Light-duty pickups are great. They act as your commuter vehicle, your grocery-getter, and your family transporter. But your heavy-duty pickup is a different story. It’s your workhorse. Because of your heavy-duty pickup, answers to “Can you help my daughter move across town,” “Can I haul our family boat with this,” and “Can I get all our work equipment to the jobsite in one load,” are all a simple: “Yes, I can.”
There’s no denying the big differences between your light-duty pickup and your heavy-duty pickup—and the design of the truck should reflect that, along with vast differences in power and capability. A purpose-built truck for hauling, towing, and working needs to look and actually be purpose-built. Heavy-duty pickup customers wanted a heavy-duty truck that looked and felt heavy duty. And Chevrolet answered the call.
Purpose-built takes on a very literal meaning in the new 2020 Chevy Silverado HD. “We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD, says. “We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views, to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.”
For use on the jobsite, an all-new, factory-integrated engine-driven Power Take Off is available and eliminates the need for an aftermarket unit. It is the first fully integrated PTO system of its kind in the HD truck segment, works at the push of a button, and features a mode selector that allows adjustment of load and torque output.
Two powertrains are offered with the Silverado HD. The standard is a new 6.6-L V8 gas with direct injection offering 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque—that’s an 11 percent increase in horsepower and a 22 percent increase in peak torque, offering 18 percent more towing capacity.
Customers can also choose the Duramax 6.6-L Turbo-Diesel V8 that offers 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque with an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. Every component between the transmission and wheels has been upgraded to give an available 35,500 lbs of towing capacity on Regular cab, two-wheel drive, DRW, diesel models—that’s a 52 percent increase in max towing capacity!
What’s the point in increased towing capacity if your truck doesn’t have the technology to support it? Chevrolet’s new suite of customer-focused trailering technologies helps you tow like a pro. The technology includes transparent trailer feature to improve visibility, easier hitching, and driver confidence. This technology is supported by 15 camera views that enhance visibility with navigating parking lots, merging into traffic, and making turns.
Other towing technologies include an in-vehicle Trailering App with trailer electrical diagnostics, trailer light test, maintenance reminders, pre-departure checklist, and trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring. Many of these features are available with the myChevrolet mobile app for added convenience.
Transparent trailer view is one of 15 camera views part of the 2020 Silverado HD Advanced Trailering.
If you think towing couldn’t get any easier. Just wait. The 2020 Silverado HD includes a VIN-specific Trailering Information Label that lists the truck’s specific trailering metrics including GCWR, GAWR, GVWR, max payload, max tongue weight, fifth wheel and gooseneck ratings, and curb weight.
But the redesign of the Chevrolet HD doesn’t stop here.
The new Chevy HD is the complete package. A strong engine and techy perks come in a sleek casing that is a real head-turner. This heavy-duty pickup was designed to look heavy duty. It’s longer, wider, and taller than its light-duty brother, and its wheelbase stretches 5.2 inches on crew cab.
The truck also comes in five distinctive trim levels: the Work Truck with a black “CHEVROLET” flow-through grille bar and 18-inch wheels; the Custom with standard 20-inch wheels and body-color trim; the LT with chrome-trimmed vertical grille elements and a bright grille bar with the flow-through “CHEVROLET” name and 17-inch aluminum wheels on the 2500HD and 18-inch aluminum wheels on the 3500HD SRW and 17-inch steel wheels on the 3500HD DRW; the LTZ with a bright grille surround with flow-through “CHEVROLET” bar and chrome-accented grille inserts, and it also features LED reflector headlamps, LED daytime running lamps, and LED taillamps; and the High Country—the most dramatic and expressive trim in the lineup that features a grille with the Chevy bowtie and two-tone metallic grille trim and LED lighting.
These trims are available across 22 cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations.
The 2500 and 3500 SRW models are available with active aero shutters that help improve efficiency. A taller hood line asserts the trucks’ character and strength. Diesel models also feature a taller, more prominent hood scoop. This allows for a more robust cooling system for increased towing demands.
Innovation in the front doesn’t make for a stagnant back. The 2020 Silverado HD’s DuraBed cargo box offers the segment’s most functional HD bed. Silverado HD models don’t share a bed with their light-duty counterparts. However, the HD beds still incorporate the multi-piece inner panels design and strong, rolled-steel box construction featured on the Silverado 1500.
The new cargo box expands usable width by 6.7 inches on the standard box, which extends length, adds volume, and allows extra clearance for longer items. The DuraBed also features 12 fixed tie-down rings, an available 120-volt power outlet located at the rear of the box, BedSteps on all box styles, and available Power Up/Down Tailgate that raises or lowers using the key fob, interior button, or touchpad on the tailgate.
Rest assured, the tough exterior has a tough interior to match.
Sit like a king on his throne when inside the Silverado HD. A higher seating position offers a broader view from behind the wheel. Additional optimized ergonomics emphasize easy, intuitive interaction with the vehicle’s technologies, such as the new trailering and infotainment system, and the available capability of supporting 360L, SiriusXM’s next-generation user experience.
The new models also offer a roomier, spacious work-focused cabin with ample front headroom and legroom, plus nearly 3 inches of additional rear legroom in Crew Cab models. There’s no denying that the Silverado HD is purpose-built.
When you’re the owner of a 2020 Silverado HD, get ready to say “Yes.” You CAN help your neighbor move across town. You CAN haul that massive family boat. You CAN haul your crew and equipment to the jobsite. Inside a Silverado HD, your focus will shift from “What can I do?” to “What can’t I do?” Your heavy-duty pickup is capable of some incredible feats, and the dominant features of the 2020 Silverado HD demand the respect a heavy-duty pickup deserves.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale this summer. Pricing will be released closer to on-sale date. Find out more about the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, visit www.chevrolet.com/upcoming-vehicles/all-new-2020-silverado-hd.
MODERN WORKTRUCK SOLUTIONS: FEBRUARY 2019 ISSUE
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