The latest Silverado 1500 hit showrooms in 2019, and it’s received a handful of updates since, including the current model’s new 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine. The details on the 2021 Silverado 1500 aren’t fully available yet, but we know it’ll include updates to its towing capacity and safety, a new tailgate, and standard features.
Visually, the new-generation Silverado 1500 gained a bold front end with a large grille, split headlights, strong body lines, and inward kinks on the outer edges of the headlights and taillights. This new look ensures the Silverado stands out in a crowded full-size pickup market.
What we know about the exterior is it’ll receive three new colors – Mosaic Black Metallic, Oxford Brown Metallic, and Cherry Red Tintcoat – and a new six-function Multi-Flex Tailgate. The six functions include standing desk space, several fencelike options that prevent longer items from sliding out when driving with the tailgate open, a lowering center section for easier access to items deep in the bed, and a step. You can activate these three features using the key fob or two buttons on the tailgate.
Inside, the new-generation Silverado 1500 boasts a rugged-looking cabin with plenty of angles and sharp lines. There will be plenty of new standard and available features, including:
- Standard 40/20/40 split-bench seats, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and a 4.2-inch driver info center on the Work Truck and Custom Trail Boss models
- Standard power lock and release tailgate, LED bed lighting, and remote ignition on Custom and Custom Trail Boss models
- The LT and RST models will come standard with the All Star Edition equipment
- Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will come standard on LTZ and High Country models and will be optional on LT, LT Trail Boss and RST trims
We expect the 2021 Silverado to feature the same powertrains as the current model, including the 285-horsepower 4.3-liter V6, 310-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 277-hp 3.0-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder, 355-hp 5.3-liter V8, and 420-hp 6.2-liter V8.
What we will see are improved towing capacities in select 2021 Silverado 1500 models. The 2.7-liter-powered Crew Cab Short Bed model will gain 2,500 pounds, putting it at 9,300 pounds. With a Regular Cab and Long Bed, the 2.7-liter Silverado will tow up to 9,600 pounds. The diesel model will see nearly every configuration’s tow capacity jump by 1,900 pounds to 9,500 pounds. The diesel engine will also get a $1,500 price cut in 2021.
Trailering will also get safer with a new trailer-length indicator and a jack-knife alert.
The current Silverado missed being an IIHS Top Safety Pick due to its “Marginal” small-overlap passenger-side test, and we expect this to remain the same in 2021. What will change in the 2021 Silverado will be the standard safety gear, which will include forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian braking.