NEW FOR 2012:

- Maximum towing capacity of 10,432 kg (23,000 lbs) and conventional-hitch capacity of 8,164 kg (18,000 lbs)
- Maximum payload of 3,272 kg (7,215 lbs) and GCWR rating of 13,834 kg (30,500 lbs)
- Available hard disc drive navigation radio with CD/DVD/MP3 player, satellite radio and USB port
- LT and LTZ models add new chrome grille
- Work Truck adds standard cruise control and spare tire lock
- 3500 Work Truck adds standard outside vertical camper mirrors
- Exterior colour: Quicksilver Metallic added

Redesigned in the 2011 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado HD (heavy-duty) 2500 and 3500 models undergo several changes for 2012. The maximum towing, conventional hitch, payload and GCWR ratings all increase. The Work Truck adds new standard features, and a premium navigation stereo is available.

The Silverado HD is also sold as the GMC Sierra HD. Light-duty 1500 models are covered in a separate section.

The Silverado HD is available in regular, extended cab and crew cab models, in two- or four-wheel drive, and with a 6.0-litre V8 gasoline engine or available Duramax 6.6-litre V8 diesel. Both use six-speed automatic transmissions: a Hydra-Matic 6L90 with the gasoline engine, and Allison 1000 with the diesel. The 3500 models are available in single-wheel or dual-wheel versions.

Trim lines are the WT (Work Truck), LT and LTZ.

Features on the WT include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, keyless entry, OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation, heavy-duty cooling package, chrome front and rear bumpers, automatic headlights, manual mirrors and windows, cruise control, front recovery hooks, variable intermittent wipers, overhead console, vinyl floor covering, standard instrument panel with upper and lower glove boxes, driver information centre, tilt steering wheel, driver’s sunshade pocket, passenger sunshade mirror, 40/20/40 split-bench front seat in cloth or vinyl, and AM/FM stereo. The Crew and Extended cab models have a fold-up rear seat. Four-wheel drive models have a lever-operated 4WD transfer case.

The LT adds chrome wheel centre caps, privacy glass, heated power mirrors, winch-mounted spare tire carrier, carpeting, vinyl floor mats, compass, exterior temperature display, leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors, power windows with driver’s auto-down, premium cloth or leather seats, front locking console in centre seat cushion, and CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input. Four-wheel drive models have an electronic rotary dial for the 4WD transfer case.

The LTZ adds 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, locking rear differential, electric trailer brake controller, trailer package with receiver, remote starter, fog lights, power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal, auto-dimming driver’s side and tilt-down in reverse, premium instrument panel with single glove box, auto-dimming mirror, vehicle information centre with customization, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, auto-down passenger window, ten-way power-adjustable heated leather bucket seats, driver’s side memory, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, premium Bose sound system and XM satellite radio.