Chevrolet provides our first official look at the next-gen 2020 Silverado HD pickup ahead of the truck's full debut in February 2019. The heavy-duty hauler will go on sale in the middle of next year.
Gallery: 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
The 2020 Silverado HD has an eye-catching, potentially even polarizing look. The Bowtie says that the roof is the only part shared with the less tough Silverado 1500. A massive mesh grille now dominates the front end, and there's no guessing what company makes this machine because "Chevrolet" appears in the holes in the bar that spans the center of the grille. The chiseled hood features a subtle, chrome-trimmed scoop. At the back, a step integrates into the rear bumper for easier access to the bed.
"We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck," Brian Izard, the pickup's lead exterior designer, said. "The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finishes and customer-focused details."
Gallery: Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Interior Spy Shots
Chevrolet doesn't provide any photos of the interior, but spy photos offer a glimpse inside. The center stack has an infotainment display at the top and huge HVAC vents next to it. The Bowtie also touts that there are an additional three inches of legroom in the second row of crew cab models so that bigger folks are more comfortable in the back.
The 2020 Silverado HD will be available with a tweaked powertrain range. There will be a new gasoline engine with direct injection, but Chevy won't provide any further details about it yet. In addition, the existing Duramax turbodiesel V8 will get a new 10-speed automatic gearbox. The upgrades will provide "significant increases in towing and payload capabilities," according to the Bowtie.
MOST CAPABLE, MOST ADVANCED SILVERADO HEAVY DUTY EVER TO DEBUT IN FEBRUARY 2019
2020 Silverado HD is the third all-new Silverado in 18 months
DETROIT — When the 2020 Silverado HD debuts in February 2019 it will be the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever. It will also be the third all-new Silverado model from Chevrolet in just 18 months — each designed for different customers.
“We know the needs and priorities of heavy-duty customers are different than those of either light-duty or medium-duty customers,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “As such, we built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.”
Built at the Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Mich., the new Silverado HD’s design has a bold, sculpted form that follows its enhanced heavy-duty function, differentiating it from the light-duty Silverado. In fact, the 2020 Silverado HD exterior shares only the roof with its Silverado 1500 stablemate — every other piece of sheet metal is exclusive to Silverado HD.
“We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck,” said Brian Izard, lead exterior designer for Silverado HD. “The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finishes and customer-focused details.”
The interior benefits from similar architectural changes made to the all-new Silverado 1500, including an additional 3 inches of legroom on crew cab models and a taller, more comfortable seating position.
Under the 2020 Silverado HD’s hood is a choice of two new powertrains: an all-new gasoline engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed transmission, or the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V-8, which delivers 910 lb-ft of torque through an all-new, Allison 10-speed transmission.
The 2020 Silverado HD also will offer all-new customer-focused trailering technology, significant increases in towing and payload capabilities and a host of technologies and features designed specifically for heavy-duty truck customers.
GM’s focus on understanding truck customers has helped build the most successful truck franchise in the industry over the last four years. Since introducing the industry’s first three-truck strategy with midsize, full-size light-duty and full-size heavy-duty trucks in 2014, GM has been the best-selling truck manufacturer for four consecutive years. The company has sold more than 600,000 pickups than the closest manufacturer from 2014 through the first three quarters of 2018.
That momentum is expected to continue with the launches of the new Colorado ZR2 Bison, all-new Silverado 1500, the all-new Silverado Medium-Duty trucks and now the all-new Silverado HD models.
The 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale in mid-2019, stay tuned for more details about the all-new 2020 Silverado HD.
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