This is how much the Duramax-powered range is able to carry.
Over a year ago, it was revealed that every trim of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD would be available with the group's 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8. This was a relief for many consumers as it meant that the powertrain, rated at 445 horsepower and a colossal 910 lb-ft of torque, would become more accessible via the WT trim with an entry price of $50,685 MSRP.
Some information regarding the technical specifications was available when General Motors officially broke the news of expanding the hard-working powertrain to other trims for the 2022 model year but there were some blank spaces surrounding the functional talents. Now we have all the details, including the vital maximum trailering capabilities.
Using the diesel installed under the hood, both the gasoline and diesel 2500HD will accommodate a maximum conventional trailering weight figure of 14,500 pounds across all body styles for both the rear- and four-wheel-drive systems, except for the diesel crew cab which can carry a total weight of 18,500 pounds.
With a fifth-wheel or gooseneck, there is a bit more variation. Rear-wheel-drive regular cab models with the gas and diesel engine will be able to tug 17,370 and 18,510 pounds of mass along, respectively. The 4WD range handles a bit less at 17,060 pounds for the gas and 18,190 pounds for the diesel.
In double cab-guise with a long bed, the 2500HD is equipped to carry 16,930 pounds when using the gasoline engine and 18,040 pounds when power is sourced from the Duramax. The top-of-the-range Crew Cab with the long bed tops things off by offering 21,330 pounds of trailering capacity while using the diesel. With the gas powertrain, this trim will only be good for 16,700 pounds.
We can expect these figures to be improved on fairly shortly as a report last year suggested that Chevrolet has plans to improve on the Duramax's power output. It is understood that the 2023 model will offer an outstanding 505 hp and 1,085 lb-ft of torque, besting both Ford and Ram's large turbodiesel offerings.