GM is making it even easier to get behind a V8-powered pickup with the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado.
There are plenty of power plants to choose from when picking out a new pickup, but truck owners almost always want the biggest engine they can find. That invariably leads Chevrolet customers to the big 6.2-L L87 V8 engine.
Previously, that 6.2-L V8 was only available in the LTZ and High Country Silverado trims, which were the two most expensive ones. Now for the 2020 model year, Chevy will make that lovely engine available on three lower trims so that it’s now easier than ever to get behind the wheel of a V8-powered Silverado.
The 2020 Silverado will have a 6.2-L V8 upgrade option available for the Custom Trail Boss, LT Trail Boss, and RST trims for the first time. Paired to the 420 horsepower beast is a 10-speed automatic transmission, and on the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trims, the truck will also get a 2-inch lift kit, a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho off-road shocks, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires thanks to the Z71 Off Road Package.
Bringing the 6.2-L V8 to the Custom Trail Boss makes it a really good deal. Starting at $43,865 including destination, Chevy says this is the cheapest light-duty pickup you can buy with over 400 horsepower, although Jalopnik notes you can get a Ford F-150 with a 5.0-L V8 and 395 horsepower for almost $10,000 less.
Along with the big news for their biggest engine, Chevy has a few more powerplant changes in store for 2020. The 3.0-L Duramax turbodiesel engine with 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque will be an available option for the LT, RST, LTZ, and High Country trims, while the smaller 5.3-L V8 will now be paired to the 10-speed automatic transmission on the LT Trail Boss and High Country trims.
Also, the Custom trim now gets an available upgrade to the 2.7-L turbo engine with 310 hp and 348 lb-ft of torque and mated to an 8-speed automatic.
No word on when the 2020 Silverados will start arriving, but likely later this summer.