Chevrolet just gave the light-duty Silverado a significant round of updates. It hasn’t detailed the changes it has in store for the heavy-duty model yet, but a recent report claims the truck will arrive with significant engine upgrades.
Without citing sources, website TFL Truck reported that the current pickup’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 will return in the updated model. Its displacement won’t increase, but its output will reportedly grow to 505 horsepower and a mammoth 1,085 pound-feet of torque. To put those figures into perspective, the 6.6-liter makes 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of twist in the 2022 Silverado HD; GMC’s Sierra HD is available with it as well.
Bumping the Duramax’s output is a way to keep up with the competition. Arch nemesis Ford offers buyers who have extremely heavy things to tow 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque from a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8. Over at Ram, the most powerful engine available in a heavy-duty truck posts numbers of 420 and 1,075, respectively. If the report is accurate, Chevrolet will enviably take the horsepower and the torque crowns in the segment.
What remains to be seen is what effect the increases will have on the Silverado’s towing capacity. As of writing, it’s capable of towing up to 36,000 pounds (approximately 15 times the weight of a 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata).
Moving out of the engine bay, the 2023 Silverado HD will receive an updated exterior design that will again help differentiate it from the smaller, light-duty model. We’re expecting the next round of updates will also bring new tech features, and it’s reasonable to assume that the trim structure will evolve; Chevrolet might notably shift the HD in a more outdoorsy direction to satisfy a growing demand for off-road-focused trucks in the United States.
None of this is official; Chevrolet is keeping its lips sealed about the updated Silverado HD. Full details will likely emerge in the coming months, and sales are tentatively scheduled to start in time for the 2023 model year.