Happy Days: Chevy Stuffs Mighty 6.2L V8 In 2020 Silverado Trail Boss!

The hairy-chested 6.2L will now be offered in Trail Boss and RST trims.

Did you hold off buying a new 2019 Silverado because you wanted a Trail Boss or RST but also wanted the burly 6.2L V8 engine? It would appear the company has heard your cry and will, for the 2020 model year, broaden the availability of its big displacement half-ton truck engine.

Yesterday, we reported that certain Silverado models will be available with a 5.3L V8 and ten-speed automatic, not to mention the appearance of adaptive cruise control on some models. That information was gleaned through a glance at a fleet order book. These details – including the 6.2L news – are officially official, with Chevrolet dropping the info early this morning.

For 2020, more than half of Silverado trim levels will be available with the 6.2L paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. On the Custom Trail Boss and the LT Trail Boss, that power is paired with a 2-inch factory suspension lift and the Z71 Off-Road Package which brings a locking rear diff, skid plates, Rancho mono-tube shocks, and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. The Custom Trail Boss with the 6.2L V-8 starts at $43,865, a sum GM touts as making that truck the most affordable light-duty truck on the market with more than 400 horsepower.

Don’t like the off-road chops or the styling choices of the Trail Boss? Chevy has an answer for you, too. Also new for 2020, the 6.2L is available on Silverado RST models equipped with four-wheel drive. As a result, the maximum towing capacity of the Silverado is alleged to have increased to a class-leading 13,400 pounds (when properly equipped, of course).

While the latter detail was seemingly tossed into the mix as an afterthought, you can bet that it is a huge deal in the product planning departments of truck divisions at the Detroit Three. Towing supremacy is a marketing stick wielded proudly, so you can be sure the engineers at Ford and Ram have already begun burning the midnight oil in an effort to reclaim the towing crown.

Alert readers will note these additions make for no fewer than seven power team options on the 2020 Silverado. Rather than try and spell it out in what would be a befuddling paragraph form, we’ve appended the chart from Chevy below.

a version of this article first appeared on off-road.com

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