2019 Chevrolet Silverado Adds Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine
With powerful drivetrain and fuel-saving technology, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is taking aim at Ford’s EcoBoost engines.
The Chevrolet Silverado has experienced a lot since first hitting the dealer lots at the turn of the millennium: High sales peaks, high gas prices, being the first-ever hybrid from General Motors, Bob Seger being dropped for John Mellencamp. Through it all, the Silverado has proven time and time again that it is truly like a rock, displaying an endurance in keeping with Chevy’s truck tradition.
Well, one tradition has been broken. USA Today says the 2019 Silverado will be the first-ever Silverado to be graced with a four-cylinder engine, a move to better weather any storms (like high fuel prices) to come.
Available standard for the 2019 Silverado LT and RST, the new engine is a 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four good for 310 horses and 348 lb-ft of torque, all delivered to either the back or all corners through an eight-speed automatic. The engine is built in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and weighs 80 pounds less than the 4.3-liter V6 it will replace in a handful of Silverado trims. It’s also 100 pounds lighter than the engine it’s aimed at: The 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 used in the Ford F-150.
Like the bigger engines available to the 2019 Silverado, the new turbo-four uses cylinder deactivation to improve fuel economy, taking two cylinders offline when they’re not needed. The only way you’ll know if you’re firing on all cylinders will be through a notification on the dashboard. The engine will also have start-stop on deck, as well as an electric water pump for further fuel savings.
Finally, 2019 Silverados equipped with the new turbo-four will be 380 pounds lighter than 2018 models with the 4.3-liter V6, thanks to new construction techniques and extensive use of mixed materials. Just another way the Silverado maintains Chevy’s truck legacy, while also forging a path into the future.