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Preview: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD upgrades interior, adds ZR2 option

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Chevrolet’s Silverado 1500 was updated for the 2022 model year and now the truck’s heavy-duty big brother has been updated as well.

The updated Silverado HD was revealed late on Monday in both 2500HD and 3500HD guises and will make a public debut on Sept. 29 at the 2022 State Fair of Texas. It will go on sale next year as a 2024 model. Electric vehicle fans can also look forward to a new Silverado EV coming for 2024.

The changes made to the 2024 Silverado HD include styling tweaks, new technology in the cabin, and powertrain upgrades. There’s also a ZR2 off-road grade coming, though Chevy is saving details until closer to the market launch.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD

The 2024 Silverado HD will be offered in Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Cab configurations, with a dually option limited to the 3500HD. The grades that will be on offer include Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, High Country, and the new ZR2, and buyers will also be able to add a Z71 sport appearance package on some of those.

The biggest change to the styling is up front where there’s a new grill and front fascia, plus a new, more modern design for the headlights. Gone are the previous split headlights, replaced by a single unit with a C-shaped daytime running light.

More significant changes have taken place inside. There’s a new dashboard whose design is similar to the one in the updated Silverado 1500, with top grades getting a new 13.4-inch infotainment screen (with built-in Google) in combination with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and available head-up display. The center console has also been revised with a less cluttered design for the wireless phone charger. Many of the physical controls feature new designs, and there is a total of 10 cupholders, depending on the model and configuration.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD

There’s also a long list of electronic driver-assist features, either standard or available. These include newly available adaptive cruise control, as well as the usual automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and blind spot warning. In addition to these, there’s also adaptive cruise control with a trailering function. New for 2024, this feature allows the adaptive cruise control to account for additional drag and increased braking distances when towing a trailer. There’s also a warning for when the vehicle’s gross combined weight rating is exceeded, an extended distance for the blind spot warning for trailering, and an updated Transparent Trailer feature which now works with with fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers.

Buyers continue to have two powertrains choices. One is a 6.6-liter V-8 with 401 hp, 464 lb-ft of torque, and maximum towing of 17,370 lb. The other is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 with 470 hp, 975 lb-ft of torque, and maximum towing of 36,000 lb. The 36,000-lb figure is for the 3500HD. It drops to 22,500 lb for the 2500HD. In addition to extra performance from the diesel compared to previous model year’s 445 hp and 910 lb-ft, we’re told the engine also has improved low-end torque.

Also new for 2024 is the addition of the 10-speed automatic now as standard across the range.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD

2024 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Production of the 2024 Silverado HD starts in the first half of 2023 at plants in Flint, Michigan, and Oshawa, Canada. Pricing information will be released closer to next year’s market launch.

Also coming is an updated version of the related GMC Sierra HD, and a redesigned version of the rival Ford Super Duty range is due to be revealed later this fall.

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