Chevrolet’s 2020 Silverado 1500 pickup has gained several new features such as the new 10-speed automatic gearbox now being paired to the 5.3-liter V8 engine as standard on LT Trail Boss models, or the 6.2-liter V8 now being offered on Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trims.
Then we have technologies like the new trailering features and Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera, the latter able to bring your truck to a full stop in case of an emergency.
“In today’s truck market, customers continually demand more features, more technology and more capability,” stated Chevy executive chief engineer of full-size trucks, Tim Herrick. “For 2020, we are delivering more in each of these areas. As a result, the Silverado now offers customers the most towing capability of any light-duty pickup and the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower.”
New 6.2-liter V8 engine for Trail Boss and RST
For the 2020 model year, more than half of the Silverado’s trim levels will be available with this 420 HP (425 PS) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque 6.2-liter V8 engine, paired to a 10-speed automatic.
Meanwhile, the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss benefit from a 2-inch factory suspension lift as well as the Z71 Off Road Package with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho mono-tube off-road shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. The Custom Trail Boss with the 6.2-liter V8 unit is priced from $43,865, which according to Chevy makes it the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 HP on the market.
“The Trail Boss models are already some of the most popular in the Silverado franchise,” said Chevy Truck marketing boss Sandor Piszar. “Adding the available 6.2L V-8 will ratchet that excitement up even further. Starting under $44,000 for the Custom Trail Boss, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts an affordable truck with serious performance on and off road.”
Another 2020 model year novelty is the previously mentioned V8 engine being available on Silverado RST models with four-wheel drive, thus increasing the truck’s towing capacity to a class-leading 13,400 lbs (6,078 kg) when properly equipped.
If you want the most grunt at your disposal, then you best get the Silverado 6.2 with a Performance Upgrade Package which adds a new air intake and cat-back exhaust system, boosting output to 435 HP (441 PS) and 469 lb-ft (635 Nm) of torque.
Additional engine configurations
The 2020 Silverado will also be available with an all-new 3.0-liter Duramax turbo diesel unit, aimed at LT, RST, LTZ and High Country specs. This engine produces 277 HP (280 PS) and 460 lb-ft (623 Nm) of torque, with peak boost arriving at 1,500 rpm and is sustained to 3,000 rpm.
Another novelty is Chevrolet’s old 5.3-liter V8 now available alongside the 10-speed automatic transmission on certain trim levels – LT Trail Boss and High Country. Last but not least, the 2020 Silverado Custom will be available with the automaker’s advanced 2.7-liter turbocharged unit, working with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
New safety tech
Both the 2020 Silverado and Silverado HD get 15 unique camera views, including the segment-exclusive transparent trailer feature. Also new is the smart trailer technology that allows access to features of the iN-Command Control System from ASA Electronics using the myChevrolet mobile app.
Then there’s the Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera system (LT, LTZ, High Country), which scans the road in order for your truck to maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead.