The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD has finally been officially revealed after many teaser images hit the internet in the past few months. Both the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are now equipped with more beefier chassis and new design styles, complete with a myriad of high-tech features. The most important thing is that this heavy-duty pickup truck now has a maximum towing capacity of 35,500-pounds. So it should be able to defeat some of its key competitors like the Ford F-150 Super Duty and Toyota Tundra.
The powertrain range is new for the 2020 model year. Under the hood, the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is powered by a new overhead-valve 6.6-liter Small-Block V8 engine mated to a 6L90 six-speed automatic gearbox capable of producing up to 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. The new OHV V8 engine is equipped with several important components which include forged steel crankshaft, direct gasoline injection, and cast-iron block with aluminum heads. It also gets a compression ratio of 10.8: 1, which ultimately provides an increase in output of 41 horsepower and 84 lb-ft of torque from the previous 6.0-liter V8 gasoline engine.
There’s also an optional powertrain for buyers who want more power output on the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models. Yes, it’s a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8 engine with maximum output reaching 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. However, this V8 turbo-diesel engine is only available with the standard 10-speed Allison automatic transmission featuring stronger drivetrain components and additional gears to help reduce the axle ratio from 3.73:1 to 3.42:1, which ultimately makes this truck much quieter when drive every day.
In addition, the V8 Duramax turbodiesel engine has also received several component upgrades for the 2020 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD, including a new active 2-speed 4WD transfer case, relocated flush-mounted outlet to the front bumper, relocated diesel exhaust fluid tank (DEF), stouter axles with huge ring gears (11.5-inch & 12-inch) and larger one-piece driveshaft’s. There’s also an after-run feature on the Duramax engine that offers additional cooling after heavy use. This feature is able to automatically make the engine run for up to 15 minutes after shut-off.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD utilizes a fully-boxed ladder frame consisting of most high-strength steel materials and it’s now equipped with GM’s independent control-arm front suspension. As for the safety features and driver assists, it includes automatic grade braking, trailer-sway control, driver-selectable engine brake, and integrated trailer-brake controller. In addition, there are several other standard driver assistance features that include surround-view monitor, illuminated towing mirrors, 15 exterior camera views, and optional trailer-mounted camera.
Compared to the Silverado 1500, the all-new 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD is claimed to use fully unique sheet metals, and has adopted a black grille touch with a Chevrolet emblem throughout its front end. The next-gen Silverado HD is slightly larger, for example the crew-cab version is equipped with a standard box using a 5.2-inch wheelbase longer than the previous model. While the choice of wheels available is quite diverse ranging from 17-inch wheels to 20-inch wheels.
Speaking of its release date, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD are scheduled to reach the U.S. showroom this summer with production going to be done at GM’s Flint assembly plant in Michigan. There is no official word on pricing, but all the new Silverado HD lineup is expected to be priced not much different from the current model price. As a reminder, the current double-cab 2500HD model with a V8 gasoline engine and rear-wheel drive is priced at $39,095, followed by a diesel version with four-wheel-drive priced at more than $70,000.