2019 Chevrolet Silverado to Feature Two New Turbocharged Engines

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, Automotive Editor - May 21, 2018

Tired of playing second fiddle to the Ford F-150, Chevrolet rolled out with the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 at this year's Detroit Auto Show. When the pickup came out, Chevrolet was keeping a lot of the Silverado 1500's powertrain specs to itself. It's been a few months, and Chevy is finally ready to reveal some more details behind the truck's engine options, including two new turbocharged motors.

To start, there's a new turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four. The motor makes 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Ford also offers a 2.7-liter engine in the F-150, but that motor has two more cylinders. Seeing a four-cylinder option in a full-size pickup may surprise some, but Chevrolet claims the engine produces 22 percent more torque than the base 4.3-liter V6. It also weighs 380 pounds less than the V6.

The 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four will be joined by a new Duramax 3.0-liter diesel turbocharged inline-six. The diesel engine will be paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Power figures haven't been announced yet, as the engine won't be available until early 2019.

The new turbocharged engines join the old 4.3-liter V6 engine that's carried over from the current model. The V6 still makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet has updated its proven 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines, which are both offered on the new variant. Both come with GM's new Dynamic Fuel Management system and have 17 different cylinder deactivation modes. The 5.3-liter V8 produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2-liter V8 is rated at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

In total, there are six different powertrain layouts for the new Silverado 1500. Since it can get a little confusing, here's a quick breakdown of all the combinations. The 4.3-liter V6 with the six-speed automatic is standard. The new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-pot is the next step up and comes with an eight-speed transmission. The 5.3-liter V8 with the six-speed automatic sits above that and can also be fitted with an eight-speed gearbox. The new 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel engine with a 10-speed automatic is the next powertrain in line, while the 6.2-liter V8 reprises its role as the range-topping engine and comes with an automatic transmission with 10 gears.

With the new powertrains, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a better chance of taking the sales crown away from the F-150 – especially when you consider its lighter and larger body, as well as its high-tech features.

2019 Chevy Silverado

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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