The pickup trucks have evolved to more sophisticated and capable machines and automakers are competing on many fronts to get attention from the buyers. The brands are multiplying available truck versions, trims, powertrains and buyers have a hard time when choosing among almost uncountable options. The recent addition to the fast-selling, half-ton class are diesel engines and all leading brands offer now their trucks with the turbodiesel units.
It has been believed in the industry that diesel units are important in the heavy-duty class while the light-duty segment doesn’t need this kind of powertrain. It has been estimated that the diesel version won’t sell well and that it would be too expensive for the segment. However, as the segment continues to grow diesel engines appeared. The Ram 1500 was the first to offer the diesel option in 2014 and the market responded well. The best-selling F-150 respond with the PowerStroke Diesel in late 2018 and the all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Canyon also introduced the diesel option.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel debuts with the inline-6 turbodiesel engine from the Duramax family and it boasts some class-leading ratings. The oil-burner will be available in the LT and RST and range-topping LTZ and High Country trim.
2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel: Performance
The half-ton Silverado comes with five engine options for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel uses a 3.0-liter inline-6 Duramax turbodiesel engine.
While the rivals come with the V-6 engine designs, the Bowtie brand relies on the straight-6 turbodiesel engine and there are several benefits from this. The inline-6 design delivers similar performance as the rivals but should be smoother, more balanced and quieter. The Duramax turbodiesel is an aluminum-built machine and comes with variable geometry turbocharger and air-to-liquid intercooling.
At the performance level, a 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 diesel delivers a class-leading 277 hp and peak torque of 460 pound-feet is available at just 1,500 rpm. The engine provides 95 percent of torque at just 1, 250 rpm. The new-generation Ram EcoDiesel makes the best-in-class 480 pound-feet of torque at 1, 600 rpm while Ford’s PowerStroke turbodiesel packs 440 pound-feet.
The Silverado 1500 will mix the diesel unit with GM’s 10-speed automatic transmission.
Towing and MPG
The half-ton Chevy pickup will deliver the class-best power but will be inferior to the competition in towing with the limit at 9, 300 pounds. The light-duty Silverado can carry up to 1, 870 pounds in the cargo bed. The half-ton Ram will tow the class-best 12, 600 pounds while the best-selling Ford F-150 Diesel is rated at 11, 400 pounds.
The half-ton Chevy Silverado will, hewer, manage the best-in-class fuel economy. With the rear-wheel drive, the diesel-powered model will return 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highways. Equipped with the four-wheel drive, the score should be 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. The Ram 1500 manages up to 32 mpg highway while Ford F-150 scores 30 mpg.
2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel: Design
The fourth-generation Chevy Silverado arrived for the 2019 model year with significant structural and visual upgrades and larger in all dimensions. The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel and other variants come the same for the new model year. The diesel-powered Silverado will be available in LT, RTS, LTZ and High Country trims.
The Silverado LT will equip the LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome bumpers and center grille bar. The RST trim switches to the body-color bumpers and grille bar while riding on the 18-inch wheels. The LTZ version gest more premium look with the chrome used for bumpers, grille, door handles, and mirror caps. The top-tier High Country model rides on the 20-inch wheels and comes with assist steps, unique two-tone bronze and chrome grille, and power-up/down tailgate.
The cabin of the 2020 Silverado 1500 remains the same for the new model year.
The LT and upper trims will use the OnStar system with 4G LTE, Wi-fi and an 8-inch touchscreen. The RST will add remote start, power locking and tailgate, and more USB ports.
The LTZ will switch to the leather upholstery adding also heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, power steering wheel, etc. The High Country gets a Bose sound system, ventilated front and heated rear seats, wireless charging, etc.
2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel: Release, Price
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Diesel goes on sale later in the year. The diesel unit will be a $3, 890 option to the 2.7-liter turbo-4 gas engine in the LT and RST trims. The range-topping LTZ and High Country models will demand an additional $2, 495 for the diesel engine compared to the standard 5.3-liter V-8.