The fourth-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 started the journey for the 2019 model year and the model is available in more options than ever. The new generation, half-ton Silverado provides five engine options mixed with eight trim choices. Thanks to that, the full-size Silverado 1500 can be configured from the base variant with the steel wheels, air conditioning and vinyl upholstery to the high-value High Country model with chrome finish, heated and cooled front seats, navigation and price over $50, 000. In the middle of the range, there will be models with boosted off-road capability and unique styling treatment.
With all options mentioned Chevy offers also multiple package options such as the safety and trailering packages but buyers also like the brand’s signature Z71 off-road package. The Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss trim will be equipped with the Z71 goodies by default but other versions will also be available with this package. The 2020 Chevy Silverado Z71 versions will boost the off-road performance with unique shocks, wheels, tires, locking differential, underbody protection and more.
2020 Chevy Silverado Z71: Performance
More buyers demand the off-road ready truck version and the off-road packages have become common on model’s equipment list. In the case of Chevy trucks, the brand offers this package on all trucks including the light-duty and heavy-duty Silverado.
When equipped with this package the 2020 Chevy Silverado Z71 transforms to the fully capable off-roader. That is possible thanks to the various equipment enhancements and addition of new components.
The trucks with the Z71 badge use Rancho shocks designed to provide a smooth ride on all types of terrains. The Z71 versions also get heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential and all-terrain tires wrapped around the 18 or 20-inch wheels. Important for the off-road adventures is also underbody protection and the package covers also recovery hooks, hill descent control and Autotrac 2-speed transfer case.
The Z71-equipped Chevy Silverado will also be configurable with multiple engines and transmission options.
A 4.3-liter V-6 paired with six-speed automatic transmission will produce 285 horsepower and torque of 305 pound-feet. Starting on the LT trim, a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder combined with the 8-speed automatic transmission will make 310 hp and torque of 348 pound-feet.
Buyers can also opt for one of the V-8 engines. A 5.3-liter V-8 comes in pair with six-speed or 8-speed automatic with a power output of 355 hp and torque of 383 pound-feet. One version of this engine uses Active Fuel management system while another Dynamic Fuel Management system which can shot down up to six cylinders.
Chevy will also offer a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with the 10-speed automatic transmission and 420 hp and 460 pound-feet of torque at disposal.
The engine range rounds up with the 3.0-liter Duramax inline-6 turbodiesel which outperforms Ford’s diesel unit. The turbodiesel unit provides 277 horsepower and peak torque of 460 pound-feet.
2020 Chevy Silverado Z71: Design
Chevy redesigned the fourth generation Silverado with the new, mixed-steel underpinning and reformed sheet metal with some aluminum elements. The truck has also a new exterior design defined with the massive grille up front and more dynamic creases on the profile. The sharp headlights and stamped tailgate are the signatures of the new generation Silverado as well.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado Z71 versions will get unique exterior and interior details to signal model’s special purpose.
The grille of the Z71-equipped models will get the Z71 badge and off-road enhancements will also make an impact on the model’s appearance. Notable on the model will be all-terrain tires, skid plates, a suspension lift and recovery hooks.
There will also be unique visual features inside the cabin of the Z71-equipped Silverado. The model will have a Z71 graphic on the instrument panel and special treatment of some trim pieces.
The truck will also equip a modern infotainment system with smartphone support features in all trims and either 7- or 8-inch center display. There will also be a long list of comfort and tech features available including advanced safety equipment. The Silverado will use parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, etc.
2020 Chevy Silverado Z71: Release, Price
The 2020 Chevy Silverado Z71 will go on sale late in the year. The price range should start around $33, 000 for non-Z71 version. The Z71 package will add around $2, 200 to the chosen trim.