Chevrolet has historically come out with a next-generation HD truck the model year after its ½-ton, and with news of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD chasing the heels of the newly revealed 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ½-ton (and 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD/5500HD/6500HD medium-duty trucks), GM has confirmed that this trend will continue. While Chevrolet did not divulge any of the new 2500HD and 3500HD’s juicy secrets, it did suggest that “larger proportions of the truck will be instantly apparent.”
From the looks of the teaser and what we know about the 2019 Silverado 1500, we can postulate a little about the truck. It seem likely that the styling of the HD will mirror that of the ½-ton, with rounder wheel wells, similar-yet-bolder and larger front end characteristics with improved aerodynamics, and a similarly constructed interior. Perhaps it’ll share a cab with the 1500, as the competition does already. The hood scoop, introduced on the 2017 Silverado HD Duramax models, remains but appears flatter and wider, set flush into a seemingly fully redesigned hood. The Z71 depicted in the teaser image sports a Chevrolet emblem in the grille rather than the traditional bowtie. The tow mirrors appear Chevy-esque, but is that a single post arm instead of a double?
Construction wise, we’ll likely see the use of more aluminum for weight savings, as well as the incorporation of more high-strength steel. It seems reasonable to anticipate a bump in both power and torque, upping the current 445 hp and 915 lb-ft of torque supplied by the L5P Duramax diesel engine. Towing and payload could receive a small bump as well. Perhaps the storage boxes and power lower and lift tailgate will find their ways from the 1500 to the HDs.
We can expect to see more information next year, meaning we still have a long time to wait before seeing this beast on the road—although on-road testing will begin “in the near future.” Production models are expected to roll out of the Flint, Michigan, assembly lines in the third quarter of 2019.