It would seem Chevrolet is going for an all new standard for performance with their 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Like the Fiat Chrysler Automobile Group and their new “future-proof” or “Global Medium Engine”, General Motors has also built their own turbocharged 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine. Aiming to have the most economical full-size pickup truck, Chevrolet is actually tweaking the lineup to make it clear that the Chevy Silverado can do more than just haul cargo.
Tweaking the Engine Lineup and the Turbo Four
Consumers can expect a couple of changes coming to the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado engine lineup, and the turbocharged 2.7-liter 4-cylinder is just one of them. Although it weighs 80 pounds less, this turbo V6 produces 285 hp, 305 lb-ft of torque, and will accelerate to 60 mph in 7 seconds or less. The turbo four also provides a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway when driving on a two-wheel drivetrain with this pickup truck. With all that in mind, GM has already said “it is very possible” the turbo-four will eventually replace the V6 in pickup trucks. Bold.
This new turbo engine does come with some of the many modern designs and components of a standard high performance engine. The engine uses double overhead camshafts (DOHC), continuously variable valve time (CVVT), Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation similar to a multi-displacement systems), stop/start technology, an electric (not engine-driven) water pump, variable-pressure oiling system, active thermal management to get the engine warmed up quicker, and an integrated exhaust manifold that’s part of the cylinder head assembly, also to warm the engine faster. It’s been optimized all around to give the 2019 Silverado quite the punch.
“We’re going to [be very competitive in fuel efficiency with this] vehicle and what it means for our customer and the value we give back to our customer.” - Tim Herreck, executive chief engineer of full-size GM pickups, told Automotive News.
For the next generation of Chevrolet pickup trucks, all engines will be coming with Active Fuel Management. Like a multi-displacement system (MDS), half of an engine’s cylinders are turned off to conserve fuel, usually when driving at a steady speed or only half of the cylinders are needed to produce the current horsepower. Most pickup trucks will only be running off less than all six cylinders 60-percent of the time, according to Chevrolet.
Chevrolet is also going to be offering six powertrain configurations in 2019: the four-cylinder gasoline turbo, a Duramax 3.0-liter inline-six turbo diesel (also new), the 4.3-liter V6, and three V8 engines. The V8s will account for 90-percent of sales, with the 5.3-liter V8 alone accounting for 80-percent of sales. Let’s take a look at the trims they’ll be available for and why.
2019 Silverado Powertrain Configurations
If riding on four-wheel-drive, there are eight trims available for the current 2018 Silverado, but the trim lineup is changing a bit. The 2019 lineup will have the Work Truck (WT), Custom and Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims available. There are six engines and three transmissions in the lineup.
The 2019 Silverado WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims will be powered by the 4.3-liter V6 engine carrying over from 2018, and comes standard with active fuel management. An updated 5.3-liter V8 with active fuel management will be an available option. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, also carrying over from the 2018 Chevy Silverado.
Then there’s the 2019 Silverado LT and RST trims. These two pickup trucks will be powered by the all-new 2.7-liter turbo I4 engine standard. The option to upgrade to the upgraded 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management or the all-new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder may be made available. Both the turbo four and 5.3-liter will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission; the diesel engine will be paired to an all-new ten-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country trims will have three engine options, with the 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management standard, paired to the new ten-speed automatic transmission. The other two options are the 6.2-liter V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management or 3.0-liter I-6 diesel engine, both paired to an eight-speed transmission.
Things are shaping up for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. However, aside from the new engine, a lot seems to be carrying over from the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, and you can already check it out at NowCar.