Among the plethora of engine options offered by the light-duty Chevy Silverado 1500, the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax stands out as one of just two forced-induction engine options, and the only diesel option. Now, GM Authority is bringing you exclusive insight into the trim level breakdown for Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel models.
Per a chart shown during a recent presentation by GM, the LT trim level was the most popular pairing for the 3.0L I6 LM2 diesel engine, netting 37 percent of Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel sales. The sporty RST was the next most-popular trim level pairing at 34 percent, followed by LTZ at 21 percent and High Country at 9 percent.
Note that the figures shown here encompass the timeframe between the launch of the Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel, through the end of November.
As GM Authority exclusively covered in September, the Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel is set of a significant price reduction, with Chevy knocking $1,500 off MSRP. The price reduction applies to both 2020 Silverado 1500s, and 2021 Silverado 1500s.
The 3.0L I6 LM2 engine in the Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel produces 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, connecting to the MQB 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition to plenty of low-end torque, the LM2 diesel is also the most fuel-efficient option on offer, with fuel economy ratings of 23 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg when equipped with 2WD. Add in 4WD, and those fuel economy ratings are dinged to 23 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined.
For the latest 2021 model year, the Silverado 1500 Duramax Diesel drops a few more miles per gallon when equipped with 4WD, down to 22 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. The downgraded fuel economy ratings is due to higher contented trucks used for testing, based on the production schedule.