While Ram offers the EcoDiesel engine, and Ford is expected to launch its own F-150 diesel in 2018, General Motors has shown no plans to offer a diesel engine for its half-ton pickup trucks. At least, for its current-generation pickup trucks.
Recent spy shots of a next-generation 2019 GMC Sierra reveal diesel-specific equipment, including a tank for diesel exhaust after treatment and a particulate filter. These photos also emerged after a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado was spotted at a fuel station, filling up on diesel.
GM currently offers the 910 lb-ft 6.6-liter Duramax on Silverado and Sierra heavy-duty trucks, and the 2.8-liter Duramax, which is only available for the mid-sized Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Thus, it would make sense for the automaker to fill the void between its 6.6-liter and 2.8-liter Duramax diesel offerings.
We’re most interested in seeing how the power ratings and towing capacities compare, but we’ll have to wait until Ford and GM release these figures. The Ram EcoDiesel is capable of towing 8,340 lbs with 240 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, so we expect its domestic rivals to try and outdo these numbers.