We’ve seen RAM, Chevy’s sister division GMC and now Ford all introduce their revamped new HD truck versions for the coming year. For its part, Chevrolet had published a first image of its new Silverado HD a few weeks back, which revealed the immense fascia of the new generation of HD products.
This week we’ve been given more detailed information about the new Silverado HD.
Ahead of the model’s public reveal at the Chicago Auto Show later week, Chevrolet has shared the following tidbits: the workhorse will be longer, wider and higher off the ground than the outgoing edition. For the crew cab versions, wheelbase is stretched by 5.2 inches. Choices faced by buyers will be dizzying: In all, there are 22 different possible configurations for the chassis, beds and powertrains.
The default engine is a new 6.6L V8 fed by gas, which will deliver 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque; these represent increases of 11% and 18%, respectively. Towing capacity meanwhile has been boosted by 18%.
Buyers also have the option of a 6.6L turbo-diesel V8 available to them. In its case output is 445 hp, impressive enough in itself but is outdone in the wow department by the 910 lb-ft of torque. Thi unit works together with a 10-speed Allison automatic transmission. Maximumowing capacity takes a vertiginous 52% leap to 35,500 lb (to get that you’ll need the regular-cab version with two-wheel drive and double rear axle).
In terms of tech, the new Silverado HD gets an active two-speed transfer cvase that automatically controls the four-wheel-drive system. The towing aids introduced in the regular Silverado will make the jump to the HD as well, and they include 15 different rear camera angles. In addition to these changes, the prep package for snow shovels is better integrated, the rear footsteps are bigger and the cabin itself is larger.
The official launch of the new 20202 Silverado HD will produce a ton more detailed information on the model. For the moment, Chevrolet expects it to hit the market this summer.