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Chevrolet Silverado reveal kicks off 2018 Detroit auto show

Chevrolet Silverado reveal kicks off 2018 Detroit auto show

Instead, the automaker focused on a strategic use of metals to shave weight. The Silverado's frame also made high-strength steel. All "swinging panels" (doors, hood, tailgate) are made of aluminum. The Ram frame is nearly entirely lightweight, high-strength steel, and its tailgate and other bits are aluminum.

"We selected the right material for each application and optimized every component for mass, durability, safety and function, all to meet the needs of our customers", Reuss said. The bed floor has been widened by seven inches and there are new lockable cargo boxes on some models. The truck bed can carry 1784 litres (63 cubic feet if you're American) of stuff and Chevy offers load boxes that attach to the wheel wells for more organised storage.

No info is known on pricing yet but Chevrolet has mentioned that it will reveal more details on the new Silverado later in the year, so stay tuned. For easier access to said cargo, an available power up/down tailgate can be operated with the key fob or via a button in the cab.

The Silverado features the first opening and closing power tailgate. Each one is offering a slightly unique look, albeit slightly evolutionary from today's Silverado. 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.

Three engines will be available at launch, including a new turbocharged 3.0-liter Duramax diesel six cylinder. Ford introduced a first-ever diesel-powered F-150 this year and said it expects to get a highway fuel economy rating of 30 mpg.

"I am really confident that we will have the best-performing diesel in this segment", he said. The system replaces Active Fuel Management and differs in the sense it can shut off any number of cylinders, in a variety of combinations, to boost performance and efficiency. The engine will be offered with the new 10-speed automatic transmission.

GM has not said which transmission will be paired with the 5.3-liter V8. For the 2019 model year, there'll be eight Silverado models, in fact. The vehicle maintains its familiar boxy cab and wide front fascia.

The introduction of the diesel engine is, in itself, a significant move, because there are now three somewhat equivalent options in the half ton truck category for new buyers and upgraders.

Surprisingly for a pickup, the Silverado is said to be aerodynamic, with elements of the front grille acting as front functional air curtains, reducing aerodynamic drag. All of this results in a seven-percent improvement in aerodynamics, according to Chevrolet.

The suspension at both ends of the Silverado has been redesigned with new forged upper control arms in the independent front suspension.

While the competing Ford F-150 pickup has a fully aluminum body-including its cab and bed-on a steel frame, Chevy has mixed it up.

Last week Detroit's mayor strolled through the still-under-construction spots where General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and many other automakers will show off their latest creations. The company sold more than 580,000 of the trucks in 2017, accounting for more than a quarter of Chevrolet's sales.

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