Back in December of last year, a few images were leaked of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, giving us the hope that it would be one serious beast of a work truck. Well, following its initial unveiling at a General Motors assembly plant in Flint, Michigan on Tuesday (ahead of its public debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show), it looks to be even more of a monstrosity than those earlier pictures showed.
With a max towing power of 35,500 pounds (yep, you read that right), Chevy increased the new Silverado HD's towing power by a whopping 52 percent. At 7,466 pounds, the payload has also been significantly bumped up. Now THAT is what a heavy-duty truck is supposed to be working with.
Of course, all that ridiculous power wouldn't be possible without the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 engine, which churns out 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. The powerful V8 will also be paired with a new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. But wait, there's more.
Per GM Authority:
Another work-minded feature is the optional engine-driven Power Take Off (PTO), which is ideal for those customers who power equipment with their trucks on a job site. The engine-driven PTO is enabled via a button inside the cab and also features adjustable settings for load and torque output.
For those customers who do find themselves towing often, the 2020 Silverado HD also offers GM's Advanced Trailering System, which includes 15 unique rear-facing camera views including bed view and a 'transparent trailer view.' There's also an in-vehicle trailering app which includes things like a trailer light test, trailer diagnostics, trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring, maintenance reminders an a pre-departure checklist.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be offered in three trim levels: Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. GM says the lineup will also include 2500HD and 3500HD Regular, Double Cab and Crew Cab models, which will be offered with standard length and long cargo boxes. Two chassis cab frame lengths will be on the table too.
Expected to go on sale later this summer, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD is about to change the game when it comes to trucks.