In two weeks we will take a turn behind the wheel of a Chevrolet big work HD offering. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Oct. 25, 2015 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Standard Cab Work Truck with the $8,395 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel upgrade - $42,570 to start. $3,500+ off for a new 2016 and over $6k off for a 2015. We have driven the 2011 Ford F-250 4X4 with the 6.7L Power Stroke and 2014 RAM 3500 HD 4X4 Dually with the 6.7L Cummins pickup trucks with both providing eye opening results - 28 mpg cross country and 30 mpg between LA and San Diego and back respectively - when equipped with their respective Power Stroke and Cummins 6.7L Super Diesels. What we have not driven is a GM three-quarter or one-ton HD pickup truck with the 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel which is soon to be remedied. Just like its competitors, the Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are engineered tough. New for 2016 is an integrated cruise control, grade and diesel exhaust braking, an all-new Hydraulic/Electronic EPS with variable speed assist, steering wheel return to center assist and pull compensation assist on sloped roads – finally! – on some Double and Crew cabs. There’s also a Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package, spray-in bedliner, a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth wheel hitch mounting brackets, as well as a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. Silverado HD’s MyLink systems have been upgraded with HD radio, 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, faster processer and low and behold, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An 8-inch system with Apple CarPlay now and Android Auto later is also available. Wireless Qi smartphone charging, remote locking tailgate and three exterior new colors are also new for the 2016 MY. 2016 Silverado HD Base Work Specs (SAE J2807 compliant) Maximum 2500HD conventional trailering rating of 14,500 pounds Maximum 2500HD fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 18,000 pounds The maximum ratings are achieved with the Duramax 6.6L TD mated to the Allison 6-speed AT. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Configurations Regular, Double and Crew cabs are available in the 2500 HDs lineup. Double and Crew cab models are available with either 6’6” or 8’ boxes capable of handling a 4x8” sheet of plywood lying flat on the load floor. Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on Double and Crew cabs while the High Country is offered exclusively as a Crew. Special-edition models and equipment packages include the Custom for WTs, the Custom Sport Edition on LT and LTZ and the Midnight Edition offered on LT. The Z71 Off-Road package is available on LT and LTZ 4WD models. It can be purchased as a Regular cab with 8’ box, Double cab with 6’-6” or 8’ box, Crew cab with 6’-6” or 8’ box. LED cargo box lighting is optional on all models and the new remote locking tailgate is available on the base model. I am going to forgo discussion of the gas models as that is such a waste of fuel and work truck reliability. The Duramax has been engineered to operate for at least 200,000 miles on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul. Additional standard features include: CornerStep rear bumper <-- The Silverado’s best work truck feature imho. EZ Lift and Lower tailgate (standard on LT, LTZ and High Country) <-- Another great feature Locking tailgate Upper tie-downs and other features that make cargo handling easier StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control on all models All models are backed by a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado High Country The High Country HD provides a chrome grille with horizontal slats, body-color front and rear bumpers, 6-inch tubular chrome assist steps, spray-in bedliner, High Country badges on the doors and tailgate and High Country logos on brushed metal door sill plates. It also features unique 20-inch chrome alloys. Inside, Silverado High Country HD features a saddle brown interior. Heated and vented perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests are standard, along with Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8” touch screen, Bose premium audio and Front and Rear Park Assist. Options include a sunroof, NAVI and a rear-seat entertainment system with a BluRay/DVD player. A High Country Premium Package adds a heated wheel, Driver Alert Package – with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Safety Alert Seat – and power adjustable pedals. Other Optional 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Packages Silverado HD Custom – Available on 2500HD WT Double cab includes 20” polished alloys, deep-tinted glass, 110V power outlet, remote keyless entry, remote locking tailgate, Rear Vision camera, heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, Z82 trailering package, spray-on bedliner, Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch-diagonal radio, OnStar, chrome door handles and mirror caps, and trailer brake controller. Custom Sport Edition – Available on 2500HD LT and LTZ crew cab includes Front and Rear Park Assist, body-color grille with chrome bars, body-color front and rear bumpers and spray-on bedliner. The LT trim adds foglamps, chrome body-side moldings and chrome door handles and 20-inch polished alloys. Midnight Edition – Available on LT 4WD Crew cab and includes the Z71 Off Road package, Front and Rear Park Assist, body-color grille with chrome slats, body-color front and rear bumpers, black front and rear bowtie emblems, projector-beam headlamps with body-color bezels, foglamps, spray-on bedliner, heated/power-adjustable outside trailering mirrors and black, 18-inch alloys with off-road tread tires. Z71 Off Road – Available on LT and LTZ and features Rancho twin-tube shocks, Hill Descent Control, underbody shield, bushed metal Z71-logo door sill plates, Z71-specific gauge cluster, unique interior trim, unique lower bumper appearance, unique grille design with Z71 bade and Z71-logo pickup box identification. