By on December 4, 2018

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Chevy has doubled down on the polarizing looks of its 2019 Silverado 1500, endowing its big brother with a face ripped straight from the pages containing the most terrifying of Dr. Who monsters.

Actually, I’m not entirely sure we have the correct photo here. What brand is this truck? Anybody know?

“We set out to make a statement with the 2020 Silverado HD and wanted to visually capture the power and capability of the truck,” said Brian Izard, lead exterior designer for Silverado HD, who presumably also spends his spare time grafting outsized CHEVROLET stencils onto every surface of his suburban home.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

GM says the new Silverado HD shares only its roof with the smaller 1500-grade pickup in terms of sheetmetal, but those tail lights certainly mimic those found on the 1500. GM will surely say the rear illuminators aren’t counted as sheetmetal and in this they are technically correct. Same goes for the rear bumper. The new HD is said to employ some of the same architectural changes as its smaller brother. This points to extra rear legroom in Crew Cab models of the new truck, plus increased height because that’s what all trucks need these days.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

A practical and useful styling cue shown in the photos is the inclusion of a textured step positioned just ahead of the rear wheel. This will make it easier for owners to access the bed without having to wander around to the back of the truck, while avoiding the indignity of using the dirty and messy tire as a launching point while trying to step into the bed while alongside the truck.

Under the 2020 Silverado HD’s hood, GM touts a choice of two powertrains. A gasoline engine with direct injection is described as “all-new” and mated to a six-speed transmission. Heavy haulers may want to opt for the Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8, which delivers 910 lb-ft of torque through an Allison 10-speed automatic.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

That torque number is unchanged from 2019 models but the number of gears jumps by four. The truck shown in these press photos houses a diesel motor in its alarming snout, primarily given away by the presence of that hood scoop, a unit which is indeed functional, by the way.

Remaining details of both power teams go unmentioned. The current gas burner is a 6.0L unit making 360 horses and 380 units of twist. With plenty of half-tons cresting that mark, expect significant jumps in those measures for the new engine.

Your author has always a hard time reconciling his brain with styling cues that place a vehicle’s headlights below the main grille feature. This is why I could never look at the old Nissan Juke without doing a double take. The same reaction applies here.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD

But you know what? If they didn’t do something like this, we’d still all be armchair quarterbacking their styling decisions and complaining GM didn’t move the needle enough, or some other hackneyed phrase. Like it or not, at least the 2020 Silverado HD looks like something, even if that something exists alongside The Ood to haunt the dreams of small children.

Chevy says this new truck will debut in February 2019, a month which coincides with the Chicago Auto Show. It’ll hit dealer lots four or five months later.

Thoughts? Scared yet? Chime in below.

[Images: General Motors]

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102 Comments on “Face It: This Is the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD...”


  • avatar

    Umm well it’s well I guess not to bad from the side, oh alright that front on shot is disturbing who OK’d this thing?

  • avatar
    spookiness

    I hope this is the beginning of the end of this nonsense, but I doubt it.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      I thought sure that the SuperDuty line from Ford was when we hit peak Tonka grille! Guess I was sadly mistaken. Both Fords look tame compared to this abomination!

      It wouldn’t look half-bad if that damn bar was thinner! (And even so, I see the grille ending at the top of the bumper. This isn’t a Juke, or Cherokee before the mid-cycle refresh!)

      The side profile looks really good — the doors on the half-tons should look like this? (What happened to economies of scale and all that??!!) Almost like the GMT900s.

      • 0 avatar
        NeonNoodle

        1958 automotive styling was another year that is now viewed as peak styling excess from that era. Interestingly, when I see the fronts and backs of some (most?) new Lexus and Toyotas they actually remind me of the over-styled fronts and backs of the 1958 models…too much “overhang”, too tall, and just way too much going on. And this does too.

