Chevrolet is making a bold move with an introduction of the 2019 Chevy Silverado with a 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. Does this engine make a good match for the new Silverado 1500? Is it underpowered or underwhelming? We drive and test it for two weeks to get the answers.
The engine is rated at 310 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm and 348 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm. The maximum torque comes in so low in the rpm range that you might think this gas engine is a diesel.
The truck we tested is a double-cab (extended cab) 4×4 LT with several options. We ran several 0-60 MPH tests and the truck did very well with a best time of 7.66 seconds at 1-mile above sea level. It may be up to one second quicker to 60 mph at sea level.
We also put the truck on the Ike Gauntlet – world’s toughest towing test. We hitched up a trailer weighing nearly 6,700 lbs (truck’s maximum towing rating). The truck performed very well on the mountain. See more detail in the video below.
What does it all mean? Is the world ready for a four-cylinder full-size truck? Chevrolet definitely thinks so.
Here is our summary on this truck – watch below.