This Will Show You Why the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Intimidating Look Is Completely Justifiable

Heavy-duty truck wars are well underway. Although the Ram HD and Ford Super Duty are rather well geared for it, it seems that the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD just beat them to the punch in some segments. This is an all-new truck and is a huge improvement over the outgoing model. As such, I’ve compiled a list of facts that will shed some light on the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD. They will teach you why the new HD is a behemoth that sits at the very top of the truck segment.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Can Tow an Amazing 35,500 Pounds

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Properly equipped, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD can tow up 35,500 pounds which is a massive, 52-percent improvement over the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

This is 400 pounds more compared to the Ram HD with a Cummins. The only way to achieve such a monumental tow rating is with a regular cab Silverado HD, with a rear wheel drive, and dual rear wheels. It has to be powered by a 6.6-liter, Duramax, V-8 that has 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.

This is what Chevy officials had to say about this dramatic increase:
“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, Chief Engineer, Silverado HD. “We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views1, to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.”

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Has a Larger Maximum Payload Rating

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The maximum payload rating for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD is 7,466 pounds. Slightly up compared to the last year’s model.

Regular Cab Double Cab Crew Cab
2500HD 3991 – gas
3746 – diesel
3891 – gas
3634 – diesel
3879 – gas
3615 – diesel
3500HD - SRW 4493 – gas
4302 – diesel
4362 – gas
4194 – diesel
4433 – gas
4148 – diesel
3500HD - DRW 7466 – gas
6517 – diesel
6985 – gas
6060 – diesel
6946 – gas
5944 – diesel

The New Chevrolet Silverado HD Is Tougher, Stiffer, And Stronger By Orders Of Magnitude

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Obviously, power and size aren’t the only important factors for such profound trailering capabilities.

Chevrolet rigged the 2020 Silverado HD with a tougher boxed ladder frame, larger axles, 12-inch ring gear, and a beefier prop shaft.

Heck, even the cooling fan for the Duramax has been increased by 2.5 inches. This was really important, as one of the tests before the release of the car to the public actually includes a test of the cooling abilities. In essence, the Silverado HD has to be able to tow its maximum up a steep hill in the first gear without overheating. A larger fan definitely helps.

As far as frame toughness and rigidity goes, Chevy actually installed thicker and taller frame rails. Plus, it does have more heavy-duty cross members. This played a major role in improving the trailering capabilities, but also ensuring long-haul durability.

The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD Has A New V-8 That’s Good for Ages Of Trouble-Free Operation

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A new 6.6-liter, V-8, gasoline engine comes with direct injection (an industry first for the segment) and develops 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Chevy managed to improve it dramatically over the predecessor. After all, it develops 21 percent more torques.

Maybe even more important than that is the fact that it is formed of a cast-iron block, a pushrod setup and has a 10.8:1 compression ratio. This is a no-nonsense engine that further proves my optimistic title of this fact. This one is linked with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD drivetrain specifications

Type: 6.6L V-8 gasoline Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo-Diesel
Bore & Stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.86 / 103.25 x 98 4.05 x 3.89 / 103 x 99
Block Material: Cast iron with nodular iron main caps Cast iron
Cylinder Head Material: Cast aluminum Cast aluminum
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1 16.0:1
Valvetrain: Overhead-valve, two valves per cylinder, variable valve timing Overhead-valve, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery: Direct fuel injection Common-rail direct fuel injection
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 401 / 299 @ 5200 (SAE certified) 445 / 332 @ 2800 (SAE certified)
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 464 / 629 @ 4000 (SAE certified) 910 / 1234 @ 1600 (SAE certified)
Transmission Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic Allison® 10L1000 10-speed automatic

Chevrolet Improved Trailering Capabilities On All 2020 Silverado HD Trucks

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The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD with a 6.6-liter, gasoline, V-8 can tow up to 17,400 pounds.

That’s an 18-percent improvement over the current model. Not only that, Chevy really stepped it up with the trailering capabilities of the new Silverado HD. Every single version has been upgraded. This is the complete list:

Regular Cab Double Cab Crew Cab
2500HD 17400 – gas
18600 – diesel
17000 – gas
18200 – diesel
16900 – gas
18500 – diesel
3500HD - SRW 17200 – gas
21500 – diesel
16700 – gas
21500 – diesel
16700 – gas
21500 – diesel
3500HD - DRW 16800 – gas
35,500 – diesel
16400 – gas
31500 – diesel
16200 – gas
31400 – diesel

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Is The Biggest Silverado HD Ever

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The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD is longer, taller, and wider than ever. Compared to its predecessor, it is nearly a foot longer, with a 5.2-inch longer wheelbase, and it’s two-inches taller. It is also a tad wider.

2020 Silverado HD Crew Cab with Standard Box 2019 Silverado HD Crew Cab with Standard Box Dimension Change
Wheelbase: 158.9 in. (4037 mm) 153.7 in. (3904 mm) +5.2 in. (132mm)
Overall length: 250 in. (6349 mm) 239.6 in. (6085 mm) +10.4 in. (264 mm)
Overall width: 81.9 in. (2079 mm) 80.5 in. (2045 mm) +1.4 in. (35 mm)
Overall height: 79.8 in. (2027 mm) 78.2 in. (1987 mm) +1.6 in. (40 mm)
Front track: 68.1 in. (1731 mm) 68.2 in. (1733 mm) -0.1 in. (2.5 mm)
Rear track (SRW): 68.3 in. (1736 mm) 67.3 in. (1710 mm) +1 in. (25 mm)

The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD Has the Most Convenient DEF Fluid Filler Of All Silverados

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Chevy made some clear improvements to the DEF fluid tank. Not only did it include the opening next to the fuel filler for better convenience, but it also moved the tank out of sight. Interestingly enough, the new Silverado HD is the first one with an easy-fill DEF fluid tank with the filler next to the fuel filler. Aside from that, the 2020 Silverado HD has a readout display for the DEF fluid level in the instrument cluster.

