On the heels of the 2023 Colorado midsize truck launch, Chevrolet is carrying its momentum forward with several new announcements for the 2024 Silverado 1500 line. No, they’re not going to supercharge it. But Chevrolet is going to expend the availability of the 3.0L LZ0 Duramax engine to the 2024 Silverado 1500 ZR2, as well as christen the L3B engine with the ‘TurboMax’ name, and there’s even some news about V8 active valve exhausts, a new Midnight Edition, as well as a Black Appearance package.
Max, Max, Max TurboMax
The 2.7L High Output L3B turbocharged four cylinder engine found as the base motor for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 now has a name: TurboMax. A name that feels like it fell out of a time warp from 1988, it seems to blend the turbocharged nature of the L3B, along with the diesel engine mentality that surrounded its development. Duramax is the brand of GM’s diesel truck engines, after all.
“TurboMax is built like a diesel: it’s durable and packs turbocharged performance to win over both diesel and V8 customers alike,” said Kevin Luchansky, assistant chief engineer, 2.7L Turbo Engine in the press release. This echoes his remarks in our one-on-one interview with Luchansky about the L3B and why he thinks it’s such an ideal motor for trucks. “The TurboMax name encapsulates the modern engineering, manufacturing and controls which shuts the door on arguments against turbocharged engines from decades ago.”
The 2.7L TurboMax engine can be found on the base 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 WT, to Silverado LT Trail Boss. Even though it gets a name, the output of 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque remain the same. With the Max Tow package, the L3B in the 2024 Silverado can pull 9,500-pounds.
Eventually, you’ll see the TurboMax name on the midsize Chevrolet Colorado, which comes exclusively with GM’s 2.7L engine, albeit in three forms.
2024 Silverado 1500 ZR2 Gets LZ0 Duramax Diesel
Overlanders and rock crawlers, rejoice! Along with already offering the stalwart 6.2L L87 V8 engine, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 will feature the 3.0L LZ0 Duramax diesel engine, as well. This straight-six turbo powerhouse delivers 495 lb-ft of torque, and is the only light-duty off-road truck to offer a diesel engine in its class.
This one just feels right.
New V8 Active Exhaust And Packages
Should you stick with the 6.2L V8 for the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, there’s now a standard Active Dual Exhaust. Moreover, it will work between Normal, Tow/Haul and Sport drive modes.
Lastly, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 introduces a new Black Appearance Package, which will be available on Silverado Custom, Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss and ZR2. As for the High Country trim level, there’s a new Midnight Edition.