Tonawanda Engine Plant Unveils New Engine

"Dynamic Fuel Management" coming to new models of Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra

Mike Baggerman
May 21, 2018 - 12:34 pm

The Dynamic Fuel Management Engine to be produced at the Tonawanda Engine Plant. May 21, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) - The newest models of the Chevrolet Silverado will feature an engine that was first manufactured at the Tonawanda Engine Plant. 

The engine plant, which received $300 million in investment from New York State in December of 2016, unveiled an updated version of the 5.3 Liter and 6.2 Liter V-8 engine but with  "Dynamic Fuel Management". The new versions allow the engines to operate in 17 different cylinder patterns, which the plant said will optimize power delivery and efficiency.

Along with the 2019 Silverado, the engines will also be the engines used in new models of the GMC Sierra pickup tracks.

"Pickups are one of GM's most important vehicles," Ram Ramanujam, Tonawanda Engine Plant Director, said. "It's really great that the corporation has entrusted us here in Tonawanda to built the engines for these pickups. It really shows their belief in the skill set of our work force in our capabilities in building engines, to give us this industry leading technology. We're the first plant in North America to build those engines."

Active Fuel Management, which past models utilized, alternated between eight and four cylinder modes. The Dynamic Fuel Management is powered by the accelerator pedal and runs a sequence of calculations to determine how many cylinders are required to meet the requested torque. It can make the determination 80 times per second. 

When asked how it will affect jobs for the 1,600 current employees, Ramanujam said that it will help the plant maintain. 

"A lot of integration into what we have currently but it does help us go into the future," he said.

The 2019 Silverado goes on sale in the fall. Plant officials could not estimate the exact fuel economy but the EPA estimates and towing/payload capacity will be announced closer to launch. 

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