The Chicago auto show is always good for a truck reveal or two, and Chevy came though brilliantly this year. A new heavy-duty Silverado took center stage at the stand and packs some impressive stats. Towing capacity is now an incredible 20,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel hitch and properly equipped trucks can haul 6,335 pounds in the bed alone.
According to Chevy, the capabilities of the truck have increased without any increase in fuel consumption, or a decrease in ride quality or durability. The new Duramax engine produces more power than before while reducing emissions. A revised front independent suspension is more adjustable and also increases the maximum load enough to permit the use of a snowplow on all 4WD trucks. Heavier frame components and a reduced stress level on the engine internals means these trucks should continue Chevy's claimed durability leadership.
On the other end of the truck spectrum, the Suburban celebrates 75 years as the people mover of choice for large outdoorsy families. To commemorate this monumental production run Chevrolet unveiled the Diamond Edition trim level. Buyers will get an LTZ Suburban with unique White Diamond paint, cashmere-colored interior, 20-inch chrome wheels, a set of roof rails, and of course a few badges scattered about the vehicle.
For those questioning Chevy's dedication to the truck segment after receiving federal bailout money last year these introductions should impart confidence. Yes, GM will focus on small cars in the future, but the company isn't going to ignore the truck segment.