DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with the all-new 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 – the most capable standard V-6 in any full-size pickup truck – will also be a segment leader in fuel economy, helping save customers money when they buy and when they drive.
EcoTec3 engine technology enables 2WD Silverados to deliver 13.1 L/100km city, while 4x4 Silverados achieve 13.8 L/100km city, the best of any full-size pickup. EPA highway estimates are highly competitive: 10.7 L/100km for 4x4 versions, and 9.8 L/100km for 2WD models.
Reflecting Silverado’s straightforward approach to performance and fuel economy, these EPA estimates are achieved without expensive add-ons and apply to all three cab configurations, regular cab, double cab, and crew cab.
Silverados equipped with the 4.3L V-6 also will be the most-capable trucks with standard V-6 engines, with the highest available payload rating of 956 kg and the highest available towing rating of 3,266 kg.
“Budget-conscious customers often buy V-6 pickups to do real work, and the 2014 Silverado with the 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 will combine unmatched capability and excellent fuel economy with surprising levels of refinement,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer.
“Our V-6 has torque where you need it to get the job done, with 312 Nm of torque available at 1,200 rpm, and more torque available from 2,400 to 5,300 rpm than competitive V-6s make at their peak.”
Truck customers now returning to the showroom will find that Silverado’s standard V-6 now offers better performance than many V-8 powered pickups from just a few years ago, with far superior fuel economy.
The new V-6 joins the mainstream 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, with EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of up to 10.2 L/100km, the best estimates of any V-8 pickup.
Seamlessly switches to four-cylinder operation
Silverado’s combination of capability and efficiency results in part from its EcoTec3 engines, which provide the proven power of a large-displacement truck engine when needed, then switch seamlessly to four-cylinder operation under lighter loads.
“In creating the 2014 Silverado Light Duty pickup, we looked at a wide variety of powertrain configurations, and concluded that purpose-built truck engines could best provide the payload and towing capability that truck customers require with the long-term dependability they expect,” said Luke.
By creating a new trio of EcoTec3 engines for the 2014 Silverado, Chevrolet was able to make the most of the size and performance of each entry:
· The new 4.3L V-6 will offer budget-conscious customers a state-of-the art truck engine, SAE-certified at 285 horsepower and 413 Nm of torque, the most torque of any standard V-6. It offers the highest available payload rating of 956 kg and the highest available towing rating of 3,266 kg. At the same time the engine only consumes 13.1L/100km city and 9.8 L/100km highway (2WD models)
· The new 5.3L V-8 is SAE-certified at 355 horsepower and 519 Nm of torque. With EPA-estimated fuel economy of 10.2 L/100km highway and 14.7 L/100km (2WD), it offers the best-in-class fuel economy of any V-8 pickup.
· The new 6.2L V-8, delivers a whopping 420 horsepower and a torque of 624 Nm, the most power and torque of any light duty pickup truck engine. It also delivers class-leading maximum available trailering capacity of 5,443 kg when properly equipped. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 6.2-liter engine will be available later this year when certification is complete.
All three EcoTec3 engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing, a combination not found in competitive trucks. The engines also use a compact overhead valve design and weight-saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads to reduce the mass of the engines for additional energy savings.
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