I hate to bring the party down, and I applaud Chevy for trying to act excited about this news, but I simply can’t wrap my head around a 4-cylinder half-ton, full-sized truck. It’s worse since we just found out the fuel economy ratings are mediocre at best.
In a press release, Chevy says:
The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 2.7L Turbo offers full-size truck customers a capable and efficient choice with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway in rear-wheel-drive models.
To achieve better performance and overall efficiency, engineers made choices with engine technologies, advanced manufacturing and the use of mixed materials. The base curb weight of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with the 2.7L Turbo is 380 pounds less than the current Silverado with the 4.3L V-6, despite having more interior room and cargo space.
“The new Silverado 2.7L Turbo delivers impressive performance and fuel efficiency,” said Tim Asoklis, Silverado chief engineer. “It’s fun to drive every day — quick from the start, and pulling hard under acceleration. With up to 23 mpg on the highway, the truck is efficient while still offering plenty of capability to tackle weekend projects and trips to the lake.”
Standard on LT and RST trims, the 2.7L engine offers 14 percent more torque and 13 percent better city fuel economy, and it is more than a full second quicker 0-60 mph than the 4.3L V-6 it replaces. The Silverado city fuel economy also exceeds the standard 3.3L V-6 engine offering in the Ford F-150 XLT (EPA-estimated 19 mpg city) and matches that of the Ram 1500 3.6L V-6 mild hybrid (EPA-estimated 20 mpg city).
Time will tell us how well this engine will do in this new truck, but if I were a Chevy dealer, I’d go really easy on ordering a bunch of these!
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