Production of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500-3500HD pickup trucks will start in the third quarter of 2019, General Motors announced Tuesday.
Chevrolet’s heavy-duty truck lineup will be introduced for the 2020 model year. Their arrival will round out the updated Silverado family that includes the light-duty Silverado 1500 and the medium-duty Silverado 4500-6500HD work truck. Both were revealed earlier this year.
The Silverado rollout is part of GM’s strategy to boost sales of its flagship product. The Silverado 1500-3500 lineup was the second-best selling vehicle in the U.S. in 2017, surpassing 585,000 total units according to industry research firm Autodata Corp.
The Silverado trailed only the Ford F-Series line of pickup trucks, which racked up 896,000 sales during the same time period.
In the first quarter of 2018, Silverado 1500-3500 sales topped 135,000 units, an increase of 5.5 percent compared with the same period in 2017. The large pickup segment as a whole decreased slightly in that time.
“With a completely new, expanded range of Silverado models on the horizon, we expect to see even more truck buyers in Chevrolet showrooms,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North American operations.
A teaser image of the upcoming truck shows styling in line with the light-duty Silverado 1500. Design features such as a hood scoop, roof marker lights and chrome grille with “Chevrolet” stamped across it provide attitude to match the increased capability of the Silverado 2500-3500HD.
The truck in the photo also sports the Z71 badge, indicating the presence of Chevrolet’s off-road suspension package.
The look aligns with spy images captured during testing of the 2020 Silverado HD earlier this year in snowy Milford, Mich. Those photos showed a Silverado 2500HD and a Silverado 3500HD “dually,” both in four-door Crew Cab configuration.
Little is known about features that will be available in the new heavy-duty Silverado models. The current generation is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine or a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, both of which are shared with its GMC Sierra 2500-3500HD sibling.
Components that debuted on the new 2019 Silverado 1500 could migrate to the heavy-duty models. For instance, the Silverado 1500 features extensive use of lightweight materials such as aluminum doors and a high-strength steel frame that helped reduce the weight of the truck by up to 450 pounds.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500-3500HD will be assembled in Flint, Mich.