While the year 2020 has yet to arrive, the 2020 automotive model year is already here. That means that it’s almost time for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards, and the current crop of semifinalists been announced, with GM having two in the running: the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and the 2020 GMC Sierra HD.
Those not directly aware of the North American Truck of the Year awards should know that they are “intended to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year,” with the vehicles being “benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.” The winners are determined “by a jury of 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada. The 2020 Silverado HD and Sierra HD have become semifinalists as a result of the jury having narrowed down this year’s list of eligible vehicles to five trucks.
The three other contenders for the 2020 North American Truck of the Year awards include:
- Ford Ranger
- Jeep Gladiator
- Ram Heavy Duty
Besides the 2020 Silverado HD and 2020 Sierra HD, many other General Motors products are competing to win in their respective segments. Vehicles like the Corvette C8 and Cadillac CT5 are in the running for the car of the year segment, while the Chevrolet Blazer and Cadillac XT6 are duking it out against the competition for utility vehicle of the year.
Both the Silverado HD and Sierra HD are all-new for the 2020 model year, having been overhauled on a more robust version of the GM T1 platform. The trucks are available with two new 6.6L V8 engines – one gasoline and one diesel. The gasoline engine is the all-new, naturally-aspirated and direct-injected L8T V8 making 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. Trucks with this engine are capable of towing up to 17,370 pounds. Meanwhile, the diesel is the L5P V8 turbocharged Duramax good for for 445 horsepower and a massive 910 pound-feet of twisting force. When coupled with the new kinda-Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, it can pull an enormous 35,500 pounds.
The NACTOY awards are set to be announced in early 2020. Those following the game closely will know that the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will move to the summer in 2020, which means that the announcement of the awards will no longer coincide with the Detroit Auto Show.
We’ll keep you updated as the 2020 North American Truck of the Year process moves forward. In the meantime, be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Silverado news, Silverado HD news, Chevrolet news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.