General Motors is finally taking the initiative to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers standard for towing, otherwise known as J2807. It’s been a long time coming, and for a while it was a case of monkey-see-monkey-do between RAM, Ford, Chevrolet and GMC to see which automaker will go ahead and implement the standard first. This is significant because it allows for a level standard of how to rate towing capabilities for trucks. Companies that don’t use this standard otherwise make up the ratings themselves based on their own tests. The next vehicle expected to utilize this standard is the 2015 Ford F-150.
Both the 2015 model-year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 will retain their 12,000-pound maximum tow rating, which is for the 2WD Double Cab variants equipped with a 6.2L V8 and Maximum Trailering Package. But also based on the SAE J2807 calculations, the other ratings are either lower, or unchanged. To note, the power ratings and chassis features remain unchanged. Hopefully, GM is doing it for real this time.
Stay tuned for a comprehensive breakdown of all the revised tow ratings.