CONFIRMED: 2019 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 to Retain Steel Bed – VIDEO
Spy Video Proves Cargo Box Keeps Steel Construction
It’s been an open secret for some time now that General Motors’ 2019 half-ton pickups would make the switch to aluminum bodywork, following Ford’s bold move in 2015 with the F-150. But remember last year, when Chevrolet released a series of videos touting the strength of its all-steel truck beds relative to the F-150’s aluminum box? That had us scratching our heads, wondering if the company would shoot itself (and its marketing team) in the foot in 2019 with an aluminum-bodied pickup.
Well, now we have an answer: The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 will retain steel construction for their cargo boxes, justifying that ad campaign somewhat. As proved by the video embedded below, the cargo box of this Silverado mule is magnetic, which all but guarantees it’s not made of aluminum. (Also, we have to hand it to the videographer, who was bold enough to run up to this fleet of test vehicles like this.)
Given the cameraman’s need to be swift, we don’t actually see the magnet attach to the bed, but we can hear it thump the cargo box, and our source confirmed the bed was indeed magnetic. Rumors still insist the 2019 Chevrolet/GMC twins will pursue lightweighting through aluminum-intensive construction, so we anticipate the cab and front bodywork to follow the Ford F-150’s lead.
Also evident in the video and confirmed by our spy shooter, the new trucks will feature automatic start/stop technology, aiding fuel savings and reducing emissions. GM may even bring hybrid technology to its bread-and-butter pickups once again. Other fuel-saving measures reportedly under development are a lineup of smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines, although we hope Chevy will still offer its surprisingly efficient 5.3L and 6.2L V-8 engines in the new trucks.
Chevy and GMC might also be developing an air suspension for the Silverado and Sierra 1500, adopting one of Ram’s greatest trump cards. We must admit, however, that the current trucks’ available Magnetic Ride Control does a commendable job of soaking up bumps and divots in the road while still offering good cargo and towing capacity.
Overall, it looks as though GM is trying to capture the best of all worlds with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. Extensive lightweighting, a durable steel bed, and a comfortable air-cushioned ride could turn the new trucks into the segment benchmarks. Time will tell, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed they won’t abandon the small-block V-8.
Source: SpiedBilde Photography