Recent improvements in Ford’s F-150 EcoBoost technology for its gas engines, and introduction of a small-displacement diesel engine in the Dodge RAM 1500 have left General Motors playing a game of catch-up in the ½ ton pickup segment.
Ford is getting around 30 mpg, and the RAM about 28. GM’s trucks are sitting around 24, putting them significantly behind the other North American manufacturers in a category that is increasingly valued by consumers. This circumstance has the company looking for ways to catch up in a hurry.
Following the 2014 RAM’s lead, it looks like the Silverado and Sierra could be in line for a diesel power plant, and maybe more than one option at that. In 2009, GM halted plans to offer a 4.5L diesel in its pickups, as it realigned itself in the wake of bankruptcy to consolidate models and concentrate on car production. There’s been some talk of “dusting off” this engine, which was on the verge of production, as well as the possibility of using a smaller, 2.8L I-4 engine that’s going to be optional equipment on the midsized Canyon and Colorado in 2016.
Whichever way they go, we’re happy to hear that GM is finally looking at diesel as a viable option for these popular pickups. Consumers want better mileage without sacrificing hauling and towing power, and that’s exactly what diesel delivers. A bold decision to put a diesel under the hood made the 2014 RAM the Motor Trend Truck of the Year®, and we’re betting a diesel powered Silverado/Sierra combination will be a winner for General Motors.
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