For 2019, Chevrolet’s full-size pickup – the Silverado – has the Ford F-150 EcoBoost in its crosshairs, the General Motors brand today announcing a new turbocharged, 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine for the half-ton truck. The new powerplant is rated at 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque, according to our sister site, GM Authority – a bit less than the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 in the 2018 Ford F-150, but with the chance to achieve greater fuel economy thanks to its lower cylinder count. It’ll be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, to the F-150 EcoBoost’s ten-speed.
Downsizing and turbocharging has proven an effective tack for Ford’s EcoBoost engine range, and the automaker’s current F-150 EcoBoost is EPA-rated at up to 22 mpg on the combined cycle – nearly 40 percent better than the most-efficient Ford F-150 from ten years ago. But Chevrolet’s new four-cylinder for the Silverado is expected to yield better efficiency than the 20-mpg 4.3-liter V6 it replaces in the LT and RST trims, meaning it could easily match or surpass Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost in that measure.
Of course, those truly fixated on fuel efficiency will likely opt for a diesel, as both the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado pick up diesel engine options for the first time. Ford’s new, 3.0-liter Powerstroke has already outboxed the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 in the F-150, achieving a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 30 mpg. The Silverado with 3.0-liter Duramax diesel hasn’t yet been tested, so we’ll have to wait to find out who, ultimately, wins the pickup truck fuel efficiency wars.