2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500: New Look, New Abilities

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By Aaron Bragman

  • Looks like: Different from the half ton — just like you wanted them
  • Competes with: Ram 2500/3500, Ford Super Duty
  • Powertrains: gasoline 6.6-liter V-8 (401 horsepower, 464 pounds-feet of torque) with six-speed automatic transmission or turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 (445 hp, 910 pounds-feet of torque) mated to 10-speed Allison automatic transmission, rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Summer 2019

The heavy-duty pickup truck battle is heating up in 2019, and Chevrolet has fired its guns at its crosstown rivals by unveiling the full lineup and specifications for the new 2020 Silverado 2500/3500 ahead of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show where they'll make their public debut.

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Chevrolet revealed the full 2020 Silverado 2500 and 3500 trim range at the Flint, Mich., plant where they're built. We've seen the new 2020 Ford Super Duty (but still don't have specifications) and the 2019 Ram 2500/3500 (know what they can do); the third piece of the heavy-duty puzzle is now here.

Exterior

The goal for the new 2020 Silverado HDs was to make them immediately identifiable as heavy-duty trucks, distinctly visually different from the light-duty Silverado 1500. "Our customers said that they don't want a bigger version of a light-duty truck," said Rich Scheer, Chevrolet truck director of exterior design.

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So Chevrolet decided to make the HDs look wild based on GM's design clinics. Whether the new look will be successful is entirely subjective, but we can state that the only shared body panel between the light duty and heavy duty is the roof stamping. Everything else — from the unique grille and headlight treatments to the standard side step that will appear on every single HD (including the duallies) — is original to the Silverado 2500/3500.

The five HD trim levels all have a distinctive look:

  • Work Truck: features a black "Chevrolet" flow-through script grille
  • Custom: new for the HD lineup only as a 2500, 20-inch wheels and body-colored trim with black bumpers
  • LT: chrome-accented vertical grille elements with a bright "Chevrolet" flow-through name bar
  • LTZ: the blinged-out chrome monster version with a bright grille and inserts, LED reflector headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillamps
  • High Country: the luxury version with the distinctive Chevy bow-tie-badged two-tone metallic grille and LED lighting.

Under the Hood

Just like the 2020 Ford Super Duty, an all-new gas engine has been created for the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500. It's a direct-injected 6.6-liter V-8 making 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque, and it's standard across the lineup. It's mated to a standard 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels or all four through part-time four-wheel drive. The new engine is built on a cast-iron small-block with aluminum heads and features a forged steel crankshaft and forged powdered-metal connecting rods for increased durability. The new engine delivers 21 percent more torque than the outgoing 6.0-liter V-8 engine and will be offered with dual alternators for customers with heavy electrical needs. The new engine allows for a maximum towing capacity of 17,400 pounds in the Silverado 2500, an 18 percent improvement over the old model.

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The optional powertrain will be the venerable turbo-diesel 6.6-liter Duramax V-8, now making a healthy 445 hp and 910 pounds-feet of torque. It's mated to a new 10-speed Allison 10L1000 automatic transmission, now available with a factory-installed power takeoff. The new Duramax offers a maximum towing capacity of 35,500 pounds for the Silverado 3500, a whopping 52 percent improvement over the outgoing truck. Chevrolet says that every diesel-equipped Silverado HD will be able to tow at least 30,000 pounds. This is due to improvements to the powertrain and nearly every other driveline component — axles are beefier front and rear, and prop shaft diameter is increased by 30 percent. The ring gear is an 11.5-inch unit on 2500 models, and a new 12-inch ring gear in the rear axle has been fitted to 3500 diesel models.

Cooling capacity has been improved for the new Duramax as well, with a new 28-inch cooling fan up front, and a new feature that will allow the engine to idle for up to 15 minutes after the customer has shut off the truck and locked the doors. This after-run engine cooling will actually function on its own. When drivers put the truck in Park, a warning will appear in the gauge cluster requesting them to keep the engine running for a cool-down. If they shut off the engine anyway, the truck will restart on its own to idle and operate the cooling system, shutting itself off when it's reached an "acceptable temperature."

As for that 910 pounds-feet of torque being a little bit less than the 1,000 pounds-feet available in the new Ram 3500, Chevy has a response. "Torque like that only matters if you can get all that torque to the axles," said Jaclyn McQuaid, Silverado HD's chief engineer. Chevy claims that the new Allison transmission can do just that — deliver all 910 pounds-feet of torque to the pavement in 1st gear.

