The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is coming with a whole bunch of towing aids to help people haul their loads.
When Chevy was developing the new Silverado, they surveyed 7,000 people about what matters to them in a tow truck. Towing, naturally, was near the top of the list, and a lot of respondents said that towing and hitching a trailer is a total pain.
Chevy took that info and tried to make the 2019 Silverado the easiest hauling pickup ever made.
The first thing they made was the myChevrolet trailering phone app. It comes with a pre-departure step-by-step towing checklist and a glossary of terms for first-timers that don’t quite understand the language of towing. It also comes with a trailer light test that lets you see if the trailer is properly connected. This used to take two people testing the brakes and turn signals, but now it can all be done with one person and a phone.
On top of the app, there’s also an optional Advanced Trailering System. It comes standard in the LTZ and High Country trims and is an available extra on LT, RST, and Trail Boss trims. With it you get the same light testing thing you can do with the phone app, but also a few added bonuses such as Hitch Guidance and Hitch View, which adds a guideline to the rearview camera to assist in alignment, and Auto Parking Brake Assist which sets the parking brake as soon as you enter into Hitch View to prevent the truck from rolling unexpectedly.
There’s also a trailer tire pressure monitor to make sure you don’t get a flat while underway.
The Trailering Camera Package adds two rear cameras to the side mirrors to further assist in trailer alignment, and the Advanced Trailering System Infotainment app allows drivers to track the mileage, fuel economy, and transmission temperature of their truck while towing.
And finally, there’s Trailer Theft Alert which will start the truck’s horn blaring and lights flaring if the harness to the trailer is disconnected without permission.
Short of having a robotic arm to do all the trailering for you, this is pretty much as good as it gets for towing.