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.
“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.