The 2024 Chevy Silverado HD is set to introduce a mid-cycle refresh for the heavy-duty pickup truck, bringing updates to the exterior, a new interior on most models, along with powertrain improvements that result in healthy capability gains. One of the more interesting elements about the refresh is GM’s decision to keep the column-mounted shifter. Today, GM Authority has the scoop.
During a recent interview, GM interior designers explained to GM Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, that the decision was as simple as customers preferring the column-mounted shifter over a console-mounted one. In addition, keeping the shifter on the column also keeps the center console space open for storage space.
GM’s strategy with the refreshed 2024 Chevy Silverado HD differs significantly from that of the refreshed 2022 Silverado 1500, which saw its shifter move from the column to the center console on the LT trim and up, with one key exception.
In case you missed it, here’s the lowdown on the refreshed Silverado HD. On the exterior, the pickup receives a revised front fascia, which includes new headlights, grille, and C-shaped LED signature lighting. Tow hooks can be found across all trim levels, and customers can choose between six new exterior colors.
Moving inside, all LT and above trims are blessed with an overhauled cockpit, which includes an all-new 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment screen and 12.3-inch diagonal configurable driver information center. Additionally, the Silverado HD gets enhanced trailering features, such as Adaptive Cruise Control with Trailer, Enhanced Transparent Trailer, Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert, and GCW Alert.
Under the hood, the 2024 Chevy Silverado HD is equipped with the 6.6L L8T V8 gasoline engine as standard affair, while the 6.6L V8 L5P turbodiesel Duramax engine remains optional. The Duramax now boasts 470 horsepower and 975 pound-feet of torque, up 25 horsepower and 65 pound-feet of torque over the pre-refreshed models.
Regardless of engine option, every Chevy Silverado HD runs the Allison-branded 10-speed automatic transmission as standard, which replaces the GM six-speed equipped by gasoline-powered models previously.
For those keeping track, the 2024 Silverado HD’s corporate cousin – the 2024 Sierra HD, also keeps the column-mounted shifter.