Chevrolet is talking up the 2021 Silverado HD line of trucks with various trims and models available within the lineup. Chevy says the truck has received significant updates for 2021 and has an available maximum towing of up to 36,000 pounds if the 3500 HD is chosen. That is an increase in max towing capacity of 500 pounds on the … Continue reading
Seriously, could they not fix the HD's face even a little?
The jump to diesel is now a whopping $1,500 less expensive than before.
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The battle between the major truck manufacturers continues to heat up thanks to the proliferation of smaller, more efficient diesel engines in the half-ton truck range.The latest to enter the fray is GM with its 3.0-liter Duramax unit, for which it announced pricing on Monday.The new Duramax unit will find a home first in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and to get it, you're going to have to pay just as much as if you'd specced the 6.2-liter V8.That means it's a $3,890 premium over the 2.7-liter turbo four-cylinder and just a hair under $2,500 more than the smaller 5.3-liter V8.What are you sacrificing by going with the new inline-six cylinder diesel over the well-proven and decidedly excellent 6.2-liter V8 gasser?To start with, it's rated at 277 horsepower and 460 foot-pounds of torque compared with 420 hp and an identical torque rating in the V8.
Chevrolet promised a diesel engine for the Silverado 1500 when the pickup truck was redesigned for the 2019 model year.But the 3.0-liter Duramax turbodiesel inline-six was delayed for an entire model year.The engine will finally make it to showrooms under the hood of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado, but will it be worth the wait?One of the main reasons to choose a diesel engine over gasoline is torque, and the Silverado’s Duramax engine has plenty of that.The diesel will likely offer better fuel economy than the V8, but we’ll have to wait for official Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy figures for confirmation.The diesel engine is teamed with the same 10-speed automatic transmission used with some gasoline Silverado engines.
p The Volkswagen diesel scandal has brought increased scrutiny on automakers peddling diesel vehicles, and now General Motors is facing some of that heat.A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Detroit accuses GM of using three “defeat devices” in its Duramax diesel engines to cheat on emissions tests.The suit was filed on behalf of 705,000 people who own or lease 2011-2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickup trucks.The suit does not include light-duty versions of the Silverado or Sierra, which don’t offer diesel engines, or diesel Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks, which use different engines that share the Duramax branding.“These claims are baseless and and we will vigorously defend ourselves,” a GM spokesperson told Reuters, adding that the trucks in question comply with both federal Environmental Protection Agency emissions standards and California’s stricter standards.Supplier Bosch was also named as a defendant for having allegedly helped develop the “defeat devices,” but the company would not comment on the litigation.
Carmakers are often tempted to slap a non-functional hood scoop onto a new model, hoping consumers will envision performance capabilities the engine underneath doesn t really have.It s part of a new air-intake system meant to keep the Duramax diesel engine running at full power more often.The scoop also takes advantage of a ram-air effect, in which the speed of the truck actually forces more air into the engine.Engineers simulated every type of precipitation possible, from what Chevy calls monsoon-level downpours, to snow, to ice pellets.It s all about helping the Silverado HD s Duramax diesel engine breathe easier.That engine is a 6.6-liter turbocharged V8 that produces 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque, and is coupled to a six-speed Allison automatic transmission.