The 2019 model year of the Chevy Silverado 1500 was a complete overhaul that kicked off a brand new generation. Chevrolet probably could have rocked on their heels, rested, and spent more time in the break room after that. But, no. Instead, Chevy went about getting their fanbase new reason to rejoice. Because there’s plenty new to the Chevy Silverado 1500 for the 2020 model year, the biggest being an all-new turbodiesel engine that’s sure to get your own motor running. Check out this preview guide for the latest in Chevy ingenuity and all the reasons to your own new Silverado 1500.
What’s New For 2020?
The biggest news is the debut of the 3-liter Duramax turbodiesel. Critics are praising the engine for running smooth and its abundant torque. Indeed, the turbodiesel engines delivers 277 horsepower and a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque. Get this engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission, for the right gear in any situation. The real beauty of this diesel engine is how it reaches peak torque at lower RPM than most full-size diesel trucks. What does that mean? It means you get accessible power sooner, leading to a smoother ride and faster response time. You’ll really accelerate. So make sure your cup is secure in its holder.
The other two big features are adaptive cruise control, which in fairness should have come a little sooner but is a welcome addition nonetheless, and an advanced trailering system. This handy system uses up to fifteen cameras so you can see, see around, and even see through your trailer as you drive. See through? That’s right. The cameras stitch together an image that shows you everything above and below the trailer so all you see is the ghostly image of your trailer on the display screen.
How Much Does It Tow?
We’ll run a few numbers by you, since different engines provide different towing maximums. First of all, since we’ve been talking about the diesel engine, let’s start there. The 2020 Silverado 1500 with turbodiesel engine tows up to 9,300 pounds. That’s near the class-leader in diesel trailering—the Ford F-150 diesel engine can tow up to 11,400 pounds.
If you’re looking at whatever engine gets the job done, the 2020 Silverado 1500 can tow up to 9,800 pounds. That ought to cover just about everyone’s needs. If you need more power and towing capacity, there’s always the Silverado heavyweights like the 2500 or 3500.
What Carries Over?
If you haven’t checked out the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, rest assured there’s a lot to love. And those things have carried over to the 2020 model year, including aluminum doors, tailgate, and hood to cut down the truck’s weight. And an additional three inches of rear legroom means you can fill the cabin with tall adults. And we love the options and configurations that mean you can get the full-size pickup you want, made to fit you and your lifestyle.