The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty lineup reclaims best-in-class towing and hauling numbers, plus it adds an all-new Z71 off-road appearance package.
Like the recent 2012 GMC Sierra 3500 that won our Heavy-Duty Hurt Locker comparison test, the latest Silverado HD receives the same hardware upgrades that boost its work capabilities.
We’ve been told GM engineers specifically targeted the maximum fifth-wheel towing number by redesigning the rear leaf springs, u-bolts, and box mounts on specific HD models. In addition, GM also strengthened the internal structure of the cargo boxes and increased the size of the supports inside the box sills. Finally, as you might expect, shock upgrades needed to be made on those max payload and towing packages.
As a result of the changes, fifth-wheel towing numbers have been raised from the 21,700 pounds to 23,000 pounds for 2012. Likewise, payload capacity has been raised (for the 3500 dual-rear-wheel regular cab 6.0-liter V-8) from 6,635 to 7,215 pounds. And finally, the maximum conventional trailer weight capacity is now 18,000 pounds, up from 17,000 from last year.
The Silverado HD also adds a new Z71 appearance package for LT and LTZ models that includes a body-colored grille surround with a chrome mesh grille, body-colored bumpers, 18-inch polished forged aluminum wheels and other details.