2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gives You More Powertrain, Towing Options

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Exterior Front

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By Aaron Bragman

Hot on the heels of GMC's announcement of changes to the 2020 Sierra 1500 comes Chevrolet's updates for the 2020 Silverado 1500. Like the Sierra, the 2020 Silverado's changes largely involve the powertrain mix and a couple of new technology features centered around towing. Greater availability of the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine is the central to the changes with Chevrolet now making it an option on a number of new trim levels, including the Trail Boss.

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More Big V-8s for Everyone

Chevrolet is expanding availability of the 6.2-liter V-8 to the entire Trail Boss and RST trim lineup. This means that it will now be available in the Custom and LT Trail Boss paired with those models' factory suspension lifts and the Z71 Off-Road Package. The engine makes 460 pounds-feet of torque and will be mated to the 10-speed automatic transmission; Chevrolet says the 6.2-liter will be available in the Trail Boss for less than $44,000.

The RST trim will also see the 6.2-liter engine introduced, but only on trucks that specify four-wheel drive. This will boost the maximum towing rating for the Silverado 1500 to 13,400 pounds when properly equipped. If you want to bump the power and torque of the engine even more, a Performance Upgrade Package will be available that boosts output to 435 hp and 469 pounds-feet of torque thanks to the addition of a performance high-flow air intake and cat-back exhaust system.

The 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder Duramax diesel was originally expected to be a 2019 model-year option, but GM has delayed it to the 2020 model year. The 3.0-liter Duramax will be available on the LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models and will deliver 277 hp and 460 pounds-feet of torque. The mid-level 5.3-liter V-8 is now paired with the 10-speed automatic as standard on the LT Trail Boss and optional on the High Country. Finally, the turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine can now be had on the Custom trim level paired with the eight-speed automatic transmission.

Technology Trickle Down

Two changes to the Silverado's technology offerings trickle down from the 2020 Silverado 2500/3500. The first, a trailering camera system brings 15 different camera views into the cabin of the Silverado 1500, displayed via the multimedia screen. This includes the novel "transparent trailer" feature that combines camera views to present a rearward view as if the trailer being towed was not actually there. Secondly, smart trailer technology through an owner's smartphone enables control over certain connected trailers' systems via the In-Command Control System using the myChevrolet mobile app. This enables owners to do things like activate generators in the trailer, or heating and cooling systems for campers, all while rolling down the road.

Finally, an adaptive cruise control system with a camera mounted by the rearview mirror will enable full-stop cruise control in the Silverado, an option on the LT, LTZ and High Country trims.

The 2020 Silverado 1500 will go on sale in late August/early September.

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