The General Motors Tonawanda engine plant in New York is prepping to begin production of the 2019 Silverado’s engines following a sizable investment in 2016, The Buffalo News reported on Sunday. GM earmarked the $296 million investment specifically for Generation V small-block V8 production, which includes the V8 engines found in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
As the plant prepares to assemble the new engines, it will have a new leader, too. Steve Finch announced his retirement as plant manager after 11 years in the position, and Ram Ramanujam, former assistant plant manager at the Orion, Michigan, assembly plant will succeed him.
We don’t know all of the 2019 Silverado’s engines just yet, but Chevy did provide preliminary details on three of them. The full-size pickup will arrive with a new 5.3-liter V8 engine and 6.2-liter V8 engine. Both will include Dynamic Fuel Management technology, which can shut down up to seven cylinders to improve fuel economy. The third engine Chevy shared is a 3.0-liter Duramax inline-six diesel engine. GM will build the new turbodiesel engine in Lansing, Michigan.
Three other powertrain combinations will also arrive, but the brand has not shared specifics just yet.