The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers an efficient diesel engine

By Product Expert | Posted in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 10:07 pm
2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 diesel engine on rural road

What is the fuel economy of the new Silverado turbo-diesel engine?

It’s a first since 1997—a diesel engine under the hood of a new Chevrolet light-duty pickup truck. You will find that with the available 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine that is an option inside the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. What is the fuel economy of the new Silverado turbo-diesel engine? This engine is comparable to some family sedans with its efficiency, reaching an EPA-estimated 23 city and 33 highway mpg. Read ahead for more information about what this engine can do for the 2020 Silverado 1500. 

2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 diesel engine exterior front view3.0L Duramax engine by the numbers

As one of the strong heartbeats of the 2020 Chevy Silverado, the 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine gets high efficiency numbers while still remaining a potent force to be reckoned with, producing 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When you pair this engine up with four-wheel drive, you can tow as much as 9,300 pounds and have a maximum payload of 1,870 pounds when the truck is properly equipped. 

Iron cylinder liners inside the aluminum engine block, a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and blended silicon/aluminum pistons all work together to offer greater heat resistance and less expansion. The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission that provides smaller steps between gears and has an overall larger ratio spread to assist with getting the kind of fuel efficiency to write home about. 

The 2019 Chevy Silverado also offers plenty of engine power!

The first light-duty diesel in 22 years

In addition to being the automaker’s first diesel engine in a light-duty truck since 1997, it happens to be the brand’s first-ever inline-six engine for full-size, light-duty pickup trucks. “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,” Nicola Menarini, director for diesel truck engine program execution, said in a press release.  

If you are interested in a diesel variant of the 2020 Chevy Silverado, you won’t have to wait long; these trucks will be rolling out in the fall of 2019. 

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