The biggest news about the new Chevy Silverado is an available Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel engine. The new engine marks the first time in more than a decade that buyers of the half-ton Silverado had a diesel option.
Chevy officials were mum on the new diesel’s power and performance numbers, but they’re expected to be in-line with the other entries in the half-ton diesel class—including Ford’s new 3.0L Power Stroke Diesel.
The new Silverado sheds about 450 pounds from its predecessor, while growing longer both in overall size and wheelbase. Chevy says the truck’s new dimensions add-up to best-in-class cargo volume.
In addition to the new diesel, buyers can choose between new 5.3L and 6.0L V8 engines that boast Chevy’s Dynamic Fuel Management feature that actively shuts off any number of cylinders, in a variety of combinations depending on real-time driving needs, to optimize fuel economy even while offering responsive performance.
Buyers will choose from eight trim levels:
- Work Truck
- Custom Trailboss
- LT Trailboss
- High Country