By on May 22, 2019

The pickup market certainly is cutthroat. Fortunately, that fierce competition seems to work out rather well for the consumer. Less than a year after introducing the current-generation Chevrolet Silverado, General Motors is already making adjustments in a bid to boost its appeal with a broader array of customers — a necessary gambit, considering Ford’s F-150 is still the pickup sales king and Ram’s well-praised 1500 has displaced the Silverado as the runner-up.

For 2020, Chevy’s Silverado gets much of the new tech that was previously introduced for HD models, plus wider availability of the desirable 6.2-liter V8. As a result, the Silverado will offer customers the most towing capability of any light-duty pickup, at 13,400 pounds. 

And, if you’re hauling a heavy load, you might be tempted to get GM’s tow-friendly camera option. Premiering on the pickup’s heavy duty sibling, the system utilizes the standard tailgate-mounted camera in tandem with an accessory cam affixed to the back of the trailer. The duo work together to provide 15 digitally unimpeded camera views.

General Motors also plans to add adaptive cruise control for the 2020 model year, bringing it up to speed with its rivals. While we possess mixed opinions over how the technology can lull drivers into complacency, it’s becoming a ubiquitous safety fixture in modern day vehicles and something Chevy needed to incorporate to remain competitive. However, won’t be standard equipment on all Silverados. GM says the feature will only be available on LT, LTZ and High Country trims.

Speaking of trims, the Trail Boss and RST designations will now be available with the 6.2-liter V8, rated at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. If you’re hunting for that 13,400-pound maximum tow rating, select the RST with four-wheel drive.

However, if you’re more interested in just having a good time, the Trail Boss comes with a 2-inch lift kit, locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho mono-tube off-road shocks, and 18-inch wheels with Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires — courtesy of the Z71 Off Road Package. Chevy also claims the Trail Boss is the most affordable way to access over 400 hp in a pickup (its pre-destination starting price is $43,865).

Those needing to eek out even more power from the V8 can purchase an upgrade package that hooks the Silverado 1500 up with a performance air intake and cat-back exhaust system. GM says the kit effectively raises output to 435 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque.

It’s good to see Chevrolet spreading the V8, paired with GM’s 10-speed automatic, across more than half the lineup. The company will also keep the 4.3-liter V6 (which only comes with the old six-speed) and 5.3-liter V8 (which available with both, as well as the eight-speed) on hand for for customers who don’t need it. The 2.7-liter Turbo, which GM hesitates to call a four-cylinder, remains standard fare on the base LT and RST models, while the delayed 3.0-liter diesel will be an available option on multiple trim levels.

[Images: General Motors]

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10 Comments on “More Non-four-cylinder Choice: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Expands V8 Availability, Adds Tech...”

  • avatar

    good move, an even better move would be to offer the 6.2 on all trims

  • avatar

    “…the Tail Boss comes with a 2-inch lift kit…”

    I so want to take that and run with it.

  • avatar

    I would welcome this addition if I could stomach the truck. I finally figured out what they did to these trucks, they used the same team that designed the ghastly current gen Colorado to whip up a bigger truck. Same horrible details that make the Colorado look like an out of place 3rd world truck were put into the Silverado.

    • 0 avatar
      CKNSLS Sierra SLT

      Well said Hummer.

      These new “choices” are a “Hail Mary” to try to equalize a very poor redesign on the 2019 Silverado.

    • 0 avatar

      Recently I went with my best friend to the local GM dealer so he could see for himself the new, improved, better-than-ever, 2019 Silverado in the metal.

      And I could see for myself why the RAM has overtaken the Silverado for the number two sales spot. Given a choice, I’d buy a 2019 RAM 5.7L for the same money as a 2019 Silverado 5.3L.

      There’s nothing terribly wrong with the 2019 Silverado but neither does it possess the qualities that make Ford trucks best-sellers and RAM trucks runner-up.

      A real-world buyer looking for the best value for their bucks may find they get a whole lot more bang for their buck with ANY F150, ANY RAM, Tundra and Titan, for the same amount of money.

      And with Tundra and Titan you get a lot more content for the same bucks that Silverado charges, even after all the discounts; like tow hitch, side steps, oil cooler, etc. all included.

      My friend’s wife wants a 2019 Silverado 4dr short-bed, but after looking at what the dealer had on the lot, the only one that appealed was an LTZ 6.2L with a $58K+ price tag, after all discounts.

      That makes a fully-loaded Tundra or Titan a pretty good value.

    • 0 avatar

      The Colorado is ghastly? Thats a new one especially considering how close it looks to it’s rivals. If anything I find it about on par with the Ranger and better looking than the ancient ugly grilled Tacoma or the even more ancient 1990’s looking Frontier.

  • avatar
    R Henry

    I saw a brand new Chebby peecup with Z71 package today…lifted a few inches and equipped with big matte black wheels and low-profile highway tires.

    I must admit, the thing was uglier in the metal than I expected…and after seeing the photos I already had low expectations. Bleh…regardless of engine!

    • 0 avatar

      Actually, the 6.2L Silverado is a peppier than either of my Tundra 5.7L pickups were, though not as refined nor quiet an engine as the Tundra 5.7L.

      But it boils down to personal preference when it comes to putting the money where the buyer’s mouth is, and the fact that the RAM is now in second place, speaks volumes about curb appeal.

      If someone were to ask for my recommendation re a 2019 Silverado, I would say LTZ 6.2L or HighCountry 6.2L because they are the best that Silverado has to offer, albeit at a price.

      Personally, I don’t like the automatic start/stop of the DFM setup. There’s no way to defeat it because if you keep your foot on the brake, the engine stops. Which means you have to put the truck in Neutral at each stop if you want to keep the engine running, like for the AC in my desert area.

  • avatar
    Mike Beranek

    Since we are at Peak Truck right now, all three brands are offering great products and none has a huge advantage over the other two. Given that, the Chevy looks like your fat ugly cousin from Bulgaria that your mom wants you to set up with one of your friends. It’s pretty easy to pick the hunky Ford or the sleek Ram over this thing.
    Strange, after decades of the Chevy being the looker of the bunch.

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