There have been a lot of rumors about the Cheyenne in the past few years. This isn’t some new nameplate. The company uses it for years, mostly in Mexico, where most of Silverado version carry this name. Most of us would think the company will continue in the same way, but GM actually registered thing name as a trademark in the U.S. as well. This happened about two years ago and we are still waiting to get some info about the possible use of this name.
Meanwhile, the Silverado has been redesigned and now comes much better than before. It comes with a new design, better performances and much more. On the other side, we haven’t heard any words about the Cheyenne, at least from the officials. Unofficial reports suggest a 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept come first, while the production should be ready soon after.
2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept Rumors
Rumors about the new 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept are numerous. Of course, people are speculating about all kinds of possibilities. Basically, we could classify all these rumors into three groups. So, there are pretty much three possibilities of how the new 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept could look like. It could either be a hi-performance version, a new trim, or GM is about to change complete naming policy.
2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept Performance Version
One of the possibilities that seem very likely is to see 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept as some kind of a preview of Silverado hi-performance version. This would be a road-oriented version. So, expect lots of racing details. First of all, it could come with some hi-output engine. Currently, the most powerful engine in Silverado is a 6.2-liter V8 with around 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. For this occasion, we could see a slight power boost, though we won’t speculate about possible numbers at the moment.
Besides the powerful engine, the 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept would come with lots of other modifications, compared to base models. Of course, that would mean some chassis tuning, like new suspensions, brakes, lower ground clearance, chassis reinforcements etc. Also, visual enhancements seem very likely too. This would mean a completely new bodywork, with new bumpers, new grille pattern, front fascia and much more. Visual changes would affect interior design as well.
2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept as a New Trim Level
Another possibility that seems relatively likely is to see the Cheyenne as a special, hi-grade trim level. Although it seems hard to speculate, we would say that the 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept would preview a model that sits almost at the top of the range. It would probably be positioned under High Country version. In practice, this would mean that the new Cheyenne would be a comfort-oriented truck, with tons of standard equipment and with a focus on convenience, rather than on capabilities. A long list of standard equipment, large and comfortable cabins, hi-quality materials and few distinctive exterior details would be the things we could expect from this scenario. Seems pretty interesting, but don’t forget that Silverado already comes with numerous trim levels in the offer. Another one definitely won’t make a difference.
2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept as an All-New Model
Nother possibility is GM to change complete naming policy. For example, GM uses this nameplate in Mexico for years. While the base trim levels like Work Truck are named as Silverado, higher trims with focus on comfort carry Cheyenne name. This policy applied on all Silverado models in Mexico, including heavy-duty trucks. In North America, GM could go for something similar. Eventually, the base version would keep the Silverado name, while the higher trims would come as Cheyenne models. From our perspective, this sounds very unlikely. Still, there are a few potential benefits for the company. With this approach, work trucks that are usually purchased by fleet would be completely divided. It would be a separate vehicle, with a completely different name compared to those truck that is designed for individual customers. These better-equipped models would definitely benefit in terms of better residual/resale values.
No matter what happens with the 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept, there is no doubt that the base design approach of the current Silverado will remain unchanged. The popular truck is doing pretty well on the market these days. It came completely new recently, with significant improvements in various aspect. It is lighter, faster, more efficient than before. Also, it features a new, more attractive styling, as well as an improved cabin design.
Overally, it is a better truck. All this indicates that the 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept definitely won’t bring some radical changes. If we have to choose one of these three options, it would definitely be the first one. Moreover, we would dare to say that the 2020 Chevy Cheyenne Concept will, if it even comes, probably remain in a form of concept, as some kind of a show-off vehicle for some major car show.