Chevrolet is out to stomp its competition into submission with their newly overhauled Silverado HD. The pickup truck comes in either a 2500HD or a 3500HD version, and they have higher tow ratings than either the Ram HD or the Ford Super Duty. The new towing strength comes with a stronger chassis, more technology, and a new look.
The new Silverado looks like it’s been going to the gym a lot lately. Unlike its smaller predecessors, this new version has a big, bold front end that came to be as a response to focus group feedback. The bigger front end also serves to feed more cold air to the engine bay, which is increased even more by the functional hood scoop. But it’s not just the front end that looks bigger. The rest of the truck is bigger—it’s 1.6 inches taller, 1.4 inches wider, and 10.4 inches longer than previous versions.
With haulers, power is the game, and the Silverado is in a good position to come out as the winner. Both the 2500HD and the 2500HD have a standard 6.6-liter, gas-powered V8. This all new engine produces 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. The engine connects to a six-speed automatic transmission. The setup is capable of towing 17,400 pounds. If you need a bit more power, the Duramax diesel version of the V8 produces 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. This version mates with a new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission and adds on an additional 2,000 pounds to its towing capabilities. Chevrolet also lowered the truck bed by one inch, which will help out those who haul a gooseneck or a fifth-wheel hitch.
With the proper power firmly in place, Chevrolet turned their attention to the rear axle. Stronger U-joints, a beefier prop shaft, and an 11.5-inch ring gear were added for the 2500HD model. The 3500HD model received similar treatment, substituting in a 12-inch gear that helps this truck reach the best-in-class towing capacity of up to 35,5000 pounds.
Chevrolet isn’t kidding around with this new bid to be the go-to truck when it comes to hauling. With the power to take on any load, and the looks to turn heads, this is the truck to beat.