Chevrolet just redesigned the Silverado for the 2019 model year, so for 2020, it's focusing on enriching its lineup by offering more variety and some extra tech.
Chevrolet on Wednesday announced a raft of updates for the 2020 Silverado light-duty pickup truck. Perhaps the most interesting change is the expanded availability of the optional 6.2-liter V8, which puts down 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
It's now offered on more than half of Silverado trims, covering Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, LTZ and High Country trims. It comes paired with GM's 10-speed automatic transmission, and in the right spec, it can offer up to 13,400 pounds of towing capacity. There's also an optional performance upgrade package that can boost output to 435 hp and 469 lb-ft, thanks to a new exhaust and intake.
For 2020, GM has also introduced a new 3.0-liter diesel inline-6. Putting out 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, it's available on higher trims of the Silverado, including LT, RST, LTZ and High Country. Chevrolet still hasn't divulged towing or fuel economy specs for this engine yet, but we'll find out those figures before the diesel goes on sale this summer.
GM has also seen fit to mate its 5.3-liter V8 with its 10-speed automatic. It's standard on LT Trail Boss and available on High Country. Lesser trims like LT and RST make do with the same engine, but it's tied to the older eight-speed automatic. The Silverado Custom trim has also been updated to include an available 2.7-liter turbocharged I4.
In terms of tech, Chevrolet brought down some bits from the Silverado HD. The regular Silverado now packs 15 different camera views, including the clever "transparent trailer" feature that uses cameras to show the driver what's behind the trailer while driving or backing up. The Silverado is now also available with adaptive cruise control, which uses a single camera (GM tends to prefer camera-based ACC over radar) to maintain a set distance with the vehicle ahead, even as speeds rise and fall. It's available on the LT, LTZ and High Country trims.