2019 – Present (Fourth Generation)
Chevrolet unveiled the fourth-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 in mid-December 2017. The redesigned model, which will be available in showrooms from the fall of 2018, features a more sculpted exterior that spots curvy edges, swoopy lines, and headlights that arc inward and integrate into the front grille. The body and frame are made from a mixture of aluminum and steel that makes the fourth generation as much as 450 pounds lighter than previous-generation models. Fourth generation models also feature a fresh interior with a centered rather than offset steering wheel. Crew-cab models have been stretched to give rear passengers 3 inches of more leg room, and internal storage has also been enhanced with 24-liter and 10-liter bins under the rear seats and in the rear seatbacks respectively. Buyers can choose from among eight trim levels including a High Country trim with 20-inch aluminum wheels.
In addition to the 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8 engines, Chevrolet added a turbo-diesel 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine to the powertrain options of the new generation. The diesel engine, like the 6.2-liter V8 engine, is paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. With powertrains refined for real-world driving, the Chevy Silverado can tow up to 12,500 pounds.
2014 – 2018 (Third Generation)
Compared to previous generations, the third-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 stood out in that it was quieter, smoother, and more power-efficient than previous generations. The new models featured a revised steering system that included electric assist for simplified tuning and refined suspensions that increased handling responsiveness. Third generation models also benefited from increased power output. The capacity of the base 4.3-liter V6 engine, for example, was increased from 195 to 285 horsepower. In addition to the V6 engines, Chevrolet also gave buyers the option of a more powerful 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8 engine. All engines across the powertrain had new technology, including direct injection and cylinder deactivation, which increased fuel economy. Four-wheel drive was available across all generational models. A six-speed transmission, which became the standard in the new models, replaced the four-speed unit in some of the previous models.
Chevrolet made just a few changes to the exterior and interior look of the third-generation model. New trucks had full-width bumpers and sculpted fenders, and the interior got plusher seating and a new octagonal center stack. The stacked headlight design was discontinued in a 2016 refresh, and the Silverado got a new front fascia and grille. For this generation, the body construction used more aluminum and high-strength steel to lower the trucks’ total weight.
2007 – 2013 (Second Generation)
Chevrolet redesigned the second-generation Silverado 1500 to feature a new front frame design, rack-and-pinion steering, and improved fuel economy. Unlike the first generation, which was only available in three trim levels, the second generation had five trims, including the base WT trim and the higher-level LS version. The LS trim added full-power accessories, cruise control, and keyless entry. The crew cab had the option of an extra fuel economy trim.
In addition to the 4.3-, 4.8- and 5.3-liter V6 Vortec engines that powered the previous generation, Chevrolet added the new and more powerful 367-hp, 6.0-liter Vortec 6000 V8 engine and the 403-hp, 6.2-liter Vortec 6200 V8 engine. All V8-powered trim levels got a new six-speed automatic transmission, FlexFuel technology, and electronic stability control. Buyers could choose between two- and four-wheel drive on almost all models. Some of the new safety features that came with the second generation included four-wheel anti-lock disk brakes, adjustable pedals and navigation, and side curtain airbags.
1999 – 2006 (First Generation)
The Chevy Silverado 1500 was first released in 1998 as a 1999 model. The light-duty pickup truck was based on the GMT 800 platform—which General Motors used in suburban and other full-size SUVs—and was designed as a larger and more aerodynamic replacement for the C/K truck. The first generation had a classic body style that came in three cab styles: regular cab with two doors, extended cab with four doors, and crew cab with four front-hinged doors. Buyers could choose from among three cargo beds: a 69.2-inch short box that only came with the crew cab, a 78.7-inch standard box, and a 97.6-inch long box. These models had a towing capacity of half a ton, three-quarters of a ton, and one ton. The heavy-duty Silverado 1500HD had a towing capacity of 10,300 pounds and could haul 3,129 pounds in its bed.
The power options available in the first generation were a 195-hp 4.3-liter V6, a 255-hp 4.8-liter V8 and a 270-hp 5.3-liter V8 engine. Chevrolet introduced several variants of the Silverado 1500 during its first generation, including a 2003 high-performance SS model that came with a 345-hp, 6.0-liter V8 engine and a heavy-duty series that ran between 2000 and 2007. The Silverado 1500 was the first pickup truck with an automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode.