GM adds new four-cylinder turbocharged engine to the next-gen Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet is adding a four-cylinder turbocharged engine — that can run on two cylinders — to its all-new 2019 Silverado pickup truck, in hopes of topping the 22 mpg (combined rating) of two variants of the Ford F-150.
Standard on LT and RST trims, the new engine delivers an SAE-certified 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, for 22% more torque than the 4.3L V-6 it replaces. Developed specifically for truck applications, the new 2.7L Turbo inline four-cylinder engine delivers peak torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.
The next-gen Silverado with the 2.7L Turbo delivers 0-60 mph performance in less than seven seconds and weighs 380 pounds less than the current Silverado with the 4.3L V-6.
Compared with competitive full-size trucks, the Silverado 2.7L Turbo is expected to deliver comparable payload capability with greater torque than the 3.3L V-6 in the Ford F-150 XLT and the 3.6L V-6 in the Ram 1500 Big Horn.
“The new 2.7L Turbo is a technological marvel, with our most advanced valvetrain,” said Tom Sutter, chief engineer for the 2.7L Turbo. “With a broad, flat torque curve and quick throttle response, it punches above its weight, delivering surprising performance and efficiency.”
GM operates an engine plant in Toluca, Mexico, however, according to company officials, the all-new 2.7L Turbo will be built only at the General Motors Spring Hill facility in Tennessee.
Built at the plants of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Silao, Guanajuato, the 2019 Silverado goes on sale this fall. EPA fuel economy estimates and towing/payload capacities are not yet available and will be announced closer to launch.