We’ve surely all seen it by now. Chevrolet introduced us to its all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 back in January at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. When the sheets were pulled back there was an audible gasp from those in attendance at the grand unveiling. Applause soon followed and interest from those watching on the Internet skyrocketed shortly after the polarizing design found the light of day.
So what happened? It would appear that designers and engineers at General Motors made the decision to design a new pickup that would last for many years, both in the styling department and efficiency. You see, a lot of what many see as questionable design was implemented for the sake of aerodynamic efficiency. The air curtains built into the front bumper are a prime example of this, as well as one of the main features that’s been criticized in the mainstream media. These “catfish gills” as they’ve been referred to by some actually work to direct airflow out and around the front suspension, helping the truck slip through the air with less resistance.
The design is bold, with a large muscular grille and squared off fenders. The headlights give a weird nod back to Ford’s 2015 F-150 with a notch in the center of the unit, and the body accent line that runs through the bedsides is quite reminiscent of Toyota’s current Tundra. The rear windows also appear to draw inspiration from Chevy’s mid-size Colorado pickup.
We’re still on the fence with this one. Admittedly, our first reaction was that of mild shock. However, as more models and trims are introduced and we begin to see the truck in its natural habitat, not on a show floor, we’re starting to come around.
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- Trucks-365 Staff