2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Adds More Power, Capability

6.2L L87 V8 Now Offered On Silverado RST, Trail Boss

The Silverado Trail Boss is just the beginning.

The 2019 model year could be considered the warm-up round for the all-new Chevrolet Silverado, as significant updates have come about for the 2020 model year.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 retains the same interior and exterior, but the big news is what’s burbling under its bonnet. Newly announced is the addition of the robust 6.2L L87 V8 engine to the Silverado Trail Boss and Silverado RST trim levels. Previously, the biggest engine offered was a 5.3L V8.

The 6.2L V8 is good for 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, and features Dynamic Fuel Management, a technology that is capable of reducing engine combustion down to one cylinder in certain occasions, in an effort to save fuel. That said, EPA fuel estimates haven’t reflected much, if any, fuel economy savings compared to the K2XX Silverado, which had a smaller drag coefficient of area than the new T1 Silverado.

If not much for saving fuel, Chevrolet is nevertheless offering the proposition of power. Specifically, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Custom Trail Boss with the 6.2L V8 starts at $43,865 including destination. So even though it’s over $40-grand, it’s nevertheless the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower on the market as it stands.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado models equipped with the 6.2L L87 V8 is available with a Performance Upgrade Package that adds a performance air intake and cat-back performance exhaust system, raising output to 435 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque. However, much like the upcoming 2020 C8 Corvette, good luck getting into the engine’s ECU to push the limits further. GM’s elevated cybersecurity measures on its latest products have so far stymied much of the performance tuning market from doing much with these trucks, despite the demand for more power.

Customers looking to tow their trinkets and toys around the town will be happy to hear that the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST with the 6.2L L87 V8 is SAE-rated to pull a class-leading 13,400 lbs.

In addition to the big V8 news, the 5.3L L84 V8 is now paired with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission, which first appeared on the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. It’s standard on the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss. Meanwhile, the new 2.7L L3B turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 hp and 348 lb-ft is now available on the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Custom, alongside the standard 4.3L LV3 small-block V6 with 285 hp and 305 lb-ft.

Finally, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 introduces the 3.0L Duramax LM2 inline-six diesel engine with 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Pricing, payload, fuel economy and towing figures are expected to be announced soon.

Below is the current breakdown of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 engine lineup:


4.3L V-6 w/ AFM (6-spd.)5.3L V-8 w/ AFM (6-spd.)2.7L Turbo w/ AFM (8-spd)5.3L V-8 w/DFM (8-spd.)5.3L V-8 w/DFM (10-spd.)6.2L V-8 w/DFM (10-spd.)3.0L I-6 Turbo Diesel (10-spd.)
Work Truck (WT)Std.Avail.N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Custom Trail BossStd.Avail.N/AN/AN/AAvail.N/A
LT Trail BossN/AN/AN/AN/AStd.Avail.N/A
High CountryN/AN/AN/AStd.Avail.Avail.Avail.


Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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