Chevy’s been busy with Silverado truck design as evidenced by its new 2020 Silverado HD, the brand’s most capable and most advanced Silverado HD yet.
It’s also the brand’s third all-new Silverado in just 18 months.
“We know the needs and priorities of heavy-duty customers are different than those of either light-duty or medium-duty customers,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “As such, we built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.”
Built at the Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Mich., the new Silverado HD’s bold exterior design was intended to match its heavy-duty function while clearly differentiating it from the light-duty Silverado. The 2020 Silverado HD exterior shares only the roof with its Silverado 1500 sibling, otherwise every other piece of sheet meal is exclusive to Silverado HD.
“We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck,” said Brian Izard, lead exterior designer for Silverado HD. “The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finished and customer-focused details.”
The interior shares improvements found in the new Silverado 1500, including an additional 3 inches of legroom on crew cab models and a taller, more comfortable seating position.
Under the 2020 Silverado HD’s hood is a choice of two new powertrains: an all-new gasoline engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed transmission, or the Duramax turbo-diesel V8 which delivers 910 lb.-ft. of torque through an all-new Allison 10-speed transmission.
The 2020 Silverado HD will also offer all-new customer-focused trailering technology, significant increases in towing and payload capabilities and a host of technologies and feature designed with heavy-duty truck customers in mind.
Since introducing the industry’s first three-truck strategy with midsize, full-size light duty and full-size heavy-duty truck in 2014, GM has been the best-selling truck manufacturer for four consecutive years. The company has sold more than 600,000 pickups than the closest OEM from 2014 through the first three quarters of 2018.
That momentum is expected to continue with the launches of the new Colorado ZR2 Bison, all-new Silverado 1500, the all-new Silverado Medium-Duty trucks and now the all-new Silverado HD models.
The 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale in mid-2019. GM will be releasing more details on the truck as it gets closer to launch.