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

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

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.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X As much problems as I had with my '96 Chevy Impala SS.....I would love to try one again. I've seen a Dark Cherry Metallic one today and it looked great.
  • Susan O’Neil There is a good reason to keep the Chevrolet Malibu and other 4 door family sedans! You can transport your parents and other somewhat handicapped people comfortably and safety! If someone can stand and pivot you can put them in your car. An armrest in the back seat is appreciated and a handle above the door! Oh…and leather seats so your passenger can slide across the seat! 😊Plus, you can place a full sized wheelchair or walker in the trunk! The car sits a little lower…so it’s doable! I currently have a Ford Fusion and we have a Honda Accord. Our previous cars were Mercury Sables-excellent for transporting handicapped people and equipment! As the population ages-sedans are a very practical choice! POV from a retired handicapped advocate and daughter! 😊
  • Freddie Remember those ads that say "Call your doctor if you still have...after four hours"?You don't need to call your doctor, just get behind the wheel of a CUV. In fact, just look at one.I'm a car guy with finite resources; I can't afford a practical car during the week plus a fun car on the weekend. My solution is my Honda Civic Si 4 door sedan. Maybe yours is a Dodge Charger (a lot of new Chargers are still on dealer lots).
  • Daniel J Interesting in that we have several weeks where the temperature stays below 45 but all weather tires can't be found in a shop anywhere. I guess all seasons are "good enough".
  • Steve Biro For all the talk about sedans vs CUVs and SUVs, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any modern vehicle. And I know it’s only going to get worse.