This is a first look and confirmation of the ’19 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel.
The new Silverado caught at the diesel pump in Death Valley, California, confirmed what we had already suspected for a while. On top of having diesel pumped into the truck, 100% certainty can be gleaned from the fuel door cover, which reads “Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel Only.”
Engine rumors suggest the possibility of a Navistar 3.0L inline six-cylinder diesel engine, but GM also has a 4.5L diesel V6 in its arsenal that only needs to be dusted off and put into production. Another rumor suggests that GM may try to upgrade the turbo and injectors in the 2.8L four-cylinder diesel in the Colorado/Canyon compact pickups for the 1500 models. With an aluminum-intensive body on the way (sans the bed), a four-cylinder diesel could potentially have enough power for the 1500 model.
The new Silverado will continue with refinements on the current V8 engines, but will also get a diesel option on the half-ton models—currently heavy-duty trucks are equipped with the Duramax diesel—and a turbocharged V6 is also likely to join the lineup. A 10-speed automatic first seen in the Camaro ZL1 will find its way into at least some trucks at launch.
Expect to see the new Silverado in late 2018 as a ’19 model.
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