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2021 Chevy Silverado 1500: Here’s What’s New And Different

The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 represents the third model year of the fourth-generation Silverado half-ton truck, which launched for the 2019 model year. The pickup truck receives several updates and changes for the 2021 model year. Here’s everything that’s new and different for the 2021 Silverado 1500.

Model Line

The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 sees the following changes to its model line:

  • 2WD Crew Cab Standard Bed model (CC10743) is no longer available on Custom, RST, LTZ or High Country models
  • 2WD Double Cab Standard Bed model (CC10753) is no longer available on RST or LTZ models
  • 4WD Double Cab Standard Bed model (CK10753) is no longer available on LTZ models

As such, the following trim levels and configurations are available for the 2021 model year:

Trim levels:

  • Work Truck
  • Custom
  • Custom Trail Boss
  • LT
  • RST
  • LT Trail Boss
  • LTZ
  • High Country

Bed – Cab – Drive Wheel configurations:

  • Short Bed Crew Cab
    • 2WD (CC10543)
    • 4WD (CK10543)
  • Standard Bed Crew Cab
    • 2WD (CC10743)
    • 4WD (CK10743)
  • Standard Bed Double Cab
    • 2WD (CC10753)
    • 4WD (CK10753)
  • Long Bed Regular Cab
    • 2WD (CC10903)
    • 4WD (CK10903)

Exterior

On the outside, the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 sees the deletion of two exterior colors: Havana Brown Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Cajun Red Tintcoat

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Havana Brown Metallic

The pickup truck also sees the addition of three new exterior hues: Mosaic Black Metallic, Oxford Brown, and Cherry Red Tintcoat. 

Other exterior changes include the deletion of the manual tailgate with EZ Lift. Meanwhile, the manual tailgate with EZ Lift and with power lock and release becomes standard on Custom (1CX), Custom Trail Boss (2CX) and LT (1LT). Additionally, the power up and down tailgate is now standard on LTZ (1LZ) and available on LT (1LT), RST (1SP) and LT Trail Boss (2LT) models. Finally, the Multi-Flex tailgate is introduced as an option on all trims. See the table below for complete tailgate availability.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tailgate Availability
Work Truck Silverado Custom Silverado Custom Trail Boss LT RST LT Trail Boss LTZ High Country
Standard Tailgate QT2 QT5 QT5 QT5 QT5 QT5 QT6 QT6
Standard Tailgate Function Manual, no EZ Lift Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Power gate with power lock
Available Tailgate A60, QT5, QK2 QK2 QK2 QT6, QK2 QT6, QK2 QT6, QK2 QT5, QK2 QT5, QK2
Available Tailgate Function Locking, Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock, Multi-Flex Multi-Flex Multi-Flex Power gate with power lock, Multi-Flex Power gate with power lock, Multi-Flex Power gate with power lock, Multi-Flex Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock, Multi-Flex Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock, Multi-Flex
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Tailgate Availability
Work Truck Silverado Custom Silverado Custom Trail Boss LT RST LT Trail Boss LTZ High Country
Standard Tailgate QT2 QT2 QT2 QT3 QT5 QT5 QT5 QT6
Standard Tailgate Function Manual, no EZ Lift Manual, no EZ Lift Manual, no EZ Lift Manual with EZ Lift Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Power gate with power lock
Available Tailgate QT5 QT5 QT5 QT5 N/A N/A QT6 QT5
Available Tailgate Function Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock Power gate with power lock Manual with EZ Lift, includes power lock

Key:

  • QT2 – manual gate function
  • QT3 – manual gate function with EZ lift
  • QT5 – manual gate function with EZ lift, power lock and release
  • QT6 – power up/down gate function with power lock and release
  • QK2 – Multi-Flex tailgate, with six functional load/access features

The truck also sees the deletion of 20-inch x 9-inch painted aluminum with machined face and Gray accent pocket wheels (RPO code NZT). Other wheel updates include a change in availability for the 20-inch x 9-inch Black painted aluminum wheel option (RD5) which is now a free flow on Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss models. For the 2020 model year, these wheels were only available on Silverado Custom Rally Edition models and LT Trail Boss Midnight Edition models.