        After the ’58 model year, things began to calm down from a styling perspective and within 5 years we had some of the purest automotive designs ever (in my opinion). Probably wishful thinking that history will repeat itself….

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    What’s the relative cost of this versus penis enhancement surgery?

  • avatar
    kenwood

    Ahh, it’s a big heavy duty truck, it looks like a St. Bernard, it’s fine. Leave it be. The target customer for these buy because of brand or power ratings, they aren’t concerned with how Joe or Bill is gonna react when they see him pull up in this thing at the neighborhood’s latest fusion bistro, soy latte in hand in his skinny jeans.

  • avatar
    jatz

    Makes me want to yank down that big chrome handle with “Chevrolet” on it and pop in a pizza.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      That side step feature is really useful and I can see it being included in more and more trucks. If it also included a front-loading pizza oven…wow! A baking feature might even make it a little less intimidating to creepy junk-size obsessed critics.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        “That side step feature is really useful and I can see it being included in more and more trucks.”

        Suddenly it is 1955!

        I applaud them for spelling Chevrolet out across the tailgate, something I’ve been saying manufacturers should do ever since they stopped.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    Fugly and cartoonish. Gad, when will it stop?

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Clearly, no one here remembers some of the late 50’s early 60’s Chevy and GMC trucks with their grotesque and complicated frowny grilles. In some regards, this is actually pretty clean.

    And the huge “CHEVROLET” lettering is no worse than the Raptor’s “FORD” lettering across the front…

  • avatar
    Jon

    Allison 10 speed? Details Please?!

  • avatar
    SixspeedSi

    You know what, it’s just so bad and in your face that I kind of like it. No face is better suited for its target demographic, who will tailgate everyone in their way as it gets near its 98 mph governor. I do think the recent spy shots of the Ram HD does look better, but this isn’t as bad compared to the 1500 imo. Are they using incandescent headlights, though? That kind of sucks.

    Also, that new gas motor better have more power, the current 6.0 is a dog. At least compared to the 6.2 and 6.4 gassers.

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      I seem to recall the rumor mill saying that GM was working on a 7.0L NA V8 for their HD trucks, so presumably it will bring a significant jump in output.

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      “Also, that new gas motor better have more power, the current 6.0 is a dog. At least compared to the 6.2 and 6.4 gassers.”

      The current 6.0 is a true truck engine. You couldn’t kill that motor if you tried. When I sold my 2004 Sierra HD in 2017 w/180K miles the 6.0 under the hood didn’t leak or burn a drop of oil and it still sounded good and tight through the exhaust when you fired it up. One of the best motors ever built by GM or anyone else. Roller cam push rod V8 FTW bitches!

  • avatar
    EquipmentJunkie

    Gosh that grill is foul! I guess when you’re driving it you don’t have to look at it.

    My office window faces a landscaper’s parking lot where I see the grills of their truck fleet many hours a day. Hopefully, their two-decade-long Ford loyalty continues.

    This design solidifies my prior tendency to only shop the Ford and Ram brands for my HD trucks.

  • avatar
    jatz

    That unfortunate bumper design renders removing the air dam ineffectual; there’s just no cleaning up the appearance.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    It’s a face even a mother would smother with a pillow.

    Recent improvements in the future Camaro’s snout left me with hope GM was beginning to see the error in their front end design (specifically placing the larger opening on bottom where airflow is needed instead of more symmetry or elimination of the double opening to improve appearance) but this puts to bed any such notion.

    Could it really be so hard to butch-up the GMT400 front end and slap it on this thing? If they could do that and also fix the wheel well openings’ bulge-upon-a-bulge it’d be orders of magnitude better.

  • avatar
    kefkafloyd

    This is one way to get people to buy the GMC model instead.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Good God, heaven knows what THAT’S gonna be like!

    • 0 avatar
      Carlson Fan

      “This is one way to get people to buy the GMC model instead.”

