The Stronger, Smarter 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Power and technology combine to make trailering a breeze
“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer of the Silverado HD. Based on the truck’s stats, we’d say, “Mission accomplished.”
High-Tech Capability: The Next-Generation Chevrolet Silverado
Power and performance
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD delivers class-leading towing capabilities alongside a host of innovations to make trailering safer and more convenient. Its beefy standard engine is a direct-injected 6.6-liter cast-iron small-block V8, which puts out 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. It comes paired with a 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission. Or opt for the beastly 6.6-liter Duramax V8 turbo-diesel with 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, matched with the 10-speed Allison automatic gearbox. All those additional gears help to give the Silverado HD a quieter ride. Better yet, Chevrolet’s engineers have fine-tuned every detail on the Silverado HD to offer 35,500 pounds of maximum towing capability.
The Silverado HD also features the industry’s first-ever “transparent trailer” view technology. Using a suite of 15 exterior cameras, the Silverado HD can stitch together an image that lets you see through your trailer.
But not every new innovation involves high-tech wizardry — the new BedSteps, along with larger CornerSteps, make it easier to access the cargo box. The sturdy new steps can hold a pair of size-12 boots and up to 500 pounds in weight. The Silverado’s DuraBed just got better, too — the HD’s cargo box is now exclusively tailored to the model. It’ll still feature the rugged rolled-steel box construction, but with more room — for instance, it offers a class-leading 83.5 cubic feet on the long box model.
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Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.