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2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 Pickup Truck

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.”

L3B mid high output L2R 2023 New Chevrolet Colorado GMC Canyon Sierra 1500 Silverado Turbo Engine TurboMax

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.

General Motors LZ0 Duramax Engine Chevrolet Silverado 1500 GMC Sierra
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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.

2022 Cherolet Silverado 1500 ZR2 First Drive
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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