Badges are important, much more so than most non-car folks know. Far more than simple identifiers for what’s going on under the skin, they can also be a medal of honor, a nod to superlative automotive taste, and an identifier of where a vehicle lies in the four-wheeled pecking order. And when it comes to the new Silverado, there are two badges in particular that swing some serious weight – 6.2L and Duramax.
Found along the hood line of the new-for-2019 model year pickup truck, these two badges obviously denote the engine that lies beneath. The “6.2L” badge is added to 2019 Silverado models equipped with the atmospheric 6.2L L87 V8 EcoTec3 engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Duramax badge is added to 2019 Silverado models equipped with the turbocharged 3.0L LM2 inline six, which produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
|6.2L L87 V8||Duramax 3.0L LM2 I6|
|Power (hp @ rpm):||420 @ 5600||277 @ 3750|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm):||460 @ 4100||460 @ 1500|
|Transmission:||GM Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic MQB||GM Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic MQB|
We also find it interesting that Chevrolet puts these badges directly onto the hood, as opposed to their tailgate, where badges go typically. With bright, bold chrome lettering, there’s little doubt as to what will fire up with a stab of the gas pedal.
It’s worth noting that the 2019 Silverado’s corporate sibling, the GMC Sierra, also has engine badges, but their placement is not on the hood, but rather on the front fenders – the same spot where the Silverado places its “Silverado” nameplate badge. This helps the truck to stand out from its peers, especially with its revamped next-gen styling added on top.
What’s more, the new Silverado saves its engine badging just for two of its powerplant options, while the rest of the powerplants don’t get any badging. And that’s saying something, considering the long list of alternative engine options on the 2019 Silverado, including:
- Turbo-charged 2.7L I4 L3B (gasoline)
- Atmospheric 4.3L V6 LV3 (gasoline)
- Atmospheric 5.3L V8 L82 (gasoline)
- Atmospheric 5.3L V8 L84 (gasoline)
- Atmospheric 6.2L V8 L87 (gasoline)
- Turbo-charged 3.0L I6 LM2 (diesel)
Throw in the fact that most other automakers use unique badging for just about every powerplant and drivetrain configuration possible, it’s clear that the new Silverado uses its engine badges to maximum effect.