Following the recent announcement of power specifications for the new 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel coming to GM pickup trucks, we can now tell you what it will cost.
To better understand the price, first you must know that the 3.0-liter Duramax will be available on the Chevrolet Silverado LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trims. At sister brand GMC, the diesel will be available in all trims except the base model.
In those trucks, the base engine is a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder, and opting for the diesel over that engine will cost consumers $3,890. Going for the diesel over the mid-range 5.3-liter V8 is a jump of $2,495. That means that equipping the new diesel is the exact same price as opting for the 6.2-liter gasoline V8.
This makes GM’s diesel not only the most powerful in a half-ton pickup with 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, but it also may be the most affordable light duty diesel.
Is it the most affordable? It’s difficult to compare it apples to apples against the competition, but here is how the pricing compares to the current Ford F-150 Power Stroke.
At Ford, the 3.0-liter V6 diesel is a $4,000 option over the base 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine in the Lariat model, the lowest trim where the diesel is available.
Here is a quote directly from Chevrolet and General Motors PR:
“The all-new, Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo diesel will deliver an SAE-certified 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, more than any other light-duty, full-size truck diesel available. Dealers and customers can place orders for the efficient, refined diesel and the first customer deliveries begin this summer. We will share more information, including towing capacity and efficiency, in the near future.
It is priced identically to the 6.2L V-8 as a $2,495 premium over a 5.3L V-8 model (or $3,890 over a 2.7L Turbo model) making the 3.0L Duramax the most affordable light-duty diesel engine on the market.”
We’ll have our hands on one of these 3.0-liter diesels soon, and you can be sure we’ll test it to the fullest extent.
For now, checkout our latest video investigating the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Chevy Silverado.