General Motors rolled out the Chevrolet heavy-duty trucks in 2001, which are specifically designed to tow and haul heavy cargo. Since its introduction, the Silverado 2500 HD has released a model for every year, featuring improved and new technologies to further enhance its performance and driving experience.
2003: ABS on the heavy-duty truck
The Silverado 2500 HD became more in control on the road after the anti-lock braking system became standard on all Silverado models. The anti-lock brake technology helped the Silverado drivers to maneuver the truck without much skidding. This system also decreased the stopping distance of the truck, especially on slippery roads. Continued in succeeding models, the anti-lock braking system aided other systems like the Stabilitrak electronic stability control and Hill Start Assist systems.
2006: Maxed towing with VortecMAX
The Silverado heavy-duty truck was beefed up by the VortecMAX Performance Package, which featured a 6.0-liter V8 engine rated at 345 horsepower and 380 pound-foot of torque. This power package improved the 2500 HD’s towing capability, making it the better truck on its new 9.5 rear axle. This, however, came to the 2500 HD model only as an option so not all heavy-duty truck drivers got a taste of this VortecMAX Performance Package.
2009: A turn-by-turn guide
The OnStar communication system installed in the previous Silverado 2500 HDs was improved on the 2009 model. Now featuring a turn-by-turn navigation and destination download, the Silverado truck let its drivers to enjoy hands-free calling and interior security to name a few. A subsidiary of General Motors, the OnStar Company had been offering its services to Silverado 2500 HD drivers even dating back in 2001.
2011: A much stronger Duramax
The 2011 Silverado 2500 HD received a revised Duramax engine. The 6.6-liter clean diesel engine with 397 horsepower and 765 pound-foot of torque aided the 2011 model’s stronger body frame in increasing the towing and hauling capacities of the Silverado heavy-duty truck. The new and stronger Duramax engine could also burn B20 biodiesel. Backing the diesel-powered Silverado in improving in the performance department was the new and bigger 36-gallon fuel tank which could extend the total driving range of this heavy-duty truck up to 680 miles.
2012: The ideal mobile office
Besides its towing and hauling capabilities, the 2012 Silverado heavy-duty truck could pass as a mobile office. Thanks to the available dealer-installed WiFi system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, working on the go has been made easy and possible. Surely, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD truck offers the best things a driver can get.