Chevrolet has been slowly ramping up the launch of the all-new 2019 Silverado as it continues to offload inventory of the last generation product. By early next year, buyers will be able to choose between eight different trim levels, and six different engines. Two of them are both V8 engines with the same exact displacement of 5.3-liters.
Even though Chevrolet is offering both 5.3L V8 engines at the same time, there’s no 2019 Silverado trim level that actively offers both engines simultaneously. The Active Fuel Management 5.3L V8 is available on just three trims, while the Dynamic Fuel Management variant of the engine can be found on five different (more expensive trim levels).
Let’s break it down:
For entry-level 2019 Silverado 1500 pickup trucks, the 5.3L L82 V8 with Active Fuel Management is available as an upgrade from the base 4.3L V6 engine, also with AFM. This applies to 2019 Silverado 1500 WT, 2019 Silverado 1500 Custom, and 2019 Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss only. Both are exclusively equipped with an aging six-speed automatic transmission.
For the 2019 Silverado 1500 LT and 2019 Silverado 1500 RST, the standard engine becomes the new L3B 2.7L turbocharged TriPower four-cylinder engine, with marginally more torque than the 4.3L and improves by only one more mile per gallon in the city. The 4.3L LV3 V6 isn’t available on these trim levels, but this is where the new 5.3L L84 V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management becomes available. The 2.7L TriPower and the 5.3L V8 with AFM are paired with an 8-speed automatic. The 2.7L turbo is expected to be available in the next month or so. The 2019 Silverado LT Trail Boss, meanwhile, offers only one engine: the 5.3L V8 with DFM.
Rounding out the lineup are the 2019 Silverado LTZ and 2019 Silverado High Country, which come standard with the new 5.3L V8 like the LT Trail Boss. However, these are the only two trim levels where customers can unlock the 425 hp, 450 lb-ft 6.2L L87 V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management, paired with the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Lastly, the incoming 3.0L Duramax inline six diesel engine is available on the 2019 Silverado LT, RST, LTZ and High Country, also paired with the 10-speed.
GM’s Active Fuel Management system pulls spark from certain cylinders in certain conditions to save gasoline, leaving only four cylinders powering the vehicle. The Dynamic Fuel Management system is the generational progression of AFM, and can pull spark from as many as seven cylinders at once, leaving just one combustion chamber firing off in select conditions. Just as well, it has the ability to deactivate just one cylinder if necessary, all in an effort to save fuel. Ironically, the needle hasn’t moved much in that regard as of yet.
About Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevrolet Silverado is a lineup of full-size pickup trucks sold primarily in North America, but also in the Middle East and in certain markets in South America. Slotting above the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado (known as the S10 in some markets), the Silverado is Chevrolet’s largest pickup truck and currently consists of the 1500 light duty model, two Heavy Duty models – the 2500HD and 3500HD, as well as Conventional Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 Medium Duty models – the Silverado 4500HD and Silverado 5500HD and Silverado 6500HD.
The 2018 Chevy Silverado represents the fifth model year of the third-generation Silverado. It is based on the GM K2 platform shared with other full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from GM. Though the line sold relatively well, it became less competitive in the marketplace with time when compared to its primary Ford F-Series rival, due to lacking cutting-edge features such as turbocharged engines, a rugged off-road variant such as the Ford F-150 Raptor, a diesel engine option in the light duty (1500) model, and also various modern features and equipment.
Luckily, an all-new Silverado arrived for the 2019 model year that addresses many of the issues of its predecessor model. Customers began taking delivery of the all-new truck in the second half of August 2018.
Chevrolet says that the all-new 2019 Silverado is the result of over 7,000 customer interviews – the most intensive research in its history. The new model uses higher grade alloy steel in the bed floor as well as various mixed materials that result in a reduction in weight and improved performance, with weight falling about 450 pounds. The truck also offers an expanded amount of models for a total of eight, including the new 2019 Silverado Trailboss.
Riding on GM’s new T1 platform shared with other future GM full-size trucks and SUVs, the 2019 Silverado offers more technology, convenience features, and engine/transmission combinations. While details of five powertrain combos have already been revealed, GM has not yet shared details of the new inline-six 3.0L Duramax Diesel engine, only stating that it will be “best-performing” and that it will be mated to GM’s new 10-speed transmission.
Having overhauled the Silverado 1500, Chevy will next overhaul the Silverado Heavy Duty. The brand released a teaser image of the upcoming all-new 2020 Silverado HD in April 2018. The truck will be revealed and launched in the 2019 calendar year as a 2020 model year vehicle. The model family will be comprised of the Silverado 2500HD and Silverado 3500HD models, ride on a more capable version of the new T1 platform, share many technologies and design elements with the 2019 Silverado 1500, while being more robust and capable.
The 2019 Silverado Medium Duty series, comprised of the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD, completes the overhauled Silverado family.
The Chevrolet Silverado is built at the following GM plants:
- GM Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan, USA
- GM Fort Wayne Assembly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
- GM Oshawa Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
- GM Silao in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico
- Navistar Springfield Assembly in Springfield, Ohio, USA (Silverado Medium Duty only)
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