When Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer of Silverado HD, stated that Chevy knows that “the needs and priorities of heavy-duty customers are different than those of either light-duty or medium-duty customers,” she wasn’t kidding. The 2020 Silverado HD will debut February 2019 to reveal just how those needs will be met, but until then, Chevy has given us a few hints.
For starters, the 2020 Silverado HD will have improved towing capability thanks to advanced towing technologies. It will also have an integrated Bedstep for easier access to the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer. Owners will also have the choice of an all-new gasoline engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed transmission or a Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 attached to an all-new Allison 10-speed transmission.
The design was also updated to match the new heavy-duty functionality. The only similarity with other Silverados is the roof; otherwise, each piece is exclusive to the HD. “We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck,” said Brian Izard, lead exterior designer. “The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finishes and customer-focused details.”
More details are coming out, but regardless of what we find out on paper, it’s obvious that it won’t hold a candle to what we’ll see when these trucks finally hit the showroom floor.