What’s New for the 2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel

The 2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel remains the most powerful truck in the class. However, it is not the best one when it comes to towing capacity. Still, the extra power and torque could be used for the new ZR2 version, a competitor of the Ford Ranger Raptor.

Duramax is not changing the configuration. So, we will see again a 3.0-liter turbodiesel unit on the legendary truck. Chevrolet has problems, since in 2019 FCA sold more Ram 1500 trucks. The situation is alarming and we believe the US company is going to figure out something to return to the second spot. Ford is still untouchable with the legendary F-150 model.

2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel

2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel Specs and Towing Capacity

Under the bonnet of the 2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel is a 3.0 unit. This I6 is capable of producing 280 hp and 480 pound-feet of torque. It is more than either Ram 1500 or Ford F-150 can make. Still, its rivals are returning 2,000 pounds of towing capacity more than Silverado diesel. While its opponents are sitting above 11,000 lbs, GM’s truck can haul up to 9,500 pounds.

A diesel unit is paired with a 10-speed Hydra-Matic gearbox, that sends power to either two or all wheels. The four-wheel drive is definitely an option you will like to get if you want extra traction and balance. Compared to other units in the lineup, the turbodiesel is the DOHC configuration, while petrol engines are OHV. Also, the powerplant is not getting any fuel saving system, not Active or Dynamic. On the other hand, the fuel economy is getting a boost and lands above 30 mpg for the highway drive. Combined, the 2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel will make 27 miles per gallon.

2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel fuel economy

2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel Trim Levels

The Duramax unit is not going to be available all across the Silverado lineup. First couple of trims are not offering all the available engines. The lowest trim level you can get with a 3.0 engine included, is the LT. Exterior highlights of this one are 17-inch wheels, multifunctional tailgate, chrome bumpers, and LED lights. RST model is coming with larger wheels, LED fog lights and bed lighting, as well as unique paintjobs.

The LTZ is one of the coolest packages for the 2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel. Trailering package is included, as well as the chromed details. Interior is offering advanced infotainment features and upholstery is covered in leather. Dual-zone climate control becomes standard. The High Country package is a trademark option for the Silverado truck. Ventilated front seats, dual exhaust tips, Multi-Pro tailgate, wireless charging, and advanced safety features are just a few reasons why you should go after this model.

2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel


Double Cab, two-wheel drive, and LT package will cost you $45,000. Pick a Crew Cab and the price jumps by $2,500, while the 4WD will cost you $3,000. As said, the heavily-loaded 2021 Silverado 1500 Diesel High Country is going to bring the price to the luxury levels. A truck with a diesel engine will cost more than the pickup with a huge 6.2-liter petrol drivetrain. Nevertheless, with the CrewCab setup, the MSRP for both options start over $60,000.

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