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Driven on 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Turbo

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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

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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. 

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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 and read all about it.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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