At the recent Chicago Auto Show, Chevrolet introduced the new 2011 Silverado HD line, with segment-best towing and payload capability
“We reached out to our customers during the development of the 2011 Silverado HD and considered their input to produce a truck that offers class-leading strength and capability with more power, quicker acceleration and lower emissions,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet general manager.
The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD lineup offers all-new, fully-boxed frame assemblies; stronger independent and new asymmetrical leaf-spring rear suspensions; a strengthened 6.0L Vortec 6L90 standard powertrain; a new, exclusive exhaust brake system; larger brakes; improved ride, handling and steering; and comprehensive safety and functional technologies such as 170-degree-opening rear access doors on extended cab models and state-of-the art connectivity.
The Silverado heavy-duty lineup grows to 11 2500HD models and eight single- and dual-rear-wheel 3500HD models – including a new 3500HD Crew Cab with a 6.5-foot cargo box.
Three trim levels are offered and popular features, including the EZ Lift tailgate and rearview camera system, return. All models bring greater capability, improved ride and handling and a greater feeling of driver control. Depending on the model the Silverado HD offers:
• Segment-best fifth-wheel towing capacity of 20,000 pounds
• Segment-best conventional towing capacity increases up to 23 percent, with a maximum of 16,000 pounds
• Segment-best payload capability of 6,335 pounds
• Segment-best Gross Combined Weight Rating increases to 27,500 pounds
• Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings increases up to 17 percent to 13,000 pounds
• Front Axle Weight Rating increases by up to 25 percent to 6,000 pounds
• Exhaust brake system designed to extend brake pad life and help avoid overheating on long descents
• Snow plow capability enabled for all 4WD cab configurations
“Along with all their heavy-duty equipment, these trucks are designed to be stylish and refined, inside and out,” said Campbell. “We paid close attention to all the details, giving them a distinctive, muscular appearance on the exterior and a well-appointed interior with the comfort, convenience and safety features customers appreciate.”
On the outside, the 2011 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are distinguished by a power dome-style hood with a new, louvered design, as well as a new grille and full-width chrome steel front bumper. A new lineup of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheel/tire combinations is featured, too (20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels available on 2500HD).