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Exterior Design The Silverado HDs grille was designed to deliver more efficient airflow to the cooling system and air intake in the most adverse conditions. The large Duramax dual domed hood leads into a wide vertical chrome surround grille with a single wide chrome horizontal trim piece splitting the upper and lower halogen projector headlamps to the sides. A large centered bowtie finishes off the upper grille opening. Beneath is a large chrome bumper fascia with square foglamp cutouts and beneath is a lower black plastic diffuser. From the profile, Silverado HD cabs all feature black trimmed DLOs smooth door to body seams, embossed front and rear fender flares and a minor lower door feature lines. Double cabs feature front-hinged rear doors with outside pull handles at the rear. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Interior Design In our drives of the ½-tons with the 4.3L, 5.3L and 6.2L gas engines, one thing was immediately noticeable. That being how quiet they all were. The HD std. cabs use a shear-style body mount to tune out 3 dimensional movement for a quieter ride. The Double and Crew cabs like the ½ tons we have driven have a set of hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs. The instrument panel has an intuitive 6-gauge cluster. Standard models include a 3.5” driver information and a 4.2-inch color central display(s) on LT, LTZ and High Country. Both are too small imho. Ambient lighting vs. backlighting highlights all functional areas, such as the “4x4” and headlamp switches, as well as the radio, for easier viewing at night. Someday GMs full sized pickups will catch up to the standard backlit switches and switchgear in something as simple as the Hyundai Accent. The large locking center console within vehicles with front bucket seats are almost 1 cu. ft. in volume and large enough to swallow a laptop. This is a lot handier in a true work truck then you may have first believed. Additionally, the locking console accommodates hanging files for owners who use their truck as an office, as well as controls for overhead ambient lighting, map pockets along the side, movable cup holders and reconfigurable compartments. It also includes USB ports, two 12-volt power points, a 110-volt outlet and a cord management system. The fold-down center armrest on standard Cab models and other models equipped with the 40/20/40-split bench seat offers covered storage and connectivity, with USB ports and two 12-volt power points. New wireless Qi phone charging allows compatible phones to be charged without having to connect or disconnect wires or cables. It is available on LT and LTZ double cab and crew cab models with standard bucket seats; and it is standard on High Country. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD front seating configurations WT – Standard 40/20/40-split vinyl bench seat with fold-down armrest, covered storage, and three integrated cup holders. Cloth seating is available. LT – Standard 40/20/40-split cloth bench seat with fold-down armrest, covered storage, and three integrated cup holders. A heated, leather-trimmed bench seat available and heated, cloth front bucket seats are available. LTZ – Standard leather-trimmed 40/20/40-split bench seat with fold-down armrest, covered storage, and three integrated cup holders, lockable under-seat storage compartment. Heated, leather front bucket seats are available. High Country – Full-feature leather-appointed, heated and vented front bucket seats with 12-way power driver and passenger seats, including four-way power lumbar control and two-position driver memory. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Packages WT Convenience Package adds heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors, remote keyless entry, Rear Vision camera, tinted windows, 110-volt AC power outlet and remote locking tailgate. Power windows are included on Regular cab models; they are standard on Double and Crew cabs. LT Convenience Package includes 10-way power driver’s seat adjuster (with bench seat), remote vehicle starter, Rear Vision camera, rear-window defogger, manual tilting/telescoping steering column, 110V power outlet and foglamps. Double cab and crew cab models also include dual-zone climate control. LT Plus Package on Double and Crew cabs includes power-adjustable pedals, Rear Park Assist, Universal Home Remote, rear sliding power window and rear-window defogger. LTZ Plus Package adds power-adjustable pedals, Bose premium audio system and Front and Rear Park Assist. Driver Alert Package is available on LT, LTZ and High Country, and includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Infotainment Details Connectivity includes MyLink with new phone integration technology and OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot supports up to seven mobile devices and is on whenever the vehicle is on. It comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial. It is available on the 1SA and standard on SLE, SLT and Denali models. Six months of an OnStar Guidance plan includes all of OnStar’s advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as turn-by-turn navigation. Five years of a subscription-free OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere with a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle’s engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer to simplify service scheduling. The available Rear Vision camera system with dynamic guidelines (standard on LTZ and High Country and included with the Sport Appearance Package and Midnight Edition) provides a view of items behind the vehicle. It can also assist with lining up in front of a trailer. