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2020 Chevy Silverado Earns 33 MPG on the Highway with New Turbo-Diesel Engine

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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When you’re behind the wheel of the 2020 Chevy Silverado powered by the new 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine, you’ll earn fewer stops at the pump. In models equipped with rear-wheel-drive, the advanced powertrain is rated at an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. If you opt for a four-wheel-drive model, your fuel efficiency alters a bit at 29 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city.

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“We designed the all-new Silverado and the all-new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel to deliver both performance and efficiency,” said Tim Herrick, Silverado executive chief engineer. “The engine utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to optimize every drop of fuel, and takes advantage of architectural changes to make Silverado larger, lighter and more aerodynamic than before. The resulting combination offers all of the performance, refinement and capability customers want in a full-size truck, with highway fuel efficiency you would expect from a family sedan.”

Not only does the new turbo-diesel engine deliver impressive fuel efficiency ratings, it allows the Silverado to tow 9,300 pounds. The payload rating is 1,870 pounds. The 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

It’s taken a few years for Chevy to offer a diesel engine in its light-duty trucks. The last time was in 1997.

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“We set out to offer light duty truck customers the best of diesel — outstanding fuel economy, great horsepower and responsive torque — plus unexpected levels of refinement,” said Nicola Menarini, director for diesel truck engine program execution. “We leveraged our global diesel expertise to make sure the all-new 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine offers the impressive performance and durability our truck customers demand.”