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What Are the Differences Between the 2019 and 2020 Chevy Silverado HD?

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If you’ve been wondering how the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD differs from the previous year’s model, you’re in the right place. Here’s a brief overview of what’s new on the 2020 Silverado HD, to help inform your next purchase.

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The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is brawnier than the previous model year, thanks to a new gasoline engine option and transmission, as well as increased towing and hauling capacity.

Whereas the 2019 model has a 6.0-liter V8 as the base engine, the 2020 one has a more potent 6.6-liter Duramax V8 turbo diesel engine with direct injection. Chevy has also introduced a new transmission for the 2020 model year — the all-new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission —
instead of the six-speed automatic of last year’s version.

Here are the respective specs for both model years:

  • 2019 Chevy Silverado HD: 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque; 14,400 pounds towing capacity
  • 2020 Chevy Silverado HD: 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque; 17,400 pounds


The 2020 model year also brings some cosmetic tweaks for the Silverado HD. The truck is bigger than last year’s iteration. It employs a 5.2-inch longer and 1.4-inch wider wheelbase and an additional 10.4 inches in overall length. Chevy has also added a power up/down tailgate and BedStep side steps for easier accessibility to the truck bed.

2020 chevy silverado HD rearview backup camera

2020 Chevy Silverado HD rearview camera
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Cabin and connectivity

Inside, the cabin is a bit more roomy, due to the truck’s larger size. Both the 2019 and 2020 models both have a solid core of tech feature like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. However, the 2020 Silverado HD offers even more connectivity perks, including a variety of trailering apps and aids, wireless smartphone charging, audio upgrades, and extra USB ports. One of the most appealing features it adds is an in-vehicle trailering system with 15 available camera views.

Concluding thoughts

Both the 2019 and 2020 versions of the Silverado HD are gratifying choices for the heavy-duty segment. The 2020 offers more towing strength, trailering tech, and connectivity perks than the previous year. However, you’ll get similar capabilities and tech perks on the 2019 version at a better price, since it’s been on the market longer.

News Source: Autoblog