Chevrolet Silverado: lighter, stronger, and smarter

GM President Dan Amman expects 2018 to be a virtual repeat of 2017 financially meaning big profits

All told, the new Silverado is 450 pounds lighter than the one it replaces when comparing Crew Cab trucks with V8 engines.

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The truck also has 21 fixed and moveable tie-down points to secure cargo, and a power tailgate is available. All of the 2019 Silverado's swing panels are constructed of aluminum including the hood, doors, and tailgate, straying from the former steel architecture that still exists in the fenders and roof.

A new inline-6 turbodiesel will be offered in the Silverado, which Chevrolet will brand Duramax.

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will arrive at dealerships in the third quarter of 2018. 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.

The Silverado is critical to Chevrolet's business. Eric Seals, Detroit Free PressBuy Photo Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors, talks after the unveiling of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at Eastern Market in Detroit on Saturday Jan. 13, 2018.

Chevy will build two-door regular cab Silverados and extended cab models with a small rear seat and rear doors in addition to the very roomy four-door crew cab.

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.

From the outside, the Chevy Silverado sports squintier headlights and an updated front fascia that changes with trim levels. While the high-end trims such as the High Country and LTZ sport luxurious leather and soft-touch materials, they retain the utilitarian features that make the LT suitable for everyday work use.

Full powertrain details have not been announced, but the Silverado will be available with a 3.0-liter diesel engine and 10-speed automatic transmission combo that Reuss expects to outperform the upcoming F-150 diesel. 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.

More improvements have been made to the truck's aerodynamics. 80% of the frame consists of high-strength steel that varies in thickness from 2 to 5 mm.

With 100 years of production and the auto industry's oldest continually used nameplate, the archetypal hero vehicle for General Motors' biggest brand is a Chevrolet truck, and it's celebrating a century on the market. Carbon-composite second-stage rear springs save 24 pounds versus the current truck's steel springs. Chevrolet managers say the passenger volume has increased, and so has the cargo volume in the bed of the truck.

Chevrolet says the 2019 Silverado is also significantly more aerodynamic.

Mark Phelan: mmphelan or.

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