When Chevrolet introduced us to the all-new 2014 Silverado 1500 line of full-size pickup trucks a year ago, they assured the media that everything that was new, exciting and capable about the new line of full size trucks would also carryover to their 2015 Silverado 2500 and 3500 line of HD (heavy duty) trucks. Having spent time in the new 2500 HD, we think that if you like what Chevrolet did with the 2014 Silverado 1500, but you need a bit more truck for work or play, you will love the 2015 Silverado 2500 HD.
We recently completed a full week ride and drive test of a brand new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ 4WD Crew Cab with the Z71 Off-Road package and equipped with the rugged – some also say legendary - Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel and its companion Allison 6-speed Automatic Transmission. Our test Silverado 2500 LTZ, the top of the line trim level for the Silverado HD, came with the standard 6-foot, 6-inch box which would be our choice over the optional 8-foot bed.
After a week in our bold Victory Red with a Jet Black/ Dark Ash interior test truck, we think that, in the world of HD pickup trucks, it does not get much better than the new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ 4WD Crew Cab and Z71 Off-Road package with the Duramax Turbo Diesel powertrain.
As Chevrolet also promised, the new Silverado line of HD trucks would accept no compromises in delivering value and performance (starting with features carried forward from the all-new 2014 Silverado 1500) to their HD customer.
At the introduction of the new 2015 HD line, Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer, told us, “Heavy-duty pickups are tools that people use to tow heavy trailers and haul big loads.” He added, “Customers don’t drive spec sheets – they put real trucks to work every day, year in and year out, to run their businesses, earn their livings, and take care of their families. So as we roll out our new lineup of trucks and SUVs, we are focusing on the real-world needs of these truck customers.”
We would add (based on our test drive) that they have also done a bang-up job in providing a heavy lifting Silverado 2500 that brings with it the style and refinement of the new Silverado 1500 - also very important to owners who use their truck for family adventure and recreation as well as work.
Many of the elements that made the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 the 2014 North American Truck of the Year are included in the new 2015 Silverado HD and include refined styling, functional and materials elements such as larger cabs and interiors, bigger rear doors on crew cabs that – with revised seating – adds more legroom and improves entry and exit, new inlaid doors with triple door seals for a quieter cabin, improved airflow to the engine to increase performance and cargo boxes with two-tier capability, integrated tie-downs, innovative CornerStep rear bumper and available EX Lift-and-Lower tailgate.
For driver convenience, the included Silverado 1500 elements are a new upright instrument panel with simplified controls now in easy reach, a 6-gauge instrument cluster with a 3.5-inch driver information center in the IP and storage everywhere. Key controls with rubberized knobs are easily handled with gloves on and some, such as the integrated brake controller, are located now on the left side of the IP for easy reach. Seating is redesigned for heavy use and is seriously more comfortable.
Features of note also include its work and play connectivity/accessibility provided through the wide center console that has lots of space available with design elements that consider and accommodate a wide range of consumer electronic devices. Power is everywhere in the cabin with five USB ports, a 110-volt outlet and two 12-volt power points. And, in September 2014, a new Wi-Fi hot-spot connectivity will be available through the new OnStar 4G LTE network.
The 2015 Silverado 2500 HD ccmes standard with at a 6.0L Vortex V8 gas engine and 6-speed automatic transmission and a optional 6.0L Duramax Turbo Diesel and Allison 6-speed automatic transmission available. The base MSRP for our test truck, the 2015 Silverado 2500 4WD (2WD is available) LTZ Crew Cab and the gas engine was $48,130.
The standard Vortec V8 is a very capable engine that delivers 360 horsepower with 380 lb.-ft. of torque through the standard 4.10 rear axle producing ball hitch tow capacity of 13,000 pounds and 14,000 pounds of fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer tow capacity.
The Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel engine (397 horsepower and 765 lb.-ft. of torque) integrated with the Allison automatic transmission and matched with a 3.73 rear end, produces also 13,000 pounds of ball hitch tow capacity, but significantly increases the fifth-wheel/gooseneck tow capacity to 17,100 pounds and includes diesel exhaust braking to make those bigger and tougher tows easier.
That additional tow capacity comes at a premium, adding $9,905 to the list price for the Duramax Plus Package.
The upcharge for the Duramax Plus Package also includes the full connectivity of the Chevrolet MyLink Audio System with embedded Navigation, a new in-vehicle app marketplace called AppShop and an 8-inch Color Touch Display. Also included was the LTZ Plus Package with Power Adjustable Pedals, Front and Rear Park Assist and Premium Bose Audio System complete with 7-speakers. (We note that this package was final list price discounted by $1,500 on our test vehicle).
Our 2015 Silverado LTZ 4WD Crew Cab added the Z71 Off-Road Package ($555) which included the unique Z71 Grille, Z71 Door Sill Plates, Z71 Badges and Z71 Pickup Box Decal identification elements plus the functional Monotube Rancho Shocks, Underbody Shields and Hill Descent Control.
Now that our test truck was transformed into a Silverado LTZ 4WD Crew Cab Z71, a nice range of other optional elements completed the truck including Six-inch Chrome Tubular Assist Side Steps - $750, Full Feature Front Leather Appointed Bucket Seating - $325, Heated and Cooled Driver and Front Passenger Seats - $650, Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column - $100, Heated Steering Wheel - $150, Cargo Convenience Package (all weather mats, front console organizer, rear under seat storage) - $435, Spray-on Bedliner - $475, Moveable Upper Cargo Tiedowns - $60, LED Lighting in the Cargo Box - $60 and Fifth Wheel/Gooseneck Trailer Prewiring - $35.
The full list price delivered for this really nice 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ 4WD Crew Cab with the Z71 Off-Road package and the Duramax 6.6L V8 Turbo Diesel along with its companion Allison 6-speed Automatic Transmission was $61,425.
We repeat, that if you like what Chevrolet did with the 2014 Silverado 1500 and are wanting more truck for work or play, you should love the 2015 Silverado 2500 HD.