Meet the very first four-cylinder engine in the history of the Silverado nameplate, which for 2019, comes with six total engine/transmission combinations.
The all-new 310 HP 2.7-liter turbo petrol replaces the 4.3-liter V6 as the standard power unit on LT and new RST specs. It’s said to offer 22% more torque and better fuel economy. It also results in a stronger power-to-weight ratio and is expected to account for roughly 10% of all Silverado sales.
“A major focus of the next-generation Silverado is expanding the range of choices,” stated Tim Asoklis, chief engineer for the Silverado 1500. “With all-new engines and a broader model range, there’s a Silverado for everyone, whether you’re buying your first pickup or your tenth.”
Updates for the rest of the powertrains too
The 2019 Silverado 1500‘s powertrain line-up includes not only the aforementioned 2.7-liter four-pot, but also updated versions of Chevy’s 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines that are now equipped with Dynamic Fuel Management, and feature 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation.
Customers looking for the highest level of affordability with regards to the 2019 Silverado range, can opt for Work Truck (WT), Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims, which can be had with either a 4.3-liter V6 or a 5.3-liter V8, both packing Active Fuel Management. The V6 produces 285 HP and 305 lb-ft (413 Nm) of torque, whereas the V8 packs 355 HP and 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) of torque.
Meanwhile, LT, RST and LT Trail Boss trims can be spec’d with either the 5.3-liter V8 (standard on LT Trail Boss, optional on LT/RST), the all-new 2.7-liter Turbo with 310 HP and 348 lb-ft (472 Nm) of torque (standard LT/RST), or an all-new Duramax 3.0-liter in-line six turbodiesel (available on LT/RST) with stop-start technology and a 10-speed automatic. The latter will be available in early 2019.
Customers expecting a more premium feel can aim for LTZ and High Country trims, which can be equipped with either the 5.3-liter V8, the upcoming 3.0-liter diesel or an updated 6.2-liter V8 with 420 HP and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque.
“With less weight and less wind resistance, we improved the driving dynamics without sacrificing fuel efficiency. The next-gen Silverado is a bigger truck, but the chassis feels more responsive and acceleration is more pronounced. I would argue it’s the best-driving truck we have ever built,” concluded Asoklis.
Production for crew-cab V8 models will commence in the third quarter of 2018, whereas in Q4, it will expand to regular and double-cab models, as well as to V6 and 2.7-liter Turbo engines.