In a segment where weight reduction was key, Chevy puzzled the pundits and silenced the naysayers by actually increasing the Silverado in size. This larger footprint consists of a 3.9-inch increase in wheelbase (over its 2018 counterpart) and the truck’s overall length by up to 1.6 inches.
And in a game of inches, the change was worth miles. Regardless of which cab configuration is selected, the redesigned 2019 Silverado will offer up to 7 inches of additional bed width, making it more versatile for hauling. And in terms of comfort, rear passenger in four-door models will enjoy up to 3 full inches of additional stretching space.
Combined with the inclusion of additional in-cabin storage, it’s hard to argue the designers’ success in crafting a more versatile and accommodating Silverado.
Considering the gauntlet thrown down by the competition’s decision to integrate lightweight aluminum into their bodywork, how would Chevy go about offsetting (or justifying) their increase in size? Considering the amount of speculation, Vegas oddsmakers could have made a killing leading up to the reveal.
Ultimately, Chevy chose to limit the use of lightweight metals, restricting it to the hood, doors, and tailgate. This choice fell in line with their position that aluminum wasn’t a suitable material upon which weight reduction should rely. Re-engineered steel allowed Chevy to retain strength and durability, while the approach allowed them to control the weight of the steel used, assuring stronger roof, bed, and fenders.
Overall the choices in materials allowed for a 450 LB reduction in the weight of a crew-cab Silverado – meeting the challenge that had been issued.