GM has a number of popular pickup trucks in its portfolio and the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is a potent contender among these. The pickup truck gets a grand makeover for 2017 and most of it is related to the engine technology. The Powerful engine aided by cutting edge cooling mechanism is aimed at users who take their trucks to challenging terrains in extreme conditions. There is moderate exterior styling updates and technology used in the cabin has also been spruced up to an extent. It may offer some challenge to the rivals from Ram and Ford.
The minor changes in exterior styling are welcome. But the most important addition is the engine cooling mechanism. The infotainment suite also gets a boost.
2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD – Design Changes:
At first look at the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, you get the impression of a rugged pickup truck. The body is angular and tough looking. The front is dominated by a massive grille with boxy headlights and Chevrolet logo placed in the middle. The fog lights sit below and the bumper gets chrome treatment. You can pick from 10 enticing hues like Summit white and Red Hot. For some metallic hues, you have to shell out extra money, though. The truck is sold in three body styles- Regular Cab. Double Cab, and Crew Cab. There are 4 trims to pick from- Entry level WT, LTZ and LT and range-topping High country. There are several wheel choices as well- starting from 17 inches and ending with 20 inches.
For a rugged pickup truck, 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD has a surprisingly classy interior. The materials used are really up class and craftsmanship is great. In both rows, seats are spacious. The triple sealed doors and sound-deadening materials ensure the ride remains quiet in most situations. If you buy the double cab variant, the Forward-hinged rear doors ensure ease of getting in and out. The roll-formed steel cargo box is better than stamped-steel boxes, as per the claims of GM.
2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD – Engine Specs:
The 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 with 360 hp and 6.6-liter V8 Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. The, in addition, is a functional hood scoop. It will be mated to a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission unit. Chevrolet insiders have revealed the new scoop sucks in cool and dry air and thus keeps engine temperature lower even in hot and humid conditions. The exact output of the engine is not known but sources say it could be capable of generating 397 hp, step up from the unit used in the 2016 model.
The rated maximum towing capacity is 18,000 lbs while the payload limit is 3,534 lbs.
Safety and entertainment seeking truck buyers will not be disappointed if they buy the 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is there and you can opt for an 8-inch diagonal color display. It is Smartphone compatible and options for 4G LTE WiFi are there too. In the cabin, you get several USB ports and one 110-volt outlet.
GM’s OnStarRemoteLink service is available and the mobile app can be used to control the features. It enables you to do things like remote unlocking the car and starting the engine etc. In the top end High Country trim, you get 20-inch chrome-plated wheels, leather-trimmed interior along with premium audio system by Bose.
Available safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, and Lane Departure Warning. You also get Trailer Sway Control. The Rear Vision Camera is ideal for driving the truck in cramped urban roads.
2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD – Price and Release Date
The pricing for 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is yet to be announced. However, the pricing for WT trim was $32,955 and the 2017 model may be priced around that range. Similarly, the LT, LTZ and top end High country trims may be priced around $43,000, $48,000 and $54,000. It will go on sale late in 2016.
The 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD is a rugged pickup truck in every sense. However, GM is banking heavily on the new engine cooling mechanism which, as per its view, will let the users brave extreme weather conditions. The truck will still have to face the competition from new Ram Rampage and Ford F150.