2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Delivers Plenty of Powertrain Choices

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As noted in our quick spin reports on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 equipped with the 2.7-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder and the technology-packed 5.3-liter naturally aspirated V-8, the new half ton will offer several powertrain choices, including two all-new engines, two updated engines and two carryover engines.

It wasn't that long ago that the half-ton pickup truck class was dominated by V-8 engines, but this is a new world — thanks in large part to Ford's success with the EcoBoost V-6 lineup — that greatly rewards empty-truck fuel efficiency, overall weight savings, and respectable horsepower and torque numbers. The new 2.7-liter I-4, slated to be the volume engine option for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, hits all three of those marks.

As we noted earlier, Chevrolet is taking a different approach to its trim level and powertrain availability, breaking down an eight-trim lineup into three main categories: high value, made up of the Work Truck (aka WT), Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims; high volume, comprising the heart-of-the-market LT, RST and LT Trail Boss models; and high feature, made up of the premium LTZ and High Country trims.

And as you might expect, each of these Silverado 1500 categories will offer different base and optional engines and transmissions. Here's how that breaks down.

  • WT, Custom and Custom Trail Boss pickups will offer the carryover 4.3-liter V-6 standard with active fuel management; the updated 5.3-liter V-8 with active fuel management will be an option. Both will be offered with the carryover six-speed 6L80 transmission.
  • LT and RST pickups will offer the all-new 2.7-liter turbo I-4 standard, with either the upgraded 5.3-liter V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management or the all-new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel inline six-cylinder as options. Both the 2.7-liter and 5.3-liter will be paired to the eight-speed 8L90 transmission, while the diesel expected early in 2019 will have the all-new 10-speed 10L80 transmission.
  • LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country pickups will offer the 5.3-liter V-8 with DFM standard, with either the 6.2-liter V-8 with DFM or 3.0-liter I-6 diesel as options. The 5.3-liter V-8 DFM will have the eight-speed transmission, while the big V-8 and diesel will have the 10-speed transmission.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Engines

As Chevy rolls out the models — crew-cab V-8s are due to dealers by the third quarter of 2018, followed by regular and double cabs with the I-4 and V-6 engines in the fourth quarter — we'll share more details about the new transmissions and engines. We have learned that the information display screens will not tell drivers which gear the pickup is using at any given moment unless the column shifter is set to manual mode. And even then, as in current GM transmissions, the truck will only downshift from that manually selected gear.

We think Chevy missed an opportunity to help drivers see what gear they're in; it's something we find helpful with the proliferation of eight- and 10-speed boxes. Of course, it's possible that an upgraded towing package could include additional software to allow those who tow or haul bigger bed and tailgate loads to see exactly what gear they're using as they drive. We'll have to wait and see if this changes as we get closer to the reveal of actual production pickups. More to come.

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SO the 6.2 is only available in a $60k plus truck. "Golly Gee thanks GM for thinking for me because I sure don't want a powerful motor to pull my trailers in the trucks my workers drive".

That 6.2L will be gone soon, mark my words. GM, sounds like you're getting it together offering more powertrain options. Just like.....FO......
Dare I say it on this post....hahahahahalmao

That 6.2L will be gone soon, mark my words. GM, sounds like you're getting it together offering more powertrain options. Just like.....FO......
Dare I say it on this post....hahahahahalmao

Old Gm Guy: What are ypou taling about? go on to build your truck on Chevys site, there you will be able to build an extra cab or crew cab LTZ 4x4 with no options other than the 6.2, for just under 50K! Or a double cab, with the 6.2 and the Heavy Duty Towing Package, with Nav 8" 4G LTE WIFI, for just over 50K!

Hopefully for the 2021 model year you can get the 5.3 DFM with the 10 speed auto (or 2020.5).
Then the fleet engines 4.3 V6 & 5.3 AFM V8 will get the 8 speed auto.

According to this new '19 GM, the 6.2 will only be available in high trims crewcabs. But yeah, I guess GM thinks work trucks don't need big honkin motors and leave it for the mom and pops whi carry groceries.

CRAP 💩 JUST CRAP. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

CRAP 💩 JUST CRAP. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

The Ford boys don't get to have Christmas or birthdays this year because Dearborn has nothing to show.

