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The New 2020 Chevy Silverado HD
From front to back, 2020 Chevy did not cut any corners on their new fully redesigned HD trucks. Numerous changes have been made to increase the functionality, looks, and power of this truck.
Once it hits the road later in 2019, there is just no way you will mistake the new 2020 Chevy Silverado HD for last year’s model . The 2020 rides on a wheel base that’s increased by 5.2 inches. It’s just over 10 inches longer bumper to bumper, 1.4 inches wider, and 1.6 inches taller. Chevy also decided to change up the front grill, moving away from their signature “bow tie” to a massive horizontal “Chevrolet” branding across the front grill. Only the High Country model will retain the signature bow tie on the front grill. The cab height has been reduced and the front fenders raised, giving the front end a choptop bulldog feel.
Behind all those big beautiful changes to the front end is the engine, which Chevy has also changed drastically. First, they increased the fan size to a massive 28 inches, which will help with cooling when towing on scorching hot humid days. The standard engine in the HD is the new 6.6-liter gas V8. With all that muscle, this motor (fully flexing) will put out 401 HP and 464 ft-lbs-trq. This is an increase from the previous 6.0 V8, which put out 360 hp and 380 ft-lbs-trq. This new 6.6 liter gas motor is fueled by direct injection and will be paired with an updated 6 speed exclusive transmission.
The other engine choice available with this truck will be a 6.6-liter turbodiesel motor with 445 hp and a massive 910 ft-lbs-trq. With Chevy’s new 10-speed Allison Transmission, all that torque can be used in first gear. That can’t be said for all competing trucks. Everything is bigger and stronger, which is just what we love to hear! With a properly equipped standard cab dually model, this vigorous turbodiesel can pull 35,500 lbs. A regular single rear-wheel turbo-diesel equipped truck can pull up to 20,000 lbs. The turbodiesel will go from 0-60mph in just 8.2 seconds, which is pretty impressive for a beefy brute. HD owners can expect an overall 14 mpg.
The new model doesn’t stop at being taller, longer, and wider. Chevy is all about the safety features as well, especially when it comes to towing. This truck has an automatic parking brake, hill hold assist, trailer sway control, and steering assist. It also features a transparent trailer view camera that allows you to see behind the trailer on your display. That’s awesome!
Chevy has improved the tow mirrors and cleared up visibility on the “A pillar”. They also added a base for the mirror lower on the door, then added the arm above the base that supports the mirror. This was a huge improvement for visibility over their past model. The new HD is stacked with 15 cameras, allowing the driver to be seen in virtually all directions.
On each side of the bed of the truck, Chevrolet added a foot well that supports up to 500 lbs. They also enlarged the foot well in the rear bumper to accommodate larger boots. The powered rear tailgate has been carried over from the half ton design, which was a great decision in our eyes. Now when you push a button or lightly lift the gate, it automatically raises itself and latches to its stored vertical position.
A lot of people were predicting that this new HD was going to be a just a larger version of recently redesign half ton models. Chevy proved those skeptics wrong. The 2020 redesign will be available in Work truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and the Luxurious High Country Trim level. We have not yet heard what the pricing will be.