We’re Rolling out the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD (Heavy Duty) will be the end of an era since there are plans for an all-new version in 2020. This isn’t to say that the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD for sale now is just more of the same – there are many changes for 2019. This is particularly true for external styling and trim level options.
Before addressing these changes, it is noteworthy that the Silverado HD family has three-quarter-ton models consisting of the 2019 Silverado 2500HD and 2019 Silverado 2500HD Fleet. The 2019 one-ton models include the Silverado 3500HD, 2019 Silverado 3500HD Fleet, and 2019 Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab (CC).
In terms of body styles, the 2019 Silverado 2500HD has undergone a great deal of change with the elimination of the Regular Cab and Double Cab Standard Box 4WD models.
The 2019 Silverado 2500HD body styles now encompass the Crew Cab two-wheel drive (2WD) Standard Box (CC25743), Crew Cab four-wheel-drive (4WD) Standard Box (CK25743), Crew Cab 2WD Long Box (CC25943), Crew Cab 4WD Long Box (CK25943), Double Cab 4WD Long Box (CK25753), Double Cab 2WD Long Box (CC25953) and Double Cab 4WD Long Box (CK25953).
New Features on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Chevy’s HD Silverado line has never been short on power and 2019 models are no exception. Along with the wide variety of body styles come two engine options.
The standard engine, available for all Silverado HD models, is a 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine with a whopping 360 horsepower and 380 pounds per foot of torque. It’s coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission that isn’t necessarily designed for fuel efficiency as much as it is built for ruggedness.
An optional 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel engine is different in that it has an improved 910 pounds per foot of torque for 2019. It too gets a six-speed automatic transmission made by Allison for either 2WD or 4WD configurations.
The diesel is the towing champ since it can tow up to 18,000 pounds depending on the particular configuration. The 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine model reigns as the payload champ with a maximum rear load rated at 3,534 pounds. Stabilizing that load is a traditional leaf-spring setup in the rear that was picked for its simplicity and durability. Like most truck designs, the Silverado rides better with weight over the rear tires. For both, rear-wheel drive is standard and 4WD drive is a popular and often chosen option.
Kicking things off as standard equipment is the regular-cab WT trim. The WT trim includes 17-inch steel wheels and an auto-locking rear differential. For the interior, the WT has rubberized floors, vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat, power door locks, air conditioning, manual crank windows, a rear view camera, cruise control, and a tilt-only steering wheel.
For connectivity and entertainment, the WT trim has a seven-inch touchscreen driver information display, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity, and the standard audio system. Those opting for the WT double and crew-cab models move up to six speaker systems and get power windows. OnStar with a 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot is optional with the WT trim, as is satellite radio.
The LT trim adds the afore-mentioned optional infotainment features along with 17-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, an upgraded eight-inch touchscreen driver information display, a remote-locking EZ Lift for the lower tailgate, remote locking, remote unlocking, full power accessories, heated power-adjustable mirrors, radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Pushing the LT level up a few notches, the LTZ trim includes 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, leather upholstery, power-adjustable heated front seats, driver’s seat memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-folding mirrors, tilt-telescoping steering wheel, remote engine starting, fog lamps, a power-sliding rear window with defogger, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 110-volt power outlet and a wiring harness that includes a trailer brake controller.
The top trim level is the High Country package that includes 20-inch alloy wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a navigation system, power-adjustable pedals, the Driver Alert package (i.e., lane departure warning, forward collision warning and parking sensors), a spray-in bedliner, side-assist steps, cargo box tie-downs, wireless phone charging and a Bose audio system.
It is noted that most features on the higher trim level can be added to the lower trims as options. Also noted is that there are other options available including sunroofs, a rear-seat entertainment system, fifth-wheel towing the 4WD-only Z71 Off-Road package, tow mirrors, and tonneau covers.
Exterior and Styling
The Chevrolet Silverado HD has always stood out from other domestic offerings like a tuxedo-clad cowboy wearing a cowboy hat. That is, it has a dressed-up appearance but also has a straightforward ‘get it done’ style. The entire Silverado HD line of trucks has plenty of chrome with large forward grilles that complement impressive hoods that are testaments to the power inside. Silverado High Country trucks push the envelope even further with their own unique touches including chrome running boards and body-colored bumpers.
There are some notable changes in exterior styling for 2019. The entire 2019 Silverado HD truck line gets a new Mosaic Black Metallic exterior color along with new chrome for the grille and mesh inserts on WT and LT models.
In addition, the 2019 Silverado 2500HD adds a new ‘Buildout Edition’ that also goes under the name ‘Silverado HD Tribute Edition.’ This package is only available at the LTZ trim level and includes the following features: front/rear park assist, spray-on bedliner, chrome lower skid plate, unique decals (e.g., flag-inspired fender, door, and pickup box), Z71 front door badge, front/rear black bow ties, and Z71 pickup box decal.
Last but not least is Chevrolet’s continued dedication to safety. The 2019 Chevy Silverado HD line comes equipped with six airbags, stability and traction control systems, and the OnStar system that can automatically notify emergency services if the truck is in an accident. Advanced safety features are available for the LT and LTZ models including lane departure warnings, forward-collision warnings, and a rear seat reminder for infants or children in the back. These advanced safety features are standard on the High Country trim level.