First Drive Preview – 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Highway Miles, Off-Road Mud, and Towing Heavy
Back in January, Chevrolet shocked us all when they unveiled the all-new and radically redesigned 2019 Silverado 1500 ahead of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Silverado sports a new frame, updated suspension, improved drivetrains, advanced technology, and a new body constructed of a mix of steel and aluminum. New exterior styling broke with decades of typical Chevy design and set a new standard for the future of trucks. This styling, however, proved to be wildly polarizing to the wider public. Since its debut we’ve been learning more and more about the new Silverado as GM slowly dished out info to us, but seat time is what we’ve been patiently waiting for.
Now the big day has arrived and we’ve finally been allowed to slide behind the (now centered) wheel for a quick first drive of the newest generation Silverado. You’ll have to wait a few more days until we can share our thoughts (drive impressions are still embargoed), so for now enjoy our photos and a few factual tidbits about our day in the mountains. Chevy brought out a handful of High Country, LTZ, and Trail Boss models for us to drive in beautiful Jackson, Wyoming. The drivetrains available were the 6.2L V-8 and 10-speed combo, along with the 5.3L and 8-speed. Not present were the 2.7L four-cylinder or 3.0L diesel—we’ll have to continue waiting for those.
Our drive consisted of about 100 miles on the road, including steep mountain passes and winding two-lane highway. We were also given a quartet of pickups saddled with 6,000-pound trailers, in both 5.3L and 6.2L guises, to experience their towing ability. And of course, most exciting was the off-road course set up to test the Trail Boss that had stacked logs, large rocks, loose dirt, and splashy mud.
We’ve certainly got a lot to say about the 2019 Silverado, so check back soon for our full report!