GM reveals newest Silverado and Sierra Heavy Duty pickups

Taking to the Texas State Fair, GM recently unveiled its newest additions to its pickup family: the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD. Available in 2500 and 3500 configurations, GM wants these two trucks to butt heads with the RAM HD and Ford F-Series Super Duty when they go on sale next year.

The Silverado and Sierra HD can be had with two engines: The first, a Vortec 6.0-litre V8, pumps out 360 horsepower in 2500 flavour and 322 horses in 3500 form, and 380 lb-ft of torque. The best part is that this particular engine can run on straight-up gasoline, E85 fuel or compressed natural gas (CNG). If that’s not enough twist, and if you need to perhaps haul a trailer full of anvils on a regular basis, the 6.6-litre Duramax diesel V8 pumps out 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque. Maximum towing punches higher than the outgoing GM heavy duty trucks at 10,500 kg (or 23,200 lbs), while conventional towing and payload is rated at 8,890 and 3,508 kg, respectively.

The Siverado and Sierra HD pickups sport the same interior updates as the 1500 models, including a new instrument panel, gauges and storage in nearly every nook and cranny. MyLink is also available across the board, as is a trailer brake controller, LED lighting in the bed and GM’s so-called EZ-Lift-and-Lower tailgate. Save for the larger grille, the faces of the Silverado and Sierra HD are largely similar to their half-ton brothers. Gone from the HD lineup is the extended cab model, replaced by the double-cab with forward-hinged doors with improved back seat access and easier manoeuvrability in tight parking spots.

Last but not least, the Sierra HD will be available with Denali trimmings, but there is no word yet on a Silverado HD High Country. Expect the 2015 Silverado and Sierra HD to hit dealers sometime next year.

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