2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500: What's Changed

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By G.R. Whale

Most significant changes: Standard backup camera on pickups with beds, cosmetic changes to higher trim levels, revised graphics and MyLink 7-inch radio standard on the Work Truck trim

Price changes: Increases of $500 to $1,300, depending on configuration

On sale: Now

Which should you buy, 2017 or 2018? 2018 because more configurations are available

For model-year 2018, the Chevrolet's Silverado 2500/3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks change little, while the all-new light-duty 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 continues on its course to hit dealer lots in the fall. And although we have seen several camouflaged HD prototypes, big changes for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 aren't expected until model-year 2020.

So for now, the 2018 Silverado HDs will continue with their aging standard 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 mated to the Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission and the available 445-hp, 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V-8 mated to the Allison six-speed automatic, just as their GMC Sierra 2500/3500 twins do. All offer independent front suspension and heavy-duty rear axles and leaf springs on both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models. A locking rear differential is standard across the lineup, but a hitch receiver is optional on lower trim levels.

The Silverado 2500/3500 comes in four primary trim levels — WT, LT, LTZ and High Country — with various subtrims and special editions, including All Star, Midnight, Custom Sport, Alaskan and Texas, with the latter offered only in Texas and adjoining states.

Buyers get a choice of regular, double and crew cabs, with regular cabs and duallies equipped with the 8-foot bed only.

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Need to haul or tow? Here's what these beasts can do. When equipped with the gas V-8, the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 has a maximum payload capacity of 3,410 pounds (4WD regular cab) and a maximum conventional towing capacity of 14,500 pounds (2WD or 4WD regular cab). When equipped with the diesel V-8, the Silverado 2500 has a max payload of 3,204 pounds (2WD regular cab) and a max conventional towing capacity of 14,500 pounds (2WD or 4WD regular cab).When the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 is equipped with the gas V-8, it can haul a max of 7,153 pounds (2WD regular-cab dually) and bumper tow a max of 14,500 (2WD regular cab, 4.10 axle). When running on diesel, the Silverado 3500 can haul a max of 7,153 pounds (2WD regular-cab dually) and bumper tow a max of 20,000 pounds (4WD regular- or double-cab dually).

Both HDs are available in nine exterior colors (three are new), but two colors are restricted by trim or cab style; interior color choices are black or tan.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the 2500 scored four stars overall, four for the frontal crash, five for the side crash and three for the rollover in all cab configurations. Most models above the WT trim can be equipped with forward collision and lane departure warnings, and OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required after trial period).

Here's the full list of updates and changes to the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500:

  • Cajun Red Tintcoat, Havana Metallic and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat (late availability on crew cabs only)
  • Tire pressure monitor with tire fill alert
  • Backup camera standard on all models with pickup box
  • New grille mesh design on High Country and Z71
  • Revised Z71 and 4X4 graphics
  • MyLink 7-inch radio system standard on WT model

 

Manufacturer images

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Comments

Love those Ford tow mirrors...

The best just got better

LOVE that white truck with the matching color grill! The hood scoop looks amazing! I bet within the next 2 years FORD does the same thing!! I said it first!
Just like they did with calibrating their TQ numbers so they can be #1

I also love how he pointed out that the 6.0L is aging?? Its a workhorse of a motor, and its RELIABLE as all get out. That's what workers on the job sites want.

LOVE that white truck with the matching color grill! The hood scoop looks amazing! I bet within the next 2 years FORD does the same thing!! I said it first!
Just like they did with calibrating their TQ numbers so they can be #1

I also love how he pointed out that the 6.0L is aging?? Its a workhorse of a motor, and its RELIABLE as all get out. That's what workers on the job sites want.

The base work truck is not stripped anymore. Many upgrades over recent years have been mostly by osmosis due to design. I just wonder how much Lane Departure and such will lessen the price gap between the WT and lowest trim package.

Glad that it will not have mandatory OnStar but it will be an option. As it should be.

Ugly.

To be honest, that's a really boring selection.

GM would be foolish to do away with the 6.0! Don't fall for the "aging" nonsense. It's the best engine you have!

It’s my opinion the Ford 6.2 is the best gasser HD truck engine. Duramax best diesel - everything else a close 2nd.... that oughta bring out the bees....

Light touches at the end of a run of a tired line.

Hoping for more thought and innovation in the next gen.

Good luck Gov Motors.

@ Clint

I know I was thinking the same thing about the Navigators and Expeditions. Man those things were 15 years old and you guys had a to deal with the anemic 5.4L for all those years. UGH!!! Talking about going back to a dried up well. Glad this year they finally took care of it. Geezz

BTW, the Super Duties before this new aluminum turn in 2018 were 10+ years old!!

At-least this platform is only 5 years old, will only be 6 when its remodeled. I will be glad to see the beast unleashed too! It already beats the Super Duty in all performance categories, with it loosing some weight, it will dominate even more. I'm hoping they up the towing ratings to satisfy some commercial/construction guys.

the tranny didn't change
everybody knows the tranny is bad

@TNT
Not the gas powered version of the new SD.

