Silverado V6: Best-in-Class Capability, 24 mpg Highway

2013-06-19


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  • Best torque, payload and towing of any standard V-6
  • Unsurpassed city fuel economy for full-size pickups

DETROIT – The 2014 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 match Ram HFE’s 18 mpg city, while 4x4 Silverados achieve 17 mpg city, the best of any full-size pickup. EPA highway estimates are highly competitive: 22 mpg for 4x4 versions, and 24 mpg 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 2,108 pounds and the highest available towing rating of 7,200 pounds.

“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 230 lb-ft 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 average pickup on the road is more than 11 years old,” said Luke. “Customers driving these trucks with V-8 engines will be amazed at the power and refinement of Silverado’s new EcoTec3 V-6, which has fuel economy some 30 percent better than older V-8s with comparable performance.”

The new V-6 joins the mainstream 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, with EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of up to 23 mpg, the best estimates of any V-8 pickup, and better than estimates for the Ford EcoBoost turbo V-6 (22 mpg EPA highway for 2wd models).

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 1500, 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 4.3L V-6 is a rugged and refined standard engine with best-in-class torque, payload and towing.
  • The 5.3L V-8, expected to power three out of four Silverados, gives mainstream customers 355 horsepower, with fuel economy better than any V-8 competitor or Ford’s EcoBoost turbo V-6.
  • A new 6.2L V-8, available this fall, will be the most powerful engine offered on any light-duty pickup, with an estimated 420 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum available towing rating of 12,000 pounds.

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.

Additional Details and Data

Silverado 1500 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6

  • 285 hp (212kW) @ 5,300rpm
  • 305 lb-ft of torque (413 Nm)@ 3900 rpm
  • Maximum available towing rating: 7,200 pounds
  • Maximum available payload rating: 2,108 pounds

Horsepower and torque ratings are SAE certified using 87 octane regular gasoline.

The 2014 Silverado EcoTec3 V-6 has a broad, flat torque curve for excellent pulling power at all engine speeds.

Peak torque and horsepower, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

 

Peak torque
(lb-ft) @ rpm

Peak horsepower @ rpm

Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6

305 @ 3900

285 @ 5300

Ford 3.7L V-6

278 @ 4000

302 @ 6500

Ram 3.6L V-6

269 @ 4175

305 @ 6400

Source: Published manufacturer’s information

EPA fuel economy estimates, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

 

City

Highway

Combined

2WD models

Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6

18

24

20

Ford F-150 3.7L V-6

17

23

19

Ram 3.6L V-6* HFE (regular cab only)

18

25

21

Ram 3.6L V-6*

17

25

20

Toyota Tundra 4.0L V-6

16

20

18

4x4 models

Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6

17

22

19

Ford F-150 3.7L V-6

16

21

18

Ram 3.6L V-6*

16

23

19

Source: Model Year 2013 EPA Fuel Economy Guide

* Optional engine for 2013 model year

Maximum available payload and towing ratings, light-duty pickups with non-turbo V-6 engines

 

Max available payload rating (lb.)

Max available towing rating (lb.)

Chevrolet Silverado 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6

2,108

7,200

Ford 3.7L V-6

1,930

6,100

Ram 3.6L V-6

1,930

6,500

Toyota 4.0L V-6

1,580

4,900

Source: Published manufacturer’s information. For Silverado, maximum payload is for 2wd regular cab model; maximum towing is for regular cab 4x4 model.

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