We understand if you’re anxious to head your local Chevy dealership and get to shopping. However, it’s important to remember that the calendar is about to change over to another year, and that means there’s plenty to look for in 2020.
For instance, the brand is looking to improve the driving range in one of their offerings, and they’re also refining the aesthetics and design of two of their most popular models. There’s even a new engine coming to their premier pickup truck. In other words, Chevy certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to new features and amenities for 2020.
Below, we’ve taken a look at the various things you can expect from Chevy (as well as one of the brand’s sister companies) in 2020. As you’re reading, don’t forget to jot down any interesting notes or tidbits; this information could be vital when it’s finally time to visit that Chevy dealership!
Coming in 2020: Improved Driving Range
Chevy’s vehicles are generally known for all of the power that’s lingering under the hood, but customers will also appreciate the effort that engineers have put into boosting driving range. This sentiment is especially true when it comes to the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV, which is boosting those specs to unprecedented levels.
For the upcoming model year, the electric vehicle will deliver an incredible 259 miles of driving range, which is a significant boost (a 21-mile improvement, in fact) over the previous model year. Engineers specifically focused on revamping the vehicle’s engine, making “impactful changes to the cell chemistry.” Fortunately, the brand was able to achieve its lofty driving-range goals without compromising any other aspect of the ride. Specifically, the battery’s design and placement went unchanged.
“The Bolt EV set the benchmark for long-range, affordable electric vehicles, and we’re excited to raise the bar by offering nearly 10 percent more EPA-estimated range for the 2020 model year,” said Tim Grewe, the brand’s director of Global Battery Cell Engineering and Strategy. “At Chevrolet we’re constantly listening to customer feedback and we heard the desire for more range. The team worked diligently to find ways to improve battery energy, giving customers the confidence to go more than the extra mile.”
With electric vehicles becoming more and more popular, you’ll surely find that some models are emerging from the pack. This is certainly the case with the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV, and despite the vehicle only being on dealership lots for several years, the brand’s engineers have already found ways to improve the vehicle’s specs.
Coming in 2020: A New Corvette Design
While the brand’s engineers were focused on maintaining the design of the electric 2020 Chevy Bolt EV, they didn’t necessarily have the same motivations when it came to preparing the 2020 Chevy Corvette. The Stingray is the first-ever version of the Corvette to include a mid-engine, which will boost performance and luxury to provide a one-of-a-kind driving experience.
“Corvette has always represented the pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing at GM. The traditional front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history. Customers are going to be thrilled with our focus on details and performance across the board.”
Specifically, the mid-engine placement will lead to overall improvements in weight distribution and responsiveness. It will also have a predictable influence on performance, as drivers can expect an unmatched 0-to-60 time and a brand-new, optimized vantage point of the road. Engineers even managed to increase cargo space to 12.6-cubic-feet of volume, meaning the Corvette Stingray doesn’t solely have to act like a sports car (rather, it could also make for a logical commuter).
The Chevy Corvette has always been considered as the brand’s premier sports car. Thanks to these recent revisions to the body construction, the vehicle will soon establish itself as one of the industry’s premier sports cars.
Coming in 2020: A New Silverado Engine
As if drivers weren’t already happy enough with the array of engine offerings provided in the 2020 Chevy Silverado, engineers somehow added another incredible option to the list.
The improved 3.0L Duramax inline-six turbo-diesel engine provides a unique blend of power and efficiency, a pair of attributes that are rarely seen together in this segment. The system delivers a whole lot of muscle via the 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, allowing drivers to truly test the open road while they’re piloting this truck. Coupled with an intuitive 10-speed automatic transmission, drivers will have the ability to choose the driving mode that best fits their specific needs.
Meanwhile, while we’re still awaiting specific efficiency specs, engineers certainly focused in on the vehicle’s driving range. By adding mechanical amenities like an Active Thermal Management system and design aspects like lightweight aluminum, drivers won’t be required to dig into their wallet when they take a quick pit stop at a gas station.
The Silverado’s existing engine is already known for its unique blend of power and efficiency, and engineers are seemingly motivated to improve the specs in time for 2020. While we’d never suggest ignoring the 2019 Chevy Silverado, you might want to wait a bit longer until that 2020 model finally hits dealership lots.
Clearly, Chevy (and Cadillac) has many ambitious plans for 2020. Fortunately, considering the brand’s standing in the industry, we can confidently say that all of these plans will ultimately come to fruition. So what should you do until these various vehicles and amenities hit dealership lots? Well, you should review all of the incoming features, and then use this information to gauge what model you’re ultimately going to pursue.
Coming in 2020: A Refined Cadillac
Now, when you see the word “refined” printed above, you might be thinking, ‘wasn’t the Cadillac already one of the most refined vehicles on the road?’ Well, yes, it was, and engineers still wanted to find a way to boost the aesthetics of the Cadillac XT5. They certainly succeeded when it comes to the 2020 variation of the vehicle, as the luxury crossover saw more than 40 improvements across the board.
The brand specifically focused on including a “bright trim and contemporary décor,” thus adding a bit more luxury to the vehicle. The exterior also saw notable revisions with the addition of a hulking brand-new grille, while driving dynamics were improved to cater to both those who are seeking a quiet, peaceful ride, and those who are seeking a sporty, quicker ride.
The vehicle was also revamped to include a long list of technological amenities, including more than 20 advanced safety features. The wireless charging dock will provide the driver with unmatched convenience, while the higher-resolution display on the touchscreen system will allow you to utilize the amenity better. Meanwhile, safety amenities include the clever Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist, which will guide the driver into any pesky parking spots, thus reducing the chance of a fender bender (and any accompanying injuries).
So sure, maybe the Cadillac didn’t necessarily need a whole lot of refining. However, when all is said and done, we’re confident that engineers will ultimately create one of the most stylish and practical vehicles on the road.