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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2/23/2013
When it comes to pickup trucks, a 2500 designation usually signifies a medium-duty model capable of towing greater weight and hauling more payload than a light-duty 1500 truck. That is the case with the Silverado 2500, even if its HD moniker stands for Heavy Duty. While Chevrolet has officially introduced a redesigned 2014 Silverado 1500 model, plans for a replacement for its Silverado HD lineup are not formalized. However, it is likely that a new version of the Silverado 2500HD is coming soon. If you are thinking about purchasing the current model rather than waiting for a redesigned truck, here are 5 things you need to know about the 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD.

1.) The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is available in regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab styles with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Work Truck (WT) and LT trim levels are offered for all three models, while a more luxurious LTZ trim level is reserved for extended cab and crew cab trucks. The 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is built in Flint, Michigan and Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

2.) A 6.0-liter V-8 engine is standard for the Silverado 2500HD, generating 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. This E85-compatible V-8 is connected to a heavy-duty 6-speed automatic transmission with a Tow/Haul Mode, and is offered with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) compatibility. A 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 is optional, producing 397 horsepower at 3,000 rpm and 765 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,600 rpm. The B20 biodiesel-compatible Duramax engine is paired with an Allison 1000 6-speed automatic with a Tow/Haul Mode and engine exhaust braking that helps to reduce brake pad wear and control vehicle speed on hills.

3.) The 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 engine requires Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to feed its selective catalytic reduction after-treatment system. The DEF lasts 5,000 miles between refills. Combined with a 36-gallon fuel tank, Chevy says the Duramax turbo-diesel offers a maximum highway range of 680 miles. Chevrolet also claims that the Duramax engine's glow plug cycle takes no longer than three seconds at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero, and includes a high-idle mode switch is designed to warm the truck's cab faster on cold days.

4.) Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard for the 2013 Silverado 2500HD, and LTZ models include an integrated trailer brake control system (optional on WT and LT). The Hill Start Assist feature can hold the Silverado on a hill for up to 1.5 seconds, or until the driver depresses the accelerator pedal. Depending on configuration, the Silverado 2500HD can carry a 4,212-pound payload and tow a 13,000-lb. trailer (17,800 lbs. of fifth-wheel trailer).

5.) Silverado 2500HD models with 4-wheel-drive include a manual transfer case for WT models while the LT and LTZ include an electronic shift system, controlled using a rotary dial on the dashboard. Off-road enthusiasts will want the Z71 Off-road Suspension for its skid plates, jounce bumpers, front stabilizer bar, and upgraded twin-tube shocks. A Z71 Appearance Package adds a body-color grille surround with chrome mesh grille inserts, body-color bumpers and trim, 18-inch polished forged aluminum wheels, and Z71 decals.