Photography by Evan Sears
In the biggest news at the State Fair of Texas, General Motors brought out celebrity sports announcer Mike Tirico, the voice of ESPN’s "Monday Night Football," to introduce the refreshed 2015 Chevy Silverado Heavy Dutys and GMC Sierra HDs.
The new Silverado and Sierra HDs share many of the same foundational and powertrain choices, but the big differences are in interior and exterior design cues, many of which parallel the 2014 light-duty trucks. Changes include new front grilles, power-dome hoods, new cab construction and configurations, and a vastly improved interior. It’s worth noting that GMC showed us its new premium Sierra Denali package on both the 2500 single rear wheel Sierra HD and 3500 dual rear wheel model. Both seem packed with more features than ever before.
It’s worth noting, separately, that GM engineers did not update or upgrade the frames or powertrains this time around; both were updated in 2011. With that said, GM announced the pickups have a higher maximum payload number, a higher conventional tow rating and a higher fifth-wheel max rating. We’ll know more once we get to drive some early production models at the end of January.