2019 Silverado 1500 Durabed: Stronger, Bigger, and More Functional

Chevrolet has unveiled specifications for the 2019 Silverado 1500 cargo box, making it the largest pickup bed in the segment, by a pretty significant amount. The bed will also feature 12 fixed tie-downs with double the strength and providing more versatility for truck owners.

DETROIT — With best-in-class cargo volume, box depth, box length at floor, plus a segment-leading 12 fixed tie-downs and exclusive power up/down tailgate, the 2019 Silverado 1500 is the most functional bed of any pickup.

“The bed is the heart and soul of any pickup, so we made several improvements to the bed of the all-new Silverado to give our customers an even better hauling experience,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, Full-Size Trucks, General Motors. “We’ve added so many features and benefits that it deserves its own name – Durabed.”

Every Silverado bed size has increased significantly in volume for the 2019 model year:

  Silverado Short Box Silverado Standard Box Silverado Long Box
2018 cargo box space 53 cubic feet 62 cubic feet 75 cubic feet
2019 cargo box space 63 cubic feet 72 cubic feet 89 cubic feet

The short-box’s volume is up to 20 percent more than any competitor’s short-box. Most of that increase was achieved by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly ten percent (seven inches), which is implemented across all three bed sizes.

For model year ’19, a higher-grade steel is being used in the construction of Durabed. The quality of the bed floor materials has improved as well, from 340 megapascals to 500 megapascals:

  2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Bed material High-strength steel (500 MPa) Aluminum High-strength steel (340 MPa)

Some of the other dimensions in which Silverado now leads the class include:

Cargo box space  

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 63 cubic feet 53 cubic feet 54 cubic feet
Standard box 72 cubic feet 62 cubic feet 62 cubic feet
Long box 89 cubic feet 77 cubic feet

Cargo box depth

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 22 in. 21 in. 21 in.
Standard box 22 in. 21 in. 22 in.
Long box 22 in. 21 in.

Cargo box length at floor

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 70 in. 67 in. 67 in.
Standard box 79 in. 79 in. 76 in.
Long box 98 in. 98 in.

Silverado now has 12 fixed tie-downs, and the strength of each of these has doubled from 250 lbs. to 500 lbs. 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.

The accessibility of the tie-downs has also been improved. 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

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
  • Industry-exclusive 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.

We can’t wait to see the new Durabed comparison with our own eyes. What do you think is the most exciting improvement coming to the Silverado’s cargo bed? Let us know in the comments and make sure to follow Jeff Gordon Chevy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to stay up to date on the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500’s arrival in Wilmington, NC.

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