The biggest changes with regard to the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado have happened in the powertrain department. GM has expanded the availability of the L87 6.2-liter V8 engine to the Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trims, whereas before it was only offered on the Silverado LTZ and High Country.
Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trucks with the 6.2-liter engine will come standard with the Z71 off-road package and four-wheel drive. Silverado RST trucks can also only be ordered with the 6.2-liter engine if they are equipped with four-wheel drive.
Additionally, the L3B 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is now available on the Silverado Custom trim level, whereas before customers had to make the jump to the more expensive Silverado LT to have the more efficient powertrain option.
GM has also expanded availability for the 10-speed automatic transmission. The automatic, which is shared with Ford, will now be standard on LT Trail Boss models with the L84 5.3-liter V8 engine and available on High Country models with the 5.3-liter V8. Just like before, the 10-speed automatic transmission is standard in any truck with the 6.2-liter engine.
GM says the 10-speed transmission provides “closer gear ratios and an overall larger ratio spread,” that allow for greater peak efficiency and smarter and smoother shifts.
“In today’s truck market, customers continually demand more features, more technology and more capability,” said GM full-size truck chief engineer, Tim Herrick. “For 2020, we are delivering more in each of these areas. As a result, the Silverado now offers customers the most towing capability of any light-duty pickup and the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower.”
GM has also added the new camera-based adaptive cruise control system to the Silverado for 2020, which also appears on the 2020 GMC Sierra. With a camera mounted in the rearview mirror, the system is able to scan the road ahead and use software to maintain a safe following distance. Previous adaptive cruise systems from GM used a radar-based system.
Stay tuned for information on pricing and availability for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado lineup.