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Lightning's Garage: The 2019 Chevy Silverado Rocks On

November 7, 2018
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By Scott T. Sterling

Like a rock for real.

Once again for 2019, Chevy’s range of heavy-duty trucks stand wheels and powertrains above the competition. Sneering at trend-chasers and change simply for change’s sake, the proudly American automaker has introduced their latest range of trucks led by the big daddy Silverado 1500.

What is new with the 2019 Silverado 1500 are features that everyone can stand behind: it’s even bigger, with roomier cabins and more cargo volume. Payload and towing capabilities have improved, as has fuel economy.

The latest Silverado adds 3 inches of cab length to the entire fleet. This equals up to 4 cu.-ft. of additional interior volume. Simply put, that’s a lot of room.

The list of optional driver-assist is long. Rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot warning system, a lane-departure warning system, front and rear parking sensors, a lane-keeping assist system, a 360-degree surround-view camera and a forward collision warning system with pedestrian detection.

Of course, the new Silverado boasts up-to-the-minute technology: Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPay/Android Auto smartphone projection technology, and a 7-inch touchscreen. The range of optional tech features includes satellite radio, an 8-inch touchscreen, a Bose stereo, wireless device charging, and a navigation system.

It’s also that time of year when we see the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and a brand new version of its Chevy Silverado race truck.

The new race truck was modeled to reflect the look of Chevrolet’s brand-new production Silverado RST, which it does primarily through a newly-sculpted upper front fascia, hood, tail, and fenders.

We always want to align our racing vehicles with what is available in the showroom,” says Chevrolet VP of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell. “The Camaro SS was updated for the 2019 model year, and Silverado RST is all new. We can’t wait to see the Camaro SS and the Silverado RST on the track next February at Daytona.”

“My son’s three, and he and I watch baseball and football games on TV together all the time,” explained Bob Seger—the legendary Detroit rocker who wrote and recorded “Like a Rock” and gave Chevy the thumbs-up to use it a after a guy came up to him “out of nowhere” at a bar to ask, ‘How come you never do any commercials for the auto companies and help us out a little bit?’”—back in 1996.

“The commercial will come on and he’ll look over at me with a big smile on his face. I’ll nod to him and say, ‘that’s Daddy.’ And he and I will sing the song together,” Seger revealed. “I’m from Cartown and these are my people. I get a lot of thanks for it.”