Bring on the bow-tie.
The modern pickup truck is the vehicle that can do anything. It can tow, it can haul, it can carry five people, and it can do it all with style, grit, and finesse. Modern pickups are the "blue jeans" of cars – formerly a working-class mainstay turned mainstream. But like a set of well-worn jeans, these trucks still work and play and impress clients, which leads me to my next point. Pickup trucks are so refined, so capable, and so much better than they once were that any full-size pickup on the market will do what you need it to do -- now it's just a matter of preference. As for the Silverado? It makes a strong case for itself to both non-Chevy owners and serial Chevy owners alike.
Let's begin with the styling. It's clear that the 2019 Silverado sports all-new body panels – with only some made of high strength steel – and much more muscular design. It's also taller and bigger than the last generation in almost every way, and its tall, layered front grill will surely advise lesser vehicles to kindly step aside.
While some people don't care much for the new Silverado's look, I think it's a welcomed departure from the 8-bit design language of the past, and it'll definitely turn heads.
Inside, you're welcomed by an interior that's not unfamiliar to current Silverado owners, and that's a good thing. The Silverado's cabin is spacious, easy-to-use, and walks the rugged/lux line quite well. For some reason, I've always preferred the feel of the Chevy's leather-wrapped steering wheel to its competitors. It just feels quality, and I'd much rather take a few plastic bits here and there to have a steering wheel like the Silverado's. Couple that with the 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and you've got a rig that you can drive for hours on end – whether that be sitting in traffic, or going into town.
Lastly, the real differentiator for the Chevrolet is choice in engines. For the purist, you can get a Silverado with a 6.2L V8 producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, or the 355-horse and 383 lb-ft 5,3L V8. For fleets and those seeking a bit smaller engine, you can get the 285-horse 305 lb-ft 4,3L V6. For the fuel-conscious, you can get a 2,7L turbo inline-4 producing 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. And for those who like to go for the green pump -- a 3.0L Duramax straight-six -- for which Chevy hasn't released the numbers yet.
Of course, you also have your options of transmissions, notably a 10-speed and 8-speed variant, but we'll let your local Chevy dealer tell you more about that. As for me, I'm going to go drive one up at Tyrell Chevrolet and see if that Duramax lives up to all its hype.
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