Chevy’s 2019 Silverado with 4-cylinder engine rated at 21 mpg combined

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DETROIT — The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with a new four-cylinder engine will achieve an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined, or 20 city/23 highway. That equates to about 11.2 litres per 100 kilometres combined and 11.7 L city/10.2 L highway in Canada.

The ratings, for rear-wheel-drive models, are not much better than the fuel economy of the redesigned pickup’s 5.3-litre V-8 engine, which offers 19 mpg combined (17 city/23 highway), according to the EPA’s website. That’s 12.4 L/100 km and 13.8 L city/10.2 L highway on Canadian roads.

GM did not release fuel-economy ratings for the 2019 4×4 Silverado, which are traditionally less fuel efficient.

The fuel efficiency of the Silverado’s 2.7-litre turbo engine, which is standard on midlevel LT and RST models, is in line with other entry-level truck engines from Ford Motor Co. (3.3-litre V-6) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (3.6-litre V-6 with a light hybrid system) that offer 22 mpg combined (10.7 L/100 km). Those engines, however, offer up to 25 mpg (9.4 L/100 km) highway.

The engine, according to GM, offers 14 percent more torque and 13 per cent better city fuel economy. It is rated at 310 hp and 348 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

“It’s fun to drive every day — quick from the start, and pulling hard under acceleration,” Tim Asoklis, chief engineer for the Silverado, said in a statement Wednesday.

The four-cylinder engine, as reported, will offer maximum towing capacity of 7,200 pounds and a 2,280-pound maximum payload. The payload is up to 600 pounds better than comparable models from Ford and Ram, but the tow rating is up to 200 pounds less.

Canadian pricing of the truck hasn’t been announced. In the United States, the Silverado LT starts at $38,395 (all figures USD) with the four-cylinder engine with a double cab and standard bed. The same RST model starts at $40,295. It’s $2,400 more for each of the models with a short bed and crew cab, which makes up a majority of U.S. pickup sales. All pricing includes shipping.

The 2019 Silverado will be offered in eight trims paired with six engine/transmission combinations. Models with V-8 engines are already on sale.

It’s unclear whether the redesigned GMC Sierra, the Silverado’s sibling, will offer the same fuel economy. Some of the V-8 models in the Sierra offer slightly different fuel efficiency compared to the Silverado.

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