Buckle up: the 2020 Silverado 1500 is getting some serious power. Find out the latest on the upcoming V8, diesel and towing tweaks coming to the Silverado.
Old Chevy Dog, New Silverado Tricks
Chevy is changing up the game faster than ever now. Despite receiving a major refresh only a year ago, the upcoming 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 will be in for yet another shakeup. This time the Silverado can expect major improvements to engine, transmission, towing and driving aid selections. If you are in the market for a beefy new V8, a turbocharged diesel powerhouse, a 10-speed transmission or improved towing tools, the 2020 Chevy Silverado will have you covered.
The first major new option for 2020 is the inclusion of a new power-packed engine and transmission combo. According to Car and Driver, A new monstrous, massively-powerful 420 hp, 6.2-liter V8 of GM fame will be making an appearance. It will be part of a new available combo for the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trims, alongside a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The new options will compliment these trims’ 2.0-in. factory suspension lift and Z71 Off-Road package. All together, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 will have the ability to sport Rancho monotube shocks, skid plates, a locking rear differential, and 18-in. Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires, all powered by enormous V-8 engine and 10-speed transmission.
For those not looking to conquer the unpaved path, the Silverado RST four-wheel drive setup will be another trim sporting the V-8, 10-speed combination. With such a strong heart under the hood, the new Silverado RST will be able to tow as much as 13,400 pounds when fully decked-out. If you want to take towing to true extremes, the Performance Upgrade package will tack on a new air intake and cat-back exhaust system to boost the V8’s power to 435 hp and 469 lb-ft of torque.
Don’t Discount Diesel
Not to be left out, a new diesel option will also available for 2020. Despite a small delay, the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine will finally arrive later this year. It will bring 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque to the towing table. This new diesel dominator will be available on the LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trims.
As reported by Motor Trend, the all-new diesel engine will be made from an aluminum-alloy block, rather than the more-traditional steel or iron. Using aluminum allowed Chevy to shave off 25 percent of the engine’s weight. Drivers will be able to expect a peak torque performance just 1,500 rpm, with 95 percent available at 1,250 rpm. The engine will be paired with the new 10-speed transmission in a partnership that will allow for impressive exhaust braking for more minimized brake use.
Chevy hopes the new Duramax engine will be an eye-opener for those doubting diesel. “From the moment the engine is started, to its idle, acceleration and highway cruising, the 3.0L Duramax performance will change perceptions of what a diesel engine can offer in refinement,” said Nicola Menarini, Chevrolet’s head of diesel truck engine program execution, in a quote from the Motor Trend article. “With advanced technologies that draw on global diesel expertise, it’s a no-compromise choice for those who want the capability and driving range of a diesel in a light-duty truck.”
Towing Tooled Up
Not content to only improve towing with a power boost, Chevy will be passing down some of the Silverado’s previously-premium features to the masses. The HD trim will be sharing some of its secrets, such as the available 15 camera views. The transparent trailer technology will also be more available, bringing with it a tailgate-mounted camera and available accessory camera to give drivers a better view of what is behind their towed toys and tools.
The 2020 Silverado 1500 will be a bit smarter as well, thanks to an available inclusion of ASA Electronics’ iN∙Command Control system. It will connect to the Silverado’s infotainment system or the driver’s smartphone to allow monitoring and control of towed trailers or campers.
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