New heavy-duty pickup promises to be “most capable, most advanced.”
When the 2020 Silverado HD debuts in February 2019, General Motors says it will be the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever. Under the hood will be one of two available powertrains—an all-new gasoline engine mated to a six-speed transmission, or the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 mated to an all-new Allison 10-speed transmission.
“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.”
The new Silverado HD is also visually distinct from its lighter-duty sibling. GM says the HD’s exterior shares only the roof with Silverado 1500. Every other piece of sheet metal is distinctly 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.
The new HD also boasts new trailering technology, increases in towing and payload capabilities and a number of technologies and features designed specifically for heavy-duty truck customers.