General Motors Canada experienced the same delay for the 3.0-liter LM2 Duramax diesel variants of the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 light duty pickups as the US, but says it is trying to get the trucks to dealerships quick as possible.
Certification delays in the United States meant GM could not roll the diesel trucks out for the 2019 model year as originally intended, so GM Canada also wait to receive the trucks.
Now GM Canada is focusing on putting the 2020 model year diesel pickups on lots rapidly, with the automaker’s American arm already selling them.
The Environmental Protection Agency has taken a strict new approach to diesel engine certification in the wake of the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal. Doran said the EPA had its 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax for over a year before granting it the certification needed to put the truck on sale.
According to EPA estimates, the two-wheel drive version of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado diesel 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. The engine is rated 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
For 2019, pricing for the Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab WT started at $27,800, while the base 2019 GMC Sierra Regular Cab began at $31,800. GM Canada has yet to say how much the 2020 model year trucks will start at, nor what kind of price premium the 3.0-liter LM2 diesel engine will carry.
Source: Automotive News Canada