For most people, when you mention Chevrolet trucks, their attention is immediately drawn to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. And that’s expected as the Chevrolet Silverado has been and continues to be one of America’s most popular light-duty, full-size pickup trucks. However, for those who are in the market for or already own a commercial vehicle, their response will likely be the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.
From its first edition, which debuted in 2001, the 2500HD has stood tall in the commercial truck industry. It has always been highly rated as a vehicle designed to get the job done. The 2018 2500HD continues that do-it-all tradition with a few upgrades.
CONFIGURED TO WORK WHENEVER THE NEED ARISES
The 2018 Chevrolet 2500HD offers three standard cab styles, which include regular, crew, and double cab. The 2500HD also offers two standard cargo beds—standard box and long box. As you can see the 2500HD can be configured in numerous ways, allowing owners to customize their truck based on the cab capacity and cargo-bed selections to meet their individual needs.
There are four trim levels available for the new 2500HD, including the WT, LT, LTZ, and High Country. The WT, or Work Truck trim, is considered the base trim.
Base trim doesn’t automatically equate to a generic work truck. Let’s take a closer look at several features of the 2-wheel drive, regular-cab, long-box WT model. It comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock disk brakes and comes with an Automatic Locking Differential. When a difference in wheel speed is detected, this feature automatically locks the rear wheels, causing them to operate in sync. The result is added traction to assist the driver in successfully navigating and maintaining control during whatever event caused the change in wheel speed. This WT configuration also comes standard with external transmission-oil and engine-oil coolers, providing owners with peace of mind during intense jobs, extreme heat, or when used for towing. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this model (MSRP) is $35,795.
If you’re looking for a truck along the same lines as the WT trim level that offers some additional features and options, you may want to consider the 2WD, double-cab, long-box LTZ model. Included in the LTZ’s long list of standard features are both fog lamps and the EZ-Lift tailgate. The EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate technology is a feature that reduces the effort needed to raise and lower the tailgate due to the presence of an internal torsion bar. And speaking of the tailgate, it is easily locked and unlocked with the same key used to start the ignition. The MSRP for this model is $48,295.
What if you’re looking for a top-of-line heavy-duty commercial truck? Chevrolet has you covered. A great option would be the 4WD, crew-cab, long-box High Country model. This heavy-duty commercial-truck model comes standard with 20” LT265/60R20E All-Terrain black wall tires, the Driver Alert Package and CornerStep Rear Bumper.
The Driver Alert Package offers drivers several safety features, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat, and Front-and-Rear Park Assist. Another feature, the CornerStep Rear Bumper are conveniently placed on both sides of the bumper for easy access to the contents of the bed. The MSRP for this model is $60,395.
The trim levels can be configured in many ways, depending on standard and available features and options. In other words, as with cabs and cargo beds, drivers can customize the 2500HD to their needs and specifications with a seemingly endless list of available amenities. Regardless of the configuration you decide on the 2500HD is a standout commercial vehicle that will not let you down.
POWERED TO PERFORM
The latest edition of the 2500HD packs a powerful punch. This heavy-duty truck comes with two engine options.
First, there’s the Vortec 6.0L Variable Valve Timing V8 engine, which yields 360 horsepower (hp) and 380 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque. Variable Valve Timing is an innovative process that, as the name implies, varies the timing of the valve-lift process. In doing this, it customizes the timing of the intake and exhaust process. Thus, the engine is optimized for not only fuel efficiency and a reduction in emissions but more power and torque as well.
Secondly—in its efforts to remain the leader in the commercial-truck industry—Chevy offers the Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. This turbo-diesel engine yields 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque and is paired with the Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine and transmission pairing provides drivers with the power necessary to conquer any task that might be at hand.
Though the 2500HD is a commercial truck, Chevy knows drivers still have the desire to own a truck that offers comfort, convenience, and access to technology. Let’s look at how the Chevy 2500HD exceeds expectations by reviewing some additional standard and available features.
To stay in touch with what’s going on in and around your truck, Chevy offers a 3.5- or 4.2-inch diagonal multi-color Driver Information Center. The information center is conveniently located for viewing between the tachometer and speedometer on the dash. One of the many system-check features available within the Driver Information Center is Tire-Pressure Monitoring. This feature helps the driver monitor and maintain the required air-pressure levels in all four tires. Proper tire air pressure is not only essential for smooth driving but is an important safety feature during towing or extreme shifts in weather.
The Chevy 2500HD also comes with a Rear Vision Camera. This camera keeps drivers informed and alert of objects to the rear of the vehicle while backing up. One added benefit of the Rear Vision Camera is its ability to assist the driver when backing up to connect up to a trailer. This useful feature saves valuable time and increases safety.
Like their smaller, light-duty siblings, commercial trucks have evolved over the years. They absolutely get the job done, but they also offer so much more. The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD proves that. The 2500HD offers drivers a maximum towing capacity of 14,800 pounds when paired with the standard Vortec engine, but that maximum towing capacity increases to 18,100 pounds when paired with the Duramax turbo-diesel engine.
That’s the brawn we’re all accustomed to and expect when it comes to commercial trucks. But that brawn is paired with features such as Bluetooth for your phone, Remote Start, and Chevrolet’s MyLink audio system with an 8” diagonal color touchscreen, so Chevy comes with brains, too.
When it comes to commercial vehicles, Chevy gets it right. If you’re in the market for a commercial truck or you need more information about adding commercial trucks to your business, call or visit your local Chevy dealership and ask about the 2018 Chevrolet 2500HD.