2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Debuts With New 6.6-liter V8 And 35,500 Pound Towing Capacity

Following a handful of previews, Chevrolet has released performance specifications for the 2020 Silverado HD.

Starting under the hood, the truck comes equipped with a new 6.6-liter V8 petrol engine that develops 401 hp (299 kW / 406 PS) and 464 lb-ft (628 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional four-wheel drive system. While Chevrolet declined to mention fuel economy ratings, the company did confirmed the engine has direct injection and variable valve timing.

Drivers looking for more capability will want to check out the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8. It develops 445 hp (331 kW / 451 PS) and 910 lb-ft (1,232 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a new ten-speed Allison automatic transmission and Chevrolet noted the truck is the first in its segment to offer an integrated Power Takeoff package which makes it easy to power commercial accessories.

The ratings are nothing to sneeze at, but the real star of the show is the Silverado HD’s massive tow capacity of 35,500 lbs (16,102 kg). That’s a 52 percent improvement over its predecessor and engineers were able to achieve this thanks to the trucks upgraded axles and beefier ladder box frame.

Besides upgrading the towing capacity, engineers equipped the diesel-powered truck with a more conveniently located DEF fluid tank. The instrument cluster also features a DEF readout so drivers will know when it’s time to top up the system.

The 2020 Silverado HD will be go on sale late this summer and be available in five different trims called Work, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. Each version of the truck features as slightly different grille design as well as usual equipment differences.

Chevrolet didn’t say much about the trim levels, but noted the truck can be equipped with an Advanced Trailering System that uses up to 15 exterior cameras to show what’s around a trailer. That’s a neat bit of technology, but the cabin remains pretty underwhelming.

The 2020 Silverado HD will make its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show later this week and we can expect to hear more about the truck closer to launch.

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  • U8INIT

    RAM FTW!!!!

  • Liam Paul

    Their very nice looking trucks, may be GM best work on a truck to date, may be better than fords F150 250 etc but as long as their being built in Mexico forget it, No offence to mexicans but my money supports working Americans, not other counties, now if Mexico wants to become part of the USA , pay taxes to us, have UAW , than fine but otherwise GM can Kiss my Back Tailgate in the rear bumper

  • Stephen G

    The profile and 3/4 rear shots are very very nice. Just guessing…the guy that designed the body went on vacation and an intern finished the grille and mirrors?

  • cbATL

    I didn’t know the Lexus design team was partnering with Chevrolet.

  • charlotteharry57

    GM stated today that they’re not at all worried about RAM, but they should be…very. This ugly thing has a face only a mother could love, and she probably wouldn’t. I’m not crazy about the non-HD Silverado either, and GMs latest “customer clinic” ad has the men all saying “looks mean; I love it”. Oh GM, desperation.

  • LJ

    I’m sure it has a great personality.

    • BGM

      Thanks man, I needed that after the day I had.

  • David De Fortier

    Theres those fugily lights again. I think toyota is the only automaker left thats not yet following the billboard illuminator trend

  • Bo Hanan

    I swear the “Transformers” are designing these trucks. Yet still I like.

  • brn

    For when a towing capacity of 33,000lbs just isn’t enough.

    • BGM

      Really! It’s not enough to pull that 30 footer out of the water, the Navy needs you to pull the USS Ronald Reagan into dry dock. Geez!

  • Sharpel007

    Just when I thought the new 1500 was the worst thing Chevy has done after mess up the Camaro… this makes the Lexus grille on the trucks look restrained.

  • TheBelltower

    And I thought the farm tractor-looking Ford Super Duty was the trashiest looking truck on the market. Boy was I wrong. In a race to the bottom, Chevy “wins” against Ford and Ram.

  • donald seymour

    I guess I’m the only one who loves the design.

    • LJ

      Ray Charles, is that you?

      • donald seymour

        Ha ha ha. Funny.

    • MarkoS

      I like the design. Now make it the size of a Colorado and I’d be a Customer.

    • dumblikeyou2

      It’s ugly until it’s not anymore. I think GM is ahead of the next game here. I do believe despite auto enthusiast’s opinion (which is a tiny minority that manufacturers rarely catered to), it will be a success because recent history has proven that people seem to like their trucks kinda of funky/”ugly”. The Cherokee was a top seller before its facelift only for Hyundai to pick up from there with the new Kona which is also doing quite well. This stacked headlight design is going to be the new normal. Everything else is just playing it safe.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I kinda feel bad for Ram.
    Two of its competitors didn’t even bother showing up. They’ve wasted so much time and expense to craft the best trucks in their classes- absolute class leaders- when they could have just done half the job and still be the leader of the pack.

    It’s like bringing a clean, sharp knife to a knife fight and everyone else brings butter knives.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Interesting design. Not beautiful but a sort of Subaru’s “ugly beauty in rage and anger”. Fit for the purpose.

  • no25

    sorry, but WTF IS THIS??? That front end is by far the ugliest on the road right now. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e315f76763265d05754266232585435dfa86b95ca154c507df5cf31f2352f45f.jpg

  • TheHake

    1232Nm. Holy f*^&. Yes please.

  • Yishay

    Odd front end

  • Giuliano Anzuini

    The ugliest truck ever

  • Blade t

    I know most are hating on the looks ,but most buyers are more concerned about having 910ft lbs of torque to haul their big trailers ,than what the front end looks like..

  • marioGTI

    This truck reminds me a vehicle taken straight from GTA.

  • Schwarzenegger villain’s car.

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