The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 is set to receive a few minor changes over the 2020 model year, including new exterior colors and a variety of package level changes, with a full refresh expected for the 2022 model year. Check out our full list of updates for more information. Now, based on documents seen by GM Authority, we know that the 2021 Chevy Silverado is due to receive an increase in max tow ratings. The same goes for the Silverado’s corporate cousin, the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500.
The increased tow ratings for the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 will only apply to models equipped with either the turbocharged 2.7L I4 L3B gasoline engine, or the 3.0L I6 LM2 turbodiesel Duramax engine.
Sources indicate that this will be done via upgraded materials around the engine bay. It’s currently unclear as to how much the ratings will go up, but for reference, the L3B can tow upwards of 6,800 pounds, while the LM2 can tow upwards of 11,000 pounds in the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 via the tow hitch.
As for output levels, both the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 and the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 produce 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the 2.7L I4 L3B, and 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque with the LM2.
Further engine options include the naturally aspirated 4.3L V6 LV3, the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L82, the naturally aspirated 5.3L V8 L84, and the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87. Under the skin is the GM T1 platform.
Further updates for the 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 include the addition of the Safety Confidence Package, which will be offered on Work Truck, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss models. This package includes standout tech like Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking, as well as Steering Wheel Audio Controls, and a Driver Information Center. WT models will also get Cruise Control.
Stay tuned, as we’ll have additional coverage of the 2021 Chevy Silverado and 2021 GMC Sierra coming down the pipe. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, GMC Sierra news, Chevrolet news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
Hat tip: Autoblog