Traditionally, the act of hitching a trailer to a truck has been at least a two-person job. This often-frustrating task requires concise communication between driver and spotter as they attempt to guide a large vehicle to a target area that’s about three square inches.
That’s all changing, though, because the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado is making the entire process of towing easier than ever thanks to enhanced visibility, thoughtful driver assistance, and the most intelligent powertrain in the history of Chevy’s truck lineup.
Find out how the all-new Silverado is eliminating the typical challenges of trailering with a closer look at our 2019 Chevrolet Silverado High Country test model.
Enhanced Visibility with Hitch View Camera
For the 2019 model year, the Silverado High Country comes standard with an all-new Advanced Trailering system. This game-changing package adds visual hitch guidance as well as a hitch-view camera and trailer management app.
The hitch guidance system is by far the most impactful upgrade to the Silverado’s towing capabilities. Using the infotainment system’s 8-inch color touchscreen and rear view camera, a dynamic guide line indicates the path of the hitch based on your steering input. This allows you to precisely maneuver the truck to the proper position without having to do any guess work.
When you’re ready to back up the final few inches, switching to Hitch View provides a top-down perspective of the ball joint, eliminating the need for an outside spotter. And because getting “close enough” just won’t cut it, the parking brake is automatically applied during Hitch View mode to prevent any unwanted vehicle roll after placing the transmission into Park.
Store Custom Profiles Using the Trailer Management App
If you have multiple trailers or regularly haul varying loads, the available in-vehicle Trailering App can store up to five custom towing profiles. This allows you to easily track mileage and fuel economy, as well as automatically apply the correct brake-gain setting while the trailer is attached. You’ll also get reminders to check brakes, tires, and wheel bearings at regular intervals based on actual towing usage.
And keeping with the theme of making towing a single-person job, the Trailering App comes standard with an exterior lighting test. Simply initiate the testing sequence and step outside to verify that all lights are in working condition.
Finally, the app offers a customizable checklist to ensure you have the best and safest towing experience. Checklist items can include maintenance items, or even more personal reminders, like bringing an ice chest or supplies.
Confident On-road Performance
Once the trailer is safely connected, it’s business as usual for the all-new Silverado. Our test model seemed indifferent towards the extra 3,500 pounds behind it as the available 6.2-liter V8 engine hummed along effortlessly.
From the driver’s seat, the only perceived difference while towing comes from the in-dash trailer indicator light; otherwise, throttle response, braking, and handling dynamics of the Silverado are practically unaffected. That doesn’t mean the truck is unaware of its surroundings, though. In fact, it’s quite the opposite as the updated powertrain seamlessly works behind the scenes to ensure everything is operating at maximum efficiency.
Featuring a new Dynamic Fuel Management system, the 420-horsepower V8 engine can automatically switch between 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation to deliver necessary torque as well as optimize fuel economy. The Silverado is always performing complex calculations based on driver input, vehicle sensors, and other factors to determine its best response for the current driving conditions.
For example, when the truck sensed we were traveling on a decline, the transmission down-shifted to provide additional engine braking, helping to maintain our current speed and save the brake pads. It’s these thoughtful enhancements that go a long way in bolstering driver confidence and improving the vehicle’s overall accessibility.
The Best Silverado Yet
Improving on almost every aspect — from performance to passenger comfort to technology — the 2019 Silverado is the most capable truck to come from Chevrolet. And with eight exterior trims alongside six engine/transmission combinations, customers will have an easy time finding a model to fit their unique needs and lifestyles.
Our exploration of the all-new Silverado’s towing capabilities is only a small glimpse into everything this next-gen truck has to offer. Keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming test drive review, or visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Chevrolet dealership to learn more.