After revealing the first images of the 'most capable Silverado Heavy Duty ever' late last December, Chevrolet has officially revealed the 2020 Silverado HD at this year's Chicago Auto Show.
Larger than ever in every aspect and specification, the new Silverado HD is longer, wider and taller than its predecessor, comes with a wide array of new technologies, and more powerful V8 motors.
“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none. We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views1, 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,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, Chief Engineer for the Silverado HD.
As mentioned earlier, the new heavy-duty pickup has been made bigger than before. It measures 6349mm long, 2079mm wide, 2027mm tall and has a 4037mm wheelbase. Compared to its predecessor, the new Silverado HD is 264mm longer, wider by 34mm, 40mm taller and comes with a longer wheelbase that measures 133mm more.
Also receiving a growth spurt is the bed. Unlike the previous Silverado HD which shared its bed with light-duty models, the 2020 Silverado HD has a bigger and unique design. Measuring 2089mm long, 1317mm wide and 533mm tall, the new bed is longer by 86mm, wider by 21mm and taller by 3mm.
Pop the hood and the all-new Silverado HD is available with two V8 engines. First up is the new 6.6-liter gasoline-powered V8 that pushes out 406 PS at 5200 rpm and a whopping 629 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. It comes with a forged steel crankshaft, forged powder-metal connecting rods, and two alternators which can support electrical needs like powering a trailer. Power is then sent to a six-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission that comes with tow / haul mode.
For those that prefer diesel power, there's the more powerful 6.6-liter Duramax V8. It generates 451 PS at 2800 rpm and a stump-pulling 1234 Nm of torque at 1600 rpm. Unlike the gas engine which has a six-speed automatic, the CRDi Duramax comes with a ten-speed automatic gearbox from Allison. With it, the Duramax-powered Silverado HD is capable of having a maximum tow rating of over 16,000 kg.
Besides having powerful engines that can tow heavy loads, the Silverado HD also comes with a beefed-up suspension and chassis. It's equipped with more durable front and rear axles, a larger diameter drive shaft that can handle more torque, and thicker springs.
Other smart safety systems available in the 2020 Silverado HD include: automatic parking brake, trailer brake control, hill-start and hill-descent control, trailer sway control, automatic grade braking with hold assist, and a unique reverse camera which can make the trailer invisible while backing up for safer parking.
The 2020 Silverado HD will be available in five distinct variants (Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country) and can come with a plethora of amenties. From a high-tech infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, to a heads-up display that can show real-time information, Chevy did not skimp on in-car features for the 2020 Silverado HD.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be on sale starting in Q2 of 2019, with official pricing to follow suit.