover too! See the photos here. The photographer's report: See all of the photos from this set in this gallery:
  10. When we took delivery of our brand new 2019 Silverado a few weeks ago, Agri-Cover couldn't wait to let us know they had a premium hard tri-fold cover, the LOMAX, that would be on sale soon and would fit our brand new bed size. Before we knew it, a brand new LOMAX arrived at our garage. After the LORADO earned its keep over the Summer of 2018, we're ready to subject the LOMAX to the Winter of 2019. We installed the Agri-Cover LOMAX Hard Tri-Fold Bed Cover a few days ago and here's how it went and what we think.
  11. Zane & Josh, The Merva Brothers Founders, GM-Trucks.com November 23rd, 2018 Earlier this year we installed the Agri-Cover LORADO soft roll-up cover on GM-Trucks.com's 2011 GMC Sierra. Bed covers are one of the best utility to value products you can get for a pickup and we were impressed how useful Agri-Cover's premium soft cover solution was on our Sierra. When we took delivery of our brand new 2019 Silverado a few weeks ago, Agri-Cover couldn't wait to let us know they had a premium hard tri-fold cover, the LOMAX, that would be on sale soon and would fit our brand new bed size. Before we knew it, a brand new LOMAX arrived at our garage. After the LORADO earned its keep over the Summer of 2018, we're ready to subject the LOMAX to the Winter of 2019. We installed the Agri-Cover LOMAX Hard Tri-Fold Bed Cover a few days ago and here's how it went and what we think. What is it? Access Cover LOMAX Hard Tri-Fold Cover Model Number: B1020079 for 2019+ Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra 1500 w/ 5’ 8” bed MSRP: $1,039 (as of November 2018) Manufacturer Website: https://www.agricover.com/lomax/ Main Features Low profile - sits ½ inch above bed rails Made of extruded lightweight aluminum Weather tight, water shedding design Designed to remove and reinstall easily Competitive Products WeatherTech AlloyCover B Bak BAKFLIP MX4 Extang Solid Fold 2.0 What We Like Extremely lightweight One of the thinnest hard tri-fold covers available Doesn’t interfere with power up/down tailgate Easily removed to haul larger items What We Don’t Like Fully folded, it still takes up ⅓ of the bed (fortunately, it can be removed if needed) The panels had a few sharp edges out of the box Installation diagrams didn’t match our 2019’s bed design Installation The LOMAX arrived via FedEx just a few days after being shipped. Even though it was a larger and moderately heavy shipment it showed up still securely packaged with no dents or damage to the outside box. Inside, all the components were in perfect shape. There were no missing parts and, surprisingly, very few parts. The LOMAX box contains the tri-fold panel assembly, two side mounting rails and eight under-bed clamps to keep everything secure. With two sets of hands we were able to quickly and easily clamp the side rails in place. Each rail required four clamps, which we reversed for a wider grip as detailed in the installation manual. Super simple and easy to do with limited tools. Our manual’s diagrams and instructions relating to the placement of the clamps were not perfect however. The 2019’s under-bed rail has various thicknesses. You want to make all attempts to clamp only on areas where the sheet-metal is two layers thick. The manual instructs you to clamp in the far corners where there is only one layer of steel at the rail top. We decided to move the outermost clamps slightly inward to make sure they were attached in an area of thicker sheet metal. Aligning and tightening the rail clamps was the most difficult part of the LOMAX install and at most took us 30 minutes. By "most difficult", we actually mean really darn easy. You only need a socket wrench. Once the side rails are securely clamped in place and adjusted to look even, we only had to lift the hard Tri-Fold assembly up onto the front rail. A little adjustment and the LOMAX snaps into place with two spring loaded locks. Two security straps attach at the first fold to prevent accidental flyaway. After opening up the hard cover and snapping the rear panel into place, we were done. No more than 35 minutes later with a lot of stopping for photography. The LOMAX is no doubt the easiest to install bed cover we’ve ever put on a truck. Initial Impressions Despite being an up-level LTZ trim, our 2019 Silverado looked unfinished and bare with a uncovered and painted factory bed. The LOMAX Hard Tri-Fold cover ended up being the finishing piece that really completed the super sleek and ultra modern look of our 2019 Silverado. Being a hard cover, the LOMAX has a thinner design then you could get from a roll up cover. It's also more expensive. That said, the easy installation and single unit cover piece also lends to an easy and quick removal process. Need to haul large items and leave your LOMAX at home? No problem, you can remove it and reinstall later by yourself. There’s also no interference with the power up and down tailgate, which surprised us. Looks good, works great, and doesn't mess up key vehicle features? Awesome! Day to day use of the LOMAX seems as if it will be similar to our LORADO roll up cover. The tri-fold design can be operated by one person and secures at the cab front of the bed, just like the LORADO. Unlike the LORADO, the LOMAX has weather stripping to seal the edges of the cover instead of hook and loop fasteners. We're curious to see how weather tight this actually is and how it compares to the LORADO and the Retrax Pro we've used in the past. Winter is just gearing up here in New Hampshire and we can’t wait to see how the LOMAX Hard Tri-Fold Bed Cover stands up. Snow, ice, and abuse are three things we can promise. We'll leave everything else up to chance. Check back in Spring 2019 for an update on both of our Agri-Cover bed covers. Before LOMAX After LOMAX Agri-Cover LOMAX Hard Tri-Fold Cover Detail Photos Editor's Note: This product was provided at no cost for the purposes of a review. We only publish our honest opinions and give no consideration for the gratis product.