Another performance upgrade is a new two-speed transfer case for all 4x4 models that has a 4 Auto mode, which allows the truck to shift between two- and four-wheel drive based on changing road conditions.

Interior

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The cabins of the new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 are dimensionally bigger than the outgoing models, with crew-cab versions getting about 3 inches of stretch to them. The shapes and materials should look familiar, as they're similar to the light-duty models. Chevy says that it's chosen "durable materials" for its interiors, which come off as they did in the light-duty models: only as nice as they need to be and still not as nice as the new Ram HDs' cabin.

New Tech

A host of new technology that aims to improve trailering and connectivity make up for that perceived material quality issue, however. With 90 percent of heavy-duty owners using their trucks for towing, Chevrolet has added the Advanced Trailering System to the Silverado 2500 and 3500 to make towing easier. It starts with lots of cameras — eight of them in various places around the truck — offering up to 15 unique camera views. The most unique view is the transparent trailer view, which uses a combination of camera feeds stitched together to make it appear that the trailer isn't actually there and providing an unobstructed view of the rear. That view requires the purchase of a remote accessory camera mounted to the rear of the trailer.

The ATS can be integrated with ASA Electronics iN-Command control systems, which allow owners to share data, monitor and control a variety of systems such as water tank levels, climate controls and even power slide-outs on recreational trailers. Chevy's Trailering App delivers all kinds of data to the driver via a smartphone or the Silverado HD's multimedia system, including stored trailer profiles, a pre-departure checklist, and tire pressure and temperature monitoring.

Each 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 has its own trailering information label specific to that[JB9] truck with its unique specifications and capabilities. The label includes gross vehicle weight rating, curb weight, gross combined weight rating, maximum payload, max tongue weight, gross axle weight rating, and fifth wheel and gooseneck ratings, all determined by what equipment that truck was built with. No more guessing at a truck's capacities by poring over charts to figure out what it'll haul. We don't know why every truck ever built doesn't have this feature.

Thoughtful Touches

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Chevrolet listened to its customers (including ours, judging by gripes we've had with GM trucks in the past that the new trucks eliminate) and improved a lot of the little touches on the new 2020 Silverado 2500 and 3500. The engine block heater plug is now integrated into the front bumper behind a spring-loaded door. No more cords hanging out of the grille for customers living in frigid climates, just pop the little portal and plug in when weather requires; it's standard on diesel models and optional on gas trucks.

The new bumper also has been redesigned for easy removal of the air dam and skid plate. That means snowplow users no longer have to cut or drill anything out of the front end to install a plow.

On diesel models, the diesel exhaust fluid tank filler has been relocated from under the hood to next to the diesel fuel filler on the rear fender. And wonder of wonders: There's now a DEF gauge to tell you just how much is in the tank, instead of merely "enough" and "refill" readings in the current vehicles.

Finally, new trailering mirrors will be standard on all Silverado HD models, with either manual or power-folding operation. The surface area of the mirrors is larger, and a new forward-facing spot lamp on each mirror can illuminate a job or campsite. Some trims will feature new side-view cameras as well, contributing to the Silverado HD's eight possible total cameras, as well as puddle lamps and rearward-facing spotlights.

The new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 go on sale this summer; pricing will be released closer to the on-sale date.

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Comments

Admit it. You want one.

New Silverado 3500 has higher tow ratings than Ford's F-450. Geez, that's got to be embarassing for Ford.

Just like I want hemorrhoid's

Nice looking rig! The chrome cross bars on grille look great!

I can't believe they would release an all new gas motor with a 6 spd. Why not have an 8 or 10 spd. Not good GM

Admit it. You want one.


Posted by: papajim | Feb 5, 2019 3:06:20 PM

.........To drive off the cliff, the thing is terrible.

Actually hemorrhoids aren't that bad. If any of you want to join NAMBLA, I can get you the deluxe treatment. Just have to travel to the Philippines. Let me know.

For whatever reason, this looks a lot better than the initial pictures that I saw. Maybe they hired a new photographer? Anyway, I actually like the truck in most of these pictures, at least on the outside. I am not a fan of the two-tone interiors though. I am excited about the new 6.6 gasser, though as TNT said, too bad it doesn't come with a 10 speed, or at least an 8 speed. All-in-all, nice truck!

Okay, now that I can observe the look of the Silverado HD LT Model from a different angle, I have to admit, it really doesn't look all that bad, overall I can come to grips with accepting the end result of this design.

@ Frank

Trust me and many others wish you would drive off a cliff. I'll buy u one just to see it done. Good riddance

@TNTGMC

Why so much hate? I feel sorry for you. I do. You're an angry little bigot. Don't be so hateful. I love you.

