Yes, a half-ton 2019 Silverado diesel is coming. That much we already know thanks to Chevy’s official announcement on Saturday. We also know that the diesel motor that will be available in the new Silverado 1500 will be an all-new 3.0L Duramax in an inline-six configuration and that it will be mated to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission. But that’s about where the official details end, and reading the tea leaves begins.
Luckily, we have quite an important detail about the 2019 Silverado diesel thanks to GM product chief Mark Reuss, who stated that the oil burner will be class-leading during the reveal of the 2019 Silverado 1500.
“Now I’m not going to go into the numbers today, but some of our competition has already given their numbers on their new diesel, and I am really confident that we’ll have the best-performing diesel in this segment”, Reuss said during his presentation.
In citing the competition, Reuss is referring to Ford – which last week announced that its new 3.0L V-6 PowerStroke diesel slated for the 2018 F-150 will make 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, enabling the truck to attain 30 miles per gallon on the highway. The figures are superior to those of the Ram EcoDiesel.
That means that in order for GM’s new 3.0L Duramax Diesel to be undisputedly class-leading, it would need to make more than 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque of the PowerStroke.
|Truck:||2018 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel||2018 Ford F-150 Diesel|
|Engine:||3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel||3.0L V-6 PowerStroke|
|Power @ RPM:||240 @ 3600||250 @ 3250|
|Torque @ RPM||420 @ 2000||440 @ 1750|
|Fuel Economy (CITY / HWY):||21 / 29||TBD / 30|
We should know more about the 2019 Silverado diesel and the new Duramax I-6 engine over the next several weeks. In the meantime, stay tuned to GM Authority for around-the-clock Silverado news coverage.
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