Gulf Insider takes the new Chevrolet Silverado for a desert drive.
Men in this region love driving full-sized pickup trucks, even if they don’t need them. I’m not one of these men, but I know several who are and I listen to them rave about which pickup trucks they’d ‘love’ to own. When I ask why they need a pickup, bearing in mind they typically work in a bank or an office, they look at me like I don’t know how to live. So when I was invited to Abu Dhabi to drive the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado I thought about offering one of these guys to take my place – I knew they would have been super excited. But I was curious enough to want to experience this for myself, just to see what I have been missing. What I learned is that people buy pickups to have fun, and they are highly regarded for their practicality, off-road ability, comfort, and they appeal to varying lifestyle needs.
Two models of the Silverado are exclusive to the Middle East –the Silverado Trail Boss Regular-Cab and the Silverado RST Regular-Cab The latest Silverado has been totally redesigned and has lots of new technology. The front is completely different and it’s bigger, taller, and wider than the previous model. It also have 17% improved aerodynamics. Doors, tailgate and bonnet are now aluminum, helping to make it up to 240 kg lighter despite it being longer, taller and wider than before.
It’s also stronger.
There’s a choice of 5 different engine and transmission choices, starting with a new 2.7 liter turbo four-cylinder engine (310 hp, 348 lb-ft) paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s specially designed for trucks with a high torque. Bigger engine options include new 5.3L and 6.2L V8 engines. The 6.2L engine is paired with a new Hydra- Matic 10-speed automatic transmission, as well as start/stop technology to reduce fuel consumption for optimum performance and efficiency. The 6.2-liter V8 is a monster of an engine, offering 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. There’s excellent fuel economy thanks to Dynamic Fuel Management which actively shuts off any number of cylinders between 2 and 8, making the 2019 Silverado’s fuel economy top of its class. Chevrolet say they have changed the interior as little as possible so as to retain its familiar look, and that the changes they did make were based on extensive customer feedback. To be honest it seems rather plane, but if that’s what the customers want then who am I to argue? Driving the new Silverado on both road and in the Abu Dhabi desert I found it nicely balanced and easydriving.
It’s certainly comfortable with lots of interior room and good seats that were supportive. There’s an abundance of storage cabins and the climate control system kept me nice and cool while the desert outside was roasting. The Silverado can be bought as a bare-bones work horse, or it can be fitted out with all sorts of luxuries, technology, and fashion statements. Options include various axle ratios, off-road-oriented tires, larger wheels, tow mirrors, power-retractable side step rails, sunroof, trailer monitoring systems that allow for trailer tire-pressure sensors or trailer rearview-camera connections. Safety options include lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning with lowspeed emergency braking, lane keeping assist, forward pedestrian detection with braking, automatic high beams, and a safety alert seat. The Technology package adds an in-mirror rearview camera display, a driver head-up display and a 360-degree parking camera. Middle East owners love to customize these vehicles and there are currently 116 custom accessories to choose from, with more on the way, for anyone who buys a Silverado and wants to really stand out from the crowd! According to the dealers, the car has not been launched yet in Bahrain.
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