Chevrolet has released first images and details of the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty, and the company says the new HD trucks will be “the most capable and most advanced” until now.
It’s good to know the new trucks will be better than before, but Chevrolet has pulled it off in the design department. The Silverado 2500 Heavy Duty looks so much meaner than the standard 1500. According to Chevrolet, the only body panel these two trucks share is the roof; everything else is completely new. Just like the 1500s, the 2500 Silverado features a funky front-end design, but it is a lot more aggressive on the bigger truck this time around.
Wheel arches and windows are more squared off than before. Integrated steps in the bedsides are new with Chevrolet claiming they help with access to the fifth-wheel hitch. At the rear, both the 1500 and 2500 are a lot similar, but the 2500’s bed is boxier and the tailgate is less chiselled. The Heavy Duty Silverado has a higher seating position and 7.5mm of additional legroom compared to the 1500.
Interior photos have not yet been released, but here is where the two Silverado variants could share a lot of similarities. Just like the current Silverado Heavy Duty, Chevrolet could offer the 6.0-litre Vortec V8 on the new 2500 HD. The engine is good for 360hp paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The company says the petrol V8 is completely new for the 2020 Silverado HD, while also saying the truck will see “significant increases” when it comes to payload and towing. Clearly, Chevrolet wants to one-up the segment-leading F-Series Super Heavy Duty’s maximum towing ratings.
The 2020 Chevrolet 2500 HD and 3500 HD will debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2019, going on sale later the same year. GMC will reveal Heavy Duty versions of the Sierra as well, using some of the cosmetic and mechanical upgrades the Chevys have received.