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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Comments

@ Harvey

I Gave u both NA and supercharged.... U got owned. Go home!!

BTW...its not GMs fault Ford got rid of 6.2L in F,150 in place of a gerbil motor along with the Raptor too....wow, what a joke, but hey. U keep think whatever u choose my man!

The bell already rang...u can go home now!!

Looks like the jerk from down under has just created a new ID

@ papajim

LOL...I was thinking the same thing!

sorry a little detour
didn't think the 7.0 ls7 was in anything anymore, but found it is the base for a Falcon F7.

@ TNT

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


“ Ford 6.2L embarrasses the 6.0L GM.”

Yet you omit mentioning this. In doing so, in invalidate your ignorant comment.

Thanks for providing evidence to your lack of intelligence

@Papa, This doesn't concern you. Stick to what you know 10 year old trucks and 1960s dump trucks.

I don't have a life, so I argue on emotional bases.

@ Harvey

Wow...oh I'm sorry. Your 6.2L in the Super Duty beats the tried and true 6.0L. Ill take one if the most reliable V8s engines GM has made.
Plus its almost 14years old...I said it needed to be updated...but its still RELIABLE!! .you are seriously hopeless ....

Good for you. U got 1 out of 7 that I mentioned.. So my "lack of intelligence just owned you!!! Go to bed old man. U are digging a deep hole with no way out!

@ Robert Al

If it doesn't concern papajim, it sure doesn't concern u!!

@ TNT

Thanks for proving you post falsehoods, live in a fairytale and like to make things up

@ Harvey... Aka Frank

Man u don't give up...

U need serious help...take your meds man and let it go...

Even if your 6.2,L beats the 6.0L.....MY POINT is FORD doesn't make a V8 to compete with GMs 6.2L!

So your lack of Intelligence is commanding!!
Plus, if it was so good...why did ford abandon it from the F150 and the Raptor?? I'll let that sink in, while u take your meds And u still can't come up with a viable reason!!!

I just dropped the mic.....the sound u hear is silence bc u have no comeback....

@ TNT

Like is said, why do you move the goalposts and keep changing your argument?

It’s because you keep getting “ a smack down ” beotch

TNT says...

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

Ford builds many N/A V8’s that compete neck and neck

TNT is a fish out of water.

Flip flop, flip flop

LMFAO.... Can u believe this guy. Wow

I'm going to bed.....BTW. U still can answer why Ford dropped 6.2L from F150..and Raptor.

@ TNT

Baby needs his sleep hey Flipper.

As far as I’m concerned, if you can’t get an engine in a trim with cloth seats, they aren’t REALLY offering that engine. Options and offerings play a big role in the vehicle I buy. If I can’t get the features I want and need without paying for a list of options I don’t care about, I will go to another manufacturer, whether it’s pickups, cars, or suvs.

Hey Chevy! Why does the ZR2 Colorado get a diesel option but the Trail Boss Silverado doesn’t? If your marketing and product guys think midsize truck buyers demand a diesel option in an off-road package but full-size buyers don’t it might be time to look for some new people! Disappointing!

If the Silverado is so wonderful why aren't they the #1 in sales?

The 6.2 is a marketing ploy for 1/2 ton advertising/bragging rights (much like a "special edition" or like the PW or Raptor). They never sell enough to matter in the 1/2 ton market to really matter so they make it very expensive for 2 reasons. 1 they will sell fewer of them and 2 they make bank when they do. It either has to sell in LOW numbers or be taken out of the lineup. Since they gotta make it anyway for the 3/4 ton and bigger trucks why not continue with this "token" offering that allows them show that Ford can make a 3.5V6 that hangs with it and say things like "biggest V8 available".

So GM FINALLY actually catching up with materials and modern engines. Welcome to 5+ years ago for Ford. I like that their 2.7 will be a I4 as opposed to Ford's V6 they are imitating. I also like that their 3.0 Diesel will be I6 as opposed to Fiats 3.5 V6 that both Ford and GM are copying.

At GM Tardy is better than Bankrupt again.

@ Harvey

Its bc I get up at 5:30 and workout, something u should do instead of eating potatoe chips and blogging all night... Geezzz

Still can't answer my question....

