Chevrolet has kept quiet on one important aspect of its latest full-size pickup truck: the 2019 Silverado powertrain selection. At the truck’s reveal last Saturday, Chevy only discussed three engines and one transmission. But, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will fit with more than just traditional internal-combustion engines.
Green Car Reports reported Wednesday that the new half-ton pickup can accommodate everything from gasoline and diesel engines, to battery-electric and fuel-cell propulsion systems. Chevrolet did not, by any means, confirm alternative-propulsion methods for the 2019 Silverado, but Tim Herrick, the Silverado’s executive chief engineer, acknowledged the basic architecture will suit “all possible propulsion units.”
The traditional 2019 Silverado powertrains the brand did confirm at its debut are the 5.3-liter V8 engine, the 6.2-liter V8 engine and the new 3.0-liter Duramax diesel engine. Both of the big V8s will arrive with Dynamic Fuel Management technology, presumably what Delphi has named Dynamic Skip Fire in the past. The technology can shut off up to seven cylinders to further improve fuel economy.
Herrick added “there’s nothing that doesn’t fit” with the 2019 Silverado’s architecture, which leaves the truck wide open to adopt mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid and more advanced propulsion methods in the future. Notably, the 2019 Ram 1500 will launch with two 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrains.
Although Herrick doesn’t believe the desire for electrification has fully crossed full-size pickup truck buyers’ minds, the 2019 Silverado’s architecture ensures flexibility if and when consumer preference shifts. For example, he pointed to the “splay” of the truck’s frame rails. Engineers positioned the rails to potentially accommodate powertrains that call for additional components under the cargo box, he told Green Car Reports.
Chevrolet will eventually disclose news on three other engine and powertrain combinations, and we’ll likely learn more as the pickup prepares for a mid-2018 launch.