  12. Did Chevy Botch SEMA 2018?

    But in practice, 99% of the people walking the show are there as enthusiasts, not actual buyers. Don't get too tied up on the "industry only" language.
  13. GM Offers 18,000 Salaried Employees A Buyout

    Every time GM finishes one of these buyouts and new hires are brought in, the quality and consistency of my ability to communicate with GM as a whole drops significantly. The difference in the last 10 years is STAGGERING.
  14. Come visit the Chevy booth! There's lots of room to walk around! Zane Merva Executive Editor / Publisher , GM-Trucks.com 11/02/18 The Answer We're killing Betteridge's law of headlines. Yes. The Setup Arrive at SEMA and the first thing you see and hear is the sound of Ford Mustangs and F-150 Raptors in the front parking lot giving hot laps and jumps to convention goers. All in front of a HUGE crowd. In the back parking lot, Kia was also offering hot, tire squealing rides in the new Stinger. Both events had long lines and awestruck crowds. From the outside, SEMA could have been seen as a Ford and Jeep Show. Ford product was everywhere. Wranglers were in every booth. PPG's booth changes every single year and dazzles with detail and color The Competition Inside, Ford's display included dozens of cars, concepts, tricked out race Mustangs, and super lifted F-150s. Toyota had a lineup that attracted attention and whispers SEMA wide, a lineup of every generation Supra, including the new one. Mopar's booth (Chrysler, RAM, Dodge) was vibrant, alive, and interactive. And packed. Rich, interesting, vibrant. The booth pulls you in. MOPAR always kills it. The Home Team Then, there was Chevrolet. No interactive experiences, same booth from the last 10 years, no true concept vehicles, and the predictable COPO Camaro. Sure, there was a few 2019 Silverado and Colorado with Chevy Performance Accessories, but you'd be hard pressed to know that unless you looked at the detail card in front of each vehicle. The redesigned Camaro was showcased next to the COPO Drag Camaro and eCOPO electric Drag Camaro. But everyone was confused. Was this the actual production look? Or would Chevy change the design again? The all new Blazer made an appearance but in pre-production trim only and looking way too good to come off an assembly line. Chevrolet canceled it's 10+ year streak of Pre-SEMA kickoff parties this year, leaving media and enthusiasts in the dark about what the company was truly proud about. I personally attempted to get a rundown of the vehicles that would be on display weeks ahead of the show. My request was only replied to after three follow ups. Even then, the company representative only told me there wasn't a kickoff event and nothing about what the brand was showing off. Okay then. Before we even touched down in Vegas it was apparent Chevy didn't care too much about the show this year. The crowd trying to photograph the line of Supra was intense The Show Vibe Aside from manufacturer's efforts to wow and dazzle SEMA-goers, the amount and types of vehicles on display in the independent booths also set the vibe for the show. In years past, Chevy killed it in this regard. During the launch of the 5th-gen Camaro, the new model was in almost every booth. Same with the 2014 Silverado. Independent accessory manufacturers wanted and needed to have those new models in their booth to attract customers. This was the coolest thing in the entire Chevy booth. A 1978 "Silverado Concept" This year, despite the biggest truck launch of Chevrolet's existence, the 2019 Silverado was a rare beast to find in the halls of SEMA 2018. Only twenty 2019 T1XX pickups were to be found in the Truck/Off Road section. Now, compare that to hundreds of 2019 RAMs and Jeep Wranglers. (The 2019 Wrangler killed it this year and was EVERYWHERE). Large companies like Truck Hero and Lund had one or two 2019 Silverado but three or four 2019 RAM and maybe ten Wranglers. Yay, we found one! What Should Have Happened Chevrolet missed a giant opportunity this year at SEMA 2018. At minimum, the brand should have: Taken Toyota's cue and had an "every generation" lineup of pickups. The photo opportunities would have been amazing and the foot traffic would have been through the roof. Never canceled the customary kick-off welcome event for enthusiasts. Just omitting that one opportunity to pump up the brand gave no room for excitement to take off before the show. Expanded or embellished the booth. Chevy's footprint was underwhelming and pedestrian compared to even smaller industry players. Continued to offer their Camaro/Corvette hot lap experience to get show goers excited. Pushed 2019 Silverados out to independent companies for display like candy is given to kids on Halloween. "It's a wide non-descript wall of parts with super high prices" could have been Chevy's theme this year. Did Chevy botch this year's SEMA Show? Yes, I think so. But.... Only the brand can tell you if they got what they were looking for. As an enthusiast, I left wanting more. Much, much more.
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