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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel: Pricing Revealed

Official Fuel Economy, Towing, And Payload Numbers Remain Undisclosed

2020 2021 2022 2023 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 engine engines LM2 Duamax Diesel
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The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel is itching to come to market, and pricing has now been made official. Interestingly, Chevy priced the 3.0L Duramax inline-six diesel exactly as the same premium it asks for the 6.2L L87 V8 gas engine. This allows 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 customers to decide based on their priorities without additional premiums. That means that the 3.0L Duramax commands a $2,495 premium over a Silverado with a 5.3L V8, or $3,890 over a Silverado with a 2.7L turbo-four.

To put it another way, the entry point for a 2020 Silverado 1500 Diesel is roughly $40,885. Like the L87, the 3.0L Duramax is available on 2020 Silverado 1500 LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models, and rounds out the new Silverado’s range of six engine choices.

However, a key data point is still missing: fuel economy numbers. A quick look on Fueleconomy.gov reveals that the only 2020 model year Chevrolet with official numbers is the ho-hum Malibu sedan, at the time of this writing. Other stats such as payload and tow ratings remain absent, as well.

3.0L LM2 Duramax I6 Diesel Engine

The 3.0L Duramax LM2 diesel is rated at an SAE-certified 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque delivering 95 percent of peak torque at a meager 1,250 rpm, while peaking from 1,500 rpm through 3,000 rpm. Compared to the 6.2L L87, the torque numbers are the same, while the diesel is short 143 hp from the gas V8. That said, we expect the LM2 diesel to outperform the L87 in metrics pertaining to fuel economy, as well as towing. Both engines are paired to GM’s 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission.

For the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax to outclass its competition, the truck will have to deliver over 25 combined mpg in EPA testing, tow over 11,400 pounds and offer a maximum payload beyond 2,020 lbs. These are the ratings found in the Ford F-150 Power Stroke, but the Chevy already has a slight edge in horsepower and torque. Meanwhile, Ram is preparing a reboot for its 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel, and will also share the powertrain with the Jeep Gladiator.

General Motors recently announced a $24 million update to its Ford Wayne, Indiana assembly plant to increase Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra production.

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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