The Chevy Silverado HD is now in its fourth generation, receiving its next-gen redesign for 2019. Since we’re only a couple years into the truck’s lifecycle, it’s no surprise there aren’t any huge sweeping changes for 2021.
Yes, there will be a slew of special editions exclusive to the HD lineup, but the three major changes for 2021 are:
Max towing rating goes up to 36,000 pounds
Previously, the Silverado 3500 HD had a max tow rating of 35,500 pounds. Engineers were able to work some magic to eke out that extra 500 pounds, topping both the Ram 3500 HD (35,100 pounds) and Ford F-350 Super Duty (35,750 pounds).
This tow rating is achieved with the Work Truck, regular cab, dual-rear-wheel, 2WD models equipped with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel and the Max Tow Package.
While Chevrolet is claiming its HD now has best-in-class towing, Ford Motor Co. is saying, hold on player, pointing to its F-450 that can tow up to 37,000 pounds. A lot of this is semantics, however, because as a Fox News article points out the F-450 is 1 pound below Class-4-truck status.
So, toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. The point is: The Silverado 3500 HD tow rating increases for 2021. You can make your own decision on whether it’s best-in-class or not.
Better trailering tech is available
Similar to its 1500 little sib, the 2021 HD gets enhanced trailering tech, which centers around camera views. The truck will offer eight cameras and 15 different views. “Offer” is the key word here, as this technology will be available as a part of a package – but we don’t know what that pricing will be just yet.
Things these cameras will be able to do include: indicate how long your trailer is when changing lanes, issue a jack-knife alert if the danger looks imminent, zoom in on the trailer bed for better hitch guidance, provide a better view when backing a trailer into place and provide a split view down the sides of the truck and trailer in forward and reverse gears.
HD gets more standard and available features
The emphasis is going to be on “available,” here because while the HD gets more stuff, true to form, GM is going to mostly make you pay for it.
What’s a new standard on the base Work Truck? A front center console with storage.
But you do get a lot more content available at the base level, so we definitely appreciate that. The key hitlist of features per the press release includes:
- Bed-view camera display in the rearview mirror is available on Work Truck, Custom and LT.
- Bed-view camera display in the infotainment screen is now standard on High Country and available on LTZ and LT.
- SiriusXM radio and OnStar are now available on Work Truck and standard on LT.
- Safety Confidence Package is available on Work Truck and Custom. Package includes forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, driver information center and steering wheel audio controls.
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for LTZ and High Country and available on LT.
Just want to back up to point something out: While we’re super glad basic safety content like automatic emergency braking is available on the base, we’re still miffed that it’s an option.
The bottom line on the 2021 Silverado HD
All of these features are nice adds for the 2021 model, making a popular work truck more functional and enjoyable.
Though the 2021 Silverado HD configurator is up, we didn’t see pricing for the Max Tow Package or a package that would include the extra camera views. So, while a Work Truck that could have max tow rating will start at $50,685, we aren’t sure what the exact price will be when it’s properly optioned out.