Chevy tweaks Silverado interior for 2019

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DETROIT -- General Motors appears to have only minor changes planned for the interior of the Chevrolet Silverado as part of the redesign coming next year, according to pictures of a test vehicle being driven on Detroit-area roads recently.

The pickup's front end looks to have a less rectangular shape than the current generation, with headlights that slant toward the center of the grille, which was heavily camouflaged and disguised to mimic a Ford F-150 on the test vehicle photographed. The truck maintains an LED light strip below the headlights, similar to today's model.

Photo credit: KGP PHOTOGRAPHY

Much of the rear was hidden, but a side exhaust indicates that GM is testing additional engine options, as previously photographed test vehicles all had twin exhausts pointing straight back.

Inside, the vertical instrument panel is configured almost identically to the current model, with a large touch screen above buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls. The display above the steering wheel is covered up, which could mean that GM is planning an upgrade to digital screens there from the analog gauges on today's Silverado.

GM is expected to launch the redesigned Silverado and GMC Sierra in the second half of 2018. The company is temporarily shutting each of its pickup plants for several weeks in the third quarter to retool, a clear indication that the next generation is drawing closer.

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