2019 Chevrolet Silverado Adds 2.7L Turbo Engine Choice
The Chevy Silverado engine choices include a 4.3L V6 EcoTec3, a 5.3L V8 EcoTec3, and the 6.2L V8 EcoTec3. Now, the 4 cylinder, 2.7L turbo engine will replace the 4.3L V6. This will now be the standard engine option on the 2019 Silverado 1500 on LT and RST trim levels.
Benefits of the 2.7L turbo engine
Better fuel economy
The turbocharged inline 4 will add better fuel economy than the 4.3L V6. Although official EPA fuel economy figures are not yet available on their website. Chevy said in their press release, estimates are around 23 mpg on the highway for two-wheel drive models. There is no mention of four-wheel drive fuel economy yet.
The overall weight of the truck is reduced, compared to the 4.3L (380 lbs less). Construction consists of an aluminum block and cylinder head along with aluminum alloy pistons (with cast iron ring groove). The crankshaft and connecting rods are made of forged steel. Production of the engine will be at the General Motors Spring Hill facility in Tennessee.
More horsepower and torque is available. Power output for the 2.7L turbo engine is 310 hp and 348 lb-ft torque. This is 25 more horsepower and 43 lb-ft more torque than the 4.3L. 0-60 mph times, Chevy says is less than 7 seconds.
Turbocharged engines perform better at altitude
“The high-altitude performance of a turbocharged engine is significantly better”, says BorgWarner. “…the power loss of a naturally aspirated engine is considerable.” Something to consider when living in a Rocky Mountain state such as Wyoming or Colorado.
This time, the engine is paired with a Hydra-Matic 8-speed automatic transmission, versus a 6-speed automatic.
Chevrolet says this 2.7L turbo engine is specifically designed for truck use. The dual-volute system allows the turbine to spool up faster creating more boost, and thus, increased lower end torque.
Standard on most new vehicles now. The Start/Stop system shuts off the engine when the vehicle is stationary. For example, whilst waiting at a stop light, the engine will stop (accessories will still run, such as the radio). When the driver removes their foot off the brake pedal, the engine re-starts. This helps save on fuel and emissions.
Towing capacity numbers have not yet been released. Fremont Chevy in Riverton, WY will be happy to assist should you have any further questions.
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