The new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an option on the 2019 Silverado 1500, will achieve an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 highway, that’s small SUV numbers. The Silverado’s 5.3-liter V8 was already competing with the likes of the F-150 V6 and now with the turbo 4cyl it can go toe to toe with the Ram 1500 V6 mild-hybrid.
Chevy’s 2.7-liter turbo engine comes standard on the mid-range LT and RST trim levels and weighs 380 pounds less than the 4.3-liter V6 it replaces. It offers 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, which represent increases of 25 hp and 43 pound-feet over its larger predecessor and also outguns the base engines in the F-150 and Ram 1500. Chevy says it’s also quicker, shaving more than 1 second off the 0-60 mph sprint. Its maximum towing capacity is 7,200 pounds, with a 2,280-pound maximum payload in regular-cab versions, which are currently only available to fleet customers.
The all-new engine, designed exclusively for trucks, features GM’s active fuel management cylinder deactivation technology and active thermal management, which recovers exhaust heat for faster engine and transmission warmup, plus other features including stop-start technology to shut off the engine in stop-and-go traffic.
The 2019 Silverado is now on sale and is offered in eight trim levels and six engine and transmission combinations starting at $31,290 (or $39,890 for the LT in double-cab and $41,790 for the RST).
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