      Yep, the reason for me trading in my ’97 2DR Tahoe on a 2004 GMC HD, versus another Chevy was I couldn’t stand that butt ugly Avalanche front end on the Silverado.

      That 2004 Sierra HD was such a good looking, tasteful truck compared to what is offered these days. WTF happened??

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Not quite there yet, but this sort of thing puts them on the path to deathwatch in my view.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Sometimes I think GM has a mole who’s mission is to destruct the firm from within. Will this be the most expensive 6 speed vehicle on the market? Does 360 hp from 6 litres make it the least power from the biggest engine? ( yes, I know it’s the old engine)

    But the ugliness is the most egregious mistake. Who finds this thing attractive? Put the body from a 30 year old Chevy on this thing and it would sell more.

  • avatar
    cammark

    not sure the best way to share my results, but I threw the first picture into MSPaint and knocked out one of the grille “rungs” taking the lower headlamp element with it, essentially removing 5 inches or so from the overall height of the bodywork. not half bad looking that way!

  • avatar
    cpthaddock

    GM has hired unemployed Hollywood designers, specifically the team that brought us the Family Truckster and the Tartan Prancer.

    • 0 avatar
      zamoti

      As soon as I saw the thing, my first thought (beyond “good lord”) was that it is channeling the spirit of the family truckster with that headlight stack.

      This sucker is just hideous. Maybe people will take the Guy de Maupassant approach; if you’re sitting in it, you won’t have to see it.

  • avatar
    Lefty54

    That front on view is going to haunt my dreams. Yikes!

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    How much would a front end collision repair cost on one of these jacked up sedans?

  • avatar
    cardave5150

    They had to work really hard to make this thing look THIS ugly (Aztec ugly). Then, it’s like they pushed the poor schmuck who drew this travesty out the front door, locked it, and made him rationalize his “masterpiece” to the media. And, it’s gonna have a typical GM craptastic interior, too!

  • avatar
    OzCop

    Pizza Oven grill indeed…GM must be hiring meth-heads on their design team. The team approving this monstrosity must be crack-heads…

    Is there an uglyier word for ugly?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I do believe this has the same drag coefficient as the USS Nimitz.

    • 0 avatar
      Tele Vision

      It looks to have the aerodynamics of a barn, too. I’m glad that they managed to make the tough-looking hood intake a functional gap – for the engine that sits 24″ below it. What a travesty of design. I guess that pedestrian safety doesn’t matter if one can’t see them.

  • avatar
    detlump

    The only good thing is the headlights are lower to reduce the blinding of the several motorists left still driving cars.

    When will front cameras be federally mandated? I can see kids, pets, and short adults disappearing in front of this thing.

  • avatar
    1500cc

    The head-on view is certainly revolting, but the front 3/4 view actually isn’t bad. At least the bumper doesn’t inexplicably fold inside the fender like on the 1500s. And the front fender doesn’t have the odd swoop by the A-pillar like the 1500s. If they could tone it down a bit but leave the basic design at is, it would be a big improvement for the 1500s

    “Your author has always a hard time reconciling his brain with styling cues that place a vehicle’s headlights below the main grille feature”

    Ford does it that way on their HDs as well. Since the vehicles are jacked up so high, it keeps the headlights out of other drivers’ eyes.

  • avatar
    doug-g

    I kind of like it.

    • 0 avatar
      ptschett

      Same. It reminds me of Ford pickups from the mid-60’s thru 1977.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      I dont hate it. Looks 10x better than the 1500 series.

      The GMC will be better looking. 99% of the time, they are.

      The side step is innovative. The convenience of a step without losing any bed space.

      And no, to the dimwit above, its absolutely nothing like old step-side beds from yesteryear, this doesn’t change the interior of the bed, or really the outside except for the step. I have a step-side bed truck and its absolutely nothing like this.

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      I think it looks great, and I think this site has a whole lotta insecure pansies who wanna be the cleverest guy in the room. I mean seriously who could bag on this yet pretend Ford Super Dutys don’t exist??

