General Motors and Chevrolet haven’t disclosed details on the upcoming 2019 Silverado 1500 Diesel, but rival Ford gave our sister publication Ford Authority some wheel time with its own half-ton diesel pickup.
What did we learn from our time with the 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel? A lot, and we decided to call the pickup a modern-day successor to the F-250 of yore. The 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel engine produces 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque—more power and 10 units of twist fewer than the 1998 F-250’s 7.3-liter Power Stroke V8 engine.
We found the truck to operate quietly and the rig provided a comfy place to handle whatever work was thrown at us. That included towing a 5,500-pound horse trailer.
On the fuel economy front, we averaged 13 mpg, which painted a very different picture from our hypermiling achievements. The loop included 23 miles of varied road stretches with the 5,500 pounds sitting behind the F-150 Diesel.
With those figures in front of us, it will be Chevrolet’s turn to perhaps crank things up a bit. The 2019 Silverado 1500 Diesel will arrive with a 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel engine. We don’t have power or torque figures, but GM product chief, Mark Reuss, previously said he’s confident the Silverado will one-up its rivals.
Right now, the F-150 Diesel is a good pickup. We’ll have to wait and see if Chevrolet can best it.