2015 Silverado Towing Capability to Remain at 12,000 Pounds
General Motors is today reporting that the 2015 Silverado towing capability will remain at 12,000 pounds, even as we transition to new ratings for the 2015 model year based on SAE J2807 Recommended Practices. SAE J2807 has set new test protocols and new calculations to determine maximum trailer weight ratings.
“We engineered the new Silverado 1500 to be our most capable light-duty pickup ever,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “For 2015, we will build on that strong foundation to implement SAE J2807 while maintaining robust towing capability across the lineup.
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“For 2015, Silverado 1500 will continue to offer trailer weight ratings up to 12,000 pounds,” Luke continued. “And, we will offer a number of configurations with trailer weight ratings of 9,000 pounds or more, enabling light-duty pickup customers to choose exactly the right truck for their towing requirements.”
The outgoing 2014 Chevy Silverado, the North American Truck of the Year, also had a max trailering rating of 12,000 pounds, pre-SAE J2807. The 2015 Silverado achieves the same rating with the available 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, which is the most powerful engine offered in a light-duty pickup. The V8 is good for 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Pair that with the available NHT max trailering package with a 9.76-inch rear axle, enhanced cooling, heavy-duty rear springs, an integrated trailer brake controller, and revised shock tuning for increased control; put it on a 2WD double-cab model; and voila! You’ve now got a 2015 Silverado towing capability of 12,000 pounds.
Alternatively, the 2015 Silverado’s 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 and available 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 offer significant towing capability, although not 12,000 pounds. The 4.3-liter V6 has a max trailer rating of 7,600 pounds, and the 5.3-liter V8 can tow up to 11,200.
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