Both Chevrolet and GMC are set for a huge year in regard to pickup trucks. For one, the 2023 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are set to roll out this quarter, bringing with them class-leading technology and capabilities. At the heart of the truck market, with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, we’ll see the launch of the first-ever Silverado ZR2 Bison and Sierra AT4X AEV Edition, promising unrivaled off-roading capabilities. And at the top, the refreshed 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2024 GMC Sierra HD are beginning production next month.
Chevrolet truck spokesman Sean Szymkowski relayed to MC&T that the start of regular production (SORP) for the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD will officially commence on February 27th at the General Motors Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, with GM’s Oshawa Assembly in Canada beginning HD production on March 8th. And for those looking to configure and order their own 2024 Silverado HD, vehicle ordering officially opens on January 19th for the entire lineup (sans Silverado HD ZR2). The configurator is not yet live.
2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD: Details
The biggest changes that customer will notice with the refreshed Chevrolet Silverado HD from before is the exterior facelift and the heavily updated interior that seeks to deliver class-leading technology and considerable “wow” factor. The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2024 GMC Sierra HD continue to utilize the GM T1 truck platform as before.
As with the recently updated Chevrolet Silverado 1500, nearly every trim level of the 2024 Silverado HD features an updated interior, except the Work Truck trim. From the LT, to the LTZ and the posh High Country, customers will see a configurable12.3-inch diagonal instrument panel, and 13.4-inch-diagonal infotainment display. We’re sure the Silverado HD ZR2 will feature all of this tech, as well. Calling back on the cabin design of the beloved C/K Series trucks from 1970s and 1980s, the infotainment screen is now tilted towards the driver for a more commanding feel. The smartphone charging pad has also been rethought, and there’s a pass-through beneath the console, as well.
The updated truck features an entire technology suite that improves visibility, makes hitching a trailer more effortless, and long-haul driving easier. Such as:
Adaptive Cruise Control with Trailer: It’s not quite Super Cruise, but the Adaptive Cruise Control system in the new Silverado factors in additional drag and increased braking distances when towing a trailer.
Enhanced Transparent Trailer: No longer just for conventional trailering, the updated Transparent Trailer technology can now work with fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers.
Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert: This feature extends the “blind zone” area of the truck to let drivers know that something could be in the way before they attempt to merge or change lanes.
GCW Alert: The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD lets drivers know if they’ve exceeded the truck’s Gross Combined Weight Rating, which can vary based on cab style, trim level, mechanical content, packages, and more. To that end, every Chevrolet Silverado HD will continue to feature a vehicle-specific Trailering Information Label, which lists its unique trailering metrics including the trailering ratings to the max tongue weight, max payload and more.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD also features 14 unique camera views, including an HD Surround Vision and Bed View, an in-vehicle Trailering App.
On the infotainment side, new Google built-in compatibility opens up the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD to Google Assistant, which is available through the infotainment system touchscreen or voice command. Through voice command, Google Assistant can send texts, play music, receive directions with Google Maps, adjust vehicle settings and even control smart home devices. A configurable heads-up display is also available. Like the updates we see on the Silverado 1500 from 2022 and beyond, new graphics in the instrument panel and infotainment screen are also present and accounted for.
Available active safety systems on the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD include:
Front Pedestrian Braking
Forward Collision Alert
Automatic Emergency Braking
Lane Departure Warning
Following Distance Indicator
Mechanically, the recipe for the updated Silverado HD is unchanged. Rumors of the updated Duramax V8 engine officially achieving 1,000 lb-ft of torque were mostly accurate, with official numbers for the 6.6L L5P Duramax V8 engine coming in at a still very powerful 470 hp and 975 lb-ft of torque, per the SAE J1349 standard. Chevrolet says that the updated L5P Duramax for 2024 features a more efficient turbocharger, a new combustion system with a new piston dish shape, higher flow fuel injectors running at higher pressure, and new engine control architecture. Altogether, low-end torque is improved 25 percent with these updates. The 10-speed Allison-branded transmission is also now the sole option, meaning that the 6.6L gasoline L8T V8 (developed by Navistar) drops the elder 6-speed for something more in line with the times.
Chevrolet didn’t improve max towing (36,000 lbs) and max payload (4,572 lbs) with the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD, but one statistic that stands out is that the max gross combined weight rating (GCWR) on the updated Silverado 3500 HD with the gas V8 is improved to 26,000 pounds, up from 24,000 pounds just a model year prior. That means this 3/4-ton work truck can simultaneously haul, tow, and carry more occupants/cargo than before. The Max Tow Package is now now available across all Silverado 2500 trims, as well, bumping the max tow rating to 22,500 pounds when equipped with the 6.6L L5P Duramax diesel.