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2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Features Industry-First Trailer Technology

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New tech, extra rear-view cameras and a mobile app will help make towing easier in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Ahead of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500's market launch this fall, General Motors has released new details about the truck's technology designed to make towing easier. While developing the all-new Silverado, Chevrolet spoke with 7,000 customers over the course of 18,000 hours. Sixty percent of those customers said towing was a key purchase consideration, resulting in Chevrolet developing an "Advanced Trailering System" that includes an industry-first auto parking brake assist. As the name suggests, it prevents the truck from rolling when the truck is shifted into park, which should ease the frustration when this happens while trying to align a truck and trailer hitch.

Also making this job easier is Chevrolet's hitch guidance with hitch view that adds a dynamic guideline to the rear-view camera to help customers line up their hitch. A trailer tire pressure monitoring system will also be included, which can also monitor the tire temperature.

Chevrolet's Advanced Trailer System will be standard on LTZ and High Country trim levels and available on LT, RST and Trail Boss trim levels. Models equipped with the Advanced Trailering System also include a special app on the infotainment system that can store profiles and brake gain settings for five different trailers. Another industry-first is Chevrolet's new trailer theft alert system that activates the horn and lights when a trailer is disconnected from the truck. Customers enrolled in the OnStar Safety & Security Plan will also receive a theft alert via phone, text or email.

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A trailer camera package is also available with three cameras that provide a 270-degree view behind the truck. As well as a standard rear-view camera, the package includes two cameras mounted in the side mirrors. An additional fourth camera can also be mounted to a trailer providing an even more comprehensive view while towing.

Anyone who purchases the 2019 Silverado 1500 will get access to the myChevrolet app offer select trailering features such as pre-departure step-by-step towing checklists and a glossary of towing terms. The phone app also allows drivers to conduct a trailer light test that uses an automatic exterior light sequence to help confirm that the trailer is properly connected – a task that would normally be a two-person job.