Chevrolet has unveiled the specs for the all-new 2020 Silverado HD, and it promises to be a workhorse to be reckoned with. From its heavy-duty exterior to its massive towing capacity, the 2020 Chevy 2500HD and 3500HD definitely aren’t lacking in good looks and charm. There’s plenty of power beneath the hood, regardless of which engine type you choose. But what makes this taskmaster really endearing is its ability to pull double duty as a part of the work team, and a part of the family. Equipped with a full suite of safety features and technology, this truck can work anywhere, anytime. From the worksite to the campsite, Silverado HD is ready to drive, haul, tow, and go wherever the road leads. You’ll surely need to check one out for yourself at your local Chevy dealership.
The Power to Go
The 2020 Silverado HD comes equipped with two of the brawniest powertrains to date. The standard 6.6L V8 engine has been redesigned, now providing best-in-class torque at 464 lb-ft. Starting with a cast-iron engine block, direct injection, and variable valve timing, expect 401 horsepower, as well. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Together, they offer a maximum trailering capacity of 17,370 lbs for 5th wheel and gooseneck trailering.
For those who need more power and more pull, consider the Chevy Legend: a Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8. Paired with an Allison ten-speed automatic transmission, this engine is ready to move. Providing 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, this massive engine can pull up to 35,500 pounds in gooseneck trailer weight in the 3500HD body style. This is an increase of around 50% from previous models, making this a real enhancement for those who need to haul large loads and long distances.
The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is one of the few trucks on the market specifically engineered for optimum trailering. Chevy has installed multiple safety features specifically for hauling, and has created the Advanced Trailering System to allow drivers to customize trailer profiles through the myChevrolet Mobile App. Details are available on both a mobile device and in the cabin through the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 display. It also includes essentials like a pre-departure checklist, exterior trailer lighting details, trailer maintenance reminders, and trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring. With features like these, the risk of running into trouble on long hauls is significantly reduced, giving you peace of mind for yourself and your cargo.
In addition, Chevrolet’s commitment to safety is enhanced with fifteen possible camera views. From the Infotainment display, drivers can access a variety of views of the exterior, trailer, and surroundings. There are four separate hitch views, including a surrounding view, a view from the rear top-down, a view of the bed to prevent cargo mishaps, and a view of the hitch to ensure stability at all times. There are also six driving views. The transparent trailer view shows the driver the view behind the truck as if the trailer wasn’t there, and you’ve got to see it to believe it. There is also a front view camera, a picture-in-picture side view, a rear view from behind the trailer, and a camera inside the trailer, which can be very reassuring when hauling livestock. Lastly, there are five parking views, including a standard rear camera, front side view for maneuvering, a biased rear side view for help with parking and tight spaces, a bowl view that lets you see the big picture, and a top-down front view to check front bumper wiggle room before proceeding.
It’s All Inside
In recent years, Chevrolet has made huge strides in interior comfort and connectivity. The 2020 Silverado HD includes all of the features that make long drives less tedious while including features that make this truck handy for both work and play.
Smaller items can fit in the all-new rear in-seatback storage compartments, a first in the segment. Under the rear seat, stow larger, heavier items like toolboxes in the 24-liter compartment. Everyone will appreciate more headroom and legroom, no matter their seat in the cabin.
As far as technology, Chevy has made huge strides in keeping drivers connected while at the site, on the road, or even while getting away for a bit. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system includes connectivity with the myChevrolet Mobile App for remote access, as well as the ability to stream music and handle calls via the touch screen display. An available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and up to six USB data ports help devices stay in touch with home or home office. An optional wireless charging pad makes sure you never lose power in a pinch. Entertainment is also abundant, with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, streaming audio apps, and the available SiriusXM 360L system.
Options for Every Occasion
Five trim options have been announced for the 2020 Silverado HD. From luxury looks to heavy-duty work capacity, each trim offers plenty of goodies on top of Chevrolet’s abundant standard offerings.
The High Country edition includes chrome and bronze details from the grille to the assist steps that make this truck stand out on any street. The full Safety Package comes standard, including LED cargo lighting and a power up/down tailgate. High Country models also feature polished aluminum 20-inch wheels, and Chevytec spray-on bedliner to protect cargo.
The LTZ promises to be a popular model, as well. Chrome features are everywhere, from grille bar, mirror caps, door handles, and grille inserts, which give it a fierce road appearance. LED headlamps, tail lamps, daytime running lamps, and fog lamps are some of the premium features that come standard on this trim. The LT trim is a classic choice, with EZ Lift tailgate, integrated trailer brake control system, chrome bumpers and grille bar, and 17-inch machined aluminum wheels.
Chevrolet is offering a new Custom trim option for the 2500HD, which looks to be a big, bad, bold truck. With a body-color grille bar, high glass black bumpers, and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, it’s easy to spot this truck when it’s headed your way. LED signature taillamps improve visibility, and power-adjustable trailering mirrors are equipped with heated upper glass to help drivers stay safe in any weather.
The Work Truck trim is an honest name, as this truck is made to work. With no frills or pretension, the HD Work Truck boldly displays the Chevrolet name and bowtie on the grille. Both engine options are available, and the truck is well-equipped with features that make it perfect for the worksite, such as a host of twelve cargo tie-downs in the bed.
Coming to a Chevy Dealership Near You
The wait for 2020 models is almost over, and we’re looking forward to reviews from the lucky ones chosen for test drives. As more details are released, truck enthusiasts should keep an eye on this segment. It looks like 2020 will be a year for segment firsts across the board, and competition will be tight as the big names fight for the best and newest features.
The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD series look to be bold trucks with the dependability we’ve come to expect from the segment. The safety updates and trailer cameras are particularly promising, with views that should really enable swift and safe hitching, as well as improved parking and maneuvering. With a full suite of technology in the larger cabin, it seems like the new year’s Silverado truck will be even more capable of handling any job it encounters on the long and winding road.