It’s hard to believe Chevrolet has been making trucks for over 100 years. To celebrate the centennial of Chevy Trucks, General Motors made the public unveiling of the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.
This is a clean-sheet design for the new Silverado, and GM brought its A-game. Compared to its predecessor, the truck is notably lighter; roomier all around and more comfortable; more practical and versatile; more fuel-efficient; safer; and, to our eyes, more attractive inside and out.
When Ford went mostly all-aluminum for its latest F-150, many expected GM to do the same for its next half-tonne. It didn’t, choosing instead to stick with old-fashioned steel for its fixed panels and frame. Only “Swing” panels — anything on a hinge, such as the doors, hood and tailgate — are all-aluminum.
The new Silverado is slightly bigger than the old model, boasting a longer wheelbase and slightly increased overall length. Some of that extra room went to the bed, which is now a multi-piece configuration that opens up more than six inches of lateral bed space wall-to-wall, giving the Silverado’s short box more raw volume (63 cubic feet) than even the standard-length beds of the F-150 and Ram 1500 — up to 20 percent more, in fact.
Larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers provide better accommodation for steel-toed boots, while an available 120-volt power outlet and LED task lighting make the cargo bed even more useful. As a first, there is also an available a power up / down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand.
Despite the larger size, the 2019 Silverado manages to be 450 pounds (204 kg) lighter, an impressive weight reduction considering its still mostly made out of steel. Buyers will have the choice of six engine and transmission combinations, including a new 5.3L and 6.2L V8, as well as a new 3.0L six-cylinder turbo-diesel.
The 3.0L diesel and 6.2L V8 are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that GM co-developed with Ford, while the 5.3L V8 and base engine (likely a V6) will make due with the existing six-speed auto.
Inside the cab, the redesigned Silverado offers more interior volume thanks to the increased length, with crew-cab models now having 3 inches more rear-seat legroom than before. Chevrolet promises improved refinement, higher quality materials and, of course, the latest safety and convenience tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connections.
General Motors will release full specs, pricing and sales date at a later date. Until then, what do you think about the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado?
Chevy Camaro Gets New Face And Butt, Plus Turbo 1LE Model For 2019 MY
The sixth-generation Chevy Camaro has received a refresh for its 2019 model year in an effort to narrow the sales gap with the Ford Mustang, gaining a revised exterior, a new 1LE Turbo model, a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and improved gadgets.
Starting off with the exterior, designers have revised the front end to be distinct between the LS/LT, RS and SS variants. The SS stands out with a ‘flowtie’ open bowtie grille emblem and larger air curtains, package-specific headlights, and a new extractor-style hood, while the RS appearance package includes a unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, an LED signature bar, and 20-inch wheels. The RS, SS and ZL1 models get dark-tinted lenses.
All models now feature classic-design, four LED oval taillights, which I think looks better than the generic rectangle shape of the original design.
Inside, the updated Camaro gets Chevy’s next-generation Infotainment 3 system. The standard system uses a 7-inch touchscreen, while a larger 8-inch touchscreen is optional. A Rear Camera Mirror and Forward Collision Alert system are now available.
The biggest news is the introduction of Camaro Turbo 1LE, which joins the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE models in the Camaro lineup. It is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that — paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission — produces 275-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque.
An upgraded suspension, staggered 20-inch summer tires, Brembo brakes, and a Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and new Track mode are also part of the package.
So, what do you think about the Camaro’s new face and butt? Did Chevy’s designers get them right?
Chevy Spark Gets More Chrome, New Safety Tech For 2019 MY
Yes, General Motors still sells the diminutive Chevrolet Spark, a car we haven’t heard much of in a very long time. Not only is it still around, but Chevy’s mini-car has also gotten more attractive and safer for its 2019 model year.
The affordable Spark receives several updates for its 2019 model year, including a new front fascia with more chrome accent and available projector-style headlights and LED daytime running lights. New duel-element taillights can be found at the rear.
To help prevent that prettier face from being smashed-up, the 2019 Spark is available with Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking that’s claimed to be a first for the segment. The system is part of of the available Driver Confidence Package, which also includes forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning.
All Spark models are powered by a 98 horsepower, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a continuously variable transmission or manual gearbox. Four different trim levels are available — all coming standard with air conditioning and a rear-vision camera system — including the Activ with its 10mm raised ride height and “crossover-inspired” design cues like body cladding.
Refreshed, 2019 Chevy Cruze Gets More ‘Upscale’ Look
General Motors has introduced the restyled 2019 Chevrolet Cruze, which brings a more upscale appearance to the compact car segment. Are the changes enough to improve falling sales?
The updates are not major, with the most noteworthy being a redesigned grille that keeps the Cruze looking fresh in the shrinking yet competitive segment. Opting for the top Premiere trim also gets you new taillights with LED accents.
John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design, stated:
“Cruze’s refreshed styling gives Cruze a more upscale look while maintaining its Chevrolet design DNA.”
Other updates include a standard 7-inch infotainment system, new alloy wheels, and automatic climate control on LT and Premiere models and revised trim elements for the sportier RS model.
The 2019 Chevy Cruze is available with either a 1.4L turbo or 1.6L turbo-diesel engine. A six-speed manual transmission is no longer offered.