2019 Chevy Silverado Gains New 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder Turbo With Active Fuel Management

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.


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  • donald seymour

    2.7? NO!

    • Dr Strangefingger

      I know, right!!??

    • Dennis Scipio

      Did you even read the text?, the 2.7L 4-cyl is more powerful than V6. Albeit it’s less powerful than the V8 but still.

      • Dr Strangefingger

        It’s a long term durability thing, not power.

        • Dennis Scipio

          Well, that’s yet to be determined, but I see your concern.

      • donald seymour

        2.7 enough said.

        • Nick

          reading comprehension is tough to come by these days

          • donald seymour

            I know right?

          • Nick

            i think you missed the obvious fact that i was talking about you

          • donald seymour

            I know.

    • Stephen G

      2.7 is not an issue, it’s the 4. This should be a 2.7 V6 or I6. GM went with the 4 cuz it’s cheaper than a 6.

  • LJ

    That is one unfortunate looking truck. Reminds me of the new Camaro refresh.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I am honestly curious why they won’t pair a hybrid motor with these 4 cylinder in large trucks. I don’t think I would trust a turbo 4 cylinder for the long term on its own in this size truck, but if it was backed up with an electric motor that produced an overall output over 400 hp then I would feel better because it wouldn’t be straining the gas motor as much.

    • Dr Strangefingger

      Good point…. that would help address my biggest concern.

  • marioGTI

    Poor 4 cylinders, will have a helluva workout out there….Will they last?

    • BlackPegasus

      We’ll have to wait 5-10yrs to find out. First it was the luxury brands who insisted 4 cyl engines were viable in large luxury cars like a Mercedes E and S class. Now it’s all American trucks. I won’t pretend to know how the new tech behind these engines equates to more power, torque and reliability so I’m indifferent (yet skeptical) until the used models with 100-200k miles start to show their weaknesses (or strenghts).

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I wonder if this Silverado is going to cannibalize some Colorado sales with this 4-cylinder offering? Chevy maybe on to something, like a new trend. Perhaps, trucks aren’t being used in the same manner of years past. Once upon a time not so long ago, SUVs were all the craze, however with the average consumer wanting a more car-like-ride but with a commanding view, automakers gave birth to CUVs that we all see flooding the roadways.

    • BlackPegasus

      Well, I rarely see trucks like the Silverado, Ram or F150 pulling nor hauling anything in their cabs so maybe you’re right. Most are used as daily drivers not work trucks.

  • eb110americana

    I hope they drop the 2.7t in the Colorado. The 2.3L turbo in the Ranger is the most interesting thing about that truck to me.

  • Enter Ranting

    Can they torture that front end any more? I still see some flat surfaces.

  • :/ Yurr

    9 times outta ten it’s probably gonna need it.

  • kachuks

    Ford 2.7 twin turbo V6, 325 HP/400 lb.-ft.

    Chevy 2.7 turbo 4cil, 310 HP/348 lb.-ft.

    Anyone notice they squeezed a whole lot of juice from two less cylinders and one less turbo? Very interesting to see these two engines, 10 years down the road.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    How many of them you think will ACTUALLY get ordered with the V8 still an option??


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