New Chevy Silverado HD Can Tow More Than Any Other Truck, Just Barely

Properly equipped, the Duramax Silverado HD can tow up to 35,500 lbs, or just over one percent more than its closest competitor.

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This story, originally published 02/05/19, has been updated with new photos from Chevrolet.

Every new pickup truck has to have a superlative. The new Ford Super Duty has the biggest gasoline engine, a 7.3-liter V8, while the 2019 Ram HD has 1000 lb-ft of torque from its Cummins diesel. The 2020 Chevy Silverado HD? that it's rated to tow up to 35,500 lbs, more than any other pickup currently on sale—by a teensy margin.

How teensy? The Chevy tows just 400 pounds more than the diesel-equipped Ram HD, and 500 pounds more than the outgoing Ford Super Duty (towing specs for Ford's 2020 model haven't been announced yet). That's a small margin, but it's enough to give the new Silverado HD the title.

If you want to tow the full 35,500 pounds with your new Silverado HD, you'll need to opt for the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8, which offers 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. The engine is unchanged for 2020, but it's paired with a new Allison 10-speed automatic transmission that contributes to the increased towing capability. that the new truck also gets a stronger frame and beefed up axles, prop-shafts and half-shafts, all of which helped with towing. And of course, you'll have to spec your Silverado in dually form for the full towing capacity.

Another new feature on the Silverado is a 6.6-liter gasoline V8, with 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. that this powerplant might be a modified, stroked version of Chevy's L86 engine. In the Silverado 1500, this engine displaces 6.2 liters and is closely related to the LT1 used in the Corvette and Camaro.

The new Silverado HD will offer the same trailering tech featured in the 2020 GMC Sierra HD, including a neat feature that uses the back-up camera to "see through" a trailer on the central dashboard screen.

Expect the 2020 Silverado HD to go on sale this summer, with pricing information to be announced closer to the launch date.

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