2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
After the full fourth generation redesign in 2019, Chevrolet upped the ante with their 2020 model, the main highlight being the introduction of a new 3.0L Duramax turbo diesel engine, available on LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models, and helps to deliver impressive fuel economy and a hauling capacity of 9,300lbs. The 6.2L V8 engine is now available in the Trail Boss and RST models, and when combined with the Max Trailering package, secures the 2020 Silverado 1500’s place as best-in-class with a maximum tow rating of 13,400lbs. New safety and optional convenience features, including cruise control and a 15-view camera, complete the 2020 upgrades.
Add Some Personality
One of the most common complaints about the 2020 Silverado is its rather stark interior. That may well suit some buyers, but if you’re looking to add some subtle color to your cab, interior trimupgrades are a great option. Door handles, window switch bezels, the dashboard, AC vents, steering wheel - all can be customised. Typically made from carbon fibre, trim pieces are available in a wide range of solid colors to more polished looks and most will install with 3M tape in mere minutes.
Easier Entry & Exit
With pickups growing ever taller and wider, and the 2020 Silverado no exception, entry and exit to the cab can be a bit challenging. An easy solution is the installation of side step bars or running boards - no drilling required! While they provide nigh on identical functionality and are often used interchangeably, there are still subtle differences between the two:
- Side step bars: Also known as nerf bars, step bars, and just straight up side steps, side step bars do just that: they provide a stepping surface into the vehicle. Side steps are also typically round or oval and will feature individual custom-positioned step pads. When mounted, they are further and lower from the body than a running board, which means they are easier to use, but provide less ground clearance.
- Running Boards: The ‘board’ in running boards is in reference to the fact they are flat and wide, which means they can be mounted close to the vehicle’s rocker panel for better ground clearance. Typically made from heavy-duty steel, often either in a black, or chrome finish, they also feature a tread pattern and span the full length of the cab.
With finishes in chrome, matte or textured black, and stainless steel both options also double as protection for your rocker panels against brush and trail hazards, flying debris and the ever-possible parking lot ding.
The ultimate way to pump new levels of power out of a 5.3L or 6.2L 2020 Silverado and really make that V8 roar is with a supercharger. The concept of a supercharger is pretty straightforward: it compresses intake air and delivers significantly more oxygen into the combustion chamber wherein more fuel can be added to match and more power developed. Exact numbers can be hard to pin down as it depends on other supporting factors and how much boost you are running. That said, entry level Silverado 1500 supercharger systems usually are equipped with pulleys to produce 6-8 psi of peak boost, which is good for at least a gain of 120-150 horsepower. Right now, there are two mainstay supercharger systems avaialbe for the 2020 Silverado 1500: twin-screw and centrifugal. A twin-screw compresses the air inside its casing by a pair of counter-rotating screw-like rotors. By compressing air inside the supercharger itself rather than in the engine, boost is delivered much more quickly with this design and is kept at a constant rate regardless of engine RPM. A centrifugal supercharger uses an impeller to pull in air faster than the engine can use it, creating positive pressure in the manifold that then compresses the air. WIth this design, boost levels fluctuate with engine RPM. Their relatively compact form is highly efficient, a straightforward install, and often the most affordable supercharger option.