What Makes the 2020 Chevy Silverado Stand Out from the Pack?
The Chevy Silverado had a rebirth in 2019 with a complete redesign that was meant to compete with the spirited offerings from Ford and Dodge in the US market. In doing so, Chevrolet have certainly succeeded in offering a worthy opponent, especially in the area of brute horsepower and torque.
A New Diesel Option
The offering that was missing from the Chevrolet Silverado series was a diesel motor, which was wanted by those who desired more towing capacity. The 2020 model brings subtle changes over the 2019, with the most important one being that the long-anticipated turbo diesel motor has finally arrived. People who love trucks and the ability to tow their toys rightfully love diesel motors in the engine bay because of the increased durability, excellent mileage, and greater range offered by these power plants. Diesel engines are noted for something that truck buyers crave — silky smooth torque for easy towing when compared to gas engines.
For buyers of the new 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500, there is a wide range of engine choices to choose from. Gasoline motors are offered in a variety of configurations. There is a V6, two V8s, and a turbo four-cylinder that is surprisingly robust for a small power plant.
The big news for many buyers, of course, is the new inline six-cylinder turbo diesel motor that was promised for 2019. This was however pushed back because of delays in the EPA certification process. 2020 buyers will be able to finally order the 3.0-liter Duramax motor. The 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel will be available on LT, RST, LTZ, and High-Country trims.
The engineers at Chevrolet elected to make the Duramax in straight-six configuration over a V6, because even though straight-six motors take up substantially more space in the engine compartment they have a tendency to run much smoother and supply substantially more torque than their V6 counterparts.
Certainly, the Duramax motor delivers the torque on demand with a robust 460 pounds per foot of torque and a rating of 277 horsepower. A lot of that power comes from the unique variable geometry turbocharger, which has an incredible max boost pressure of 43.5 psi and is paired with an intercooler system that is water to air.
Power in Spades
For those looking for big V8 Power, GM has not spent the time slouching. They offer the powerful 420–horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed automatic transmission combo that launches these trucks like cars at the drag strip. 0 to 60 times of 5.4 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 13.9 seconds at 100 mph is almost insane to think about when talking about a vehicle that weighs 6,500 pounds GVWR in its lightest configuration.
According to testing by Car and Driver, even the 310-hp turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder was able to do 0 to 60 in seven seconds while still offering good towing capacity.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Pricing
Buyers will find the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 price to range all the way from the intro price of $28,300 to $63,900 for a fully loaded top of the line trim package. For 2020, the trim levels from entry to the top are the Work Truck (WT), Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country.
The reliable GM T1 platform underpins the 2020 Silverado 1500 as well as the 2020 Silverado HD, 2020 Suburban, 2020 Tahoe, and several other full-size GM trucks and SUVs.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Release Date
For those eager beavers who are looking for a 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 for sale, alas, they will have to wait just a little longer. Chevrolet has not yet announced an official release date as of this writing. There are not many changes to the all-new Gen 4 trucks since their introduction in 2019. According to GM, there will be a few new exterior colors and some minor changes to the packages and available equipment groups. While not yet definite, there could be the potential addition of an oversized moon roof to let the view in.
Many of the features found on the big brother Silverado’s HD’s tech and towing features are now appearing on the 2020 Silverado 1500. There are cameras galore available on the truck with over 15 different views to choose from including a transparent trailer feature that makes use of a camera that is mounted on the rear of the trailer and gives an expansive view of the road behind the towed box.
The Silverado’s infotainment system can be used to control iNˑCommand, which is a system from ASA Electronics that allows the driver to turn on the camper’s A/C or check the RV’s water tanks and water heater before arriving at a campground.
New buyers will be happy to learn that adaptive cruise control will be an option for 2020. Adaptive cruise control can bring the truck to a complete stop and will keep pace with traffic without input from the driver. It will most certainly save gas as well as nerves for drivers in holiday traffic.
There are a seemingly infinite number of possible configurations of the Silverado. You can get a base model stripped down work truck that offers the bare essentials such as manually adjusted seats, locks, and windows. Moving on to higher levels brings a variety of toys to the plate such as a large 8.0-inch infotainment display, navigation system built into the dashboard, an aircraft-inspired heads up display, heated and cooled front seats and the ability to charge your smartphone without wires.
Keeping your truck on the road is made easier with a variety of driver assist features that are offered as options including pedestrian detection and emergency braking, land keeping assist and blind spot detection systems.