They're a little cranky about it, and they have to read about GM and RAM coming out with lots of new product.

@papa
The GMC is awful looking. I can only get the GM 6.2 in the higher trim levels. Unlike Ford or Ram I cannot configure a lower axle ratio (GM guys complaining about this). The trail boss looks good but is only available in the 5.3 - if any other GM model should have the 6.2, it’s the trail boss. I don’t necessarily think GMs are bad but the alacart menu sucks compared to the competition. I think the Ram and Ford fans aren’t for wanting.

@ OLD GM GUY

I agree with you that GM should offer the 6.2L in the lower trim model. Its a dis-service to US loyal GM buyers who don't want to pay $50K+ for a truck. I was lucky enough to get $12K off my $56K truck, but at $44k thats still crazy money, but it is loaded to the gills with everything but a sunroof, which I never use anyways.

In my opinion GM should offer 2 engines. A retuned 5.3L with the ECU programmed correctly with an 8 SPD, and a 6.2l with a 10 spd. Your choice on which one you want.
I have owned both and can say if you want FE, you can get it out of either engine. If you want performance the 5.3L does have it, if tuned correctly, and well, we all know the 6.2l SCREAMS!!
Production costs would be much lower with 2 engines and 2 transmissions. Or make both have the 10 spd.

Production costs would be much lower with 2 engines and 2 transmissions. Or make both have the 10 spd.
Posted by: TNTGMC | May 22, 2018

@TNTGMC

I doubt that the incremental cost increases from offering additional choices in a truck line that sells so many trucks each year is a big deal. GM will be very competitive in the W/T space with the two choices there, and will maintain its edge in the luxury market with the 6.2 and a new 5.3 package. They sell the most trucks in the LT space so you can be sure they've worn out some pocket calculators making sure it makes sense.

@Grnzel

Good points.

So remind me again---what are the new truck models Ford is rolling out in 2018?

@papa
Your question is irrelevant. The MFGs are not on the same model cycles for similar products.

The GMC is awful looking.

@ GRNZEL

I don't mind the new looks of the GMC Sierra, but I think the 18 is way better looking, that's the main reason why I bought my 18. Plus its an SLT premium plus package. Didn't have to pay extra $$$ for Denali name!

......I can only get the GM 6.2 in the higher trim levels......

Posted by: Grnzel | May 22, 2018 2:40:12 PM

@Grnzel: Isn't Fords top engine only available in a $60,000 plus Raptor?

So remind me again---what are the new truck models Ford is rolling out in 2018?


Posted by: papajim | May 22, 2018 2:51:36 PM
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As Grnzel mentioned, the companies are not on the same cycle

@Grnzel

Ok so it's irrelevant.

Go ahead and humor me. What is Ford rolling out in 2018? Just for fun.

@Grnzel: Isn't Fords top engine only available in a $60,000 plus Raptor?


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | May 22, 2018 3:21:57
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Apples and oranges

Why is this wanting to know what gear you are in such a significant issue for some. If it's an 8 or 10 speed auto, how are you benefiting from knowing what gear you are in. You can't do anything about what the transmission program has decided for gear selection. Sounds like someone wants a manual transmission and not an auto.

Ok so it's irrelevant.

Go ahead and humor me. What is Ford rolling out in 2018? Just for fun.


Posted by: papajim | May 22, 2018 3:24:47 PM
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You are losing your mind. You can’t even recall what products Ford rolls off their assembly lines.

@Grnzel: Isn't Fords top engine only available in a $60,000 plus Raptor?

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | May 22, 2018 3:21:57
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Apples and oranges

Posted by: Harvey | May 22, 2018 3:31:32 PM

Ford's allowed to reserve a certain engine for a specific trim level but GM isn't. Sounds like typical FORD fan logic.

@GMarentGreat.

Compare like products

The Ford boys have a chapped butt today. Plain and simple. No amount of wishing will change things.

They either will need to buy a RAM or GM, or they'll have to wait a while for Dearborn to bring out something new and different.

Maybe they'll remodel the F150 to be more like a Tesla.

