Truck enthusiasts get pretty excited when automakers hint at significant performance-based upgrades in the works for new model year vehicles. So when General Motors mentioned earlier this year that towing technology enhancements were coming for the 2021 Chevy Silverado, fans couldn’t wait to learn more and see for themselves. The popular bowtie pickup is coming soon, and with it, a host of incredible, must-have improvements that will make towing and hauling a cinch.
But GM’s only dangling some information, making the anticipation feel a lot like a toddler on Christmas Eve.
The big plans for towing technology in 2021
OK, so the cat’s not entirely out of the bag, and we don’t know for sure the details about all of the specific improvements. But, it’s clear the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is losing the existing Trailer Camera Package altogether, according to GM Authority. This package add-on came with the Bed View Camera, offering two trailer camera provisions.
These features are expected to return for the 2021 model in a new configuration of trailering and towing enhancements. GM also hinted that the light-duty trucks might be getting the reversing camera technology, meaning the images appears in the infotainment screen or in the rearview mirror, according to AutoBlog.
A truck that already knows how to tow well
Per the Chevy Trailering Guide for the 2020 Silverado, the truck already knows a thing or two about towing. Its 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine tops out at 6,800 pounds of towing capacity. The 3.0-liter diesel pulls 9,300 pounds.
The 2020 Silverado 1500 already comes with 15 camera views, ideal for complete visibility when towing any sized trailer. It also offers pre-departure checklists, trailer lighting diagnostics, auto grade braking, and brake gain memory on the trailer brake controller.
Existing perks and upgrades in the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500
If you can’t wait for the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 to arrive, you won’t be disappointed in the 2020 model. Fresh for this year’s truck is the availability of adaptive cruise control and the introduction of the new 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine option. You’ll enjoy tons of rear legroom due to the more extended cabin design.
And, there is no shortage of in-bed tie-down points for securing anything you haul. The infotainment is easy to use among the critics, and the long list of packages are attractive for building out the perfect pickup.
No, really, there are more Chevy Silverado configurations than you can count
The 2020 Silverado can be built out precisely how you need it. It may be the ultimate menu of customization with eight (yes, eight) trim levels to start. Check out the roster of standard equipment for the Work Truck (WT), Custom, Custom Trail Boss, the LT, RST, LT Trail Boss, the LTZ, and High Country.
From there, you can then select your ideal cab and bed configurations from available two and four-door options, as well as three different bed lengths. And for precise selection of off-road possibilities, axle ratios, and trailer tech for monitoring, you’ll have your pick. Higher-level trims offer these extras as standards, but trailer rearview cameras and trailer tire pressure sensors are available as add-on packages at lower-level trims too.
Considering how well-equipped the 2020 Chevy Silverado already is, it’s hard to imagine how the 2021 truck could be even better. But the news is the trailer technology enhancements are coming officially, and most critics are expecting boosts in trailering capacity and efficiency.
You may have to be patient for the 2021 Silverado and wait a little bit longer as the GM timeline indicates September production of the highly anticipated pickup. But it won’t be long before they land at your local dealership, and you get to test-drive one to experience the new trailering improvements for yourself.