According to EPA estimates, the two-wheel drive version of the truck will deliver 33 mpg highway and 23 mpg city, while the four-wheel drive version is rated at 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg city.
By comparison, the two-wheel drive 2019 Ford F-150 PowerStroke is rated at 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, while four-wheel drive trucks return 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
The EPA has yet to release fuel economy figures for the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, although Fiat Chrysler said previously that it is expecting the truck to have class-leading fuel economy figures.
General Motors‘ press release made no claims that the Silverado‘s fuel economy figures were “class leading” and it didn’t reference the fierce segment competition, so it does seem as though FCA is destined to wear the mpg crown this time around.
“We set out to offer light duty truck customers the best of diesel – outstanding fuel economy, great horsepower and responsive torque – plus unexpected levels of refinement,” said GM’s diesel truck program director, Nicola Menarini. “We leveraged our global diesel expertise to make sure the all-new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine offers the impressive performance and durability our truck customers demand.”
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado with the 3.0-liter Duramax engine is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque, while the F-150 PowerStroke is rated at 250 horsepower and 440 foot-pounds. Ram’s EcoDiesel makes the second most amount of power at 260 horsepower and the most torque at 480 foot-pounds.
GM says the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado will tow 9,300 pounds and has a max payload of 1,870 pounds when equipped with the Duramax engine, which meets “the towing needs of about 90 percent of light-duty customers.”
When the truck goes on sale later this year, Chevy will charge owners the same for the diesel engine as it does for the 6.2-liter L87 V8 engine, which carries a $2,495 premium over the 5.3-liter V8.