Yes, You Can Get a Four-cylinder in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
yes you can get a four cylinder in the 2019 chevrolet silverado

Chevrolet’s next-generation 2019 Silverado will be available with a turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder, making it the first full-size pickup truck to “go there.”

Displacing the same volume as Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, Chevrolet’s all-new motor ditches two cylinders, though it ditches even more under light loads, thanks to General Motors’ Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) system.

It’s a good thing GM shaved a good deal of weight off the new truck.

While “four-cylinder” bring to mind the wimpy four-bangers of yesteryear, the automaker claims its newest motor is anything but. Regardless, it went to great pains to avoid any mention of “four-cylinder.” The all-aluminum, long-stroke four generates 310 horsepower — 25 hp more than the base 4.3-liter V6 (which is still available in stripped-down work versions of the 2019 Silverado).

Torque, all 348 lb-ft of it, comes online at 1,500 rpm. That’s 43 more lb-ft than the 4.3-liter. A charge-air cooler helps the Silverado’s low-end grunt by feeding colder, denser air to the combustion chambers.

GM claims a 0-60 time of 7 seconds, with the 2.7 turbo falling in line with the payload and towing specs of the entry-level Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, each of which carries six cylinders under the hood. Ford’s new 3.3-liter V6 generates 290 hp and 265 lb-ft, while the 3.6-liter Pentastar found in the Ram makes 305 hp and 269 lb-ft.

The automaker also claims greater fuel economy than either of its rivals, though it didn’t provide any MPG figures. A 2018 F-150 with the 3.3-liter engine and six-speed automatic returns as much as 25 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined. The only transmission available with GM’s 2.7 turbo is an eight-speed automatic.

With direct injection and turbocharging raising pressures, GM outfitted the engine with an offset, forged steel crankshaft and iron piston ring groove inserts for durability. Boosted efficiency comes by way of an electro-mechanical variable camshaft (allowing high- and low-lift valve profiles), a dual-volute turbocharger (two gas inlets, two nozzles), integrated exhaust manifold for faster warm-ups, and a parasitic drag-reducing electric water pump. Engine stop/start and cylinder deactivation completes the package.

Compared to a base 2018 model, GM says the 2019 2.7-liter Silverado comes in 380 pounds lighter.

Buyers of 2019 Silverados in Work Truck (WT), Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims can still get their hands on the 4.3-liter engine, or choose to swap it for a 5.3-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management. The 2.7-liter appears as the standard offering in high-volume LT and RST trims. While those trims also get an available 5.3-liter, the automaker’s new 3.0-liter inline-six diesel shows up in early 2019 with a 10-speed automatic in tow.

The diesel is also available on high-zoot LTZ and High Country trims.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on May 20, 2018

    159 comments? What?!?

  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on May 21, 2018

    I think this is a great idea by GM. If the in line diesel is good I would love to see this in the Ram along with the inline diesel. Then you might have a decent pickup. Ford's Rubbermaid quality F150s might be struggling soon.

  • Poltergeist Make sure you order the optional Dungdai fire suppression system.
  • Prabirmehta I charge my EV at home 100% of the time. The EV is used for in-town driving and the gas guzzling SUV is used for out of town trips. This results in a huge cost saving and rare trips to the gas station.
  • Conundrum Three cylinder Ford Escapes, Chevy whatever it is that competes, and now the Rogue. Great, ain't it? Toyota'll be next with a de-tuned GR Corolla/Yaris powerplant. It's your life getting better and better, yes indeed. A piston costs money, you know.The Rogue and Altima used to have the zero graviy foam front seats. Comfy, but the new Rogue dumps that advance. Costs money. And that color-co-ordinated gray interior, my, ain't it luvverly? Ten years after they perfected it in the first Versa to appeal to the terminally depressed, it graduates to the Rogue.There's nothing decent to buy on the market for normal money. Not a damn thing interests me at all.
  • Inside Looking Out It looks good and is popular in SF Bay Area.
  • Inside Looking Out Ford F150 IMHO. It is a true sports car on our freeways.
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