For 2015, the Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty series receives the same exterior and interior enhancements of regular 1500 “light duty” Silverado.
This means that the heavy-duty models gain the tall, squared grille with the chrome bar that separates the headlights. Unlike the previous generation model, the wheel wells of the new Silverado is more squared, thus giving it a more muscular look. Overall, the exterior of the Silverado is more dynamic and intimidating than before, which is a good thing, if you want to stand out in the tough pick-up truck segment in the U.S.
However, the enhancements/upgrades do not stop at the exterior, the interior of the new Silverado HD also receives a complete makeover. When one enters the cabin, they will immediately feel the premium vibe the interior emits. The cabin materials feel softer, the leather is more supple, and the overall build quality of the interior makes one feel like they are in a luxury vehicle than in a pick-up truck.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD comes with the choice of two engines, one, a naturally aspirated gasoline engine, and the other, a turbo-diesel unit.
The gasoline engine is a pushrod 16-valve 6.0 L V8 engine, which produces 360 horsepower and 380 lb.ft. torque. This engine is backed by a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.
The optional diesel engine is a turbocharged and intercooled pushrod 32-valve 6.6 L V8, which produces 397 horsepower and an earth moving 765 lb.ft. torque. The diesel unit is backed by an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. This package costs an additional $8,585 over the standard gasoline powered truck.
Suspension wise, the Silverado 3500 HD features an independent torsion beam setup at the front (unique in the segment), and a multi-leaf spring setup at the back.
When properly equipped and configured, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD can tow up to 19,000 pounds on a conventional trailer hitch.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD can be configured in multiple ways ranging from a single cab, regular bed, rear wheel drive, single rear wheel to double cab, long bed, all wheel drive, dual rear wheels. However, most Silverado 3500 HD customers prefer their truck with the later configuration.
Depending on how the customer configures the truck, the wheelbase can vary between 133.6-167.7 inches, the length between 224.4-258.4 inches, the width between 80.1-80.5 inches, and the height between 77.7-78.0 inches.
Inside the double cab cabin, the front head room is 42.80 inches, the rear head room is 40.50 inches, the front leg room is 45.27 inches, the rear leg room is 40.93 inches, the front shoulder room is 64.84 inches, the rear shoulder room is 64.33 inches, the front hip room is 60.73 inches, and the rear hip room is 60.24 inches.
Options and Packages
Depending on the trim level, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD can be optioned and transformed from a regular work truck to a fully loaded luxury vehicle.
However, on the popular LTZ trim, the Silverado can be optioned with the following packages.
The LTZ Plus Package adds power adjustable pedals, Bose premium audio system, and front and rear parking sensors.
The Custom Sport Edition ($1,300) adds the appearance package, body colored grille with chrome bars, body colored front and rear bumpers, spray-on bed liner, and 17-inch forged aluminum wheels.
The Duramax Plus Package ($9,905) includes the 6.6 L diesel engine, Allison 1000 automatic transmission, 3.73 rear axle ratio, engine block heater, LTZ Plus Package, and Chevrolet MyLink audio system with 8 inch diagonal color touch screen and navigation system.
Safety and Convenience
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags, side airbags, driver knee airbag, and front and rear side curtain airbag.
For additional safety, the customer can option their truck with the Driver Alert Package ($450) which adds lane departure warning, forward collision alert, safety alert seat, and front and rear proximity sensors.
For convenience, depending on the trim level and the options selected, the Silverado can be fitted with heated and cooled front leather bucket seats, navigation system, power driver and front passenger seats, sunroof, side step bars, and many other creature comforts.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD is currently available at your Chevrolet dealer. Depending on the trim and the options chosen, the base price of the Silverado varies from $42,635 for the base work truck with single rear wheel to $57,625 for the high country model with dual rear wheels.
So, if you are in the market looking for a basic work truck or a fully loaded luxury pick-up with enough power to haul a horse trailer or a RV, then the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD might be the right truck for you.
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