The Numbers Are Impressive

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax
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Chevrolet has announced that the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will have an optional all-new 3.0 liter Duramax engine, marking the first time the brand has offered a diesel in a light duty truck since 1997. The new motor also stands as the first time an inline six has found its way under the hood of a full size light-duty truck in the brand’s history.

The new 3.0 liter Duramax is the third diesel engine available in the Chevrolet truck line-up, following the Duramax 6.6 liter turbo-diesel V8 and Duramax 2.8 liter inline-four. Unlike the half-ton diesel offerings from Ram and Ford, this in-house diesel engine utilizes an inline-six layout, due to its inherent smoothness. An aluminum block was chosen for weight savings, and the motor also features dual overhead cams, and four valves per cylinder. The Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic is the sole transmission option.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax

While the performance figures for the new Duramax powered Silverado are good, it’s the fuel economy that really stands out. Chevrolet says that a rear drive 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the diesel will get 33 MPG highway and 23 MPG in the city. Opt for the four wheel drive, and the highway efficiency drops to 29 MPG, respectfully. This is the highest fuel economy rating for the highway that we’ve seen in a half-ton pickup truck.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Duramax is set to deliver 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque on tap from its 3.0L LM2 diesel engine. That power helps the Silverado 1500 reach a tow rating of 9,300 pounds, and a maximum payload of 1,870 pounds in 4×4 guise. Chevrolet says that this will meet the needs of 90 percent of their light-duty truck customers’ needs.

The 3.0L Duramax will be available on the LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trims for the Silverado 1500. Pricing for the diesel option varies depending on the trim level, starting at $2,495 for LTZ and High Country models and $3,890 for the LT and RST models.

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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