The latest GM sales numbers for Q2 2019 are in, and they’re looking good for the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss 1500 models. Demand for the new, off-road-oriented trim level has eclipsed GM’s initial expectations, so the automaker will double production in response.
One important change taking place for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is that the Trail Boss models will now be offered with the 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission, the L87 is the range-topping gasoline powerplant of the Silverado 1500 range. For the 2019 model year, the most potent engine available for the Silverado Trail Boss was the 5.3L V8, in two configurations:
- Silverado Custom Trail Boss is available (optional) with the 5.3L V8 L82 EcoTec3 with Active Fuel Management. It makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The base engine on the Custom Trail Boss model is the 4.3L V6 LV3 EcoTec3 with Active Fuel Management making 285 horses and 305 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to GM’s 6-speed automatic transmission.
- Silverado LT Trail Boss comes standard with the 5.3L V8 L84 EcoTec3 with Dynamic Fuel Management. It makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to GM’s 8-speed automatic transmission.
These configurations are still available for 2020, but what changes is that the 6.2L V8 L87 will become available in both the Custom Trail Boss and the LT Trail Boss.
|Engine:||4.3L V6 LV3 AFM||5.3L V8 L82 AFM||5.3L V8 L84 DFM||6.2L V8 L87 DFM|
|Transmission:||6-speed auto||6-speed auto||8-speed auto||10-speed auto|
|Availability:||Standard on Custom Trail Boss||Optional on Custom Trail Boss||Standard on LT Trail Boss||Optional on Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss|
With an additional high-spec V8 engine option under the hood, GM will surely attract even more customers to the Silverado Trail Boss. Rivals in this segment include the Ram 1500 Rebel and Nissan Titan Pro-4X. Ford currently doesn’t have a contender in this space, unless it brings the new Tremor package that debuted last week for the F-Series Super Duty to its F-150 models.
The Silverado Trail Boss is Chevrolet’s first full-size pickup equipped with a two-inch lift from the factory, which is courtesy of Rancho mono-tube off-road shocks. Additional upgrades include a locking rear differential, skid plates, and 18-inch wheels paired with Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Custom with the 6.2L V8 L87 engine starts at $43,865. Meanwhile, pricing for the 2020 Silverado LT Trail Boss with the 6.2L V8 is currently unknown, though we imagine it will be around the $50,000 mark.
While the Silverado Trail Boss is gaining, cumulative Silverado sales figures are down 8.4 percent to 142,464 units during the second quarter. Breaking those out, Silverado 1500 sales saw a decline of 5.9 percent to 109,930 units, Silverado HD sales (2500HD and 3500HD) decreased 15.9 percent and Silverado MD (4500HD, 5500HD, 6500HD) sales totaled 1,038 units.
Chevrolet Silverado Sales Breakdown - Q2 2019
|Model||Q2 2019 / Q2 2018||Q2 2019||Q2 2018||YTD 2019 / YTD 2018||YTD 2019||YTD 2018|
The decline in Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD sales volume during the quarter is attributable to the launch of the all-new models, with full inventories of the Silverado 1500 going online during the third quarter (July, August, September) of the year. As such, second-quarter sales represent partial inventory/availability of the all-new pickup.
The Trail Boss model is new to the Silverado franchise, having only been introduced on the T1 generation of the light-duty model for the 2019 model year.