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  • 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Build-and-Price, Including Duramax I-6

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Build-and-Price, Including Duramax I-6

GM Plays “Mandatory Option” Game When Selecting the Diesel

Aug 15, 2019
Photo 2/3   |   2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Duramax Byo Rear Quarter 01

Pricing for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is now available on the company's build-your-own tool, and we're a bit disappointed in one particular configuration: The cheapest 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel I-6 will cost $45,200. Available on four trims, Chevrolet says the Duramax costs a reasonable $3,890 more than the 2.7L turbocharged I-4 that comes standard on the LT and RST and just $2,495 more than the base 5.3L V-8 in the LTZ and High Country.

However, selecting the engine on the cheapest configuration available with the diesel (LT Double Cab 2WD) requires a mandatory $395 Trailering Package, $2,025 Convenience Package, and $395 automatic locking rear differential. That brings the total price premium to $6,705 relative to the optionless LT. It's true that the diesel is only $3,890 more expensive than an LT already equipped with the above features, but it's nevertheless a bit disappointing to see GM resort to the "mandatory option" marketing tactic.
In fairness, most buyers of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 already want the features found in the Convenience Package (two-zone automatic climate control, a power driver seat, heated driver and front passenger seats, a heated leather wheel, remote start with keyless entry, a damped tailgate, and more). That's also probably true of the Trailering Package (hitch receiver, wiring harness with 4- and 7-pin connections, a Hitch Guidance reversing feature, and more), although we honestly think that set of options should just be standard on every Silvy.
The story is slightly better with the Silverado RST, whose cheaper Convenience Package pricing brings the Duramax turbodiesel's premium down to $6,560 relative to an RST with no options. And with regard to the LTZ and High Country, the diesel engine is indeed priced identically to the optional 6.2L V-8, at $2,495 more than the base 5.3L V-8—thankfully with no required-selection caveats. Each of the above price premiums holds true regardless of cab, bed, or drive selection.
Photo 3/3   |   2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Duramax Byo Interior

If it were our cash, we'd go for a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD crew cab/short bed, optioned with the technologically advanced Duramax diesel. To the mandatory selections, we'd add the Convenience Package II, which includes a power-sliding rear window, 120V outlets in the bed and instrument panel, larger infotainment system, SiriusXM, and a rearview mirror camera.

Our truck would also get leather seating and the Z71 Off-Road and Protection Package (Z71-specific suspension, hill-descent control, all-terrain tires, and that aforementioned auto-locking rear diff, plus a spray-in bedliner, all-weather floor liners, and skid plates). A few interior niceties, some added safety features, and a power sunroof would round out our well-equipped Silverado 1500 Duramax, bringing its total price to $57,425 with destination. Our above complaints aside, that's still a fair amount of truck for the money. And considering the engine's impressive EPA-rated economy, it might be a pretty smart buy for budget-oriented truck consumers.
Source: Chevrolet (Build and Price)
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