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel and 6-speed Allison AT The 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque Duramax 6.6L TD with aluminum heads and a six-bolts-per-cylinder design is available across the lineup. It is built around a rigid cast-iron block with induction-hardened cylinder bores; four-bolt, cross-drilled main bearing caps; forged steel, nitride-hardened crankshaft; aluminum pistons with jet-spray oil cooling; aluminum cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder; water-cooled turbocharger; integrated oil cooler and a charge-cooled turbocharging system. The Duramax’s variable vane geometry turbocharger includes an integrated exhaust brake. Matched with the Allison 1000 6-speed AT, it creates added backpressure in the exhaust, resulting in negative torque during deceleration and downhill driving prolonging brake pad life. The Duramax also provides outstanding cold-weather performance, with microprocessor-controlled glow plugs capable of gas engine-like start performance in less than three seconds in temperatures as low as -20 degrees F without a block heater. NOx emissions are controlled via a Selective Catalyst Reduction after treatment system that uses urea-based Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) contained in a 5.3-gallon onboard tank and needs to be replenished about every 5,000 miles. Electrically heated lines feed the DEF to the emission system to ensure adequate delivery in cold weather. The system also incorporates GM’s second-generation diesel particulate filter (DPF). The Duramax regenerates its diesel particulate filter using a downstream injection of diesel fuel directly into the exhaust stream and can travel up to 700 miles between regenerations. The use of downstream injection improve engine life by eliminating diesel fuel contamination/dilution of the engine oil. The Allison 1000 6-speed AT features a class-first range selection function, which allows the driver to easily select the desired gears to match driving conditions, such as towing a trailer on a steep grade. The Allison 1000’s includes fifth and sixth overdrives gears (turning slower than engine speed), with a sixth-gear ratio of 0.62:1. A lower cruising rpm also contributes to a quieter interior on the highway. A 250 lb-ft of torque Power Take Off (PTO) can be connected from both the right- and left sides of the transmission. A Driver Shift Control allows the driver to manually select and hold a gear to satisfy a variety of driving scenarios. The easy tap-up/tap-down shift control holds the desired gear, but also protects the engine by inhibiting downshifts when the engine speed is above allowable rpm limits. You know what I will be using that feature for. Tow/haul mode changes the shift schedules so that the system locks the torque converter earlier to minimize heat gain and to take greater advantage of engine braking when vehicle is traveling downhill. In low temps, a Cab warm-up mode (elevated idle) allows the engine RPM to rise while the transmission increases engine load allowing the engine to produce heat quicker and warm up the truck’s interior faster. The idle speed varies with the engine coolant temperature and the normal idle resumes when it reaches 154 degrees F. The feature is also enabled when the engine is started via remote starting. Both sound like a large waste of fuel to me. The Allison 1000 6-speed AT has an easily removable, spin-on filter with a long, 60,000-mile change interval. Another internal filter is rated for the life of the transmission. The integrated, driver-selectable exhaust brake uses the compression power of the Duramax engine to improve vehicle control and reduce brake pad wear. When the exhaust brake is engaged in cruise mode, exhaust cruise grade braking will help the cruise control system maintain the desired vehicle speed when travelling downhill, keeping the driver from having to apply the brakes and exit cruise control to maintain speed. When the exhaust brake is engaged in non-cruise mode, the transmission and the exhaust brake deliver the correct amount of braking to assist in vehicle control, regardless of vehicle load. The system provides more engine braking with this feature for a heavier vehicle. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Chassis All Silverado HD models feature fully boxed frame assemblies. A short-long arm/torsion bar front suspension features forged steel upper control arms and precision-machined cast iron lower control arms. Five different torsion bar rates support five different front gross axle weight ratings to help stabilize the range of trim heights of various models under load – including snow plows – while enhancing appearance, handling, durability, tire wear and alignment. At the rear, an asymmetrical leaf-spring design minimizes axle hop and enhances traction control efficiency. A two-stage leaf-spring design is used on 2500HD models. Silverado HD’s advanced vehicle control technologies are designed to make heavy workloads more manageable. StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard on all 2500 HDs and incorporates trailer sway control and hill start assist. Silverado HD pickups are assembled in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Flint, Michigan. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD Early Conclusions This is a full work truck meant for farmers, ranchers, over the road tow loads and real work with PTO attachments. While the $8k Duramax and Allison AT option seems steep, it will easily save that upcharge in fuel costs over the life of the vehicle. In addition, resale of a Duramax equipped Silverado will recover much of this upfront cost as well. Looking at TrueCar pricing, $3k off new 16 Chevrolet Silverado HD and $6k+ off 15 Chevrolet Silverado HDs are currently available. The interior is a mix of hard truck touchpoints and soft car amenities with a balance that many Chevrolet Truck buyers believe is a good mix given Silverado sales over the past year are up significantly. GM September 2015 Sales Up 12.5% with 251,310 Vehicles Sold with YTD Silverado sales of 440,904 up 15.4 percent over the 382,153 sold through the same period of 2014. By comparison, RAM sales of 330,643 pickups are up 3.4 percent over the 319,868 sold through the same period of 2014 and Ford F-Series sales of 564,451 pickups are up just 1.3 percent over the 557,037 sold through the same period of 2014. Chevrolet must be doing something right although I do not have a breakout for HDs vs. the LD ½ ton lineup in any of the above comparisons. Now let us hope the LA Press Fleet Duramax equipped 2016 Silverado HD has a 3.73 rear end vs. the 4.10 that could be in there?