Chevrolet Debuts 2020 Silverado HD

Chevrolet Debuts 2020 Silverado HD
The all-new Silverado HD. (Photo: Chevrolet)

Chevrolet’s all-new Silverado HD–the third Silverado in just 18 months–boasts a 52% increase in max towing power of 16,102 kg (35,500 lbs), and is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor.

The new Silverado HD offers a whole new range of driving experience, technologies and towing capabilities with an exclusive sculpted exterior design and a spacious interior. It is available in five distinct trim levels–Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and high Country–available across 22 cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations. The truck can also shift between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive based on road conditions.

“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “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.”

A more powerful engine

The Silverado HD features a standard 6.6L V-8 gas engine with direct injection producing 401 horsepower and 464 lb ft of torque, a six-speed automatic transmission, and a dual alternator to support electrical needs for trailering, snowplowing and other jobs.

The other powertrain offered to customers is the Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V-8 engine producing 445 horsepower and 910 lb ft of torque, coupled with an Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, which contributes to the 52% increase in towing capabilities.

“The 6.6L Duramax diesel and Allison transmission is a legendary combination in the HD truck market with proven durability and capability that our customers expect,” said McQuaid. “For 2020, we made the combination even better and upgraded nearly every driveline component. As a result, we will deliver all 910 lb ft of torque to the ground in first gear.”

Towing and Technology

The Silverado HD comes with an Advanced Trailering System, which offers 15 unique camera views, HD Surround Vision, Bed View, an industry-first transparent trailer view and an accessory camera.

The transparent trailer view allows visibility through the trailer–as if the trailer was not even there–and assists with merging into traffic, navigating parking lots and making tight turns, using two cameras in the rear.

Chevrolet is working on a new smart trailer integration feature using ASA Electronic IN-Command control systems–accessed through the myChevrolet mobile app or through the infotainment system–that monitor and control a range of smart systems, such as water tank levels, HVAC controls, and even power slide-outs.

Other new technologies include the in-vehicle Trailering App and the VIN-specific Trailering Information Label; both provide statistical and diagnostical information about the truck.

The HD cargo box and heavy-duty details

The BedStep feature and larger CornerSteps make it easier to load or reach items in the cargo box, which can hold a pair of size-12 boots and up to 226 kg (500 lb). With an increase in usable space both width- and length-wise using multi-piece inner panels, the total cargo box expands 14% and about 9.5% respectively, on the standard and long boxes.

The heavy-duty details include features like an easy-access engine block heater outlet, easy-to-fill diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank with the opening inside the fuel door, a more integrated snow plow prep package and new, advanced trailering mirrors with available spot lamps and more.

The vehicle will go on sale later this summer. Pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date. More information can be found here.

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