There’s a new sheriff in town: the 2020 Silverado HD is here to load up all the dirty competition and take them away with best-in-class towing.
Towing in HD
With the 2020 model year just around the corner, things are heating up in the truck world. Chevrolet is making a power play with the newest edition of the Silverado HD. Mark Phelan of Detroit Free Press recently took the automaker’s upcoming heavy-duty pickup truck for a towing test drive. Here’s the rundown on why Phelan says, “the claws are out at Chevrolet.”
Phelan prowled about in a 2020 Silverado 3500 HD in his test drive around Mt. Bachelor, Ore. back in June. In his article, Phelan expressed immense satisfaction with the experience, saying that, “Chevy’s in the mood to take names and kick tailgates.”
Phelan’s testing Silverado was equipped with the brand-new 6.6-liter gasoline V8 Duramax diesel engine that is at the heart the pickup truck’s new powerhouse performance. As Phelan and his navigator made their way up the mountains of Oregan, they ran into a minivan taking a far-too-leisurely stroll through the forest. Phelan was thoroughly entertained by the his navigator telling him to “dust ‘em” as they pushed past the obstructionist driver with ease. Phelan praised the 910 pound-feet of torque that flowed through the 10-seed Allison heavy-duty automatic transmission. With a max towing rating of 35,300 pounds, the new 2020 Silverado HD not only leads the class, it took towing up 52% from the 2019 edition.
Once they hooked up the trailer later that day, 14,000 pounds of extra weight were added to the mix. Despite the narrow, twisting roads and numerous hills, the diesel engine’s dynamite power allowed Phelan and crew to take on the challenge with no issue. The performance didn’t cost comfort, either, with Phelan enjoying the easy near-silence of the adventure. He said that even under the most stressful conditions, the new engine was whisper quiet and more than capable of handling everything he threw at it.
Phelan took the 2020 Silverado HD out for two days of testing along a variety of road conditions, from sweeping highways to unpaved roads. He said that the Silverado’s sweeping suite of towing technology made the experience such a breeze that he often forgot the 14,000-pound trailer was present.
Phelan particularly praised the collection of eight digital cameras that combine to offer various views of the trailer. Of the fifteen different viewpoints, he found Transparent Trailer to be very helpful. By fusing feeds from several cameras together, Transparent Trailer is able to show you what is behind you with the trailer virtually removed from the image in real-time. He praised the adaptable technology’s ability to show you what was beside the trailer when turning, saying that it made navigating around tight spaces easy.
HD’s Hit List
Chevy’s big moves with the Silverado HD are a response to big moves from the rivaling Ram and F-series. Chevrolet took a loss last year, with the Dodge Ram replacing the Silverado as the second best-selling pickup truck. Ford continued to hold on to the top prize with an iron grip, as well. Reacting to this, Chevy is now ready to unleash the beast and fight back with a truly ferocious truck.
Phelan laid out some rather audacious claims from the automaker about the new 2020 Silverado 3500 diesel’s abilities. Chevy targeted the Ram, saying that the new Silverado can beat the Ram’s acceleration to 60 mph two seconds quicker unloaded and 2.6 seconds quicker with a 18,000-pound trailer in tow. They also bill the Silverado as being able to pass at 40-60 mpg 1 second quicker and enter a highway at 25-60 mpg 1.6 seconds quicker than the dodgy competitor.
Phelan also said that the automaker is taking shots at the long-ruling F-series Super Duty. Chevrolet’s Chief Engineer Tim Herrick pointed out to Phelan that the Silverado should perform at peak strength no matter the altitude, while Ford recommends powering down the higher the F-series ventures.
Phelan wrapped up his review by going over the many features and feats that Chevy is pushing about their new stalwart Silverado HD. For one, Chevy is including a vehicle-specific label detailing the exact capabilities of that individual Silverado for the first time.
The new 6.6-liter diesel V8 is said to achieve 445 horsepower. It comes alongside the first direct-injection gasoline engine for the Silverado HD’s class. The 6.6-liter gasoline V8 is capable of 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque.
An interesting note is that the 2020 Silverado HD was engineered separately from its smaller namesake for the first time. Their outer appearances are notably different, and Phelan credits the divergent design for the massive performance gap.
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