2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Debuts with Class-Topping Tow Rating

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD High Country

All-new Chevy Silverado HD lineup bests Ram’s max towing capacity despite producing less peak torque.

It’s been weeks since we first saw the all-new heavy-duty GMC Sierra lineup, yet its Chevy brethren were mysteriously nowhere to be found. But now, they’ve finally officially pulled the covers off the latest and greatest heavy-duty pickups on the market – the 2020 Silverado HD lineup. And needless to say, they were worth the wait. Mainly because Chevy also shared with us the incredible numbers that come along with these shiny new pickups.

Opt for the revised 6.6-liter Duramax diesel and GM/Allison 10L1000 10-speed automatic transmission, and you’ll get 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. Which is exactly what the old engine produced. But thanks to a series of chassis and powertrain reinforcements, the truck’s max tow rating jumps an incredible 52% to a whopping 35,500 pounds.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD High Country

That’s not only best in class, but it also edges out the new Ram’s rating by a tidy 400 pounds. Even though it produces 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Ouch. Even better, the new diesel can lay down all 910 lb-ft in first gear and isn’t torque-managed like those “other” brands. And even if you opt to go with good old fashioned gas power, you won’t be missing out. A new 6.6-liter V8 gives you 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque and is rated to tow 17,400 pounds and carry a 7,466 pound payload.

Chevy went out of its way to make the new Silverado HD easy to use, too. An Advanced Trailering System uses 15 cameras so you can really see what’s going on. You can use the ASA Electronics iN∙Command control system to monitor everything from generators to HVAC systems. Chevy even designed the front end so you can attach a snow plow without drilling into the bumper.

2020 Chevy Silverado HD

The 2020 Silverado HD is available in five different trim levels – Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. Altogether, there are 22 cab, bed, chassis and driveline configurations. All of which are much larger than the outgoing model – 10.4 inches longer and 1.4 inches wider. But that also translates to a more spacious interior and improved cargo space.

The 2020 Silverado HD is a serious tool for folks who use them as such. Chevy clearly understands its core customer base here. And they obviously worked hard to design a truck that’s easy to use and packed full of features. The fact that it can tow more than any other truck on the planet, well, that’s just an added bonus.



Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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