Chevy Adding More Bed Space to Silverado 1500

Chevy is claiming to have achieved best-in-class cargo volume, box depth, and box length at floor with its 2019 Silverado 1500 featuring larger bed volume than last year’s model.

The Silverado also will feature 12 fixed tie-downs and a power up/down tailgate.

Every Silverado bed size has increased significantly in volume for the 2019 model year. Silverado short box will increase to 63 cubic feet from 53 cubic feet; the Silverado standard box will also increase 10 cubic feet to 72 cubic feet; while the Silverado long box gains the most by increasing to 89 cubic feet, up from 75 cubic feet from last year’s model.

Most of the increases were achieved by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly 7 inches, according to Chevy.

The company is also implementing a higher-grade steel in the construction of Durabed. The quality of the bed floor materials has improved as well, from 340 megapascals to 500 megapascals, according to Chevy.

The strength of Silverado’s 12 fixed tie-downs has also doubled from 250 pounds to 500 pounds of force before bending. An additional nine moveable tie-down points are available as well for even more cargo flexibility. Together, these 21-total tie-downs are the most of any full-size pickup, according to Chevy. Tie-downs are now located at varying heights to offer customers greater versatility in what they can secure and haul.

The Durabed truck bed, standard on all 2019 Silverado 1500 models, also includes larger cutouts in the GM-exclusive CornerStep bumpers to better accommodate steel-toed boots. Durabed is also available with integrated, in-bed LED lighting and a 110/120-volt power outlet. A light at the top of the rear cab comes standard on all Silverado models, according to Chevy.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 will also be available with four tailgate variants:

  • Standard gate-a manual gate with no lift assist; manually lockable (with key)
  • Standard gate with Lift Assist-a stamped gate that includes lift assist; manually lockable (with key)
  • Power Lock/Release-includes lift assist and automatic release; power lockable
  • Power up/down-available on the LTZ and standard on High Country, the tailgate raises or lowers using the key fob, touchpads on the gate or button in the cabin. Includes lift assist, automatic release and power closing; power lockable

The 2019 Silverado goes on sale this fall.

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