After some speculation, we’ve been able to confirm that Chevrolet is testing a diesel version of the upcoming 2019 Silverado 1500. If such a vehicle makes it to production, it’ll likely square off with other light-duty diesels such as the Ford F-150 Powerstroke and the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel (if that vehicle is recertified by the EPA).
Spotted doing hot-weather testing in Death Valley, the test mule was refueling from a telltale green pump nozzle, and its driver was also refilling a yellow jerrycan. Furthermore, the test vehicle in question is sporting warning labels inside its fuel door that demand ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel only. The truck also sports a stylish dual-outlet exhaust system, which looks more akin to what you’d find in a customized sport truck rather than an off-the-rack diesel.
As for what’s powering this 2019 Silverado, we’re a bit mystified. General Motors hasn’t ever offered a diesel engine suitable for a half-ton pickup, although its European luxury arms did offer a 3.0L turbocharged diesel engine (made by DMAX) for some time in the previous decade. A return of that engine is unlikely, as it was designed nearly 20 years ago and would be difficult to modernize.
We hope to find out more soon, but in the meantime, let us know what you think!
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