General Motors is taking a big step that way with an all-new Chevrolet Silverado unveiled Saturday night ahead of Detroit's big auto show.
By opting for a mixed-material construction, the new half-ton model is able to drop 450 pounds in comparison to the outgoing truck while keeping the strength of heavy-duty materials where it counts.
The Silverado's interior has also been given an update, but it isn't radically different looking on the inside compared to the old truck. Its wheelbase is almost four inches longer, while the overall length is up 1.6 inches and height is up by about an inch. The driver sits more than an inch higher, as are the hood and roofline. Then nip and tuck the sides so your pickup's cargo space dwarfs the competition. Small spoilers on the roof and tailgate optimize airflow.
Other improvements include a steel frame that Chevy managers say is 88 pounds lighter than the previous version, but 10 percent stiffer.More news: Haitian Church Holds Prayer Vigil In Aftermath Of Trump's Alleged Immigration Comments
But unlike Ford, which jolted the industry in December 2014 when it launched the current generation F-150 with an all-aluminum body, Reuss said the frame and above all the pickup truck bed - one of the most important parts of pickups used for work functions - were still made of steel. Carbon-composite second-stage rear springs save 24 pounds versus the current truck's steel springs.
As for the bed, there Chevrolet has some fighting talk for Ford.
While we'll be uploading more images later, we wanted to get you pictures from the launch as fast as possible. Away from the fighting talk, there's a 63 cubic feet short box, while there are lockable storage bins over the wheel arches.
More improvements have been made to the truck's aerodynamics. The tailgate can be lowered with the key fob or a button inside the truck. 120V AC outlets are optional.More news: Mud, Debris Block Highway 101 Days After Storm
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado revealed at Eastern Market in Detroit on Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. The automaker surveyed more than 7,000 people to figure out the priorities of the new pickup, finishing up with more body variants and more engine and transmission combinations.
There are eight vehicle trims available.
The Trailboss represents the top off-roader for Chevy and sports a 2-inch factory lift, chunkier tires, and the Z71's suspension.
With a list like that, it's no surprise Chevrolet thinks the features and materials in the bed of the new 2019 Silverado pickup are its secret weapon in the fiercely competitive pickup market. V-8 offerings will include significantly revised 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines, which will including dynamic fuel offerings which can shut-off up to seven cylinders at a time to conserve fuel. The Silverado also comes equipped with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, wireless phone charging and OnStar safety and security features. The knobs and controls have been enlarged and textures, to give more grip when you're wearing gloves, and there are hidden storage cubbies around the cabin, including a tray under the rear seat.More news: Has $5.20 Million Holdings in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)