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Ram wasn’t the only automaker with a new pickup truck on display at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
Trying to steal some attention away is the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, which is set to arrive dealerships later this year. Compared to the outgoing model, the new Silverado manages to tip the scales at 450 pounds less, courtesy of aluminum being used on the hood, doors, and rear liftgate. In addition, the truck’s “safety cage” uses seven different grades of steel to offer an optimized mix of lightness and strength. Helping further contribute to overall weight loss are aluminum front upper control arms, and rear springs manufactured from a new carbon-composite material.
2018 Detroit Auto Show Coverage
Additional tweaks helping make the Silverado more competitive in the segment include 20 percent more cargo space in the bed for a total of 63 cubic feet of volume. The American automaker boasts that the new Silverado has the “most functional bed of any full-size truck,” thanks to 12 tie-down points with a max force rating of 500 lbs, bed task lighting, a rear 120-volt outlet, and larger cutouts for the CornerStep bumpers.
Inside the cabin, the rear seats offer an additional three inches of legroom, and available are 10-liter storage bins integrated into the rear seats.
Pricing for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will be announced closer to the pickup’s launch.