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Zane Merva - Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com

Thom Cannell - Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com

December 4th, 2018


The long wait of teases, spy-shots, and speculation is over. This morning Chevrolet took the wraps off the all new 2020 Silverado HD. Unlike past generations, the HD model seems to share very little with it's younger light-duty sibling. 


Sharing only a roof with the Silverado 1500, the Silverado HD has a more aggressive front end, semi-style grill, and a mean imposing stature. The most noticeable detail is the large open grille with Chevy's new "CHEVROLET" embossed insert. There isn't a bowtie to be seen, which is kind of odd. 


We can also deduce that the LTZ and High Country trim levels will have a more advanced headlight cluster with LED bulbs and some sort of DRL. Recent spy shots showed as much.  This LT example has the more basic halogen bulb headlight set. We don't know what the interior will look like, or pretty much anything else. Chevy is waiting until the full show in February for those details. 


What we now know about the 2020 Silverado HD:

  • Full debut in February 2019 & GM-Trucks.com will be there
  • All new gas engine (rumor is 6.7L)
  • 910 lb-ft of torque from Diesel engine option (Duramax similar to 2019 model)
  • All new 10-speed Allison Transmission
  • New "Bedstep" side steps on ahead of rear wheels
  • Photos in this article show LT trim level
  • On sale mid-2019




GM-Trucks.com Contributor, @ThomCannell saw a 2020 Silverado HD styling buck a few weeks ago and adds:


"These pics are, as far as I can tell, of the same buck I saw in Phoenix, Arizona, at the launch of the Chevrolet Bison and the GM 2.7-liter engine


If so, it’s a piece of painted foam, with production-ready details that completely fool anyone until they try to open a door. Shaved from billets of structural foam by CNC machines, this was the final approval-concept for the Heavy Duty Silverado before dies were struck. What the photo doesn’t disclose is the sheer size of this Heavy Duty truck. It’s imposing, solid as a billet of steel, and it absolutely commands attention. 


What is impossible to put into words is the harmony that designers achieved. Proportions are balanced so well that you are unaware of the size—until you’re next to it. I stood with the design team with a three-quarters front view, simply admiring their achievement. Although the front end appears ready to take on an M1A2 Abrams, it is balanced by the sloping hood and how the edges wrap around into the fenders. My only quibble is the vast wheel wells, which allow large wheels and tires as well as plenty of wheel travel.

Interestingly, the production reveal will be in Flint, Michigan, where the truck is built. We’ll be there.


From the dramatic grille to the windscreen, the hood is shorter than you’d expect given the unannounced (speculation says 6.7-liter) DI gas engine and Duramax diesel with Allison transmission that must fit under the hood. 

We only saw the crew cab shown. Give it a good look, see how low the top of the bed rail appears, that’s on purpose according to the designers. Having a lower bed rail, and a bumper-step sized to fit steel toed boots was a necessity, and delivered."










Read Chevrolet's Press Release on the 2020 Silverado HD


Most Capable, Most Advanced Silverado Heavy Duty Ever 
to Debut in February 2019

2020 Silverado HD is the third all-new Silverado in 18 months 


DETROIT — When the 2020 Silverado HD debuts in February 2019 it will be the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever. It will also be the third all-new Silverado model from Chevrolet in just 18 months — each designed for different customers.

“We know the needs and priorities of heavy-duty customers are different than those of either light-duty or medium-duty customers,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer, Silverado HD. “As such, we built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.”


Built at the Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Mich., the new Silverado HD’s design has a bold, sculpted form that follows its enhanced heavy-duty function, differentiating it from the light-duty Silverado. In fact, the 2020 Silverado HD exterior shares only the roof with its Silverado 1500 stablemate — every other piece of sheet metal is exclusive to Silverado 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 for Silverado HD. “The result is a truck that looks like a piece of heavy machinery with modern, chiseled finishes and customer-focused details.” 

The interior benefits from similar architectural changes made to the all-new Silverado 1500, including an additional 3 inches of legroom on crew cab models and a taller, more comfortable seating position.

Under the 2020 Silverado HD’s hood is a choice of two new powertrains: an all-new gasoline engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed transmission, or the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V-8, which delivers 910 lb-ft of torque through an all-new, Allison 10-speed transmission. 

The 2020 Silverado HD also will offer all-new customer-focused trailering technology, significant increases in towing and payload capabilities and a host of technologies and features designed specifically for heavy-duty truck customers.

GM’s focus on understanding truck customers has helped build the most successful truck franchise in the industry over the last four years. Since introducing the industry’s first three-truck strategy with midsize, full-size light-duty and full-size heavy-duty trucks in 2014, GM has been the best-selling truck manufacturer for four consecutive years. The company has sold more than 600,000 pickups than the closest manufacturer from 2014 through the first three quarters of 2018. 

That momentum is expected to continue with the launches of the new Colorado ZR2 Bison, all-new Silverado 1500, the all-new Silverado Medium-Duty trucks and now the all-new Silverado HD models.
The 2020 Silverado HD goes on sale in mid-2019, stay tuned for more details about the all-new 2020 Silverado HD.


What do you think? Are you excited about the 2020 HD?




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from any angle but the front...I like...but front on...ewww

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9 minutes ago, Roscopcoletrain said:

from any angle from the front...I like...but front on...ewww

Times 2.....glad they had other shots, that snout is Fugly.

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I sure hope the LTZ and High Country have better front end treatment. Like the earlier post, the truck looks good except for the straight-on view. Any news on the GMC yet?

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I'm digging it except for straight on. 


10 speed Allison?  And confirmed new gas.

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As much as I would have rather had a 2500, this makes me glad I got the 1500 and not waited.

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Can't wait to see the GMC HD!


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I think Chevrolet has designed a very attractive HD truck.  I like it. 

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The real question:


Did they move the DEF tank to a better location? Even with running boards, you could still see the low hanging DEF tank on passenger side frame rail. Especially since it got even bigger with the L5P Duramax.

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Just now, 2009GMC said:

The real question:


Did they move the DEF tank to a better location? Even with running boards, you could still see the low hanging DEF tank on passenger side frame rail. Especially since it got even bigger with the L5P Duramax.

They did make the DEF tank less of a low hanging eyesore.




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Headlights remind me of a 2008-2010 Superduty.


Side profile of the truck is amazing. I believe the GMC will be the best looking, based off the spy shots. We will see! Truck looks massive. 

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