Four-Cylinder Turbo Engine in New Silverado Rated at 21 MPG

October 10, 2018 by Jerry Hirsch, @Jerryhirsch

The new turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine General Motors is packing in one version of its 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck will carry an overall fuel economy rating of 21 mpg.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimated fuel economy for city driving will be 20 mpg and 23 mpg on the highway. The numbers only apply to rear-wheel-drive models.

“The new Silverado 2.7L Turbo delivers impressive performance and fuel efficiency,” said Tim Asoklis, Silverado chief engineer. “The truck is efficient while still offering plenty of capability to tackle weekend projects and trips to the lake.”

This will be the first turbo for the automaker’s flagship pickup truck line.

The 2.7-liter engine was developed just for GM’s trucks and was designed to offer a peppy small engine that could deliver a balance between power and fuel economy.

The new engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque and will come standard in the LT and RST trim grades, replacing a 4.3-liter V6. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The redesigned Silverado equipped with the small engine will deliver 0-60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds and weighs 380 pounds less than the current Silverado with the V6, Chevrolet said.

Chevrolet said the fuel economy ratings make the Silverado competitive with the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and mild hybrid system.

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