It’s that time again. That time when gearheads everywhere begin to look ahead to what the upcoming model year has in store for us. And what better way to kickstart this annual ritual than by checking out the class of Chevrolet trucks 2021.
2021 Silverado 1500
One thing is for sure, Chevy hasn’t held back in bulking up the 1500’s safety features. The 2021 model will feature forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking. All as standard.
Elsewhere, however, the updates are much less headline-grabbing. The 2021 model will boast a power-operated tailgate. And there’s talk that a new offroad model may be introduced. But against that, mooted improvements to the interior have been delayed until 2022.
2021 Silverado Heavy Duty
On the face of things, it’s business as usual for the Silverado HD. Any aesthetic changes to the exterior are frankly nominal. Okay so Chevy has fiddled about a bit with the tailgate on the LT version and there are 2 new colors – Cherry Red Tintcoat and Mosaic Black Metallic – to choose from. But other than that it’s largely a case of steady as she goes.
When it comes to the HD’s interior, however, there’s a bit more to talk about. The front seat layout has been slightly reconfigured to make space for additional storage. On top of that, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with a partial video display now also comes as standard.
On the tech front, the Work Truck and Custom trim levels now come with 2 USB ports. While the LTZ and High Country models offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto alongside the next-gen SiriusXM 360L infotainment system, as standard.
All in all, however, by far the biggest shake-up of the Heavy Duty range is the introduction of a slew of new special edition models.
2021 Silverado Medium Duty
When it comes to updates for 2021, Chevrolet certainly went all out with their Medium Duty fleet. On the technical side of things, the 4500HD, 5500HD, and the 6500HD, will now be rigged up with an all-new locking rear axle. This nifty piece of engineering greatly bolsters traction as it automatically locks when slippage occurs.
As if that wasn’t enough, Chevy’s engineers have also worked out a way to somehow increase hauling capacity by a whopping 23%. In real-world terms, this means that the Medium Duty range is now capable of hauling a maximum gross weight of 37,000 pounds. A standout achievement which could well become the calling card of Chevrolet trucks 2021.
Into the bargain, Chevy has also developed a brand-new auxiliary switch bank, which provides additional upfitter switches. And to cap it all off, the side view mirrors have been extended to improve visibility.