Is Chevrolet Adding a New Engine to the Silverado?

A photo of the Chevrolet Silverado at a work site.

New Chevrolet Silverado Engine Options

The future of the automotive industry is coming at us very fast. Electric vehicles seem to be the next step, but our team came across an interesting article on the GM Authority Blog that alludes to a new development in the gasoline-powered engine arena. The challenge facing truck makers is how to balance performance without sacrificing fuel economy, or vice versa. Per the report, General Motors is toying with the idea of developing a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine for use in its trucks and SUVs. Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned.

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GM Cylinder Set Strategy Program

Just about everyone we shared the article about the new engine with was more than a bit surprised by its message. We have been getting prepared for the switch to electric vehicles since news first broke about the Silverado EV

General Motors has been following what it calls the “Cylinder Set Strategy (CSS)” program. The idea is to optimize engine development and production by improving the economy of scale. Some existing products of CSS include the existing 2.7-litre, inline four-cylinder engine offered by the Silverado, as well as the turbocharged 3.0-litre, Duramax diesel engine, available on several GM platforms. 

Performance Output Expectations

Developing a new engine is always a very expensive and resource-heavy endeavour for any automobile manufacturer, and one that is not done on a whim. If GM vehicles are going to employ something like the proposed twin-turbocharged V-6, it will need to demonstrate a clear advantage for buyers. 

We can get a potential glimpse at what such an engine platform could provide in terms of performance. Several Cadillac models already offer an option twin-turbocharged V-6 engine options that can make up to 472 horsepower and as much as 445 pound-feet of torque. Naturally, some changes would need to be made to handle the additional weight of a pickup truck platform.

Stay tuned to the Ernie Dean GM blog for the latest information on the development of electric vehicles and anything else interesting that comes our way. If you’re ready to take the plunge and start the buying process, make an appointment with one of our product experts, today.