@clint
I’m sure you mean copying the application of a diesel in a 1/2 ton truck from Fiat.
Technically the Lion diesel was introduced in 2004 with minor changes for the F150 version. VM Motori introduced the 3.0 Ecodiesel in 2011

The GM 6.2 L86 and 6.0 L96 (used in their HDs) are different and share almost nothing. The L96 is the previous Gen Vortec

@ Clint

The 3.5L ecoboost "hangs" with a 6.2L is funny bc its got 2 TURBOS!!! Wake up!!!

Its not a comparison. N/A vs twin turbo.

Now if Furd wouldn't have gotten rid of the 6.2L in F150s then we could have a debate. A question Harvey still can't answer.

@tnt
I think the comparison is not in design, but performance. Eventually V8s in light duty trucks will be the exception. GM has the turbo 4 and Ford the turbo 6 in their “volume” models. That’s the future - like it or not.

Dang TNT is getting owned! Ford doesnt need a 6.2 like GM does. Once the GM turbo engine is out, the 6.2 will most likely be a special order engine, plain and simple.

-CT

@ CT

He comes out of hiding! Exactly how I am getting owned? You obviously didnt see the previous posts where every GM engine trounces ford in exception of the 6.2L in the SD vs the 6.0L in The HD You are a funny guy!! Lol

@tnt
I’ll disagee once more. In a comparison of like displacement the 5.0 trounced the 5.3. It’s just remarkable the 5.0 gets compared to the 6.2. In the sub 6 liter game it’s all Ford - in trucks. Others are close....

@TNT. The 5.3 gets beat by the Coyote 5.0 every time. You forget to mention that. The 2018 5.0 update will further put it ahead in performance since the 2019 5.3 powertrain was left the same as 2018 less the new DFM. I am interested to see if it really does give a meaningful boost in fuel economy over the current AFM


So GM FINALLY actually catching up with materials and modern engines. i

Posted by: Clint | May 23, 2018 5:00:03 AM

For over 3 years now, I have been driving a GM all aluminum 6.2 with DOD, direct injection and variable valve timing, all while enjoying class leading power and fuel economy that exceeds much lesser engines (ecoboost) with less than half the displacement. Oh, did I mention the 8 speed transmission.

Grnzel- exactly my point, TNT always seems to try to compare a large engine with a small one and thinks its a good idea to showcase the results. If it is not apples to apples, it is tough to an actual comparison. TNT-FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-CT

@ CT

The new 5.0 vs the all new 5.3L will be a very close comparison with the weight loss of the 19s...I can't wait till the comparison! And 5.3L is tuned from.factory for fuel.economy bc its the mass produced engine! I'm hoping since they have this new 4 cylinder turbo (I'm not fan of) they tune it right bc I had one tuned right and it destroyed 5.0 slows
Hey, don't be made at me bc ford doesn't have a V8 that can match the 6.2L.

I didn't compare a ,5.0/to a 6.2L. Tell.me where I compared them???
My whole post back when Mr. Harvey got all upset was that Ford couldn't make a V8 to.match the 6.2L GM makes......and they DON'T!!!

@ CT

How have a failed... U are as bad as Frank...u can't have conversations without getting bent out of shape....your new dodge not up to your expectations like u thought? So u trying to take it out on me?? Hmmmm...I could give u a ride in my 420HP monster V8 thats faster and will even get better fuel economy than your Hemi?? Let me know little fella

@ ALL THE ENVIOUS FANBOYS!

Ford put out a 5.0 with 4 cams and 32 valves, independent intake and exhaust VVT, variable manifold, direct injection, and higher compression, yet it still struggles to beat a 6.2L 16 valve pushrod V8 in fuel economy or power. So Ford avoids putting V8's in anything at all costs. No Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator V8 options. And if you want an F-150 with a 5.0 V8, you have to settle for the junk, wimpy 8.8" rear axle. And in a truck, the 5.0 continues to be a disappointment in fuel economy.

This is very well said from another post by Brawndo!

They don't make a V8 that competes with the 6.2L offered by GM!!!

That's my point HARVEY and CT

I believe if you order the 3;73 axle with the 5.0 you get the 9 inch plus axle.

Why all the hate on the 8.8? It’s been in use since the early 80s. I have not heard of any major recalls? It’s it perfect - no! In everyday use it’s fine - there are different versions of the 8.8 some stronger than others. The axle is fine for average use. Serious off-roaders would swap this out with a 9” or Dana 60.

