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Chevrolet is playing the diversity card with the new 2019 Silverado truck and the best way to observe that is by taking a look at the engine lineup.
Chevy says it split the powerplant roster according to three customer profiles, namely high value, high volume, and high feature. Marketing aside, here’s what’s what for the 2019 Silverado as far as engines are concerned.
For the Work Truck, Custom and Custom Trail Boss trim levels, the standard mill is a 4.3-liter V6 (285 hp, 305 lb-ft) married to a six-speed automatic. Customers have the possibility to specify the optional 5.3-liter V8 making 355 hp and 383 lb-ft channeled by the same six-speed auto gearbox.
The LT and RST trims can be had as standard with a new 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine connected to an eight-speed automatic. Max power output is 310 hp, while torques stand at 348 lb-ft. The 5.3-liter V8 mentioned above comes as an option for these trims but is the standard offering on the LT Trail Boss trim level. Also optional for the LT and RST versions is the new Duramax 3-liter turbodiesel coupled with a 10-speed automatic, but it’s availability will only start in early 2019.
The range-topping, premium-flavored trim levels comes as LTZ and High Country. Customers get the 5.3-liter V8 as standard, but upon request, Chevy can also provide a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lb-ft) mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Again, the Duramax 3-liter diesel is set to arrive as an option towards the beginning of 2019.
Chevy’s new 2019 Silverado underwent a strict weight loss diet that sees is cut 450 lb (204 kg) off its hips compared to the model it replaces. The truck’s aero efficiency also gets a 7% boost as Chevy used front grille air curtains similar to those seen on the current Camaro. These reduce drag by redirecting the air flow to the front wheel wells.
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