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July 25, 2019 | The Detroit Free Press
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel just hung a big number on the wall, challenging Ford and Ram to match it.
Chevy’s new diesel scored 33 mpg on the highway in EPA fuel economy tests, topping the 2019 diesel Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 by 3 mpg and 6 mpg, respectively.
Sales of diesel full-size pickups grew rapidly in the second quarter of this year, according to figures from the Diesel Technology Forum, which represents companies that sell diesel technology and fuel.
“Any consumer looking for a fuel-efficient, powerful option can find one in the diesel option of America’s favorite vehicle, the pickup truck,” Diesel Technology Forum executive director Allen Schaeffer said.
Diesels represent a small share of light-duty pickup sales, but their fuel efficiency and high towing capacity make them bigger players in the fierce battle for pickup bragging rights among Chevrolet, GMC, Ford and Ram.
“We designed the Silverado with this engine in mind,” Silverado executive chief engineer Tim Herrick said. “We believe this engine will draw new buyers to diesel light-duty pickups,” Herrick said. “It will surprise and delight people who don’t have previous experience with diesels.”