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2019 Chevy Silverado bows at Detroit with newfound muscle

Next-gen light-duty pickup adds tech and performance while dropping weight.

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Chris Paukert
Following stints in TV news production and as a record company publicist, Chris spent most of his career in automotive publishing. Mentored by Automobile Magazine founder David E. Davis Jr., Paukert succeeded Davis as editor-in-chief of Winding Road, a pioneering e-mag, before serving as Autoblog's executive editor from 2008 to 2015. Chris is a Webby and Telly award-winning video producer and has served on the jury of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards. He joined the CNET team in 2015, bringing a small cache of odd, underappreciated cars with him.
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Chevrolet sold 585,000 Silverado trucks last year, and it's hoping that this new generation will do even better.

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The 2019 Silverado will face off against an all-new 2019 Ram 1500 and Ford's latest F-150, along with Japanese-badged products like the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra.

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A new off-road-minded Trailboss version builds on the already-capable Z71 package with a two-inch suspension lift. 

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Other Trailboss features include Rancho shocks, skid plates and off-road tires on 18-inch wheels.

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A longer wheelbase and larger cabin have allowed for a higher seating position and new storage options. 

Chevy claims material finishes are greatly improved.

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Chevy's "Cowboy Cadillac" High Country trim returns, and this time it's got a standard power raise and lower tailgate that can be operated via key fob.

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A new street-minded RST trim is more about style than added performance. It features body-color trim, LED lighting and wheels that are up to 22 inches.

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Like some down-home chrome on your pickup? The LTZ is positively lathered with the stuff, including accents on the grille, mirrors, door handles and beltline. Shiny, shiny.

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If you build it, they will come?

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GM actually previewed the new Trailboss trim at a Texas media event marking the centennial of Chevrolet trucks.

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The Trailboss looks impressive, but whether it's a full-fledged Ford F-150 SVT Raptor competitor remains to be seen.

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The Silverado Custom trim features 20-inch painted alloys, LED taillamps, body-color trim and available dual exhaust pipes tucked up into the bumper.

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Chevy says the beds on its trucks are nearly 7 inches wider than before and they feature 21 tie-down points -- 12 are fixed and 9 are movable.

Optional over-the-fender lockable storage bins are available, but not shown here.

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The Silverado uses air curtains up front to help improve aero efficiency.

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Chevy says that the truck's new skin is 7 percent more aerodynamically efficient than before, but thus far, it's not providing a drag coefficient figure.

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Despite an influx of luxury-laden pickups, basic Work Truck models are still the heart and soul of Chevy's pickup lineup.

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Keep clicking or swiping for more photos of the 2019 Chevy Silverado.

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The Silverado's new frame is 88 pounds lighter than before, yet it offers 10 percent greater rigidity.

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Increased use of high strength steels of various grades and aluminum swing panels (hood, doors, tailgate) means that the Silverado is up to 450 pounds lighter than its 2018 forebearer.

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A new cab is longer to offer improved passenger space front and rear.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most aerodynamic full-size trucks available due to extensive use of aero features. The integrated spoiler at the rear edge of the cab directs air onto the tailgate lip, reducing wind drag from the bed. Changes like these result in a 7 percent increase in aerodynamic efficiency.

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Chevrolet 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine

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The 2019 Silverado RST comes standard with an all-new, advanced 2.7L Turbo engine Active Fuel Management and stop/start technology, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Available 5.3L V-8 engine is paired with an eight-speed transmission and featured industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM) with 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation. An all-new Duramax 3.0L Turbo Diesel with start/stop technology paired with a 10-speed transmission will be available as an option in early 2019

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