Prototypes for the all-new, 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD range have begun to shed some of their design-masking camouflage, with a series of spy photos from earlier in the month showing off a brand-new set of towing mirrors. There are several key differences between the new mirrors and the ones used on the outgoing Silverado Heavy Duty, most notably with regard to their integrated lighting design and where they attach to the truck cab.
The new 2020 Silverado HD appears poised to offer optional towing mirrors that mount significantly lower on the door than those on the outgoing 2018 Chevrolet Silverado HD, with a unique hinge design to elevate the glass to within the driver’s field of vision. In theory, this could allow GM to extend the front side window glass forward at the crook of the A-pillar, rather than blocking that space off, but that portion of the door has been obscured by black cladding on this 2020 Silverado HD prototype so that we can’t say for sure.
The other big change is to the towing mirrors’ integrated LED turn indicators/clearance lights. As on the outgoing 2018 model, the 2020 Silverado HD’s towing mirror lights are organized into two horizontal strips, but they’re now mounted significantly higher up on the mirror caps. Additionally, where the older style lights incorporate multiple discrete bulbs – eight in all – the new model uses more seamless, evenly-lit strips, resulting in an entirely different visual effect.
Currently, the Chevrolet Silverado HD offers six different mirror options, with the most sophisticated being a set of heated, power-adjustable vertical trailering mirrors (RPO code DPN). Those feature heated, power-folding, manual-extending flat mirror glass (51 square inches) above a pair of convex glass mirrors (24.5-square-inch); amber auxiliary clearance lamps; turn signal indicators integrated into the glass; and mirror position memory settings. The option package also incorporates an auxiliary cargo lamp that helps illuminate your trailer to ease reversing with it.
About The 2020 Silverado HD
It is expected that the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD will receive a complete overhaul (redesign and re-engineering) for the 2020 model year, after which they will ride on a more capable version of the GM T1 platform that also underpins the 2020 Silverado 1500, 2020 Suburban, 2020 Tahoe, and other full-size GM trucks and SUVs. The trucks could follow in the footsteps of their less-capable, light-duty brother and expand the lineup to include more models and variants, such as potential Custom and Trail Boss models.
An all-new gasoline engine is expected, with the current 6.6L Duramax L5P Diesel engine remaining available as an option. The transmission situation is currently unknown, but we expect that the current GM 6-speed automatic for the gas motor as well as the 6-speed Allison 1000 for the diesel engine will be updated.
The 2020 Silverado HD is anticipated to become available in the second or third quarter of 2019, with assembly taking place at the following facilities:
Stay tuned for all the latest Chevrolet Silverado HD news.