The all new inline-6 turbodiesel in 2019 Chevy Silverado pickup is to be built in Flint, Michigan.
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The forthcoming diesel-powered 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will, without a doubt, thump with the Heartbeat of America.
During the new truck’s launch at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GM product chief Mark Reuss hinted at a future announcement regarding the next-generation truck and the Michigan city of Flint, where it will be built.
Last week, General Motors kept that promise by announcing the new 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 would be produced at GM’s Flint Engine Operations plant.
The news follows a 2015 announcement by GM revealing a plan to invest $263 million in Flint Engine Operations for a new engine line.
The engine line wasn’t specified at the time of that earlier announcement.
“The next-generation Silverado builds on the success of our current models, many of which are produced here in Flint,” said John Urbanic, Flint Engine Operations plant manager, said in a GM release.
“We are proud to expand the industry-leading diesel portfolio here in Vehicle City.”
GM’s decision to build the engine in Flint makes it the only diesel engine used in a light-duty pickup that’s built in North America.
The company’s smaller midsize pickup twins—the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon—are powered by a 2.8 Duramax inline-4 turbodiesel built in Rayong, Thailand.