With the full EPA head-on attack on diesel vehicles and the comprehensive testing of diesel engine certification following the Volkswagen diesel-gate scandal, it's a wonder that this oil-burning 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is there. Even more noteworthy, when the Chevy enters the dealerships later this year, each of the three major truck manufacturers has an option for light diesel.
With this new diesel, Chevy now offers five different engines for its half ton of gold donkey. And that's good. The turbocharged and intercooled 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine delivers 460 lb-ft of torque at 1
We took the Silverado 1500 Duramax in and around the valleys of Central Oregon and explored the outer reaches of caution to maximize fuel efficiency and experience the truck In a sense, no sane person will ever do it. The result was fuel savings unlikely to be reproduced – according to the truck's on-board computer, an OPEC-like pressure of 40.6 mpg on the highway. In order to achieve this feat, however, we have kept the speed below 100 km / h, the air conditioning off (and our clothes soaked with sweat), the side mirrors folded, switched manually and only given butterfly kisses on the gas pedal.  Analyzing the (Available) Data
So we know the results of hypermiling that fetch. What we do not know yet are the results of the EPA Fuel Consumption Tests on the new Duramax engine. At the moment, Chevy is waiting for the final EPA certification for the engine, which means that calibration needs to be further enhanced to ensure compliance. And as other manufacturers have learned, this can be a risky endeavor that sometimes forces them to offer a vehicle that drives the way they want, but does not get the fuel they need, or vice versa. We will let you know if we know it.
We have figures on this other critical measure of the performance of diesel engines: the trailer load. The maximum towing capacity of the Chevy is 9300 pounds and thus at the level of the van Ram (9290 pounds), but is significantly lower than the diesel Ford F-150 (11,500 pounds). The half-tonne Silverado diesel is also outdated by the company's 6.2-liter petrol engine V-8, which can pull up to 13,400 pounds. The diesel, however, can keep up with the price of this small car. Both engines are priced at $ 2,495 compared to the 5.3-liter gasoline V-8 for LTZ and High Country fairings (for smaller fairings, the $ 5.3 value is a $ 1395 option) , And of course, we expect that the 3.0-liter diesel has a lower fuel consumption than the 6.2-liter diesel. So that's it. Otherwise, this diesel-powered Silverado is just like other Silverados, whether good or bad.
It contains the same interior materials as the Silverado, which was ranked last in our recent comparison test with semi-heavy pickups. The 2020 model year, however, brings with it several new options that will help, including the adaptive cruise control and the 15 camera views introduced at the GMC Sierra 1500 earlier this year. In this system, which helps to avoid trap traps, two of the eight available cameras can be used to create a composite image that essentially lets you see through the trailer.
However, this camera system is also available in other Silverados without the Duramax. Whether the diesel engine is a good value depends on the fuel consumption and the towing ability. The former is waiting for the blessing of the EPA and our tests in practice, and the latter is finding it difficult to find an engine option, whether diesel or not, that does less work for the same money.