Fuel economy estimates are in for one of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500‘s main rivals, and the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque slightly outdoes Chevy’s latest truck.
The EPA estimates the Ram 1500 eTorque will return 19 mpg combined, 17 city and 22 highway for 4×4 models. 4×2 models will return 19/17/23. The Ram’s edge comes when comparing the truck to the Silverado’s 5.3-liter L84 V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management. The 2019 Silverado 4×4 models return 18 mpg combined, 16 city and 22 highway.
However, 4×2 trucks return an identical 19/17/23 to match the Ram, even without a hybrid system.
Ram’s eTorque mild-hybrid system uses a belted motor/generator to replace an alternator and a 12-cell 480-Wh battery pack to produce torque in light of engine torque. Chevrolet and General Motors opted for a highly advanced cylinder deactivation system. Dynamic Fuel Management can shut down any number of cylinders at a time and even allows the truck to putz around with one cylinder operating, should the conditions be right.
What we’ll be watching for are official fuel economy estimates for the new 2.7-liter L3B turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The turbo-four will become the 2019 Silverado’s new volume engine and takes on a familiar name, too: Tripower.