A State Of The Art Camera System And “Transparent Trailer” Tech Makes The 2020 Silverado HD Incredibly Advanced

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The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD has as many as 15 camera views to support its in-vehicle trailering system. One of those cameras actually enables the awesome “transparent trailer” feature. Chevy uses a coaxial connection to achieve the best possible video quality and remove any problems with latency. The camera views can be even accessed when moving. Move the car at more than 7 mph and you can access any camera view for up to 8 seconds.

Chevy Did Everything It Could to Make The Trailering Convenient And Easy For Drivers of the 2020 Silverado HD

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The main technologies that Chevy included in the Silverado HD to make the trailering more convenient:

  • Auto Park Brake Assist with an automatic electronic parking brake that holds the truck’s position when hitching a trailer
  • All-new Park Grade Hold Assist for better hill hold capabilities by braking all four wheels to keep the truck in place
  • An enhanced integrated trailer brake controller
  • An enhanced Tow/Haul mode that stays on for up to four hours
  • Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control
  • Trailer Sway Control and Proactive Rollover Avoidance
  • Auto Grade Braking and Diesel Exhaust Braking.
  • Enhanced Digital Variable Steering Assist can enable features like road pull compensation

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD’s Trademark Bedside Steps are Bigger And Sturdier Than Ever

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The bedside steps on the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD are much bigger. So much so that they can accommodate bigger boots (up to size 12 apparently). Furthermore, the steps can support up to 500 pounds. So, if you are really big, it won’t even matter. Chevy’s got you!

Thanks To The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD’s New Allison Transmission, All Of 910 Pound-feet of Torque Can Reach The Ground In The First Gear

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Thanks to the new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission, all the torque (all 910 pound-feet of it) of the 6.6-liter, V-8, diesel can be transferred to the ground in first gear. This wasn’t even possible previously, and it is probably one of the most important advancements made to the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD Is Smart and Connected To The Trailer App

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The new Silverado HD is compatible with a Trailer App. This is actually a neat feature as you can check the lights, tire pressure, and some other critical features on the go with a smartphone. Smart thing.

Thanks To a Trailering Information Label You Won’t Have To Google The Specs Of Your Particular 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

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The trailering Information Label is the best thing since the invention of Google. This label, that is uniquely customized for every truck, provides you with all the important details for the truck:

  • Curb weight
  • Gross vehicle weight rating
  • Gross combined weight rating
  • Maximum payload
  • Maximum tongue weight
  • Gross axle weight

For The First Time Ever, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Has A Different Bed Compared To Silverado 1500

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For the first time ever the Silverado HD does not share the bed with the Silverado 1500. The bed in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD has 6.7-inches more “usable width”. Plus, it is 3 inches longer. On the other hand, the long box is 0.5-inches longer.

This table will tell you all:

2020 Silverado HD Crew Cab with Standard Box 2019 Silverado HD Crew Cab with Standard Box Dimension Change
Wheelbase: 158.9 in. (4037 mm) 153.7 in. (3904 mm) +5.2 in. (132mm)
Overall length: 250 in. (6349 mm) 239.6 in. (6085 mm) +10.4 in. (264 mm)
Overall width: 81.9 in. (2079 mm) 80.5 in. (2045 mm) +1.4 in. (35 mm)
Overall height: 79.8 in. (2027 mm) 78.2 in. (1987 mm) +1.6 in. (40 mm)
Front track: 68.1 in. (1731 mm) 68.2 in. (1733 mm) -0.1 in. (2.5 mm)
Rear track (SRW): 68.3 in. (1736 mm) 67.3 in. (1710 mm) +1 in. (25 mm)

Furthermore, the bed can be equipped with twelve tie-down rings, a 102-volt outlet, and a powered tailgate.

Chevy Reimagined The Mirrors On The 2020 Silverado HD

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Not only can the rearview mirrors extend more smoothly and almost completely silently at the touch of a button, but they are bigger and provide a wider field of view. Now, apart from the standard mirror functionality, mirrors on the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD can be additionally equipped with:

  • Forward facing sport lamp
  • Rearward facing spotlight
  • Side-view cameras
  • Puddle lamps

Obviously, the mirrors on the new Silverado HD aren’t just mirrors.

The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD Has a Completely New Body

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Chevrolet completely redesigned the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado compared to Silverado 1500. Actually, of all body panels, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD only shares its roof with the light-duty Silverado.

The Five Trim Levels of the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD

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Chevrolet offers five different trim levels for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD:

  • Work Truck (recognizable thanks to a black “Chevy” grille)
  • Custom (20-inch wheels and a body-colored trim)
  • LT and LTZ (you can’t miss it thanks to a whole lot of chrome, it’s almost ghastly)
  • High Country (It’s the best looking one for sure with a two-tone grille and LED lighting)

Let me tell you that you can recognize the Diesel thanks to a massive hood scoop. Nothing of the sort is on the gasoline-powered model.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Looks Like “It Can Get The Job Done”

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If you wondered why it looks like it does (and I know you did), the answer is a simple one - the design has to convey the capabilities of the truck. It has to look like it can get the job done. Well whether you like it or not - this thing looks just like it can get the job done.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

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2020 Chevy Silverado HD Debuts with New Engine, Massive Towing Rating

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14 Things You Have to Know about the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

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Read our full review on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

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