2019 Chevy Silverado Diesel Confirmed in Spy Shots

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer
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Diesel is hitting the half-ton market hard and Chevy is the latest to join the club.

A new set of spy photos has revealed that the American automaker is testing a diesel engine under the hood of its Silverado pickup. This was obvious when the test truck pulled into a gas station and filled up with the green handled pump reserved for diesel fuel. One of Chevy’s engineers even filled up a yellow gas container, also usually reserved for diesel.

Exactly what this diesel engine will be is still unknown, with rumors pointing to a 4.5-liter V6 unit. It is also possible that GM will crank up the output of the smaller 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel found in the Canyon and Colorado. If the Silverado loses enough weight with the upcoming redesign, the little engine could offer enough grunt for the half-ton.

The truck is expected to heavily use aluminum, although another recent set of spy shots confirmed that GM won’t go to aluminum for the bed of the trucks. More likely, the hood and fenders will go to the lightweight metal.

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Considering what Ford has done, it is likely GM will hook most or all of these engines to the new 10-speed automatic that was developed by the two brands.

Of course, a range of gas engines will be offered with the truck, including at least on V6 and one V8. Turbocharging has been discussed for the gas engines, but so far, it’s not clear how Chevy will outfit the new Silverado.

A few other things are revealed by this set of spy photos, such as the dual-exhaust setup, which is neatly tucked up under the bumper and a set of Rancho shocks, which are currently used on the Silverado Z71.

It is an interesting time for Chevy to jump into the diesel half-ton market. Ram is currently under investigation by US authorities for possibly using a defeat device in its diesel engines, while Ford recently announced it will offer the first-ever F-150 diesel starting in 2018. There’s no doubt that both Ford and Chevy’s new diesels will face heavy scrutiny by governing bodies.

The new Silverado is expected to hit the market in 2018 as a 2019 model.

A version of this story originally appeared on Off-Road.com

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Stephen Elmer
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Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Frank Yoster Frank Yoster on Jun 23, 2017

    I cant wait for the new Ram! Gm is losing it.

  • Tweeter83 Tweeter83 on Jul 04, 2017

    "Ram is currently under investigation by US authorities for possibly using a defeat device in its diesel engines" I still like how they are trying to make Ram look evil. What Ram has done is entirely different than the intended deception pulled off by VW, yet they are accused of the same thing. Ram is utilizing an engine management system which if an engine related malfunction is detected it allows a bypass of the emission control equipment momentarily, if needed, to prevent further damage to the motor. If the motor is operating normally, no bypass occurs. Every brand has some form of engine management system in place, and many utilize features similar to this, however only Ram has been singled out. Kudos to Ram for trying to save their customers some cash from repairs due to ridiculous systems mandated by the gov't.