Earlier this year, Chevy announced plans that it will be continue production of the third-generation Silverado alongside the new fourth-gen truck. We dug into GM’s Build & Price tool for a look at pricing and options.
Here’s a hint: if you want anything other than a standard box Double Cab truck with a bench seat, you’ll need to pony up for a 4th-gen machine. The LD, which drops the “1500” designation, is only available in that single body configuration.
One engine will be offered in the form of GM’s workhorse 5.3L V8. It will make a familiar 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. No V6, eAssist V8, or hand-of-god 6.2L options will be available on the LD. The engine is paired to a six-speed automatic.
There will be three trims, starting with the entry WT machine. Steel wheels and black bumpers are a dead giveaway for eagle-eyed truck spotters. The WT does earn HID headlamps and a bit of LED mascara, a lighting option once reserved for high-zoot Silverados. Three cheers for using up leftover parts-bin items. Its WT Convenience Package continues to be the option sheet’s best deal, offering up a locking tailgate, remote entry, and heated mirrors for just $710.
The LT trim, formerly one available with many of the LTZ goodies, is now a bench-seat only affair. Gone are the towing gears formerly associated with the 5.3L, restricting the truck to about 9000lbs towing capacity, as a 3.42 axle ratio is the sole option for the rear pumpkin. Texas and All-Star packs will imbue the truck with dual climate control and a remote starter, while packages with names like Chrome and Essentials ladle on visual addenda but no real upgrades.
Top dog is now the LT Z71, a trim that color-keys the grille and bumpers while wrapping 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. It, like the LT, bins bucket seats in favor of a bench. Special Z71 suspension with Rancho-branded shocks remain, as do the 36mm front stabilizer bar and off-road jounce bumpers. Hill descent control is present, too. The familiar eight-inch infotainment screen makes an appearance, with Apple CarPlay and the standard cadre of tech such as 4G LTE wi-fi baked into the unit.
GM’s propaganda touts all trucks will come with a Trailering Package, featuring 7-pin connectors and a locking rear diff but, critically, a factory trailer brake controller is not specified although one can surely be installed at the dealer. No mention is made of last year’s Max Trailering Package and its 3.73 towing gears.
Standard vehicle price of a 2018 Silverado 4×4 with the double cab and standard box in LT trim was $40,700. The same 4×4 truck in 2019 LD form is listed at $42,700. What incentives and subvented rate programs will appear to help bring that price south of forty large remain to be seen. The cheapest LD is a two-wheel drive WT, priced a fiver under $36,000.
Announcements of pricing and packages for the new 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup will surely not be as quiet. We’ll post that information when it becomes available.