Not content to rest on its laurels, Chevrolet has completely redesigned its Silverado HD pickup lineup for the 2015 model year with greater capability and many of the same improvements found on the new standard-duty Silverado.
With attractive, modern sheetmetal and a much more comfortable interior, these new trucks hit all the right notes. The Silverado 2500HD slots neatly between the smaller 1500 and supremely capable 3500HD.
GM's truck engines have proven to be as reliable as anything on the road in recent years, so it's no great shame that the 2500HD’s engines essentially carry over from 2014. A 6.0-liter gasoline V8 serves up 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you’d like, this engine comes in a bi-fuel configuration with the ability to run on clean natural gas as well, saving on refueling costs where available.
But most buyers will choose the diesel for its mammoth torque, which helps raise tow ratings to their maximum levels. The 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel churns out 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft. of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed Allison 1000 automatic transmission. Diesel models even feature exhaust braking, which can be activated easily via a button on the dash. Either engine choice is available with your choice of RWD or 4WD.
In the world of HD pickups, customers clamor for more and more capability, a race that’s been heating up in recent years between the Detroit Big 3. Silverado 2500HD models can tow a maximum of 13,000 lbs. with a conventional trailer, with that figure rising to up to 17,900 lbs. with 5th-wheel trailers.
You'll also find a maximum payload of 3,760 lbs. If that's not enough, those figures rise even further with the 3500HD. What’s more, GM has included a brand-new Trailer Sway Control system, which uses both the truck's and trailer's braking systems via the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller to bring things back in line if the trailer begins to swing from side to side.
Chevrolet has put great focus into crafting a completely new interior that is both comfortable and designed around the working man's lifestyle. On that note, special attention has been paid to making sure all towing functions are within easy reach of the driver, and buttons and dials have been designed to be easy to use with gloved hands.
It’s also quieter thanks to triple-sealed doors, rear doors are now forward-hinged, and rear seat legroom has been increased. A fully featured navigation and infotainment system runs on an 8-inch touchscreen with the latest in OnStar and Chevy MyLink functionality.
Even the truck bed has been given special attention with a CornerStep bumper featuring foot indentations for easier access, and a new EZ Lift and Lower tailgate with shock absorbers for one-touch lifting and to prevent it from slamming down.