Check out the New and Improved 2017 Chevy Silverado HD
We’re all eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of the 2017 Chevy Silverado HD. The new Chevy truck is expected to feature all of the amenities that buyers have come to expect from the brand’s grouping of pickups, including a comfortable cabin, top-of-the-line technology, and a sizable truck bed.
Of course, buyers shouldn’t be solely focused on those three attributes. Rather, they should be eyeing everything that’s happening under the hood… because it’s mighty, mighty impressive.
The Duramax 6.6-liter V8 engine has been revised to produce improved performance specs, and these numbers ultimately influence the vehicle’s acceleration and towing capabilities. Furthermore, the refined Allison 1000 transmission makes for one of the best driving experiences among pickups.
Are you intrigued by the upcoming Chevy truck? Well, let’s take a look at everything that’s happening under the 2017 Silverado HD’s hood.
New and Improved Engine
There’s obviously plenty to be excited about when it comes to the 2017 Chevy Silverado HD. As we recently learned, you should be anticipating the release of the brand-new Duramax 6.6L V8 turbo-diesel engine that will be accompanying this upcoming Chevy truck.
To clarify, we’ve already seen a 6.6-liter engine featured on previous model-year Silverados, but we’ve never seen anything like the unit that’s coming to the 2017 version of this Chevy truck. The engine shares the bore and stroke dimensions of the current Duramax unit, but those are about the only similarities (besides the name, of course). Engineers added a brand-new, General Motors-developed control system, and drivers can still expect an incredible peak torque at a low RPM.
“Nearly everything about the Duramax is new, designed to produce more torque at lower rpm and more confidence when trailering or hauling,” said Gary Arvan, the engine’s Chief Engineer. “You’ll also notice the refinement improvements the moment you start the engine, and appreciate them as you cruise quietly down the highway — with or without a trailer.”
Impressive Specs and Performance
This new engine can pump out an incredible 445 horsepower and 910 pounds-feet of torque, with the latter spec seeing a 19-percent increase over the current Duramax 6.6-liter unit. These specs (when combined with the brand’s new air intake system) will help improve towing and hauling, making this Chevy truck one of the most versatile pickups on the market!
In fact, the brand recently showed off the powers of this new pickup engine, as the Silverado recently set the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.” The Chevy truck successfully pulled a 3,200-square-foot flag 100 meters, thus earning the accolade.
“The Duramax 6.6L’s 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque are dramatic numbers, deserving of a dramatic introduction,” said Sandor Piszar, the Chevrolet Truck Marketing Director. “And it’s all the more fitting to introduce it on the eve of the State Fair of Texas, in the country’s largest truck market.”
What else can this unit accomplish? Well, drivers can expect some impressive acceleration numbers from their new Chevy truck. Even when hauling a heavy load, drivers can still anticipate that their pickup will push the limit:
- 7.1-second 0-to-60 mile per hour time
- 10.6-second 50-to-70 mile per hour time when towing 10,000 pounds
- 40-second Davis Dam grade improvement when hauling 23,000 pounds
A Host of Additional Amenities
The new unit isn’t solely about the power. It’s also about the lack of noise coming from the new Chevy truck. The turbo-diesel abilities makes for a “quieter and smoother ride,” and the brand estimates that engine noise has been reduced by 38-percent!
“The new Duramax delivers impressive output, but what customers will appreciate the most is an improved driving experience,” said Eric Stanczak, Silverado Chief Engineer. “It delivers quicker acceleration in virtually all measures, more confidence when trailering up a steep grade, better engine braking on descent and more refined noise levels cruising on the highway.”
What else does the system offer? Well, as the brand’s press release explains, there’s a whole lot:
- Improved cylinder block and cylinder heads
- Stronger rotating and reciprocating assembly
- Better oil- and coolant-flow capacity
- New EGR system (with single cooler and integrated bypass)
- New electrically actuated/electronically controlled turbocharging system
- New advanced solenoid fuel system
- New electronic controls
- New full-length damped steel oil pan
- New rocker cover/fuel system acoustical treatments
- B20 bio-diesel compatibility
“With nearly 2 million sold over the past 15 years, customers have forged a bond with the Duramax diesel based on trust and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, the Vice President of Global Propulsion Systems. “The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels.”
Reliable and Trustworthy Transmission
Of course, an engine is nothing if it isn’t paired up with an impressive and reliable transmission. Fortunately, engineers of the upcoming Chevy truck have already accounted for this.
The Duramax 6.6-liter engine is coupled with the reliable and beloved Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. The unit has obviously been refined to accommodate the increases in horsepower and torque, and engineers added a new torque converter in anticipation of these higher specs.
The Allison 1000 transmission offers several additional features that will improve the overall driving experience. The new Tow/Haul mode will help reduce shift cycling, resulting in improved control and better cooling (especially when the Silverado is towing heavy cargo). Engineers also added a smart diesel exhaust brake, which allows for better control when traveling on inclines.
Fortunately, engineers also kept the attributes that made the Allison 1000 transmission so popular in the first place. The manual shift feature is sticking around, as is the elevated idle mode (which helps warm up the cab). You’re unlikely to find a more accommodating or user-friendly transmission on the pickup market.
That’s a lot to take in, so let’s review the 2017 Silverado HD’s impressive performance facts:
- Improved horsepower and torque
- Reduced engine noise
- Better acceleration and towing
- Reliable accompanying transmission
It’s easy to be impressed by the mechanics of the upcoming Chevy truck… So why don’t you get a head start and begin the car-buying process?