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2019 Chevrolet Model Year Changes



2019 Chevrolet Blazer at 2018 LA Auto Show

As sedans die, an all-new sport utility rises up: the Blazer. Bringing back a revered nameplate makes good business sense. So does entering a niche where your competitors have been successful. The Blazer will compete against Ford Edge and Nissan Murano for the mid-size, five-passenger crossover customer. With a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a 305-horsepower V6, a nine-speed automatic and front or all-wheel drive, it will have good credentials in the few or no kids, young suburban arena. This new Chevy sits between the Equinox and the Traverse in size and price.


2019 Chevrolet Bolt

Tire Fill Alert is now offered, standard on all models. This feature will beep the horn when you reach the proper inflation while pumping your tires.

Driver Confidence II Package , including Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Front Pedestrian Braking and IntelliBeam (Auto High Beams) is now optional on all Bolt models. Previously required a Bolt Premier.

If you're buying your own Bolt this next feature doesn't affect you, but fleet operators can order their Bolts with a smartphone interface which will allow the Bolt to be started with a secure app, including by people renting the Bolt. Start the car with you phone is officially here.


2019-Chevrolet-CamaroRS-010 Courtesy GM

The Camaro gets a refresh with a new grille, fascia, bumpers, headlights and a new hood. The Chevrolet Infotainment systems are improved, coming in either 7 or 8-inch touchscreen versions.

Forward Collision Alert is offered on the Camaro for the first time, optional on LT and SS and standard on ZL1, but just the coupes.

The 1LE performance package is now offered with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The lightest Camaro should be a great autocross car with all the goodies in the 1LE package: FE3 suspension, larger stabilizer bars, tuned shocks, stiffer bushings, P245/40R20 front tires, 275/35R20 rear tires, heavy-duty brakes with metallic pads, Track Mode and Competition on the Driver Mode Selector and launch control.

Satellite radio and power seats are no longer available on the Camaro LS. A new display for the HD rear camera is in the rearview mirror on the ZL1 and optional on the SS.

City Express

This little Nissan-built van is no longer offered at Chevrolet dealerships in 2019.


2019 Chevrolet Colorado

The 6-speed manual transmission has been dropped. Only offered with the 4-cylinder and 2-wheel drive, too few ordered it. Must have been a last minute change since it is still listed on the EPA web site.

The radios (infotainment systems) in the Colorado are all new. LT, Z71 and ZR2 models get a new high-definition, digital backup camera. Other models still have a standard backup camera with a lower resolution.

An available 6-way power driver's seat replaces the 4-way seat on LT, Z71 and ZR2, adding the ability to tilt the seat cushion. The 4-way power driver's seat is still standard on Base and Work Truck.

A heated steering wheel is now offered: optional on LT, standard on Z71 and ZR2.

A new Rear Park Assist system is offered on all but base models. It uses sonar to warn the driver when he backs up.

Biggest news: Bison off-road ZR2 model with the cred to compete against the new Jeep pickup. ZR2 already has locking front and rear differentials, 8.9 inches of ground clearance. Bison adds 31-inch tires, snorkel and more. See our 2018 LA Auto Show article for more information.


2019 Corvette ZR1

The BIG NEWS this year for Chevrolet is the 755-horsepower Corvette ZR1. Available as a coupe and convertible, this car lays claim to the third most powerful super-car engine (behind Ferrari 812 Superfast and Bugatti Chiron) and already holds the record for a production car at Virginia International Speedway (2:37.25). Since the Corvette costs a third of the Ferrari and a thirtieth of the Bugatti, its third place horsepower is perfectly acceptable. Besides, a box of cash hardly guarantees you either the Ferrari or the Bugatti, but absolutely guarantees you the purchase of your ZR1.

The ZR1 includes 15.5-inch front and 15.3-inch rear ceramic brakes that are also optional on the Grand Sport and Z06 Corvettes.

