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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

2/24/2013
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD is the model to choose if significant towing and hauling capabilities are a requirement in a new full-size pickup truck. Sitting at the top of the Silverado model hierarchy, the 3500HD is offered in a variety of cab styles and trim levels, and is expected to see a complete redesign within a year or two. In the meantime, if you are considering buying one of these heavy-duty pickups, here are 5 fast facts about the 2013 Chevy Silverado 3500HD.

1.) Chevrolet sells the Silverado 3500HD with a choice between a regular cab, an extended cab, and a crew cab in Work Truck (WT) or LT trim levels. A more luxurious LTZ trim level is available for extended cab and crew cab models. All Silverado 3500HD trucks are built in Michigan or Indiana.

2.) An E85-compatible, 6.0-liter V-8 engine is standard for the Silverado 3500HD, and generates 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. It is bolted to a 6-speed automatic transmission with a Tow/Haul Mode. A B20 biodiesel-compatible, 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 Duramax turbo-diesel teams with an Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission equipped with a Tow/Haul Mode and engine grade braking. An engine exhaust braking system is also standard with this engine, helping to reduce brake pad wear and to control speed when descending hills.

3.) The 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 engine is equipped with a selective catalytic reduction after-treatment system requiring Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which must be refilled every 5,000 miles. Chevy says the Duramax engine's glow plug cycle takes no longer than three seconds when the temperature dips to 20 below zero, allowing the engine to start just as quickly as a gasoline engine under the same conditions, and on cold days a high-idle mode switch helps the engine to warm the truck's cab faster. Chevrolet also claims that with the 3500HD's 36-gallon fuel tank, the Duramax V-8 can cover 680 miles of highway before requiring a stop at a diesel pump.

4.) Silverado 3500HD models with a single-rear-wheel axle setup have Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist as standard equipment. The Hill Start Assist system holds the truck still on a hill for up to 1.5 seconds or until the driver steps on the accelerator pedal. Additionally, every Silverado 3500HD is equipped with a Trailering Equipment Package with a trailer hitch platform, a 2.5-inch receiver, a seven-wire harness, an integrated trailer brake controller, and a heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential. The truck's maximum tow rating is 18,000 lbs. (23,100 lbs. when set up for a fifth-wheel trailer), and the maximum payload rating is 7,222 lbs.

5.) Each engine can be matched with a 4-wheel-drive system. Work Truck models have a manual transfer case, while the LT and LTZ models feature an electronic shift 4WD system controlled using a rotary dial on the dashboard. An optional Z71 off-road suspension adds skid plates, jounce bumpers, a 33mm front stabilizer bar, and off-road shocks. A Z71 Appearance Package is also optional, adding Z71 decals, a body-color grille surround with chrome mesh grille inserts, body-color bumpers and trim, and 18-inch polished forged aluminum wheels.