@tntgmc
all that hate in you is controlling you now

Its not hate. It's love! I offered to buy him the truck 🤣😂😃😂🤣😂

Its not hate. It's love! I offered to buy him the truck 🤣😂😃😂🤣😂

I love you.

^^^^^^^^^^^^
boyfriends
^^^^^^^^^^^^

@Yard Sale

It feels good to say it.

It is clear that the individual who continually abducts others commenting names is a Ford fangay.

It is clear that the individual who continually abducts others commenting names is a Ford fangay.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 5, 2019 5:14:43 PM

Your very own GM people hate you, I don't understand why your such an ignorant fellow.

Get yourself a life.

@ Frank

Please leave like u said u would couple days ago....or are u a LIAR?

I have no problem with gmsrgreat. He chooses the best truck brand out there

It's you who no one likes. Poor guy

Get yourself a life.

Posted by: Frank | Feb 5, 2019 5:15:43 PM

You really should apply yourself to that comment. Good luck!

Wow so GM finally upped the towing numbers...35,500. So that must mean the Super Duty can tow 50,000...LMFAO. The Duramax is gonna beat the Super Dooty like it does every year, what's new?

Wow so GM finally upped the towing numbers...35,500......


Posted by: Sean | Feb 5, 2019 5:31:17 PM

Yes, and they did it retaining the independent front suspension for superior traction and handling.

Frank

Please leave like u said u would couple days ago....or are u a LIAR?

I have no problem with gmsrgreat. He chooses the best truck brand out there

It's you who no one likes. Poor guy


Posted by: TNTGMC | Feb 5, 2019 5:25:41 PM

$hvty0b!tch@$$up

Yes, and they did it retaining the independent front suspension for superior traction and handling.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 5, 2019 5:37:22 PM

Hahahah what a f@g

@TNTGMC

Yeah! Keep gay bashing!! We're so proud of you.

On a side note please read the sentence you typed below. Not to be mean, but you sound like an idiot when you use words in the wrong context. Stick to what we love about you; suckin cawk and cleanin our bathrooms. You're a valued member man!

"It is clear that the individual who continually abducts others commenting names is a Ford fangay."

Not everyone was meant to go to college....

@TNTGMC

Stop the homophobic slurs. It doesn't belong on here or anywhere. With your limited vocabulary, try using words like stupid, moron, jerk. You get the idea. If you need help with insults, feel free to ask around. Just trying to help you out.

@TNTGMC

I thought you were going to grow a brain? LIAR!!!!

@tntgmc
your hate now precedes you

Boy this nut job doesn't even remember his own comments. He so many multiple personalities and usernames, he thinks I said it

Reread post clown.....Frank said the word.


Lmfao. What a loser

@tntgmc
all that hate is controlling you now

Well the Chevy looks not bad at all in these photos. I think when I first saw the original pics of the Chevy HD, I was in shock that GM would make such a bold looking truck, like Ram did when they released the Big Rig look that at first looked ugly as sin, then after getting used to it everyone wanted the new bold look.
As far as a capable truck the Duramax/Allison trucks are unbeatable.

@snowman

I remember back when the new Dodge Ram was introduced back in 1994, I thought it was ugly as sin at the time as well! It took maybe a year or two, but I really started to like the look...so much so, that I bought one in 1998, even though I had no confidence in their reliability. My Ram turned out to be as unreliable as I feared it would be, so I dumped it within two years. Also, I thought the same thing on the first Silverado pictures, it looked absolutely hideous...but now with the new pictures, somehow it actually looks pretty good! Looking at the new super duty front end, I think the Silverado actually looks a little better.

@TNTGMC

I love you. Even though you have the brain capacity of a fruit fly.

@TNTGMC

I love you. Even though you have the brain capacity of a fruit fly.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 5, 2019 7:39:45 PM

The above comment was made by that fruitcake who wishes he was the real GMSRGREAT.

I Bet this truck will win the best towing competition,,,

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 5, 2019 7:39:45 PM

The above comment was made by that fruitcake who wishes he was the real GMSRGREAT.
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The above comment was made by that fruitcake who wishes he was the real GMSRGREAT.

“Jaclyn McQuaid, Silverado HD's chief engineer“
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Ugly as sin? Check.

STILL using the rough-riding, bump-steering, tiny little tie rods torsion bar IFS? Check.

Worthless in anything challenging off-road? Check.

Still sporting the Grenade-Loc that is prone to shatter and take out the ring and pinion, plus all the bearings? Check.