  • avatar
    Middle-Aged (Ex-Miata) Man

    My eyes latched immediately onto the sizable gap under the misaligned driver’s side parking lamp.

    Seems to me that any manufacturer unable to line up such pieces correctly a) probably shouldn’t style its products to highlight such errors (although Ford is the worst offender in that regard) and b) should definitely use one built closer to true to use for the official press photo.

  • avatar
    Fordson

    Jesus Christ.

  • avatar
    crtfour

    Holy cow. In my 30 years of following the auto industry, that’s probably one of the worst as far as styling goes IMO.

  • avatar
    doug-g

    It reminds me of the 1967 medium duty truck.

    https://gmphotostore.com/1967-chevy-truck-billboard-banner-ii/

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    I know modern trucks are fantastically capable beasts, and very comfortable, luxurious even, not to mention easy to drive and shockingly fast. But, holy crap are they ugly! Comically ugly, drive while wearing a paper-bag ugly. If the sheer size of the thing to be designed is the issue, then the designers should be shown a picture of Shaquille O’ Neil in a tailored suit, that might give a different perspective.

  • avatar
    tonyola

    Count me as another who kind of likes the front end. Dare to be different! Wonder what the GMC version will look like.

  • avatar
    RedRocket

    More like “ripped from the pages of the Toyota front end design manual”. Regardless, this thing is hideous.

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    I bought a new 2018 Silverado LTZ (4WD) because I despised the look of the 2019 half-ton. And the 2020 HD is worse….

    More sales going to RAM…..

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    Here’d a mind blowing claim from a line worker on the HD Chevy/GMC pickup assembly plant, tales of using bent frames (that should be crapped) reworked, body work that grinds off protective zinc coating, wiring and carpet installed over a 1/4 inch of rain water in cabs, and other disturbing things, infuriating if you’re buying a GM pickup, especially when dropping serious funds on one.

    Take it with a grain of salt, but goddamn..

    youtube.com/watch?v=-p_7OephMOM

  • avatar

    I like it.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Wow, not a single bowtie on this thing. I’ve hoped for a while they’d go back to the blue bowtie instead of the gold one, but in this case they’ve scrapped it altogether.

  • avatar
    hifi

    This is the most idiotic looking truck, easily taking the title away from the dull-normal looking Dodge Ram. Even worse than the Toyota/Lexus grimace

  • avatar
    rpol35

    UhuhuhuhuhGLY!

  • avatar
    0Gravity

    Hideous. Absolutely hideous. Can’t believe this was approved

  • avatar
    vehic1

    Why did GM not finish the thought – raise the hood just a few more inches, install front cameras, and leave the driver safely nestled in the submarine-like cockpit? Then there’s plenty of room for huge gargoyle or Godzilla hood ornaments!

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    Just when I thought the Ford Super Duty was hideous and overwrought, especially with its

    []–ford–[]

    Chevy manages to out ugly it. Take a lesson Dodge,er, RAM designers.

  • avatar
    Manic

    This would be result if random shadetree mechanic would (temporarily) rebuild crashed truck with parts found in his shed, some parts being from an old BBQ.

  • avatar
    FWD Donuts

    Grotesque. Was hoping Michael Simcoe would improve GM’s overall design as his work for Holden (particularly the Monaro) was excellent. Hoping this rubbish was too far along for him to make any meaningful changes to upon his arrival. If not, then GM’s design center needs to stop sourcing its drinking water from Flint.

  • avatar
    jfk-usaf

    GM Management “You know what we need? Something that neither Ford or Ram have… A full size truck that loosely resembles a Pontiac Aztec…”

    The good news.GM will eventually have to give these things away. If you need a full size truck, have limited resources and aesthetics mean nothing to you then here you go. Probably 0% APR for 100 months and 20k off MSRP by the time this all wraps up and an emergency redesign takes place.

