Chevrolet brought an influx of new concepts, accessories and crate engines to the 2017 SEMA show, but buried in the details surrounding the new iron-block 6.0-liter L96 V8 crate engine was another announcement. Chevy will now offer the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine block through its performance catalog.
The brand says it’s the perfect starting point to breath new life into an older pickup. The block is based on the 2010-2017 LML/LGH production engines. GM replaced the engine with the latest L5P Duramax turbo-diesel engine last year. Chevrolet will offer two configurations for those interested in the Duramax engine block: one for 2010-17 LML- and LGH-code engines and one for earlier versions of the Duramax, with engine codes LB7, LLY, LBZ and LMM.
At present, only the LML- and LGH-code engines are available, and Chevrolet expects the earlier engine-code blocks will go on sale in 2018.