I hope I’m wrong, but very few women actually understand why men buy trucks. This one seems to support that belief.
It also gives GM cover if the 2020 can’t turn GM’s lackluster HD pickup sales. Mary sure has done a number on GM.

The 6.6 gas motor sounds good. Too bad their IFS loves to bend tie rods and puke half-shafts while in 4Lo and rough stuff. Maybe that’s the fuse? Bend up the tie rods before the Gov-loc grenades? ...if Kia built a truck

@ dragging knuckles

Crazy how the truck you are talking about beats the competition 99% of the time on this website...if Kia built a truck you would definitely have one, you've obviously been thinking about it lol

@Tom
Guess this website is not a reflection of what people or business decide is the truck from them Ram and Ford pretty much dominate the HD market - and have been for years. GM may win HD shootouts but in the real world of dollars and sense they have consistently placed 3rd.

Here it is, the new truck that does the job better than all the rest.

And yes, it absolutely will win the independent towing tests etc.

GMs shake and rattle, but at least they will roll--unlike Ford.

Nevertheless, Ford will probably have better rust protection, like it usually does.

And we all know that the Cummins is always the best motor overall, even if the little things of the RAMs will bug you to death.

But, I must speak the TRUTH.

Sorry, guys, I will always be smarter than all of you on these matters. I am sure you are smarter than me on other matters. I don't know which matters those are, but I am sure there is something you are smarter about.

Love, ya :)

Looks like they took the government money they stole and decided to not use it on the exterior styling or interior but did almost go all in on the driveline and powertrain.

Seeing a lot of similarities between the new 6.6 gas and Ford's new 7.3. Kudos to GM for going with DI and sad neither went with DOHC. I fully realize the pros and cons but the bottom line is investing in old engine archictecture that is "good enough" when you already do better today and a decade from now with the modern innovations.

Would love to know why Ford gets to put the joint 10spd behind its HD truck gasser and GM doesn't/cant/wont at least for now. Come on 6 speeds? Nowadays that's a very Titan/Tundra esque move.

BIG increases for the Duramax trucks. Not just incremental shifts but jumps from the fan to the rear. Personally for myself I've already been priced and over capabilitied out of the 3/4 / 1 ton diesel market (and that's fine). I'm just sitting back and waiting to see where things finally plateau. It wont be with this batch of HDs.

Would love to know why Ford gets to put the joint 10spd behind its HD truck gasser and GM doesn't/cant/wont at least for now. Come on 6 speeds? Nowadays that's a very Titan/Tundra esque move.

Posted by: Clint | Feb 6, 2019 6:50:15 AM

Fords V8 will benefit more from the use of a 10 speed because the engine with not have as broad of a torque curve as the GM 6.6.

Plus, can you imagine how thirsty that 7.3 liter Ford will be. Maybe the 10 speed will allow the vehicle to make it to the next gas station without the use of a jerrycan. HAHAHA!

Only a 52% improvement? I guess they ran out of pixie dust.

The receptionist at Allison that drive over to GM and gave her blessing to the knockoff of the Ford 10 speed is now suing GM due to unpaid per diem.

When is the cost cutting at GM going to end?

Only a 52% improvement? I guess they ran out of pixie dust.


Posted by: Dudlydooright | Feb 6, 2019 7:40:24 AM


Had Ford not use so much pixie dust creating the "Military grade aluminum", they would not have been passed by GM in towing capability.

@Clint

Would love to know why Ford gets to put the joint 10spd behind its HD truck gasser and GM doesn't/cant/wont at least for now. Come on 6 speeds? Nowadays that's a very Titan/Tundra esque move.

Ford says that the HD 10 speed is substantially different than the joint Ford/GM 10 speed. I think even the housing is physically larger. I agree with your point though, why is GM sticking with the 6 speed here?? GM has their own 8L-90 transmission that is rated for 738 lb-ft of torque, why can't this one work (at least a modified version) with the new 6.6 gasser?? GM did some cost-cutting on the tranny (no 8 or 10 speed), while Ford did some cost-cutting on the engine (no DI).

@ Texas 1836

I am disappointed as well with you on transmission choice. I have the 8 spd now and love it. Should atleast put that with the 6.6L gas motor?

NEWS*NEWS*NEWS*

Ford boys grab your Kleenex.

GM today announced Q4 financial numbers: Earnings UP---Profits---UP---Revenues---UP

Ford boys: WAAAAAAA

@papa
GM is executing their plan perfectly - cut 4000 workers, close Lordstown OH, Oshawa and maufacture the new Blazer in Mexico.



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