General Motors has confirmed plans to produce its new light-duty diesel six-cylinder in Flint, Mich. Production will take place at the company’s existing engine plant, with engines ultimately finding their way into the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.
According to an Automotive News report, GM will begin production of the new 3.0-liter Duramax diesel in late 2018 or early 2019. So far the company has not stated how many new jobs will be created by its production in Flint. The engine was developed by GM at its powertrain engineering center in Turin, Italy. The facility is one of the few European assets GM retained after selling Opel to PSA Group in 2017.
Thus far GM has been mum on specifics of its new engine after announcing it over the weekend with the 2019 Silverado. It is expected the engine–paired with 450 pounds of mass reduction on the new truck–will achieve upwards of 30 mpg on the highway. GM product boss Mark Reuss has already asserted the 3.0-liter will offer superior performance to that of the recently announced Ford F-150 diesel.
GM is expected to announce more details of the new Duramax as it gets closer to its early 2019 launch.