GM's gracing its full-size trucks with a few upgrades for 2021.
As Ford prepares to launch an all-new-generation F-150 for the 2021 model year, GM is quietly hacking away at a few updates for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 to keep it sharp in the face of fresh competition. We already reported on some of those changes back in June, as a report asserted that three active safety features - Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Forward Collision Alert - would be added to Chevy's full-size light-duty pickup.
But a new report from GM-Trucks alerts us to some changes we didn't previously know about, as detailed in a new "Consensus Report" distributed to Chevrolet's US dealer network.
Those changes should be welcome news to anyone who uses their full-size truck for occasional towing duty: Trailering Tech enhancements, and Max Towing enhancements for the turbocharged 2.7L four-pot and 3.0L Duramax diesel. The former bullet point most likely refers to the trickling-down of some updates coming to the 2021 Silverado HD, such as where the backup camera feed displays - in the rearview mirror for Work Truck, Custom, LT, and RST trims - and a few other minor towing-focused tweaks.
The latter bullet point has us more stumped. It could be something as simple as Chevy upgrading the cooling system on trucks powered by either the 2.7L turbo-four or the 3.0L diesel, whether by increasing the capacity or increasing airflow. Cooling can be a major restriction on a vehicle's max tow rating because of how much heat towing tends to generate.
Alternatively, the much more titillating option is that the Chevrolet Silverado 1500's 2.7L gas and 3.0L diesel engines could see their torque curves enhanced for improved towing, perhaps with more low-end torque or an elevated torque peak. To date, we have no evidence that this might be the case, but it's entirely within the realms of possibility.
After all, with the latest Ram 1500 continuing to grab rave reviews and an all-new Ford F-150 on the way, the Silverado 1500 could use some extra oomph.