  • avatar

    GM if you are going to concentrate on trucks do it well.

  • avatar
    pdog_phatpat

    Ohhhh boy. Cant wait for the inevitable little dorky man wearing his every working man hat with his group of paid market research actors. “Chevy hit it out of the ball park with this one” Yeah, straight to some world filled with hideous looking trucks. Yikes!

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Everything above that big Chevrolet banner could be wiped out and not be missed. That would either allow the hood to come down in a nice, gentle slope to improve aerodynamics or simply lapped over by the front of the hood to give some continuity to the front of the truck. This, however, is all wrong.

    Oh, lowering the headlamps is a good idea; it will help visibility for the driver AND for other drivers by putting more light on the road and less in those other vehicles’ mirrors.

    The grill is too tall already and has been for nearly 20 years now; the fake Big Rig look is passé and this honestly looks added on just to make the hood taller for no real reason. Come on! Slope the hood down that 4″ and improve the fuel economy legitimately.

  • avatar
    Chupa Cabra

    Who mounted the grill and headlights upside down?

    Design by committee?

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    FCA might be sending a Christmas card and Thank You note to GM for the new front on this new Chevy HD Silverado. This will definitely help Ram HD sales. The new half ton Silverado front will also help Ram half ton sales. Chevy should have gone with a front on the Silverado like the current generation Colorado.

  • avatar
    whynotaztec

    My 2014 HD just got a lot better looking.

    This one kinda reminds of a 2003 avalanche front end and not in a good way.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Look at me! I have a tiny ying-yang!! Wooooooonk!!!

  • avatar
    threeer

    EXTERMINATE…EXTERMINATE…

  • avatar
    DEVILLE88

    Looking at this truck,i like it!! it took the second picture from the top to convince me. it looks much better than a Ford 150 or 250 as they look like frieght trains from the front and Dodge has completely abandoned what made them stand out(the freightliner look). one thing i wish chevy would do as i see that they are getting inspiration from their 1973 to 1980? boxy look is that they just go all the way and copy it. it would be most refreshing.

  • avatar
    Erikstrawn

    When do we reach peak grille?

    In ten years the few people who feel wowed right now by this design will view it with disdain, saying, “Remember when we though that was cool? What were we thinking?”

    In thirty years you’ll find a few guys dragging these out of fields saying, “Wow, that grille is sooo big. It’s so hideous I love it!”

    Of course, I could be wrong.

    “That’s a bold move, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off.”

  • avatar
    geo

    GM is trying to emulate the ’60 to ’66 C/K Chevy pickup with the upper “forehead” and lights above the grille. It too was odd-looking, but still classic. I like it and think it will age well.

  • avatar

    Gack! Detroit big trucks (and Toyotas) are now the styling bretheren of the 1957-60 tail-finned big cars.

  • avatar
    JREwing

    Clearly I’m in the minority, but I like this! I like it more than the 1/2 ton version – the tacky looking vents to the outside of the headlights are gone!

    The Ram grille looks disfigured by comparison.

  • avatar

    GM – what a disgrace!!

  • avatar
    gregsfc

    Although front end styling seems to be one of most America’s greatest worthless obsessions to rant about especially with respect to pickup trucks, I usually don’t care much one way or the other and think people are crazy when they claim one truck looks like another brand when they are all clearly so different; but the new offensive Toyota and Lexus front end grilles are painful to look at; and then seeing this; I have to look away. I keep thinking they’re going to come out like IHOP and say it was a joke. It’s embarrassing just to know that you looked at it if you’re viewing along with someone else.

  • avatar
    amca

    That’s a ridiculously cool vehicle. And that’s coming from a Porsche driver.

    HUGE diesel with a 10-speed? Barrage of electronics, and every convenience known to man? Transformer styling (I love the way the nose is slightly pointed in profile)?

    It’s like a personal-sized Kenworth. Part of me wants one.


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