A four-cylinder powered 2019 Chevrolet Silverado? It’s here. On Friday, Chevrolet announced the 2019 Silverado engine lineup will include a brand-new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The engine will replace the 4.3-liter V6 engine as the high-volume LT and RST truck’s standard unit.
With the changes, the 4.3-liter V6 engine moves to serve only Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss 2019 Silverado variants. The chart below details the pickup’s engine availability.
The 2.7-liter turbo engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and produce an SAE-certified 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. Those figures handily outdo the V6 engine, which makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet also said the turbo-four engine will provide greater fuel efficiency and a better power-to-weight ratio than the current truck’s LT variant.
For those doubting the 2.7-liter turbo-four, the 5.3-liter V8 engine will remain optional on LT and RST models as well.
Chevrolet plans to begin production of 2019 Silverado crew-cab V-8 models starting in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, production will expand to include regular- and double-cab models. The timeline will also see the 2.7-liter engine and 4.3-liter V6 engine options enter production as well. Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six engine will enter production in early 2019.