Chevy Mixes a Heavy Duty Name with a heavy duty special edition truck

Unveiled at the 2019 SEMA Show, the 2021 Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition is, in fact, the road-going, street-legal offspring of the Silverado 2500 HD Carhartt concept car shown back in 2016. Only this time, you will be able to actually get one from your Chevy dealership, provided you show enough patience to wait until the fall of 2020 when deliveries are slated to kick off.

Details are scarce for the time being and the 12-month waiting window is certainly far from appealing, but there are plenty of reasons to jump for joy. The Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition is based on the Silverado 2500 LTZ, which means that in theory, it should be available with a V-8 engine. The only question is which one, as Chevy is offering a choice of two V-8s for the LTZ: a 5.3-liter and a 6.2-liter.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition Exterior Design

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Objectively, the Carhartt Special Edition is your regular Silverado 2500 LTZ mostly adorned with bits and bobs that Chevy doesn’t normally offer on any of its trucks.

On the outside, the Carhartt-badged truck was painted in Mosaic Black Metallic and further spiced up with a pinstripe design that adopts the same gold hue displayed by the Carhartt logo. The connection to the ground is made via 20-inch wheels shod in all-terrain tires, there’s a soft roll-up bed cover with the Carhartt logo covering the bed, the hood gets extra black vents, the tailgate is now home to the bowtie logo, and for the finishing touches, chrome was sprinkled on the front grille.

2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition Interior Design

2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition
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The truck’s cabin gets its own treatment, although it’s a lot less conspicuous than the exterior.

The only interior design changes include more Carhartt logos and badges, and a two-tone Jet Black and Chocochino Brown leather-trimmed seats.

A set of all-weather floor liners rounds up the short add-on list inside the Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition.

The Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition is going to get a V-8, but which one?

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As per Chevy’s online configurator, the Silverado 2500 LTZ can be had with one of two V-8 engines. The least powerful is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 mill cranking out 355 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It mates to a tech-ladden eight-speed automatic transmission that comes with a Tow/Haul mode and Powertrain Grade Braking (i.e. the ability to slow the truck down when driving downhill without the need of direct intervention on the brakes).

The LTZ’s other powerhouse on offer is a 420-horsepower, 460-pound-foot, 6.2-liter, EcoTec3 V-8 that is bolted to a ten-speed automatic transmission. The ten-speed auto features the same Tow/Haul and Powertrain Grade Braking tech as its eight-gear peer, while both engines use what Chevy calls DFM, or Dynamic Fuel Management technology. Also known as Dynamic Skip Fire, DFM shuts down an engine’s cylinders to boost fuel efficiency and regulate power delivery. As of January 2018, it comes to replace the AFM (Active Fuel Management) system previously used by some of Chevrolet’s engines.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Drivetrain Specifications
Type: 6.6L V-8 gasoline Duramax 6.6L V-8 Turbo-Diesel
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
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Chevy could let you chose between the two engines or there may be no choice at all

That said, one possible move here would be to give the choice of what engine you want in your new Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition. While we don’t know Chevy’s plans in this regard, we reckon things could go down a different path as the carmaker decides to offer just one engine in the Carhartt-badged truck in order to simplify the whole assembly process on its end. That’s more plausible because as far as special editions go, they usually come as a fixed, non-tweakable, as-it-is package. If that’s the case here, we can only hope that Chevrolet picks the more powerful 6.2-liter unit to motivate the pickup truck.

Can I take the Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition off-road?

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You bet. In fact, Chevrolet wants you to do that as often as possible and the single best argument here is the decision to offer the Z71 Off-Road Pack as standard. Usually available for an extra $2,695, the package contains quite a hefty hardware list that includes:

  • two-speed Autotrac transfer case
  • Hill Descent Control
  • twin-tube Rancho shocks
  • automatic locking rear differential
  • spray-on bedliner
  • extra skid plates
  • head-up display
  • rear camera mirror

2021 Chevrolet Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition Pricing

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Considering that a four-wheel-drive 2019 Silverado 2500 HD LTZ Crew Cab starts at $50,295 (with the 5.3-liter V-8) or $52,790 (with the 6.2-liter V-8) and that the Z71 bundle adds another $2,695 to the party,

we estimate that the Carhartt Special Edition might start anywhere between $60,000 and $70,000.

That also depends a lot on which of the two V-8s will find a way under the hood, something that we’ll probably find out closer to the truck’s market debut. Regardless, if our estimates are right, you’re looking at a price tag in the same ballpark as the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8. And that should be enough to at least make you think twice.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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