Earlier this year, Chevrolet introduced the redesigned 2019 Silverado. Its updated interior and slick 10-speed transmission helped make the new Silverado 1500 a finalist in this year’s Truck of the Year competition. But interestingly, Chevrolet chose not to reveal the heavy-duty version of the Silverado. Until now.
As you can see, the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD is big. Really big. Features editor Scott Evans stood next to one at a preview event and found the Duramax badge was almost at eye level. And those helpful bed steps you see in front of the rear wheels? Those are mid-thigh height. So if yo}re 6-foot-6 and need a new truck, look no further than the Silverado HD.
You just might not want to look directly at it, though, because this thing is seriously, uh, “controversially styled.” Surprisingly, the roof is the only sheetmetal it shares with the 1500. There’s a lot going on with the Silverado 1500’s design, but the HD goes even further. As a result, you have to really like what Chevrolet did with the regular truck in order to appreciate the Silverado HD’s new look. If you ask Chevrolet, it’s meant to look like a piece of heavy machinery.
“We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck,” Brian Izard, the Silverado HD’s head designer, said in a release. “The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finishes and customer-focused details.”
Under the hood, you’ll have your choice of two powertrains. The direct-injected gasoline option comes with a six-speed automatic and is rumored to be a Navistar-sourced 6.6-liter V-8 from MD Trucks. Meanwhile, the diesel version gets a Duramax V-8 and an Allison 10-speed. Horsepower figures haven’t been released, but Chevrolet says the diesel makes 910 lb-ft of torque. That’s not quite the 935 lb-ft the Ford Super Duty makes, but it should be enough to tow almost anything that needs towing.