To be honest that’s an UGLY truck and an JUNK BARAND. No wonder THEY CALL THEM GARBAGE MOTORS COMPANY.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA watch my double is going to start BASHING Ford whatch just whatch. I DONT LIKE GARBAGE MOTORS BECAUSE IS THE WORST TRUCK BRAND EVER AND BECAUSE THEY'RE COPYCATS THEY ALWAYS COPY FORD ALMOST ON EVERYTHING.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA watch my double is going to start BASHING Ford whatch just whatch. I DONT LIKE GARBAGE MOTORS BECAUSE IS THE WORST TRUCK BRAND EVER AND BECAUSE THEY'RE COPYCATS THEY ALWAYS COPY FORD ALMOST ON EVERYTHING.

@ Chingon

Are you Bi-Polar? I get a chuckle out of your posts all the time. I can't take you serious man!

@ Grnzel

You are correct on the gas. I was speaking of diesel. Sorry for not clarifying. I know some guys buy HD trucks that are gas, I have always seen them as diesels. Nothing against it at all! Diesels just come to my mind instantly when I hear HD/Super Duty

"GM would be foolish to do away with the 6.0! Don't fall for the "aging" nonsense. It's the best engine you have!
Posted by: Robert "

I suspect that if most people agreed with you about the 6.0 or any of the gasoline engines for that matter there would be a lot fewer spending the extra 8K for a diesel. That alone tells me that there is a lot of room for everyone's gas engines to get better.

@walt

Or it could mean that improvements in (pickup) diesel engines during the last 20 years make them more attractive to buyers of 3/4 and 1 ton trucks than they were back in the 90s.

The 6.0 GM V8 is solid and proven performer.

I think they have to be talking about 2019! I know this website is always behind the times, but come on, the 2018 has been out since last summer!

Chingon fried his brain on the FORD KOOL AID a long time ago just like his brother Frank.

@TNT
LOVE that white truck with the matching color grill! The hood scoop looks amazing!

That looks just like my truck. I really like it... Duramax/Alison combo is the best.
When I drive to work I know I'm getting respect from my co-workers that drive tiny f150's with sewing machine engines. They all tell me they wish they could get one.
Do I sound like someone else.? Lol

@ what the heck

Congrats on gorgeous truck!

LMFAO... Yes u do! But u don't have to brag! U just roll up and everyone knows!

What is the Pickup towing in the first photo?. Looks like small CASE tractors in the other photo

You may not need a Heavy Duty 2500-3500 pickup

You can get a 2018 F-150 with a 3270 lb payload and 13,700 lbs towing

@tnt
No problem. The gas engines in today’s HDs are just fine. I can recall 80s and 90s F250s with the 300 six. Geared as low as could be, but would have no problems doing work. The MFGs have changed the game on us in search of profits. There is nothing wrong with the 6.0 GM. It’s proven and has more than enough power.
As for diesel, two things - still gunshy about the current PS even though it looks like the reliability has improved. 2nd - too much stuff to go wrong - def heaters, injectors, etc. I don’t pull anything greater than 11k and the 6.2 has been great.

You may not need a Heavy Duty 2500-3500 pickup

You can get a 2018 F-150 with a 3270 lb payload and 13,700 lbs towing


Posted by: Ecoboost Rules | May 22, 2018 2:18:07 AM

Because a 1/2 ton isn't designed to carry/tow that much weight all of the time. Also, I wouldn't dare pull my 12,000 lb boat at work with a 1/2 ton. It walks the F350 DRW when towing. The 6.7 gets 9.5 mpg towing it. Imagine what that ecoboost would get? 4-5 mpg like the v-10 did when we had it?

"The 6.0 GM V8 is solid and proven performer.
Posted by: papajim"

If it is so good then why do most GM customers shell out $8K for a better engine? I am not bad mouthing the engine, it is the GM faithful customers doing it. And that is true for all brands. I personally would have been much more likely to have bought a 3/4 ton truck for my last purchase had it been available with better gas engine. Instead, I bought a half ton with a more modern engine. Ford is coming out with a new gas engine for the HD market very soon and it will be interesting to see how much of the market that engine is able to capture.

Keep in mind that for city use there is a lot of push from the environmentalists to keep away from diesels and any good alternative may find a strong market in commercial trucks for city use.

Next Gen Ford SD gasser:
7.3, dual plug, 4v heads

If it is so good then why do most GM customers shell out $8K for a better engine?

@ Walt

You just answered your question within your question! BC the Duramax to most customers is worth the $8K increase in price!

The 6.0L is a reliable/durable engine, but I agree with you that they need to upgrade it to give it better performance/towing capabilities

Nothing has changed GM still whoops Ford in every test for the segment!

Move the DPF tank instead of hiding with step bars.
Beef up the tie rod ends.
Heavier half shafts and joints.
Ditch the aluminum case IFS diff housing for cast iron. At least then case deflection won’t limit tire size as much.



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