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First Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty

Powered by Duramax diesel, GM trucks topping the heap.

by on Feb.20, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD LTZ crew cab pickup is half brute, half luxury vehicle.

The top two selling vehicles in the United States are full-size pickups, and while Ford and General Motors are fighting tooth and nail for each sale, the big money profits in the segment lie with the heavy-duty versions of the trucks.

One of every four trucks sold in the United States are of the heavy-duty variety. These big brutes are used for tougher than every day chores like hauling major loads, towing big trailers and plowing snow.

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Moreover, the battle for bragging rights in the highly profitable and uniquely American segment between General Motors and Ford as well as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Ram division, is ferocious with each of the big competitors looking for a technical edge that would allow them to nose out the competition. (more…)

First Look: 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty

The heavyweight pickup battle continues with GM’s significant frame, suspension, towing and torque upgrades.

by on Feb.10, 2010

King of the the heavy duty hill?

There’s barely a change on the outside, but Chevrolet is betting that significant upgrades underneath will allow it to take the heavy weight pickup belt for 2011 when the line goes on sale this summer. Maybe the new chrome bumper is a good omen.

The Silverado heavy-duty line now has 11 2500HD models, and eight single- and dual-rear-wheel 3500HD models – including a new 3500HD Crew Cab with a 6.5-foot cargo box.

All of them add greater capability, and what’s said to be improved ride and handling.  And Chevy is finally putting its durability claims to a real test with a new 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Depending on the model, other claims are also significant, and will likely be challenged by Ford and Dodge, the other heavy weight contenders.

Chevy’s list of accomplishments includes:

  • Segment-best fifth-wheel towing capacity of 20,000 pounds (9,072 kg)
  • Segment-best conventional towing capacity increases up to 23 percent, with a maximum of 16,000 pounds (7,272 kg)
  • Segment-best payload capability of 6,335 pounds (2,873 kg) on a complete vehicle
  • Segment-best Gross Combined Weight Rating increases to 27,500 pounds (12,500 kg)
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings increases up to 17% 13,000 pounds (5,909 kg)
  • Front Axle Weight Rating increases by up to 25% to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg)
  • Snow plow capability is now possible for all 4wd cab configurations

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Several unseen changes are key to the improvements – new fully-boxed frames, beefed up front and rear suspensions, and revised gas and diesel powertrains.   (more…)