ZR1 customers will be able to order the "Custom Engine Build Program," allowing them to travel to the factory in Bowling Green Kentucky and help assemble the LT5 supercharged engine that will be installed in their Corvette.


2019 Chevrolet Cruze

A restyle for 2019 includes a new grille, fascia, bumpers, headlights and taillights. Infotainment systems are improved, including a 7-inch touchscreen. Just in time for GM to discontinue it. Sales and production will continue through to Summer.

The biggest news for 2019 is: no more manual transmission in the Cruze! A six-speed automatic is now standard with the gasoline engine and a nine-speed comes with the diesel. Start-stop is still standard on automatics (all Cruzes, now) but a new override is standard for people who are annoyed when their car shuts off all the time.

The Cruze Diesel becomes its own trim-line, between LT and Premier (previously it was an option on the LT). Cruze Hatchback is now available as an LS trim, the new base trim for the hatchback.

Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking is now available, part of the Driver Confidence Package II on Cruze Premier, it can also recognize pedestrians.

The Enhanced Convenience Package is no longer offered on Cruze Premier, doing away with wireless charging, heated rear seats, automatic dimming rearview mirror, 110-volt outlet and a driver's express-up window. Automatic climate control, previously part of this package, is now standard on LT and Premier. 

Keyless access standard on Cruze Diesel and Premier and optional on LT no longer haves switches on the rear doors for hands-free keyless entry. 


2019 Chevrolet Equinox

Adaptive Cruise Control is now optional on Equinox Premier.

A new High-Definition rear camera is optional on Equinox LT and standard on Premier. The Equinox Premier's optional Surround View Camera is also now high-definition. A standard-definition rear view camera is otherwise standard.

The Chevrolet MyLink audio systems are replaced by "Chevrolet Infotainment 3" systems. The higher level "Plus" model includes a new SD card reader in the center console, along with a stereo input jack and two USB ports.

Fleets ordering the Equinox LT get the new Fleet Safety Package, including Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Intellibeam headlamps. Civilians can still get these safety features as part of the Driver Confidence II Package as an option on Equinox Premier, but for 2019, front pedestrian detection is new.

235/50R19 tires on 19-inch wheels are now available on LT and LS models; previously they were only offered on Equinox Premier. LED headlights are also available on Equinox LT.


Chevrolet Express Cargo

The last traditional American van now offers optional Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning. To prevent accidentally shutting off the engine, the ignition key must be pressed in first. A new theft alarm is optional.


Chevrolet Impala

Slow sales and lower profits means 2019 is the last year for this award-winning sedan. No changes.


2019 Chevrolet Malibu RS

The Malibu is one of the 5 Chevrolet models to be redesigned or refreshed for 2019. The front and rear fascias, bumpers, grille, headlights and taillights are all new. An RS model is now offered with blacked-out trim, rear spoiler, 18-inch wheels and leather-wrapped wheel and shifter. Malibu Premier gets LED headlights, standard.

The 6-speed automatic in the Malibu with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is being replaced with a CVT (Continuously Variable Transaxle) in order to improve fuel mileage.

Malibu gets an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Malibu Hybrid and Premier get a new high-definition rear view camera.

Dual zone automatic climate control is now standard on Malibu LT (previously only Hybrid and Premier). Malibu Premier now has new heated rear seats.

The 120-volt power outlet is no longer available except on Premier, as standard.

A couple dimes are squeezed by eliminating the switches on the rear doors for hands-free keyless entry. But, bluetooth is now standard on Malibu L, making it standard across the board.