@ PapaJOKE

Odd you didn’t chastise GM and FCA fans for what, the last 4 or 5 years, about over their dated products and how they’re going to have to buy Ford

Go take your medication

@gms
The Raptor is in a class by itself. There is no comparison in the GM fleet or anyone else for that matter. You know what is meant by top engine in a mainstream application,

@gms
The Raptor is in a class by itself. There is no comparison in the GM fleet or anyone else for that matter. You know what is meant by top engine in a mainstream application,

Posted by: Grnzel | May 22, 2018 3:58:31 PM

The Raptor is a trim level in the F-150 line-up. If you want Ford's top engine, you buy that trim level. How is that any different than GM offering its top engine in it's upper trim levels?

@GMarentGreat.

Compare like products

Posted by: Harvey | May 22, 2018 3:45:56 PM

Ford doesn't have anything that compares with the GM 6.2.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/whats-the-best-light-duty-truck-for-towing-2016-texas-truck-showdown.html

@gms
Think about it this way, which mfg gives you the most HP/TQ for the money - I’ll give you a hint it’s not GM. It’s either Ford or Ram - not sure what the hemi tradesmans are going for these days

@GMSarentGREAT

2016? Get with the times.

And by your account, the Silverado can’t compete. It lost to a GMC and Ford.

FYI. The Ford has to much torque for the tires.

“absurd wheelspin that keeps the big power from being used to its maximum potential." "Our test truck had Michelin Energy Saver tires, and it was frustrating to watch it on the track," Williams said. "Yes, it got better mpg, but there was a lot of tire spin."

I don’t necessarily think GMs are bad but the alacart menu sucks compared to the competition. I think the Ram and Ford fans aren’t for wanting.
Posted by: Grnzel | May 22, 2018 2:40:12 PM

Based on every comment Ford CEO Hackett has made, that will be changing soon. We can see it in any other Ford product. You can't get a V8 in an $80k 4th gen Ford Expedition. Just one engine and transmission option in the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Hackett's plan includes:
"Ford will slash costs by $14 billion in five years. The company will target $4 billion in product engineering and $10 billion in material costs. Ford says it can reduce engineering costs from planned levels by increasing use of common parts across its full line of vehicles, reducing the number of possible option combinations customers can order, and
building fewer prototypes."

"There are 35,000 different configurations of the current generation Ford Fusion. The automaker plans to is reduce that to 96 in the next generation. Ford has already made a tenfold reduction to the number of orderable combinations in the next-generation Escape from 2,302 to 228. Fewer combinations and new tools will help Ford reduce new vehicle development by 20%, the company said Tuesday."

http://fortune.com/2017/10/03/ford-jim-hackett-strategy/

The F-150 will take this same path as long as Hackett is running the company.

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SO the 6.2 is only available in a $60k plus truck. "Golly Gee thanks GM for thinking for me because I sure don't want a powerful motor to pull my trailers in the trucks my workers drive".

Posted by: Old GM Guy | May 22, 2018 12:52:07 PM

$60k truck? Give me a break.

A 2018 Silverado 1500 LTZ Double Cab with the 6.2 is priced at $49k *MSRP*. And with all three truck makers being aggressive with incentives right now, you could easily knock that price down to $40k. I see 6.2 Sierras and 6.2 Silverados sitting on the lot ready to buy, being advertised as low as $40-42k all day. $40k is a pretty typical price for ANY new half-ton these days.

Not to mention, the when PUT tested a 2016 Silverado with the 5.3 and max towing package, it ran the quarter mile in 16.3 seconds while hauling 1750 lbs in the bed. The 2016 F-150 3.5EB ran the same test and achieved a 15.6 second run. The 5.3 even outran the 2016 Ram Hemi 5.7 and 2016 Tundra 5.7, both of which make more power.

http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201b7c804a4b6970b-pi

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2016/01/texas-truck-showdown-2016-acceleration.html

6.2 still only available in LTZ and High Country.... And continuing to use 6-speed autos when they are building 8 and 10 speed autos.... Are they just competing with themselves?

For under $35k MSRP you can get a stripper XL w locking 3:55 axle in a 3.5 EB -that’s a hell of a bang for the buck. I’m sure many GM fans would love a WT with a 6.2

Ford 3.5 EB is more like the 5.3 rather than the 6.2 in the XL model and while GM makes 2 trims LTZ and High Country with its most powerful Engine Ford only makes 1 trim with its most powerful engine Raptor

I love Ford. Always going the extra mile.

