Potential customers hoping to purchase the 2021 Chevy Silverado HD can only do so if they wish to buy a Crew Cab. GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with go-to-market plans that Chevrolet dealers are not be able to place sold retail orders (SROs) for the pickup truck in the Regular Cab or Double Cab body styles. The situation is expected to continue for the remainder of the 2021 model year.
Prioritizing the 2021 Chevy Silverado HD Crew Cab makes sense given that GM lost two months of production during the United Auto Workers (UAW) union strike in Q3 and Q4 of 2019. Production was affected for another two months earlier this year during the shut down caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. That means that GM lost four months of cumulative production over the last 12, or one-third of the year.
For the entire Silverado range, demand is highest for Crew Cab models, so it is simply good business practice for GM to focus on that cab style now that production is back up to full strength, at the expense of the less popular versions.
The 2021 Chevy Silverado HD Crew Cab has a base MSRP of $40,495 for the 2500 Work Truck (WT) with the standard bed, 6.6L L8T V8 gasoline engine rated at 401 horsepower and 464 pound-feet of torque mated to GM’s heavy duty six-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive. The other available engine is the turbodiesel 6.6L Duramax L5P V8, which is rated at 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a ten-speed “Allison” automatic gearbox.
Trim levels further up the range are, in ascending order of price, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. Four-wheel drive is standard on High Country models and an option on all the others. Dual-rear-wheel (DRW / dually) is optional on the 3500HD model. The Crew Cab is also available in Long Bed form, which increases the box length from 82 to 98 inches.
It’s also worth noting that the Silverado HD’s corporate cousin, the Sierra HD, is also facing a similar order and production constraint for the 2021 model year.