Have you every heard of a truck increasing the towing capacity 52 percent? With the reveal of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD in Flint, Michigan, the automaker stated the max towing capacity is now 35,000 pounds. The payload sits around 7,466 pounds. The driving factor is the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8, pumping 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. In order to cool the diesel engine, they added a 28-inch mechanical fan. The 10-speed Allison automatic transmission is being coupled with the Duramax diesel engine. The smart engine will communicate with the EVIC system to post messages if hauling causing temperatures to rise. If the driver ignores the warning, the remote-start system will automatically activate to cool the engine down.
Chevrolet went through extensive details to upgrade all the parts to handle this kind of towing capacity upgrade. Even the prop shafts are thirty percent larger in diameter. The box ladder frame had to be reinforced to be stronger, and the axles are bigger. The standard engine is a new 6.6-liter V8 gas engine which produces 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, creating more power and thrust than in previous models.
The new trailering system offers up to 15 camera angles, including the “transparent trailer” view, giving a view of what’s behind the tow load. The Silverado HD gets a new Park Grade Hold Assist feature that can use all four brakes to allow the truck to stop on a hill with a heavy load. Also, the easy-fill DEF fluid tank is standard, using an electronic gauge readout for the fluid levels to be read on the EVIC. The engine block heater has been placed in a more convenient location. The snow plow option allows for a much easier attaching and detaching of the plow on the front of the truck.
With the increased HD length and wheelbase, the interior does pick up some space to spread out. A new feature in each Chevy Silverado HD is a VIN-specific trailering information label. On this label, the information will include GVWR, gross combined weight, curb weight, max payload, max tongue weight, gross axle weight rating, fifth-wheel and gooseneck ratings. No more asking Alexis, Siri of just going on google to get that information; it’s available at your finger tips.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will initially start with five trim levels: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. The diesel HDs are disguised by the larger and more noticeable hood scoop. The 2020 Silverado HD will be available this summer at the dealerships. Pricing will be release as the availability date approaches.
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