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Prices Have Been Slashed By $1,500

2020 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LM2 Duramax
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel

General Motors really wants you to buy its diesel half-ton pickup trucks. And you should. They’re pretty great, based on our experience. For example, in a 2020 Sierra 1500 Duramax, we averaged an impressive 27 mpg across 1,500 miles on northern Michigan roads. This 3.0L LM2 engine is also the smoothest diesel engine in the half-ton competitive set, thanks to its unique straight-six design. But that’s not what’s new. Here’s the latest: the LM2 Duramax diesel option for the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 trucks gets a deep price cut, according to GM’s employee discount website.

To simplify things, here’s what you’re looking at: the LM2 is just a $995 upgrade on 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ and High Country models when upgrading from the from 5.3L L84 V8 engine. But it moves to $2,390 on the 2021 Silverado 1500 LT and RST models equipped with their 2.7L L3B turbo inline four base engine. It remains unavailable on Silverado WT and Custom trim levels.

This is a price cut of $1,500 for each trim level. Chevrolet and GMC dealers alike have been informed that these new prices will also apply to remaining 2020 Silverado and 2020 Sierra 1500 Duramax pickup trucks.

LM2 Duramax Diesel engine 2020 GMC Sierra
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Last year, the 3.0L Duramax commanded a $2,495 premium over a Silverado with a 5.3L V8, or $3,890 over a Silverado with a 2.7L turbo-four when it launched. In its inaugural year, the take rate of the LM2 was about 6 percent.

Looking ahead, GM is planning to offer up towing improvements for its half-ton diesel trucks – a sore spot on their current spec sheet. The T1 trucks will also soon get upgrades to their truck tailgates, interiors, technology, and exterior designs.

The LM2 diesel engine will also be offered on every all-new T1 platform full-size SUV model that is launching this year starting this quarter (Q4 2020). This includes the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, Yukon Denali, and even the Cadillac Escalade. It will not be available on the Tahoe Z71, Suburban Z71, or Yukon AT4.

Sierra 1500 Duramax
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

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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