Typically, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is offered with a multitude of engine choices, including the naturally aspirated 4.3L V6 LV3, the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B, and the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L82 when optioning the Custom trim level. That said, the Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom is currently only available with a single engine option, at least for now.
For the time being, dealers can only order the Chevy Silverado 1500 Custom with the turbocharged L3B gas engine, GM Authority has learned. It’s currently unclear when the full list of Silverado Custom engine options will once again become available.
As we covered previously, the Chevy Silverado Custom was the fastest-turning trim in the Silverado lineup last December. However, with this latest engine option constraint, that will likely change.
Equipped under the hood of the Chevy Silverado Custom, the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, and connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the naturally aspirated 4.3L V6 LV3 produces 276 horsepower and 298 pound-feet of torque, connecting to a six-speed automatic transmission, and the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L82 produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, also connecting to a six-speed automatic.
For those who may be unaware, the Chevy Silverado Custom trim slots in above the base-model WT (Work Truck) and below the LT in the Silverado trim level hierarchy. The Custom is essentially a Work Truck model, but with better equipment and a more sporty/upscale appearance. Standout features and highlights include a seven-inch diagonal color touchscreen, signature LED tail lamps, 20-inch Bright Silver painted-aluminum wheels, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The latest 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the third model year of the fourth-generation vehicle, which first hit the scene for the 2019 model year. Under the skin, the Silverado 1500 rides on the GM T1 platform.