GM Throws the Pickup Gauntlet Down Before Ford

Chevrolet Silverado Pick up

When General Motors (NYSE:GM) releases its new line of pickup trucks later this year under the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra nameplates, the redesigned units will be available with a 4.3 litre EcoTec3 V6  option, which will help boost fuel efficiency to a point that surpasses Ford’s (NYSE:F) entry 3.7 litre V6, the company says.

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Albeit quite marginal, the GM unit does indeed boast a one mile-per-gallon advantage in combined fuel economy from power plant, in the two-wheel drive trim, which will get an estimated 20 mpg between its 18 mpg in city driving, and 24 mpg on the highway. With 4X4 capabilities, the highway figure drops to 22 mpg.

Ford’s 2013 F-150 with two-wheel-drive, flex-fuel, and the 3.7-liter V6 will return about 17 mpg in the city, and 23 on the highway — giving it an EPA rating of 19 miles per gallon. However, the figures for Ford’s 2014 model have yet to be released.