The GMC Savana is a functional workhorse that nets GM around 30,000 additional deliveries between the U.S. and Canadian markets. The large van is slated to get a whole bunch of changes for the 2021 model year, but it also got some minor changes and updates for the 2020 model year, which has several months remaining. So, we’ve compiled everything that’s new and different about the 2020 GMC Savana.
2020 GMC Savana Cargo
The 2020 GMC Savana Cargo van gets the Front License Plate kit as standard equipment. For the 2019 model year, it was only included with ship-to-states that require front license plates.
Meanwhile, the interior sees the deletion of the Savana Cargo Package, which included the mesh partition/divider.
Mechanically, the 2020 GMC Savana gets GM’s new eight-speed transmission specifically for models with the 2.8L I4 LWN turbo-diesel Duramax engine. The defining feature of the revised gearbox is a diesel-specific torque converter.
There’s a small change to the Enhanced Convenience Package, which no longer includes outside heated power-adjustable, Black manual-folding mirrors. The package continues to include the following content:
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Remote vehicle starter system
- Vortec 6.0-Liter L96 V8 engine
- 12 months of GM Commercial Link
- Heavy-duty trailering equipment
- Driver Convenience Package, which includes:
- Cruise control
The package is not available with the Cargo Package, Safety Package, Communications Package or with OnStar delete.
Finally, the upfitter electrical provisions are deleted for the 2020 model year.
2020 GMC Savana Passenger
The 2020 GMC Savana Passenger van sees the asme changes as the aforementioned 2020 Savana Cargo model, down to the package-level changes.
2020 GMC Savana Cutaway
The 2020 GMC Savana Cutaway gets the front license plate kit as standard on all models as its first change. The second change is the newfound availability of airbags on vehicles with over 10,000 pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
The GMC Savana and its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Express, continue to occupy very healthy positions in the full-size van segment in the U.S., and we expect these two trusty workhorses to continue well into the future. In fact, GM Authority was the first to exclusively report that the models will live on until at least 2023. The models will get a bevy of updates for the 2021 model year, headlined by the introduction of GM’s new 6.6L V8 L8T gasoline engine that will replace the Vortec L96/LC8 V8.
GM will also introduce a light commercial van (LCV) with an electric powertrain in the medium future. The vehicle is expected to be considerably smaller than the Savana/Express twins.
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