Chevrolet has redesigned its Silverado 2500 heavy-duty pickup into a new generation for 2020. It sports a new look to better set it apart from the light-duty 1500 model and offers more towing and hauling capacity.
Chevy says the new Silverado 2500 shares only its roof panel with the 1500 model, though we would argue there would be no confusing the two even if they did share more sheet metal. Chevrolet becomes the latest truck manufacturer to cater to the compensation-for-something crowd with styling that verges on becoming a parody of itself.
Maybe it's Chevrolet that's compensating: the Silverado 2500 carries forward an available Duramax diesel that makes 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque, the latter looking a little light next to the latest Ram HD's 1,000 lb-ft diesel.
Chevrolet's diesel comes with a new 10-speed transmission that Chev says allows for a 52 percent increase in max towing capacity. Meanwhile, a new gas 6.6L V8 (401 hp/464 lb-ft) brings 18 percent more towing weight with its six-speed automatic.
Notably, the 10-speed has what Chevrolet claims is the segment's first available integrated power take-off (PTO). The chain-driven PTO works at any engine speed and can be engaged from inside the cabin and set to a variety of power output modes.
Some of that extra towing ability also comes courtesy of more robust front and rear differentials than the outgoing Silverado 2500.
Among the Silverado 2500's other callouts include an active 4x4 transfer case that engages 4WD automatically as road conditions require. There's also an optional 360-degree camera system with 15 different views, and a "transparent" trailer feature to improve rearward visibility when towing.
There are three new available brake technologies conceived to make towing easier: an auto park brake assist function holds the truck still when hitching a trailer; a park grade hold assist feature applies and holds the brakes at all four wheels for extended periods; and a revised integrated trailer brake controller will recall the most recently used trailer brake gain setting. A related improvement to the transmission's tow/haul mode automatically re-engages that setting even after the truck has been turned off and back on, for up to four hours.
Silverado can also be had with hill start assist, hill descent control, trailer sway control and rollover avoidance, automatic grade braking and diesel exhaust braking and a variable power steering system that adjusts the level of assist according to driving conditions and includes a road pull compensation function.