Most of the time, the new model year vehicles will have a few changes here and there, but there really won’t be too many groundbreaking differences. However, as technology continues to advance and is further implemented in the automotive industry, we will continue to see vast improvements year after year. When going to a Chevy dealer near me, I know I can expect to find all sorts of technological changes to the 2020 lineup of Chevy vehicles.
Although some of Chevy’s vehicles aren’t changing too much with this new model year, we already know of some great new additions. The majority of these updates will be coming to the pickups with some changes to other vehicles.
As we go through some of these technology highlights on different vehicles, just keep in mind how far Chevy automobiles have come, especially in terms of growing with a modern world. Today, we have vehicles with rearview cameras, keyless open and start, heated seats, and much more. Let’s also not forget many of Chevy’s advanced safety features, like Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Automatic Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, High-Definition Surround Vision, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, among others.
Advancing technology has increased overall convenience and comfort within vehicles, but it has also increased the overall safety for us and other drivers on the road. In the past two years alone, Chevy vehicles have been awarded at least seventeen 5-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
2020 Silverado HD
Arguably the biggest buzz about Chevy technology comes from the all-new 2020 Silverado HD. It’s no surprise that Chevy would want to provide Silverado HD consumers an even better experience, especially considering this is one of their most popular vehicles. However, they appear to have outdone themselves by tackling an issue that any large pickup driver may face on a regular basis. And, that is safely and correctly maneuvering a trailer attached to the back of the truck.
With the 2020 Silverado HD, Chevy has added the capability of a transparent trailer view. Obviously, if there’s a big trailer behind the truck, then it’s going to be a little hard to see what’s going on back there. Basically, your view is blocked completely when you check your rearview mirror and partially when you check the side mirrors, but with new camera technology, Chevy has made the experience a lot more manageable.
Now, with clever camera placements, you can see “through” the trailer to what’s behind. Of course, you aren’t actually looking through your trailer, but it may seem like it when you’re looking at the camera angles on your screen. With certain camera packages, you’ll have up to 15 unique camera views that will allow you to see four different hitch views, six different driving views, and five different parking views. This includes a top-down bird’s-eye view of the truck’s surroundings, a front camera view, a rear camera view, multiple side views, and a transparent trailer view. The transparent trailer view is nifty because it actually seems like you’re looking through the trailer as if it weren’t there. Technology is quite remarkable sometimes.
Along with all the camera views, there’s also increased integration with the myChevrolet mobile app (available on Android and Apple devices) and Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. You’ll be able to access pre-departure checklists, exterior trailer lighting diagnostics, trailer maintenance reminders, and trailer tire pressure monitoring.
Not necessarily new, but still worth mentioning, are the safety features available with the Silverado HD. This includes Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intellibeam Headlamps, and Safety Alert Seat.
Other additional features include wireless smartphone charging, extra USB ports, and audio upgrades.
The Silverado 1500 will also see some additional features, although the major ones will be shared with the larger Silverado HD. This includes the new camera packages allowing up to 15 different views for advanced trailering and the increased integration with the myChevrolet app. Through the app, you can access new smart trailer technology.
A noteworthy feature that has been added to the Silverado is Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera. With this feature, the Silverado can maintain the following gap time between your vehicle and any vehicles detected ahead while you steer. This increases driving efficiency by reducing the number of times you’re braking and accelerating. Advanced camera technology is behind the function of this feature.
New changes on the Camaro include the Tire Fill Alert feature becoming standard on all trims and the Rear Camera Mirror becoming standard on the 3LT (both Coupe and Convertible). The Convenience and Lighting Package has also become standard on the 3LT.
Tire Fill Alert functions by providing audible alerts when you’re outside the vehicle inflating a tire to the recommended tire pressure. Basically, you’ll be alerted by an audible beep when a tire has been inflated to its recommended tire pressure, thus eliminating the need for a tire pressure gauge. You’ll be alerted by the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (also standard across the board) when there is a low-pressure condition in one or more of your tires.
The Rear Camera Mirror can function like your typical rearview mirror, but it can also provide a camera display that zooms in the image, adds vertical tilt, and adjusts brightness — the end result being a less-obstructed view behind your Camaro.
The Convenience and Lighting Package, funnily enough, includes more than just your average convenience and lighting features, although it does include those as well. The convenience and lighting features included are a heated steering wheel, interior spectrum lighting, illuminated sill plates, and Head-Up Display. However, there are also important safety features included, which are the Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Camera Mirror, and Forward Collision Alert.
We may just be seeing a trend here with added pickup features and changes across Chevy’s truck lineup. However, the Colorado’s changes aren’t quite as dramatic as those of the Silverados.
Standard across all models, you’ll find the Tire Fill Alert feature (the same one we just mentioned above with the Camaro).
The Work Truck trim now has an available option for a remote locking tailgate, and it comes standard on the LT, Z71, and ZR2 trims. It functions through the use of the vehicle’s key fob to lock and unlock the tailgate.
The EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate is now standard on the LT trim level. Through the assistance of an internal torsion bar, this tailgate raises and lowers with reduced effort. Previously, this was only an option on the LT trim level.
Visit a Chevy Dealer Near You
Although there may be more changes in the 2020 lineup than listed here, we just wanted to give you some of the highlights from the Chevy 2020 lineup. As always, a Chevy dealer near you will always be the best source for seeing these pieces of advanced technology in action. You can take a new Chevy for a test ride and actually see how these features improve the vehicle in meaningful ways.