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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Is Better Than Ever

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The biggest improvements? Tech and power.

Although it was completely redesigned for 2019, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is receiving some vital upgrades for the new model year in order to keep it competitive in one of the hottest segments in the industry. While the exterior and interior remain unchanged, there some technology upgrades and improvements under the hood.

For starters, the 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque will now be optional on five out of eight trim levels instead of just the two highest trims. This V8 is paired to the 10-speed automatic transmission. Because of this decision, the entry-level price for a Silverado 1500 with this V8 is lowered from around $50,000 to $43,865, and will now be offered on the Custom Trail Boss, RST (when equipped with four-wheel drive), LT Trail Boss, LTZ, and High Country models.

As this specific V8 can now be paired with Silverado RST 4WD models, maximum towing capacity is increased to a class-leading 13,400 pounds, when properly equipped. However, the 6.2-liter V8 still won't be offered on the Work Truck, Custom, and LT trims.

"In today's truck market, customers continually demand more features, more technology, and more capability," said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer of Full-Size Trucks. "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."

There's also a Performance Upgrade Package for those desiring even more V8 power. Thanks to a performance air intake and cat-back performance exhaust system, output is raised to 435 hp and 469 lb-ft.

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On the tech side of things, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 will now benefit from new trailering technology and adaptive cruise control. What's cool about the former is that it consists of a camera system with 15 viewpoints that enable a "transparent trailer" view. If this sounds familiar, then you're right. It's the same tech that was announced for 2020 HD models. The new camera-based adaptive cruise control feature will be offered on Silverado LT, LTZ, and High Country trims.

And lastly, the 2020 models will also see the introduction of a new 3.0-liter inline-six turbo diesel Duramax engine. Although it was originally planned to launch for 2019, GM encountered EPA certification delays that forced a schedule change.