The Chevy Silverado lineup of heavyduty pickup trucks is really quite impressive. Redesigned for 2011, Silverado now offers 10 2500HD models and eight singleand dual-rear-wheel 3500HD models, including a new 3500HD Crew Cab with a 6.5-foot cargo box.
Three trim levels are offered — WT, LT and LTZ — and with popular features such as the EZ Lift tailgate and rearview camera system. All models have greater capability, improved ride and handling, and a greater feeling of driver control.
Model highlights include:
• Increased towing capability (21,700 pounds) and payload (6,335 pounds) supported by all-new fully-boxed, highstrength- steel frames and strong suspensions for maximum capability and exceptional ride characteristics.
• New 6.60 liter Duramax diesel that delivers up to 11 percent better highway fuel economy and up to 63 percent lower emissions, along with B20 biodiesel capability and quicker acceleration.
• Larger gas tank and fuel economy improvements that allow up to 680 miles between fillups with the Duramax turbo diesel.
• All-new “smart” exhaust brake feature that provides greater control on grades and reduced brake pad wear.
• An array of control features, including trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake control, hill start assist, automatic grade braking, intelligent brake assist and larger brakes.
• Technology that includes available mobile WiFi, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar and navigation.
On the outside, the Silverados are distinguished by a power dome-style hood with a new, louvered design, as well as a new grille and full-width chrome steel front bumper. A new lineup of 17- (Dually), 18- and 20-inch wheel/tire combinations is available, with 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels as an option on the 2500HD.
Chevy engineers developed all-new, fully boxed frame assemblies with increased cross sections for the Duramax, using more high-strength steel for greater durability, higher towing capacity and improved ride and handling. The bending and beaming stiffness of the frames has been increased substantially, with the fully boxed sections enhancing torsional stiffness. Larger engine and transmission mounts coupled with a 125 percent stiffer front frame structure provide greater vibration control, while hydraulic body mounts are incorporated under the cab section on extended and crew cab models for a more isolated feel inside.
The base price on our 2011 Silverado 3500 Crew Cab LTZ was $44,945.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.