Joining the rest of the Silverado range as the most powerful range-topper, the Silverado 2500 offers buyers a slice of barely believable twin-turbo V8 power in a large, practical body that makes it a great option for families and those looking to head into the great outdoors for weeks, maybe months at a time.
Just how good is the latest Silverado 2500 HD, then? Let’s find out.
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What Features Does the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LTZ Have?
The Silverado 2500 HD LTZ comes riding on a set of 20-inch alloys, and comes packed with dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, off-road suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers, automatic headlights, rear-view camera with parking sensors, a powered tailgate, heated and ventilated seats and steering wheel, a 15-inch head-up display and an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
Off-road suspension with twin-tube shock absorbers
Heated & ventilated seats
Heated steering wheel
15-inch head-up display
Reversing camera with parking sensors
8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Colours
The Silverado HD is available in a choice of four colours, including Black, Red Hot, North Sky Blue and Summit White.
Is it Comfortable to Drive?
On the road, the Silverado HD is a powerhouse that makes light work of off-roading and towing heavy loads, making for a great all-around vehicle and long-distance tourer.
Power is supplied by a 6.6-litre twin-turbo diesel V8 pushing out 332kW of power and a massive 1,234Nm of torque which is thrown to all four wheels via a ten-speed automatic transmission.
The end result is a huge wave of power and torque that pushes the Silverado up to speed in a smooth and consistent manner thanks to all that torque, even while burdened with its hefty kerb weight.
Underneath, you’ll find a heap of off-road hardware including a locking rear differential and a set of twin-tube shock absorbers from Rancho that gives the Silverado HD some genuine off-road credentials. This hardware also offers an incredibly smooth and stable ride quality that makes long-distance trips a simple and comfortable task.
Another strong point of the Silverado HD LTZ is that it leads the class in terms of pulling power, with its maximum braked towing figure standing at a massive 4,500kg, while the gross vehicle mass (GVM) stands at 4,495kg and the gross combination mass (GCM) stands at 12,474kg.
Surprisingly, the Silverado HD is more user-friendly than you might imagine for a vehicle of this size. This is largely down to the lightweight steering rack that makes it easy to manoeuvre, although finding and squeezing into a car park that it fits into can be a challenge in and of itself.
All up, GM has done well to make the Silverado a user-friendly creation that offers some of the leading towing figures you’ll find on the Australian market, which is perfect for Aussies looking to get out and tour the country in comfort.
Is it Practical and Spacious?
The Silverado HD LTZ offers buyers a spacious cabin with a heap of headroom and space to stretch out on long journeys.
As you can imagine for a vehicle of this size, there’s no lack of space in the front of the cabin which treats you to a set of large, comfortable seats with a heap of storage options.
Up front you’ll find a massive arm rest with a storage compartment, a large storage tray behind the gear lever, a set of door bins either side and a decent-sized glovebox that make the Silverado a great option for swallowing-up loose items.
Move to the back of the dual-cab design and you’ll find a bench seat with an impressive amount of space for rear passengers on offer, with no complaints in terms of headroom either thanks to the large proportions and spacious cabin design.
In terms of tray space, the Silverado 2500 HD has a cargo bay measuring 2,104mm long by 1,814mm wide, offering a load volume of 1,968L. The tray comes with a spray-on liner and features a dozen tie-down points to secure loads.
All up, the Silverado HD offers buyers a large, comfortable and hugely-practical platform that gives buyers a heap of space and practical elements for a growing family or a long-distance road trip.
Is it Safe?
The Silverado 2500 HD LTZ is yet to receive an official ANCAP safety rating, although it does come with a decent amount of safety equipment to help sweeten the deal.
As standard, the Silverado HD comes fitted with an autonomous emergency braking system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and a reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors.
Is it Fuel Efficient?
GM is yet to confirm exact fuel economy figures for the Silverado 2500 HD LTZ, although it's fair to assume that its large capacity 6.6-litre V8 isn’t the most fuel-efficient powertrain on the market, even with the addition of two turbochargers.
Expect to see fuel economy figures similar to that of the Silverado 1500 which is rated at 12.3L/100km on a combined cycle.
Our Verdict: Is the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LTZ Worth it?
If you’re looking for one of the leading one-stop shops for a road trip around Australia or a towing powerhouse, the Silverado 2500 HD LTZ is in a class of its own.
It offers buyers an incredibly comfortable and spacious platform with class-leading towing power that few of its rivals can match, making it a perfect option for buyers looking to get out into the great outdoors.
As a result, we can’t help but recommend that you add it to your shortlist for a tough, comfortable towing powerhouse that makes light work of off-road driving and long-distance roadtrips alike.
Five Specs You Need to Know
No official ANCAP safety rating
6.6-litre twin-turbo V8 (332kW/1234Nm)
4,500kg braked towing capacity
2,104mm long by 1,814mm wide tray measures in at 1,968L
Immense torque from 6.6-litre V8 diesel engine
Comfortable and off-road-ready suspension
Acres of space inside the cabin
Ground-breaking towing figures
No official ANCAP safety rating, yet
OnlineAuto Rating: 8/10
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