Remember when people cast a skeptical eye at Ford upon the announcement that a turbocharged V-6 would be the volume engine in the perennially popular F-150 pickup truck? Folks wondered if pickup buyers, typically a traditionally minded bunch, would accept a replacement for displacement — a smaller, boosted engine instead of a big, stonkin’, torquey V-8.
Well, they did, and Ford has ridden that turbocharged wave to great success with two forced induction engines in the F-150. Now, a crosstown rival is getting into this game with a new engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
Chevrolet’s engine is a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder, and it’s going to be the new base engine for the high-volume LT and RST trim levels on the Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup. It replaces the old 4.3-liter V-6 that will still be the standard engine in the Work Truck and Custom trim levels … at least for now.
This new base engine is meant to go up against the standard 3.3-liter V-6 that comes in Ford’s F-150, as well as the 3.6-liter eTorque V-6 that’s the standard mill in the Ram 1500. Chevy says that its turbo four-cylinder has more power and torque than either of those engines, and gets fuel economy comparable to the Ram’s mild-hybrid eTorque system while also delivering 29 percent more torque than that powertrain. It also beats out the numbers of GM’s own 4.3-liter and 3.6-liter V-6 engines.
We recently had a drive of the new turbo 2.7-liter Silverado in Scottsdale, Ariz., to see what this remarkable new powertrain feels like in a full-size pickup. To see our driving impressions of the new turbo truck, click here to visit PickupTrucks.com and read all about it.
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