Additionally, the 20-inch x 9-inch Polished finish wheel option (RD2) is now standard on LTZ models. For the 2020 model year, these wheels were only available on models equipped with either the LTZ Premium Package or the Z71 Off-Road and Protection Package. GM is also introducing a new tire option for the 2021 Silverado 1500: LT265/60R20 MT blackwall Goodyear Wrangler Territory tires (QFV). The tire is an option on the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss models.

Finally, the sunroof is no longer available on LT models for the 2021 model year, yet remains available on RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country Crew Cab models, though with certain restrictions. For instance, RST models require Convenience Package II, LTZ models require the LTZ Premium Package or LTZ Premium Texas Edition, and High Country models require High Country Deluxe package.

Interior

Inside, The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 sees the deletion of the front 40/20/40 split bench seat as well as of the USB port located on the instrument panel. For 2020 model year, this USB feature was standard on Work Truck, Silverado Custom, and Silverado Custom Trail Boss models. Now, for the 2021 model year, Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss models come standard with a front 40/20/40 bench seat with a covered armrest and fixed lumbar, along with two USB ports on the instrumental panel.

As far as new features go, the truck sees the addition of carpeted floor liners as well as Wireless Phone Projection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Other interior updates include changes to SiriusXM and OnStar availability. For the 2020 model year, SiriusXM was available for Silverado Custom and Silverado Custom Trail Boss models, while being standard on higher trims. For the 2021 model year, SiriusXM it is available on Work Truck models while being standard on Custom, Custom Trail Boss, LT, RST, and LT Trail Boss models. Meanwhile, OnStar is now standard on Custom and Custom Trail Boss models. For the 2020 model year, it was only included on LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country models.

Powertrain

The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 offers the same engine choices as the previous model year, which are listed in the table below

Engine Fuel Aspiration Transmission Horsepower @ RPM Torque @ RPM Axle Ratio
4.3L LV3 EcoTec3 V6 Gasoline Atmospheric 6-Speed Automatic (MYC) 285 @ 5300 305 @ 3900 3.42
2.7L L3B I4 Gasoline Turbocharged 8-Speed Automatic (MQE) 310 @ 5600 348 @ 1500-4000 3.42
5.3L L82 EcoTec3 V8 Gasoline Atmospheric 6-Speed Automatic (MYC) 355 @ 5600 383 @ 4100 3.42
5.3L L84 EcoTec3 V8 Gasoline Atmospheric 2WD 8-Speed Automatic (MQE) / 4WD 10-Speed Automatic (MQB) 355 @ 5600 383 @ 4100 3.42
6.2L L87 EcoTec3 V8 Gasoline Atmospheric 10-Speed Automatic (MQB) 420 @ 5600 460 @ 4100 3.23
3.0L LM2 Duramax I6 Diesel Turbocharged 10-Speed Automatic (MQB) 277 @ 3750 460 @ 1500 3.23

It’s worth noting that some models equipped with the either of the 5.3L engines will ship without Active Fuel Management or Dynamic Fuel Management. This is a result of the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.

Additionally, diesel-powered Silverado 1500 models saw a price drop at the end of the 2020 model year production run, which then carried over into the 2021 model year. Specifically, models equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax LM2 Turbo Diesel received a $1,500 price reduction. The 2021 starting price of $44,000 also applied to remaining 2020 units as of September 3rd, 2020.

The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 also sees increased maximum tow ratings for models powered by turbocharged 2.7L I-4 L3B gasoline engine as well as the 3.0L I-6 LM2 turbo-diesel Duramax engine.

