CUSTOMER DEMAND HAS CHEVY EYING MORE SILVERADO REGULAR CAB TRUCKS

The Configuration Is Currently Offered Only As An Entry Level Work Truck

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Single Cab
2020 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss Single Cab On Display In Riyadh.

If you want a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab Trail Boss, or a GMC Sierra AT4 in the same body style, you’re going to have to figure out how to get one out of the Middle East. Because markets like Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the only places where you’re going to find one.

The irony.

“There were some decisions made to only do a regular cab long box Silverado… it’s only a work truck,” said Chevrolet Silverado Marketing Director Hugh Milne to MC&T. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado regular cab starts at $29,895 (for a work truck, mind you), and is only offered with an 8-foot bed. No shorty-shorties. Engine choices start with a 4.3L V6 engine with an upgrade to the high-volume 5.3L L84 V8 engine for $1,395 more.

“We had customers that were disappointed that we didn’t do a reg cab short box, and we’re seeing whether or not (offering one) makes sense,” said Milne. “We’re always evaluating opportunities, but a lot of that is based on green house gas and how that is formulated… good players, bad players, footprints… we’re always trying to balance the portfolio.”

These formulas have to do with American Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, and were definitely written by lawyers and not automotive engineers. The overly complicated “footprint rule” refers to the area within the perimeter of the four wheels, and the larger the footprint, the “easier” the fuel economy standard, and it does get far more specific than just that. But let’s face it, getting an EPA estimated 30 mpg out of a nearly 5,000-lb pickup truck (as seen with the Silverado 1500 Duramax) is not easy, and based on the MSRP and ATP of pickup trucks today, nor is it cheap.

EPA fuel economy estimates are also averaged out by make and model, too, and the best example of this is the MPG ratings of the 2020 Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 pickups equipped with the 3.0L Duramax engine. For example, GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks tend to have more content and options on average, and therefore have to test at a higher weight class than the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which has far more basic fleet vehicles in its mix. Various tires and differing aerodynamics between the trucks play a factor, too.

On a positive note, if you were dead set on a Silverado Regular Cab Trail Boss here in the states, it wouldn’t be hard to make one yourself. This is because Chevrolet currently offers a 2-inch suspension lift kit as seen on the the Trail Boss from the Chevrolet Performance catalog. Prices start at $995 for 2WD trucks and $1,295 for 4WD trucks. Additionally, the red front recovery hooks are sold as official accessories for $125. From there, available accessory wheels and an order of original equipment tires are all that’s left to create a homebrew Silverado Trail Boss Regular Cab. More Silverado 1500 accessories can be viewed in the gallery below.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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  1. Would love a regular cab trail boss with short bed in the USA. looks cool and weighs less 🙂 , 6.2 in it would be awesome, but ill take what we can get here.

  2. Absolutely should have swb pickup, look GM, you could be the only one in the market especially in a trail boss. I’ve bought many SWB over the years, not everybody wants a grocery getter, they are perfect for towing a boat, and easy to park, even if you had to order special, they would certainly be worth waiting for.

  3. I’ve had 4 Reg Cab shortboxes over the years, still love them for the ease of parking, handling, heat up faster in winter cool off faster in summer, look great, better turn radius, get decent mileage (that point I don’t get I consistently get better mileage than any crew cab of same year) and yet can still haul a real load (wood, bricks, engines,diffs, etc) and do some towing. Was going to order new one but then GM killed it for 2019/20 and I won’t move up to larger cabs (don’t need them, don’t want them). They already make the things for the Middle East, how hard can it be to let people order one up? Also the article is misleading, sure you can bolt some AT4 parts onto your new 2019 up reg cab LONGBOX work truck but it will have crappy interior, no options.

  4. If GM wants to be the trendsetter in the truck market? Bring back the sports truck! before Ford and Dodge does it!! MAKE AMERICAN MUSCLE TRUCKS GREAT AGAIN!

  5. Regular cab, standard box is more important for the smaller truck. Although I passed on the early Colorado/Canyon. I’ll never want an import imitating engine over a big pushrod V6.

    I’d have really liked the JK-8 conversion if it was mass produced. The Gladiator is too long and pricey.

    GM should s-can whatever they likely have planned for the next Colorado/Canyon. Go solid front axle. Go with an Astro/Safari cab profile instead of pickup. A mini-Unimog body style would look good. They can sell: shorter pickups (including key shorter crew-cabs), use the Jimmy name on a short SUV, bring back the vans for 3-rows, great trail off-road credibility. Combined niches give a viable plant volume.

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