“You'll get respect for owning a F-150 Eco-Boost
something that you'll never get owing a Silverado” -EGOBOOST RULES.
-
If this were true, which it is most certainly not, the fact that you care and would even post such a ridiculous statement is itself a very sad statement of your fragile ego. I genuinely feel pity for you.

@ Grnzel

I don't have any hate for the 5.0L. I totally agree with you that would be the truck to get if I went Ford...(Ford technicians say the same thing in the video I posted)

I give Ford credit for offering the 5.0L in lower trims, I stated that!
I also stated that I think they should only offer 2 motors and 2 transmissions, bc there V8s offer everything the Ecoboosts do or better!
I WISH GM offered the 6.2L in lower trims....not arguing with anyone with that at all!

I read an article that theirs a dealership out there that is recreating the lightning with the 5.0L...I can't remember if it was supercharged or twin turbo, but it was a hot looking little truck. Super-cab configuration

@ Grnzel

Found it

https://jalopnik.com/a-brilliant-ford-dealer-just-brought-the-f-150-lightnin-1815718462

The one I saw was red and in a supercab, but this black one is pretty stout looking, I like it better

Why all the hate on the 8.8? It’s been in use since the early 80s. I have not heard of any major recalls? It’s it perfect - no! In everyday use it’s fine - there are different versions of the 8.8 some stronger than others. The axle is fine for average use. Serious off-roaders would swap this out with a 9” or Dana 60.


Posted by: Grnzel | May 23, 2018 9:00:21 AM

The 8.8 is as strong as the 9 inch. Both very stout. Desert runners use Cut/Turned TTB w/8.8 and no issue.

I believe if you order the 3;73 axle with the 5.0 you get the 9 inch plus axle.


Posted by: Kyle | May 23, 2018 8:35:51 AM

Correct, you can get a 9.75 inch rear axle.

TNT, you were comparing the 6.2 to the ecoboost the other day, I did not comment on it because I was laughing so hard and did not think it was worth my time. The sad part is, you are trying so hard to prove a non point, that you are the one posting the most because of all the negative comments you bring on.

-CT

TNT, you were comparing the 6.2 to the ecoboost the other day, I did not comment on it because I was laughing so hard and did not think it was worth my time. The sad part is, you are trying so hard to prove a non point, that you are the one posting the most because of all the negative comments you bring on.

-CT


Posted by: crunchtime | May 23, 2018 10:30:07 AM

here we go again 3 2 1 name calling, shouting, everything written in caps

No wonder Toyota makes more money then the big 3 combined. 6 engine options? Toyota sold over 400,000 ravs in 2017 with a gas 4 cylinder engine/6 speed and an optional hybrid 4 cylinder/electric engine with a CVT and only 1 cab configuration. More engines equals more R & D costs, more parts required, more inventory, and less profit. They only need 3 engines TOPS with 1 transmission option for all the engines and 1 rear end and they sell just as many trucks and make a lot more money.

@ CT

You would laugh at anything. show me the response and Ill respond to it. You are something let me tell you. I proved my point, you have nothing to share or add to it, and it upsets u bc you have no argument/debate

@ DLE

You need to look at your fanboys about name calling. I already apologized like a man. Grow up...

I love how the Fanboys come out of hiding when A GM guy gives you a fact that Ford has no answer for the 6.2L!!

The only one who has had normal conversations on here has been Grnzel, so thank you!

@ CT

You would laugh at anything. show me the response and Ill respond to it. You are something let me tell you. I proved my point, you have nothing to share or add to it, and it upsets u bc you have no argument/debate

@ DLE

You need to look at your fanboys about name calling. I already apologized like a man. Grow up...

I love how the Fanboys come out of hiding when A GM guy gives you a fact that Ford has no answer for the 6.2L!!

The only one who has had normal conversations on here has been Grnzel, so thank you!

@TNTroll

Ford has an answer for the 6.2L. That answer is in the form of a 3.5L GDI/PITT

Why is that so hard for you to accept?

@ Harvey

is it a V8?

Then I am right like my first statement, and you guys shouldn't have responded!

LOL...why is that so hard for you guys to comprehend??

@ Harvey

is it a V8?

Then I am right like my first statement, and you guys shouldn't have responded!

LOL...why is that so hard for you guys to comprehend??

@ TNT

Why does the cylinder count matter so much to you? Get over it. Seems you’re ashamed it takes a 6.2L to run with a 3.5L GDI/PITT

I think TNT has lost his mind.



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