General Motors surprised everyone during last weekend’s Texas Motor Speedway by revealing the 2019 Silverado a month before its official world debut at the North American International Auto Show — and its unexpected appearance sure went down well with the thousands of racing fans present. Then again that was to be expected — Texas is the Silverado’s strongest market... Still, airlifted in fine style via a Sikorsky helicopter, the red LT Trailboss trim Chevrolet couldn’t have made a more impressive entrance.

The newbie boasts a brand new design which makes a huge change from the blocky shape that we have gotten so used to. In fact, it shares not a single exterior part with the outgoing model not even the A-pillars, doors or the roof. From the ground up, this one is all-new. The sleek new form has been derived, it would seem, from the mid-size Colorado, and it sure looks modern — but at the same time it is immediately apparent that it is a Chevy truck. The grille is still rather familiar but is now flanked by a pair of rather sharp projector headlights with LED strips.  The profile gets a deep character line which flows down from the more pronounced wheel arches to the rear. The rear bumper retains those useful inset steps to make access to the revamped box easier and speaking of which, the bed floor is made from a roll-formed, higher-grade steel alloy that Chevy maintains isn’t just lighter but stronger too. As for the rest of the body panels, they’ll be made from “mixed materials and advanced manufacturing” but at the moment, the gold bowtie is being coy about what that actually means. Carbon fibre perhaps? Now that would be interesting. We can’t wait for the Detroit show in mid-January 2018 to know more about this one and it’ll have to be really impressive to worry Ford’s F-150 but Ram has a new 1500 in the works too. That’s some serious competition but this Trailboss (it’s an upgraded Z71 package which features a two-inch suspension lift and Goodyear DuraTrac tyres) looks like it has what it takes to be a winner. Eight trims in all will be offered (including the LTZ Z71, High Country and this one) and we expect that the cabin will have more tech and kit and some higher quality materials. A new 360-degree camera system could likely be present too.

Under the bonnet, it’ll likely retain the 5.3-litre and 6.2-litre V8s with more power and better fuel economy while Chevy’s 10-speed automatic should be bolted on and the 4.3-litre V6 is expected to carry over but “an expanded range of models, more engine/transmission combinations” will be offered too. That could be a new V6 diesel and V8 hybrid. Sounds very exciting and we can’t wait for Detroit for the full, juicy details.