As we draw closer to the unveiling of General Motors’ next generation of heavy-duty full-size trucks, sightings in the wild are becoming increasingly common. The latest: a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD chassis cab prototype was just spotted pulling some serious weight through the mountains of Colorado.
According to The Fast Lane Truck, someone by the name of Erik F. happened upon what appeared to be a diesel-powered 2020 Silverado 3500 HD chassis cab pulling a gooseneck trailer, stopping to talk to the driver at a gas station near Copper Mountain. The driver reportedly told Erik that the next-generation GM heavy-duty truck was pulling just over 20,000 pounds.
While impressive, 20,000 pounds is actually significantly lower than the current Ford F-350’s claimed 34,000 pounds maximum gooseneck towing capacity, and even the Ram 3500 HD’s 31,210 pounds. Chevrolet’s one-ton Silverado HD trails behind the competition with a max of just over 23,000 pounds. It’s practically a given that GM will work to rectify the disparity with its next-generation heavy-duty Silverado models.
Apart from the max tow ratings of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD and its GMC-branded sibling, another lingering mystery is the location of the diesel exhaust fluid tank on diesel-equipped trucks. Currently, it’s located under the hood, but recent spy photos have pointed to the strong possibility of the tank and filler neck being moved rearward, behind the cabin, and the new photos appear to corroborate that.
Chevrolet’s all-new Silverado HD trucks aren’t expected to break cover until sometime next year, giving us plenty more time for prototype sightings and speculation. For the recent Colorado towing photos, visit TFLTruck.com.