The first half-ton pickup truck to ever offer a four-cylinder engine will be the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 when it goes on sale in late November. The turbocharged 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder engine will be the most fuel-efficient powertrain combination Silverado 1500 offers with an EPA-estimated 20/23/21 mpg city/highway/combined for two-wheel-drive configurations.

Standard on the mid-level LT and RST trim levels, the 2.7-liter overhead cam will deliver 310 horsepower and 348 pounds-feet of torque, which is considerably more power than the Ford F-150's or Ram 1500's entry-level V-6 engines (the 3.3-liter and 3.6-liter, respectively). Additionally, the max towing capacity for the engine will be 7,200 pounds, with a max payload capacity of 2,280 pounds.

This four-banger is one of the most advanced engines GM has produced; it's gone through more than 475,000 validation tests and 1 million miles of real-world testing for durability and performance. Its innovative features include a continuously variable dual overhead cam valvetrain, a dual volute turbocharger for decreased lag times, and a new, more seamless and aggressive stop-start technology.

The entry-level 2.7-liter-equipped 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT (2WD crew cab) will start at $38,395 (including destination) and be mated to GM's eight-speed transmission. Although this new four-cylinder engine does not offer better highway or combined fuel economy numbers than Ford's or Ram's entry-level V-6 engines, the significantly better horsepower and torque numbers should be a satisfactory trade-off for many. Expect the new engine to make to dealerships before the end of the year.