Heavy-Duty Towing with the Chevrolet Silverado HD | Edmunds

Heavy-Duty Towing with the Chevrolet Silverado HD

A Day in the Life of a Chevy HD Pickup Truck Owner


Keen to demonstrate the lifestyle of its heavy-duty truck buyers, Chevrolet recently held a demonstration drive that combined its latest Silverado HDs pickups with various trailers loaded down with heavy equipment from John Deere. According to Chevrolet, the majority of its heavy-duty truck buyers use their trucks almost exclusively for work, so pairing up with one of the world's largest manufacturers of heavy equipment seemed like a natural fit.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Standard equipment under the hood of both the 2500 and 3500 Silverado HD models is a 6.0-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. But for those who tow a heavy trailer on a regular basis, the real engine to have is the optional turbocharged 6.6-liter diesel V8. A few tweaks were made to the 2017 Silverado HD models that have pushed the big diesel's output to 445 hp and a whopping 910 lb-ft of torque.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD

The 2500 and 3500 trucks we drove were equipped with the updated 6.6-liter engine. There was plenty of thrust on the open highway, with engine noise from up front at acceptably low levels. When saddled with trailers that pushed them close to their maximum towing limits, the Chevy HD trucks were just as admirable.

Chevrolet also released details on the changes for next year's 2018 Silverado HD. After last year's significant upgrades, the changes are modest for 2018. Updates include some new colors, the addition of the 7-inch screen for the WT (Work Truck) model, an updated grille and the expanded availability of the rearview camera. Pricing for the 2018 model has not been released.

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