I'm a GM guy, but I never got thier engine strategy.. IT MAKES NO SENSE TO NOT OFFER THE 2.7 OR 6.2 IN ALL TRIMS.. and on top of that why have a 5.3 AFM and DFM.. ??? Overstock? Trying to get rid of them? Oh well more sales to Ford and Dodge I guess...

@ the fake GMSRGREAT

Get your own user name! Grow up!

@ Brick

I bought my FULLY loaded SLT with a 6.2L in it. They are out there but not as much as many would like.

Do us GM guys wish they offered them in lower trims. Heck yes we do, but GM knows consumers will pay the money to get the best, unfortunately!!

I guess I don't understand what argument and fuss is about??? Is it bc Ford can't build a N/A V8 to compete with GM? They have to BOOST the ever living cr@p of a V6....That even Ford technicians admit they would rather go with the less powerful mustang motor!

@nina
Are you saying the XL EB is down on power vs a higher trim EB??Its nothing like the 5.3.
The point here is you can get more power for $$ in a Ford or Ram and possibly Nissan and Toyota as well.
GM should have put the 6.2 in the trail boss at least

@ Grnzel

I don't disagree with u at all. I've said that it would be awesome for GM to offer 6.2L in the trailboss, but if they could get 5.3L tuned the way it should be, its a very potanent engine! I was very pleased with it when I got it retuned.

BTW...
Since Ford is now charging more for the 5.0L, can u get a base trim XL with a 5.0L now?? Just curious?

@ TNT

“ Is it bc Ford can't build a N/A V8 to compete with GM “

It’s ignorant comments like the above that cement the notion you’re not very bright.

Ford 6.2L embarrasses the 6.0L GM

5.0L ( Mustang GT and Bullet ) has more power than the Camaro SS

5.0L truck engine head and shoulders above the 5.3L

5.2L put out more power than the 7.0L LS7

@ TNTGMC

Stop spamming. You are posting too much.

@tnt
The 5.0 is available in the xl. Both engines with a 10 sod. The 5.0 is available with a 3:73 axle. That’s the one you want

You'll get respect for owning a F-150 Eco-Boost
something that you'll never get owing a Silverado

At the local ice cream stand I am sitting there licking my ice cream cone and a stranger will walk up to me and say "WOW IS THAT AN ECO-BOOST? I CRAVE ONE SOOOO BAD, I WISH I OWNED ONE" !

the Eco-Boost Badge is a badge of honor!

IT MAKES NO SENSE TO NOT OFFER THE 2.7 OR 6.2 IN ALL TRIMS.. and on top of that why have a 5.3 AFM and DFM..
Posted by: Jason | May 22, 2018

@Jason

Just buy the one you like best and let GM's accounting dept worry about the rest.

@ Harvey and Jeff Smithy

ford abandoned 6.2L in F150! Still doesn't have 420hp and 460 TQ GMs 6.2L has

New coyote has 5 HP but 40 less ft lbs of tq on GMs 6.2L and still can't beat! Educate your self

And the 5.0 in truck is so close to 5.3L its a wash...

And a camaro SS 1/LE with a NA 6.2L neat your halo 5.2L vodoo motor around a track...we won't even.mention how bad it got embarrassed by the supercharged 6.2L zl1...and there is a 1LE on top.of that as well

And your vodoo motor has 21 HP but almost 100 ft lbs less tq on the 7.0l...its TQ that u want to get u down the track!!! Come on man....

U want to keep going??

Your $450K gerbil motor GT super car just got bested by a supercharged corvette 6.2L ZR1 that costs a 1/4 of the GT. Now that is embarrassing!!!!

Class is dismissed.

@ Harvey

I think I just proved, I am atleast brighter than you!! Lmfao!!

@TNT

Why do you move the goal posts?

You specifically said N/A V8. Yet now you’re arguing vehicles as a whole and Supercharged 6.2L???

You don’t know your left hoof from your hoof

* left hoof from your right hoof

Harvey.
You just just got the "smack down". Lol

People who change their argue mid stride are the ones who got the “ snack down “

You don’t know much debating “ what the heck “



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