Chevrolet has unveiled the all-new 2020 Silverado HD. Here’s what we know so far.
Unlike the Silverado 1500, which saw a redesign hit dealers this year, the Silverado HD is taking a year off. It’s getting some fun in the sun, a little extra time with the designers, and only when its vacation is over will we see what Chevrolet has wrought.
It seems that time is now since Chevy has taken the covers off the all-new Silverado HD before the end of the year. We haven’t even hit the deep freeze yet.
Chevrolet states that we’ll get to see the Silverado HD in the flesh sometime next February. Built in Flint, Michigan along with most of GM’s trucks, the Silverado HD will be entirely unique from its little 1500 brother.
Here we see the 2500 Z71 trim with its big hood scoop to tell everyone that it means more business than a giant pickup normally does. Double business? Triple business? We can’t tell, and Chevy is being a little vague on the details.
Externally, the 2020 Silverado HD gets an all-new everything. A new front fascia includes new headlights, new bumper, new hood, and a new grille where the Chevy bowtie has been replaced by a crossbar with the word “CHEVROLET” writ large across the front. The sides have new mirrors and a new pair of bed steps, while the rear has a new bumper, new tailgate, and new tail lights.
Only the roof is shared with the Silverado 1500. Everything else is specially made for the HD.
Under the hood will be two choices of powertrain. One will be an "all-new gasoline engine" with a 6-speed transmission (probably manual, but it could be automatic), and the other is a Duramax V8, so likely the same 6.6-L diesel with 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. That’ll come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission that Ford made, but don’t tell Chevy that. They get sensitive about this topic.
We don’t know much else, other than the Silverado HD will get "significant increases in towing and payload capabilities" as well as "technologies and features designed specifically for heavy-duty truck customers." Cool. We’ll learn more in February.