The 2019 Silverado fuel economy numbers aren’t official yet, but they should easily outdo the outgoing pickup thanks to technology from a Silicon Valley startup.
General Motors invested in a small company by the name of Tula Technology in 2012 and it began work on a flexible cylinder deactivation technology. That technology is called Dynamic Fuel Management today, and it will debut with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Specifically, Chevy will equip the advanced cylinder-deactivation tech with the 2019 Silverado’s two V8 engine offerings.
According to the GM release on its Tula investment years ago, the technology will boost fuel economy by up to 15 percent. Additionally, prototype technology showed a 21 percent increase in fuel efficiency when equipped on a GMC Yukon. Tula delivered.
The 2019 Silverado fuel economy numbers should post healthy increases over the old truck with Dynamic Fuel Management on board, but also thanks to a lighter curb weight; the new truck is up to 450 pounds lighter than its predecessor. It’s also much more aerodynamic, and aero is one reason why the truck’s squared-off wheel wells are no longer around.
In total, the 2019 Silverado will boast six engines and transmissions. We only know three so far—the two V8 engines and the new 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax diesel engine. We have a feeling Chevy’s new full-size pickup has a couple more party tricks up its sleeve.