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Things are bigger in Texas — even truck reveals.

Chevrolet surprised guests at Texas Motor Speedway today with a sneak peek of the 2019 Silverado Z71, weeks before its Detroit auto show reveal. Bowtie fans were celebrating 100 years of Chevy pickups when a helicopter dropped the next-gen truck in the middle of the festivities. GM president for North America Alan Batey was on hand for the show.

“Our owners’ passion for Chevrolet trucks is truly humbling,” said Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “Many of our owners depend on their trucks for work and play, personalize their trucks in astonishing ways and pass their loyalty for Chevy Trucks down from generation to generation.

2019 Chevy Silverado at Texas Motor Speedway

The 2019 Chevy Silverado Z71 made a surprise appearance at Chevy Truck Legends on Saturday.

Batey didn’t give up too much information, but he did confirm that the new truck has a “high-tensile-strength steel bed.” It is expected to have a 6.2-liter V8. The new Silverado LT Trailboss will be one of eight 2019 models. It gets the off-road equipment of the Z71 package and a 2-inch suspension lift.

January marks the 100-year anniversary of the delivery of the first Chevy truck. Hundreds of owners attended the Saturday reveal, and among the 100 vintage Chevy trucks in the infield was a 1988 S-10 — the first truck owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was a special guest.

By Autoweek Staff