The new Chevrolet turbo diesel engine’s power figures have been leaked.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is getting a new engine. It’s a diesel engine, which isn’t the most popular fuel choice in America even though they typically offer better torque and fuel economy at the expense of overall horsepower. It’s also relatively small, coming in at just 3.0-L and with a turbocharger attached for good measure.
We used to have no idea what power figures the new 3.0-L Duramax turbo diesel would produce, but now we do thanks to an anonymous tipster sending Jalopnik what looks to be some official looking documentation.
According to the document, the new LM2 3.0-L Duramax turbo diesel inline 6-cylinder engine will make 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Which is, coincidentally, more than any other North American truck manufacturer at the moment.
Compare to the Ford PowerStroke V6, which makes 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. See how those numbers are smaller than the 3.0-L Duramax? That means the Ford engine is worse and that they should feel ashamed of themselves.
GM confirmed via email that yes, the document that was obtained has accurate figures and that they will reveal even more information--such as towing and fuel economy--in the immediate future.
Additionally, GM said that the new 3.0-L Duramax is also the cheapest turbo diesel engine on the market. Again comparing to the Ford PowerStroke, which costs $4,000 on the uber-expensive Lariat trim, or the previous generation Ram 1500’s EcoDiesel V6, which cost an additional $4,495.
Getting behind the Duramax will cost an extra $2,495 over the base Silverado’s 5.3-L V8, and $3,890 over the new 2.7-L turbo 4-cylinder. See? It’s even cheapest in its own brand.
We’ll be able to order the new Duramax engine sometime this summer on the Silverado LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trims. We’ll have to wait for GM’s fuel efficiency figures to see if they messed the bed on mileage again.