We’ve seen the highly-anticipated 2020 Silverado HD undergoing testing several times this year. Every time we’ve seen it, we’ve remarked at just how big Chevy’s new 2500HD and 3500HD trucks will be. But we’ve recently come to notice a small detail that could be big news: a potential box step integrated ahead of the rear wheels.
According to the most recently spy photos of the 2020 Silverado HD, there is a noticeable protrusion just fore of the rear wheel well (circled in red). The more we look at it, the more it appears to be an integrated step for accessing the box from the side of the truck.
Now, we could be completely wrong here; the camo could be doing its job in playing tricks on us. Heck, the area in question could also be a rather simple surface styling element meant to give the 2020 Silverado HD some design flair. But we really don’t think that’s the case.
Ultimately, we believe we’re looking at the very first sighting of a new functional design element, much like the GM CornerStep rear bumper, but integrated into the wheel well area of the pickup’s box.
Such a feature would be somewhat similar to the stepside / flareside box design of previous generation pickup trucks, and offering it on the 2020 Silverado HD would be a great way to further differentiate the heavy duty model from its light duty vairnat.
About 2020 Silverado HD
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2019 as a 2020 model year vehicle. The model range will consist of the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD in various cab and bed configurations.
Expect the new trucks to be noticeably larger, with bigger cabs and beds. The exterior design should be similar to that of the 2019 Silverado 1500. Of particular note is a better-integrated DEF tank placement than the current K2 platform HD models.
The current model’s 6.6L Duramax Diesel L5P engine and its 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque will carry over from the current models, as will the Allison 1000 6-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission. But the aging 6.0L V8 L96 gasoline engine is expected to be replaced by an all-new eight-gasoline motor making around 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, mated to a heavy-duty 8-speed automatic transmission.
Weight is expected to drop as a result of a mixed-material architecture that includes aluminum swing panels and a smarter frame design that optimizes strength and weight characteristics, much like on the new Silverado 1500.
The interior is not expected to see much of a departure from either the current, K2-based Silverado HD or from the new Silverado 1500. What will be new are the highly-convenient towing technologies introduced on the new Silverado 1500, which will enable owners to be better prepared for trailing, with a better, more confident driving experience to boot.
Expect the 2020 Silverado HD to debut some time in the first quarter of the 2019 calendar year, for an on-sale date in the third quarter of 2019.