Back in May, we reported that the new diesel engine option in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 was delayed over an emissions-related hiccup. But the wait is over, as 2020 Silverado 1500 diesel models are finally beginning to arrive at dealers.
Based on checks with sources at the Chevrolet dealers, various 2020 Silverado 1500 diesel models are up for grabs, including many units in transit plus several units already on the ground at various dealers around the country.
This undoubtedly comes as great news for those interested in grabbing the first light-duty diesel pickup that General Motors has offered in decades.
Under the hood, the 2020 Silverado 1500 diesel uses the all-new the 3.0L Duramax I-6 LM2 turbodiesel engine rated at 277 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. The GM 10-speed automatic transmission provides the cog swaps.
General Motors originally planned to offer a diesel option with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, not to mention the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. Unfortunately, that plan hit a small road bump, with delays in deliveries caused by emissions approval.
Now, however, the 2020 Silverado 1500 diesel is ready and waiting, for those customers eager to get their hands on one.
We’re certainly happy to see these torque-happy powerplants finally in the mix with the 2020 Silverado. The 3.0L LM2 turbodiesel offers loads of low-end twist, plus plenty of cruising range to boot. Both the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150 already offer a diesel option, starting with the 2020 Tradesman 2WD Quad Cab at $38,585 for the Ram, and the 2020 Lariat 2WD SuperCab/Standard Bed at $47,440 for the Ford. Meanwhile, the 2020 Silverado 1500 diesel slots in at $45,200 for the LT 2WD Double Cab / Standard Bed model.
So, check with your local Chevrolet dealer to see if they have a unit in stock. If they don’t, then chances are that they will have some in the very near future.