For the Trail Boss and RST variants of the 1500, a new 6.2-liter V8 can be specified, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It offers 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque as standard, but a Performance Upgrade Package will bring the power up to 435 horsepower and 469 lb-ft of torque.
The Trail Boss with this engine can be further tweaked in Custom and LT guises, which add on specialized hardware such as the Z71 Off-Road Package with a locking rear differential, 18-inch wheels and Rancho mono-tube off-road shocks.
The Custom Trail Boss will start from $43,865, “making it the most affordable light-duty truck with more than 400 horsepower on the market.”
Also new to the Silverado range is the 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine that is deployed on the LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models. The unit delivers 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque when paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Another change for the 2020 model year is the introduction of the Silverado Custom with a 2.7-liter turbo engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Regardless of engine or trim choice, the new Silverado 1500 will get the same towing technologies already deployed in the Silverado HD.
That includes the trailer view, a system that uses two cameras – one on the tailgate and the other on the rear of the trailer – to relay images from the rear as if seeing through the trailer.
“In today’s truck market, customers continually demand more features, more technology and more capability. For 2020, we are delivering more in each of these areas," said in a statement Tim Herrick, Chevrolet executive chief engineer of Full-Size Trucks.