2020 Chevy Silverado HD 6500 Gets 600 Pounds More Payload and 7,000 Pounds Extra Towing Capability (News)

These higher ratings are enabled by a new transmission.

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2020 Chevy Silverado HD 4500/5500/6500

The new Chevy Silverado HD 6500 commercial trucks have been on sale for a few months. Now, GM is giving the trucks two special additional packages to boost the truck’s weight carrying and towing capability higher.

Chevy Silverado HD 6500

These new medium duty trucks provide Class 4, 5, and 6 capability for General Motors. The 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel V8 is the only engine option. The commercial engine-dyno emissions certification give the engine a rating of 350 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque. There are several extra heavy duty 6-speed Allison automatic transmission choices that also offer Power Take Off (PTO) capability.

The maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the Class 6 Silverado 6500 was set at 22,900 lbs. Now, the additional payload package with an order code DD7 pushed the GVWR to 23,500 lbs. This effectively give the truck 600 lbs of additional payload capability.

We do not have official truck curb weight or payload capability specification. Here is everything else that GM Fleet website provides.

You can find a few more details about the different available packages at GM Authority.

When it comes to towing prowess, there is a separate maximum towing package with an order code of R6Y. This equipment raises the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) from 30,000 lbs to 37,000 lbs.

The higher rating are enabled in a large part by a new heavier duty Allison A2750HS 6-speed automatic transmission.

Here is our first drive review of a Silverado HD 5500 crew cab 4×4.