General Motors’ Tonawanda plant in New York has been awarded the job of building the 2019 Silverado’s V8 engines. The plant will build both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines for the 2019 Silverado, both of which will feature GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management technology.
DFM replaces Active Fuel Management, which would shut down four cylinders in the name of fuel economy. DFM can shut down seven cylinders under the right conditions. The Buffalo Business Journal reported on Monday that the engine production comes from a previous $260 million investment at the Tonawanda plant. The facility also builds four-cylinder and V6 engines, specifically, the 4.3-liter V6 engine also found in the Silverado.
For the 2019 model year, the V6 shifts to only the basic Silverado variants. Meanwhile, a brand new 2.7-liter L3B turbocharged four-cylinder engine takes over volume duty for LT and RST trucks. The 5.3-liter V8 engine remains optional.
Production will likely ramp up toward the end of summer as the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado prepares to launch this fall.