The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD interior.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

Those of you following the heavy-duty pickup segment know that
manufacturers have been locked in an all-out brawl for quite some time
now. Three-quarter and one-ton trucks have not only been getting
stronger but have gone upscale and feature many of the same creature
comforts as the top-of-the-line passenger cars and SUVs from the same
brands, Chevrolet included.
For model year 2017, Chevy is delivering its next-generation of
the Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 turbo-diesel engine. It brings more power
and more workability while being quieter than the unit it replaces.
Along with these improvements comes a new hood design as well – one
that includes a new vehicle air intake system highlighted by a new
hood scoop.
Power ratings for the new Duramax are 445hp and 910 lb. ft. of
stump-pulling torque. It is available on Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD
pickups that come in two- or four-wheel drive and all Duramax engines
are mated to the heavy-duty Allison 1000 six-speed automatic gearbox.
Our recent tester was the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4WD LTZ Crew
Cab model.
First impressions of the 2017 Silverado HD trucks are quite
stunning, there is just so much to be said for having a functional
hood scoop on a factory vehicle. The trucks sits very athletically,
almost as if posing for a body-builder calendar. The ride and handling
is well above par and this Duramax powertrain is every bit as quiet
and smooth as advertised. When needed, however, the powertrain comes
alive and pulls with great force smoothly across a wide powerband. No
doubt this truck will quickly be employee of the month for many
businesses.
Over the past two years, Chevy has given the heavy-duty trucks
a host of new technologies on the safety, infotainment, and driver
assistance fronts. The big trucks also offer gooseneck/fifth wheel
trailering prep from the factory along with spray-in bedliner. The
standard Stabilitrak stability control comes with Trailer Sway
technology and the HD models include integrated cruise control, auto
grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking. There is also a standard
automatic locking rear differential for moments when low traction is
detected.
Nearly every amenity found in the light duty trucks is now
offered on the 2500HD and 3500HD models. This includes heated and
ventilated leather seating, heated steering wheel, Bose premium audio
system, power adjustable pedals, front and rear park assist, rearview
camera, 8-inch color touchscreen display, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, lane departure
warning, forward collision alert, safety seat alert, power-sliding
back glass, 20-inch wheels and tires, chrome side assist steps, and EZ
lift and lower tailgate with remote locking.
Another new feature on the big Chevy trucks is the Custom Sport
Edition package that brings body color grille with chrome bars, body
color front and rear bumpers, and polished aluminum wheels. Combined
with the new Duramax hood this makes for one very attractive truck
package. I was confused to see chrome outside mirror surrounds on this
package that adds body color to most other elements that might be
traditionally chromed. Perhaps this was an oversight in the design
department.
Pricing for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD begins at $51,375
with our LTZ 4WD tester arriving fully loaded at $66,745.
Fuel economy is not discussed in these circles and is not
required by the EPA but you can expect around 12 mpg city and 18 mpg
highway.
Two bed lengths are offered: 6’6” and 8’ and these are mated to
various configurations of regular, double, and crew cab body styles.
The heavy-duty truck segment continues to evolve and the
powertrains continue to grow stronger. The Chevy 2500HD can now haul
up to 3,233 lbs. and tow up to 13,000 lbs. tongue-pull or 15,400 lbs.
by fifth wheel, and they do it with such style and grace.

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