2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT

An all-new pickup doesn't come around that often, even these days. The Silverado is pretty new. Its engines sound familiar (4.3 V6, 5.3 V8, 6.2 V8) and they still have pushrods and two valves per cylinder, but these engines can run on as few as two cylinders! And they have two new buddies: a 2.7-liter turbocharged, all-aluminum four cylinder and a 3.0-liter turbo diesel. The 4-cylinder is the first in modern history in a full-size pickup; it has 310 horsepower, actually placing it between the 4.3 V6 (285) and the 5.3 V8 (355). It has automatic start/stop to save fuel in traffic and it can actually run on as few as two cylinders. It will be mated with the 8-speed automatic transmission. More details aren't available on the new diesel engine, but it is expected to offer the highest fuel mileage and will be mated to the new 10-speed automatic.

The new Silverado will be offered in Crew Cab with a short or medium box, Double Cab with a standard box and a regular cab with a long box. The regular cab will only come in the long bed work truck configuration with either the 4.3 V6 or the 5.3 V8 and a 6-speed automatic.

Silverado LD

2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD

The previous generation Silverado, first released as a 2014 model isn't that old, especially when compared to the traditional pickup life-cycle. As a brand new Chevrolet Silverado is being built for the 2019 model year, the previous Silverado will continue in a "LD" form. The Silverado LD will be available with one engine, the 355-horsepower 5.3 V8; one transmission, the 6-speed automatic; and one body style: Double Cab.

Available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, the Silverado LD will be offered as a base work truck or the LT. LTZ and High Country trims are gone, transferred to the new truck. Midnight Edition, All Star Edition, Texas Edition and Z71 Off-road packages are still offered.

The EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate is now standard.

Silverado HD
2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD

The heavy duty version of the Chevrolet pickup line is not redesigned...yet. Their redesign will come next model year: 2020. For 2019 a Regular Cab is not offered. The Silverado 3500 only comes in a Crew Cab; no Double Cab.

In the meantime, power windows are now standard on all models. Work Truck and LT models get a new chrome and mesh grille. A Silverado HD Tribute Edition is available with badges and black bow ties.


2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

The reports of the Chevrolet Sonic's death have been exaggerated. But, even Mark Twain had to die sometime and the Sonic is living on borrowed time. The 138-horsepower 1.4-liter 4-cylinder is now the standard engine; the 1.8 non-turbo is not offered.


The Spark is restyled for 2019, with a new front end and projector headlights for LS and LT models. LT models also get redesigned wheels. The Spark ACTIV remains unchanged. Four new, bright colors are offered: Orange Burst, Passion Fruit, Caribbean Blue and Raspberry.

The infotainment system is new and improved and has a 7-inch touchscreen. It has two new standard USB ports.

Low Speed Automatic Braking is offered.


2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST

Last year the Tahoe got an RST model with a 6.2 V8. This year the Suburban gets the same treatment: a 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic.


2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

No changes.


2019 Chevrolet Traverse

Equipment previously standard on LT Leather are now in the LT Premium Package: Navigation, Bose Premium Stereo, 120-volt power outlet, Surround Vision Monitor and rear view camera built in rear view mirror.

The heated steering wheel on Premier and High Country is now automatically activated by temperature.


2019 Chevrolet Trax

No changes.


2019 Chevrolet Volt

The Volt's new optional charging system can fully charge in less than two-and-a-half hours when plugged into a level 2 charging station.

Volt gets Chevrolet's new corporate 8" touchscreen infotainment system, but with a new App to help conserve and monitor energy.

A power seat is available, 6-way and standard on Premier, optional on LT.

The standard rear view camera is now high-definition. The standard tire pressure sensor now includes Tire Fill Alert, a system that monitors tire pressure while you adjust the tire pressure and chirps when each tire is at the correct pressure.

If you rent a Volt or use it through a car-sharing service, you may start the Volt with your phone: a new smartphone interface is available, though only on fleet orders.

Finally, the Volt will now make a "whooshing" noise when in electric mode. The sound will increase as speed increases, alerting pedestrians and birds of its approach.

The Volt shares a platform and factory with the Cruze and thus will go out of production after 2019 unless something changes. It's powertrain could find a place in a sport utility, but it would take a few years to make that happen.


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