Chevrolet debuted the full lineup of its all-new 2020 Silverado HD, what the manufacturer calls “the strongest, most capable Silverado HD ever.” The unveiling took place Tuesday at General Motors Co.’s Flint Assembly plant, where the truck is built.
With maximum towing capability of an available 35,500 pounds, the Silverado HD (Heavy Duty) is the third all-new Silverado in 18 months, each designed for different customers. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” says Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer of the 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.”
The all-new 2020 Silverado HD is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor with a wheelbase that’s been stretched 5.2 inches on crew cab models and is scaled for HD customers. The Silverado HD will be available in five distinct trim levels — Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country — available across 22 cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations.
Customers can choose between two new powertrains. The standard engine is a new 6.6L V-8 gas with direct injection making 401 horsepower and 464 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. That’s an 11 percent increase in horsepower and a 22 percent increase in peak torque, respectively, resulting in 18 percent more towing capability, according to Chevrolet.
Also available is the Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V-8 engine making 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque coupled with an all-new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. In addition, every component between the transmission and the wheels has been upgraded to enable an available 52-percent increase in maximum towing capability — now up to 35,500 pounds on regular cab, two-wheel drive, DRW, diesel models.
Other 2020 Silverado HD highlights include:
- Autotrac active two-speed transfer case on 4×4 models electronically controls “4 Auto” mode, allowing the truck to seamlessly shift between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive based on road conditions.
- Advanced Trailering System technologies and new transparent trailer view to aid drivers while pulling a trailer.
- HD-exclusive sculpted exterior design features.
- BedStep feature and larger CornerSteps make it easier to load or reach items in the cargo box, which is designed to hold a pair of size-12 boots and up to 500 pounds.
- A larger cab that enables more spacious interiors with crew cab models adding about 3 inches in overall length.