Packages

Several packages have been deleted for the 2021 model year, including:

  • Trailer Camera Package
  • LT Value Package
  • RST Value Package
  • Remote Start Package
  • Fuel Economy Package

The Texas Edition and LTZ Texas Edition packages have also been deleted. Meanwhile, several edition/packages have been introduced and are shown below along with their corresponding equipment:

Safety Confidence Package

All Star Edition Plus

  • Available on LT and RST models
  • Includes:
    • Convenience Package II:
    • Universal Home Remote
    • Rear sliding power window
    • 120-volt power outlet
    • 120-volt bed-mounted power outlet
    • Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8-inch diagonal color touch-screen
    • USB ports, SiriusXM with 360L
    • HD radio
    • HD Rear Vision Camera
    • For LT models – Requires trailer brake controller
    • Crew Cab models include Cloth Rear Seat with Storage Package
    • For RST models:
    • Requires Convenience Package with Bucket Seats and trailer brake controller
    • Includes Bose Premium Sound System
    • Not available with Texas Edition Plus
    • For LT Trail Boss models:
    • Requires trailer brake controller
    • Includes Bose Premium Sound System
    • Not available with Texas Edition Plus
    • 20-inch aluminum wheels with Argent metallic pockets (RD4)

Texas Edition Plus

  • Available on LT and RST models.
  • Includes:
    • Convenience Package II
    • 20-inch aluminum wheels with Argent metallic pockets (RD4)
    • Texas Edition badging
    • For LT models:
    • Texas Edition is only available to order by Dealers located in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
    • Not available with All Star Edition Plus
    • For RST models:
    • Requires Convenience Package with Bucket Seats
    • Texas Edition is only available to order by Dealers located in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
    • Not available with All Star Edition Plus

LTZ Premium Texas Edition

Additionally, the Custom Value Package is now standard on Custom models, the Convenience Package with Bucket Seats is now standard on LT Trail Boss models, and the LTZ Plus Package is now standard on LTZ models. For the 2020 model year, all of these packages were optional.

Moreover, LT and RST models now include the following as standard:

  • All Star Edition
  • Convenience Package
  • Trailering Package
  • Auto-locking rear differential

For the 2020 model year, the All Star Edition and both packages were optional, and the auto-locking rear differential had varying requirements and availability for Work Truck, Custom, LT and RST models, as shown below:

  • For Work Truck models:
    • Required with 5.3L L82 EcoTec3 V8 engine when Trailering Package is ordered
    • Included with Z71 Off-Road Package
  • For Silverado Custom models:
    • Required with Custom Max Trailering Package
  • For LT models:
    • Required with 5.3L L84 EcoTec3 V8 engine when Trailering Package is ordered, or with Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I6 engine
    • Included with Z71 Off-Road Package, All Star Edition, or Texas Edition
  • For RST models:
    • Required with 5.3L L84 EcoTec3 V8 engine when Trailering Package is ordered, or with 6.2L L87 EcoTec3 V8 engine or Duramax 3.0L LM2 Turbo-Diesel I6 engine
    • Included with Z71 Off-Road Package, All Star Edition, or Texas Edition

The G80 auto-locking rear diff was included with all other trim levels.

One other package change relates to the Max Trailering Package when paired with the 5.3L L84 EcoTec3 V8 engine, as the combination now requires a sold order type, meaning it requires a customer order and is not eligible to be ordered as part of dealer inventory.

2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 Availability

The 2021 Silverado 1500 is assembled at the following factories:

The plants have been producing 2021 models since the end of Q3 2020. Looking ahead, we expect the fourth-generation Silverado 1500 to remain in production through the 2025 model year, with a major refresh coming for the 2022 model year (see more on 2022 Chevy Silverado). Then, an all-new, next-generation Chevy Silverado will launch thereafter.

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View Comments (4)

  • I hate black or charcoal interiors on pickups! My 2014 Silverado Z71 LTZ has a light tan color interior and it's great. Lots of people said they like it but they can't get it as it's no longer available . When I make my next purchase I guess I'll have to change brands to get and interior color that I like.

  • We are weeks away from the initial order date for 2022 trucks and you are just now publishing what's "new and different" on 2021's?? This would be the time for '22 specs, not '21's.