You can finally order the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the
3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine, which promises to be both powerful and
fuel-efficient. Chevrolet has revealed the efficiency figures for the new
diesel engine, and they’re impressive.
When equipped with the diesel engine and rear-wheel drive,
you can expect to see an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the
highway1. Four-wheel-drive models will achieve an estimated 23 mpg
in the city and 29 mpg on the highway2.
Along with its impressive efficiency, the 3.0-liter Duramax
diesel is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with
this engine and other towing equipment, the Silverado 1500 can pull up to 9,300
pounds and can haul a maximum payload of 1,870 pounds.
Tim Herrick, Silverado executive chief engineer, said, “The engine utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to optimize every drop of fuel, and takes advantage of architectural changes to make Silverado larger, lighter and more aerodynamic than before. The resulting combination offers all of the performance, refinement and capability customers want in a full-size truck, with highway fuel efficiency you would expect from a family sedan.”
The 3.0-liter Duramax® is the first diesel engine to be made
available for a light-duty truck since 1997.
Missouri is a wonderful place to live, especially for anyone who enjoys exploring the great outdoors. You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.
This 2.3-mile asphalt trail is
relatively easy, making it perfect for a leisurely bike trip or a ride on the
inline skates. The trail runs from Meramec Greenway Trail to Ridge Meadows Elementary
School and is just a 15-minute drive from Ballwin.
Scene Trail Loop
River Scene Trail Loop is also
just 15 minutes from Ballwin, and rests in Castlewood State Park. This hiking
trail creates a 3.1-mile loop with a moderately difficult path. The beautiful
scenery includes views overlooking the Meramec River to make very step worth it.
You can also find Lone Wolf Trail
in Castlewood State Park, but it is slightly shorter. This trail is moderate and
suits both mountain biking and hiking. The Lone Wolf Trail creates a 1.7-mile
loop that goes into Kiefer Creek valley. Feel free to bring the four-legged
friend along for this one, as dogs are welcome on the grounds as long as they
are on a leash.
The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty will debut in February as the third all-new Silverado released in the last 18 months. This new truck is the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever built, meeting the needs of heavy-duty truck drivers.
The demands of HD truck drivers cannot be met by less
powerful and capable trucks. The chief engineer of the Silverado HD, Jaclyn
McQuaid, stated, “We built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has
more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced
towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such
as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while
pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.” With thoughtful engineering and design, consumers
will have a confident, capable driving and work experience.
You will notice that the Silverado HD shares some design
cues with the light-duty Silverado 1500, but its form generally follows its
bold, heavy-duty function. It includes two new advanced powertrain options, a
new gasoline engine, a six-speed transmission, and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8.
This latter engine is not for the faint at heart as it pumps out 910 lb-ft of
torque and comes with an all-new Allison ten-speed transmission.
With bold looks and power, the 2020 Silverado HD features
advanced trailering technology and increased towing and payload capabilities.
While you haul your load, sit back in this truck’s comfortable, sophisticated,
and smart interior because you know that a heavy duty truck delvers on its
As we await the anticipated release of the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty, head on over to ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look at our 2019 Silverado HD selection.
The best thing you can do to keep your pickup truck running well over the years is to stay up-to-date with its maintenance schedule. Unlike many other vehicles, pickup trucks have their own particular set of needs, so it’s worthwhile to know what you should be doing for your truck by consulting the owner’s manual. In the meantime, here are some basic pickup truck maintenance tips to consider.
Frequent oil changes
Since many owners are frequently demanding high amounts of power and performance from their trucks, it’s important to stay on top of oil changes. Switching out the oil will help keep your truck’s engine running smoothly. There are many different kinds of oil, so you should spend a bit of time deciding which one best suits your driving needs.
Rotate the tires
Whenever you get your vehicle’s oil changed at the shop, you should also have the tires rotated. This will ensure that the tires wear evenly, which makes for a smoother ride. See if your mechanic can also check the alignment and balance of the tires when they are getting rotated as well, as these can be affected by tough terrain.
Check fluid levels, wiper blades, and lights
These simple checks go a long way, especially if you’re routinely using your truck on the worksite. These checks will help optimize performance and visibility and minimize wear to your vehicle.
Know your driving demands
Proper maintenance of your pickup truck also depends on how you use it. If you’re frequently driving in dusty conditions, you may need to change the engine air filter more frequently. If you regularly venture off-road, you will want to have the tire alignment and balance checked more frequently to avoid uneven wear, poorer handling and efficiency, and potential damage to your truck’s suspension.
As with any vehicle, proper maintenance is necessary to keep it running for a long time. To help keep your truck performing at its peak, visit our Service Department at ELCO Chevrolet.
As the temperatures start to drop and it gets more uncomfortable outside, you probably have a checklist of things you do, like making sure everyone has a coat and boots that fit and sealing up any air leaks you might have around your windows or doors. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. Here is your car’s cold weather checklist.
Antifreeze. This fluid does exactly as its name implies. It helps maintain proper temperatures in your engine when it is really cold outside so the pipes and moving parts don’t freeze. Make sure the fluid level is correct and it has not been diluted.
Lights. As the nights get longer, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
Tires. Wet leaves on the road and dropping temperatures can lead to slick conditions. If your tires are running bald, you might not be able to stay on the road. Check your tires’ tread depth and consider switching to winter tires.
Emergency kit. Pack an emergency kit in your car with items like blankets, road flares, an extra cell phone and battery, high-energy snacks, water and Gatorade, and other items you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.
If you need help preparing your car for cold weather, schedule a service appointment with us at ELCO Chevrolet.