Posted by Mark Williams | February 9, 2019
Although you would not know from the media coverage, the Chicago Auto Show 2019 will go down in history as the car showcase where all four heavy truck manufacturers (we do not count the Nissan Titan XD here) revealed their latest pickups to the public. Chevrolet, Ford, GMC and Ram show new new heavy models, although Ram was the HD cabinet diversity. Still, journalists came to the media preview, expecting to see new cars and SUVs, and an HD truck show broke out.
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Chevrolet used the Chicago show to uncover its all-new 2020 2500 and 3500 pickups, which showed LTZ and High Country trims from the truck's five-trim lineup. Silverado HDs are larger and distinctly different from the 2019 Silverado 1500. The inside of the HD sleeves, however, hangs near the lighter square Silverado. Bed changes also follow 1500. Our favorite upgrades are the new 10-speed Allison transmission and brand new 6.6-liter V-8 with 401 horsepower and 464-pound-meter torque.
Ford had quite a few 2020 Super Duty trucks on the floor, and no one could tell the difference from previous generation 2019 models – at least that was what we heard over and over again. I will admit that the grill and the amusement changes are not easy to spot, but we are pretty sure Ford has never made a Super Duty F-450 with black fender flies in front and white fender flames in the back.
Although we saw 2020 GMC Sierra 2500s / 3500s in San Diego a few weeks ago, so was our first chance to see the new HD pickups with other brands and GMC products, GMC had an off-roading Denali 3500 AT4 crew cab with a Duramax engine on the show floor to communicate the breadth the brand offers in its lineup. How does Chevy not offer a Trail Boss HD?
Ram's booth was dominated by commercial-class chassis cabins in various stages of customization: dump beds , flat bed, wreckers, ambulances, etc. The new 2019 chassis cabins serve niche markets so they didn't get much traffic on media days. But the new Ram 5500 Limited MegaCab should appeal to the towing driving market – and it could be the first HD truck to break the $ 100,000 ceiling. Ram also launched its 2019 Ram 1500 multi-purpose tailgate that made it impossible for anyone to pass by it without trying out 60/40-divided swingout doors and powerful bracing.
2019 Chicago Auto opens to the public on Saturday and goes through February 18 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Show hours are at. 10 to 10 p.m. Saturday through February 17 and 10:00 to 8:00. February 18. Admission is $ 13 for adults, $ 7 for seniors 62 or older and children aged 7-12, and free for children 6 or younger with parents or guardians. For more information, visit the show's website.
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