2024 Chevy Silverado Gets Diesel ZR2, TurboMax 2.7-Liter

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

General Motors has confirmed that the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will be receiving a number of updates, with the most interesting being the addition of an optional 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel for the ZR2. The base-level 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four has also been given a new name – TurboMax.

Chevrolet has said that the TurboMax powertrain, which is effectively unchanged from the previous year, will be available on the entire Silverado lineup. Despite the unit's 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque making a tad more sense in the smaller Colorado pickup, we imagine there are a few people looking at the full-size alternative and deciding they can make do with the feisty four-banger. 

Considering it can be optioned with the 9,500-pound Max Tow package, they may even be onto something. 

We assume there will also be a bevy of truck shoppers that are excited about the ZR2 getting the DuraMax diesel. As the alphanumeric combination that denotes the Silvardio variant most likely to go off-road, there was already a subset of buyers thinking that a diesel version would make for an idyllic survival truck. The inline-six 3.0-liter turbo diesel hasn’t been changed all that much, offering 305 hp and 495 lb-ft on the 2024 ZR2. But it does give General Motors an opportunity to dangle a diesel in front of the faces of consumers and presumably one that yields better gas mileage than the 6.2-liter V8 they’d otherwise be buying. 

Depending on what’s important to you, this could make the DuraMax (pictured) a desirable alternative to the V8 (which yields 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque). However, Chevy didn’t want to make the bigger motor less appealing and has given it a few bells and whistles to draw people in. For the 2024 model year, the 6.2-liter has been given a new active exhaust system with a Sport mode – meaning you can really cheese off the neighbors if you’d like to. 

Only the 5.3-liter V8 seems to have avoided being tweaked, renamed, or shifted around to different trims. Though that doesn’t mean the Silverado itself has avoided going under the knife for a nip here and a tuck there. Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto have been added to the base 1500 WT, meaning the features are now standard regardless of trim. OnStar will also become available on all base model 1500s. The base model Work Truck will similarly be offered with front and rear parking sensors included as part of an optional safety package.

Additional Silverado lineup updates include two new exterior paint choices – Lakeshore Blue Metallic and Slate Gray Metallic — and the ubiquitous rear seat belt indicator.

The updated 2024 pricing has not yet been announced, nor has there been any formal news regarding sales dates. However, we would be surprised if you didn’t start seeing them on dealer lots by the fall.

[Images: General Motors]

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Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Chuck Norton Chuck Norton on Apr 02, 2023

    Here we go-a lot of emotion without looking the specs of the 2.7 apparently......if you are looking at the specs and still complaining-I would like to know (realistically) what for...other than it's missing 4 cylinders.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Apr 02, 2023

    "Yes. Fullsized trucks need 4 cylinders. GM…WHAT A DISGRACE!!!"

    The true test for me would be how it tows my boat & enclosed snowmobile trailer compared to the 5.3 V8 in the 'Hoe.

    If It tows just as good or better, with similar fuel economy & has good long term reliability, I couldn't give a flying f$%k how many cylinders are under the hood.

  • Tassos I never used winter tires, and the last two decades I am driving almost only rear wheel drive cars, half of them in MI. I always bought all season tires for them, but the diff between touring and non touring flavors never came up. Does it make even the smallest bit of difference? (I will not read the lengthy article because I believe it does not).
  • Lou_BC ???
  • Lou_BC Mustang sedan? 4 doors? A quarterhorse?Ford nomenclature will become:F Series - Pickups Raptor - performance division Bronco - 4x4 SUV/CUVExplorer - police fleetsMustang- cars
  • Ede65792611 Got one. It was my Dad's and now has 132K on it. I pay my Mercedes guy zillions of dollars to keep it going. But, I do, and he does and it's an excellent vehicle. I've put in the full Android panel for BT handsfree and streaming with a backup cam.
  • Lou_BC Wow. People say they want sedans and there should be more of them. Goes to show that internet warriors do not accurately represent the desires of the general population. What do people buy? Pickups and CUV'S. Top 10:1. F Series2. Silverado3. Ram4. Toyota Rav45. Model Y Tesla6. Honda CRV7. Sierra8. Toyota Camry9. Nissan Rogue10. Jeep Grand Cherokee Only 2 sedans.#5 Is a sedan and an EV#8 The ubiquitous Camry The only way to resurrect the sedan is by banning crewcab pickups.