Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD revealed

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Thursday 7 February 2019

GM has taken the wraps off the redesigned 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pick-ups. They’re tough but not quite as brawny as the recently released RAM HD models, offering 1357Nm or 1000 lbs-foot of torque.

The new heavy duty trucks share a 6.6-litre turbodiesel V8, making 331kW and 1243Nm, now sent through a new Allison ten-speed automatic transmission. Larger and stronger front and rear axles, bigger ring gears to both 2500HD (292mm) and 3500HD (305mm) models and 30 per cent larger prop shafts permit a 52 per cent increase in maximum towing capacity to 35,500lbs (that’s almost 16 tonnes).

If that’s all too much for you, there’s a new 6.6L petrol V8 mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine is based on the small-block architecture of the 6.2L and 5.3L V8s in the light-duty Silverado. It replaces the 6.0L V8 of the previous-generation Silverado HD and is good for a mere 299kW and 629Nm.

Other highlights include an Autotrac active two-speed transfer case on 4wd models electronically controlling a “4-auto” mode to seamlessly shift between 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive, depending on the road conditions. The exterior design now differs somewhat from the light-duty models. Increased dimensions make the HDs wider, taller and longer than the outgoing models, translating to increased cabin space.

For ease of towing, there are 15 available camera views. There’s also an accessory camera for high-definition surround vision while unique ‘transparent trailer’ feature takes that out of the picture so the driver can more easily see surrounding obstacles. A new side view perspective helps with negotiating tight corners.


NZ Autocar

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