Chevrolet has unveiled the new 2020 Silverado HD, and it gains a massive increase in available towing capacity.
How massive? How’s 35,500 lbs grab you?
Yes, the new Chevrolet Silverado HD in diesel form has enough towing to move a small house. Not that many jobs require you to move something the size of two-and-a-half elephants, but for those that require the utmost in power, the Silverado HD now delivers.
For the base-model Silverado HD, power comes from an all-new 6.6-L V8. Based on the old 6.0-L engine, it now produces 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, which is roughly 11% more power than the old motor. Power is routed through a 6-speed automatic transmission, with max towing up 18% to 17,400 lbs.
But it’s the old Duramax diesel that steals the show. The 6.6-L turbodiesel V8 still has the same 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, but everything else has been upgraded to handle the additional load. A new 10-speed automatic transmission combines with beefier front and rear axles, 30% larger prop shafts, and a 9% larger engine fan to produce an astounding 52% increase in towing over the previous year’s model.
Thus, 35,500 lbs can be towed on regular cab, two-wheel drive, DRW, diesel models.
Besides that, the new Silverado HD is longer (10.4 inches), wider (1.4 inches), taller (1.6 inches) than the 2019 model. It has a wheelbase 5.2 inches longer in Crew Cab, and the cab itself is 3 inches longer for more legroom.
Along with the new larger size is some new technologies. For the Duramax diesel model, a new “after-run” software prevents the truck from turning off after the engine overheats from towing that 35,000 lb load. If the system detects the engine has reached unsafe levels, it will tell the driver to keep the engine on to let it cool down safely. If the driver ignores that and turns it off anyway, it’ll turn itself back on and cool down. After it reaches safe temperatures it will turn itself off.
A new set of side mirrors aim to help with trailering thanks to available forward spot lamps, side view cameras, puddle lamps, and rear spot lamps. That’s on top of an available 15 camera Advanced Trailering System pioneered on the Silverado 1500.
Pricing has yet to be announced for the five trims available: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. Expect the Silverado to go on sale this summer with pricing to be announced closer to.