Chevrolet Silverado finally gets the promised Duramax diesel option. As well, the 6.2-litre V8 becomes available across more trims.
The all-new Chevrolet Silverado is just over a year old and things have not gone according to plan for GM. Earlier in 2019, the RAM 1500 surpassed the GM trucks as the second best-selling truck in North America. In order to help curb this trend, Chevy’s 6.2-litre V8 will now be available on lower trims models and finally, the Duramax diesel option arrives for 2020.
About the Duramax, it was expected shortly after the arrival of the new Chevy Silverado last year but that didn’t happen. Officially, it will make its debut for the 2020 model year. The turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 produces 277-horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,500 rpm and will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity should be impressive as will be fuel economy numbers.
For 2020, the Silverado’s powerhouse 6.2-litre V8 will no longer be reserved for the top trims. It will become optional on the Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss and RST trims. The outrageously expensive $3,195 Performance Upgrade Package remains optional and increases horsepower to 435 (from 420) and torque to 469 pounds (from 460.)
In both cases, the optional powerplants will not come as cheap options. Will it however dial back the slipping market share? Not so sure…
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