General Motors has now revealed the all-new, T1 platform Heavy Duty trucks: the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and the 2020 GMC Sierra HD. Feedback has been mixed from potential shoppers, fans and enthusiasts – with some preferring GMC’s take on the truck, while others having an affinity for the Bow Tie version.
Compared to the current K2 platform models, the all-new 2020 Sierra and 2020 Silverado HD models feature a longer wheelbase and an entirely new exterior design that’s significantly bigger, bolder, taller, and more prominent. Of course, there’s more to the new HD trucks than just new looks. The stronger frame, an all-new gasoline engine, and a 10-speed Allisson-ish transmission come together to deliver significantly higher performance than outgoing models, with towing being well in excess of 30,000 pounds according to GM. Both trucks also feature advanced technologies designed to give customers a towing experience like never before.
While the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2020 GMC Sierra HD have plenty in common, they still have a significant amount of differences, the most obvious being the front fascias. Whereas the GMC has a one-piece headlight enclosure, the headlights on the Chevy are split by the horizontal grille element. The front ends deliver very different characters, with the Silverado HD giving off a strong, burly, and futuristic persona, while the Sierra seemingly delivers more sophistication.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out how – for better or for worse – the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD’s front fascia is somewhat in line with that of the refreshed 2019 Camaro.
The side profiles are much less distinct than the front ends, with both trucks featuring identical cabs, mirrors, and boxes. Both the 2020 Silverado HD and 2020 Sierra HD also get the new Bed Step ahead of the rear wheel, which makes accessing the box a breeze from the side, particularly useful when towing a fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer. The fact that the Silverado is missing the running boards is simply a byproduct of the photo being used here – the LT model does not come with the feature, while the higher-end LTZ and High Country models do.
The biggest difference between both models on the side profile is in the wheel wells: the Silverado features round wells, while the Sierra gets the more squared off, four-turn units initially introduced on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500.
At the rear, the 2020 Sierra HD and 202 Silverado HD look rather similar to their K2 platform predecessors. Like the side view, the differentiation between the Chevy and GMC is not very pronounced from this angle. The biggest difference, in fact, might be in the tailgate – as the GMC offers the innovative and highly-flexible MultiPro tailgate.
So, which one do you like best – the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, or the 2020 GMC Sierra HD? Vote in the poll below and sound off in the comments.