Chevy trucks have always been known for being built like a rock, as the commercial says. The Silverado 2500 pickup truck is no exception. It’s built to tow, haul or pull anything you throw at it.
HISTORY OF THE GMC SILVERADO
The Silverado name was used as a trim level on Chevy trucks from 1975 to 1998. It wasn’t until 1999 that the line of Chevy full-size trucks was renamed Silverado. The trucks have been offered in numerous configurations over the years; single cab, crew cab, four-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive – the list goes on. Many engine options have been offered under the hood as well, from the 6.5L diesel 8-cylinder to the modern 6.0L gas 8-cylinder engine.
Second Generation (2007-2014)
The Silverado was just a trim level up until 1999, meaning the second generation of the truck begins in 2007. Upon initial release, this generation Silverado 2500 had two engine options: a 6.0L gasoline 8-cylinder or a Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel 8-cylinder. Transmission choices were either a 6-speed manual or Allison 6-speed automatic. Rear wheel drive was standard with optional four-wheel drive available. In 2008, the manual transmission was dropped from the lineup.
During the second generation, the HD version of the truck was available in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab form. Time levels include WT, LT and LTZ. Standard features for the base model included air-conditioning, a trip meter, OnStar telematics, and a tilt steering wheel. Anti-lock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system were also standard.
Third Generation (2015-present)
For the 2015 model year, the Silverado 2500 was completely redesigned. The latest version of Chevy’s stump puller features a new exterior that’s similar to the light duty version of the Silverado. It also gets a revised interior with better materials and an all-new upright instrument cluster. Engine options include updated versions of the 6.0L gasoline engine and 6.6L diesel. The Allison 6-speed automatic is the only transmission option. As always, rear-wheel drive is standard with optional four-wheel drive available.
Cab configurations for the current model stay the same: regular cab, extended cab and crew cab form. The trim levels also remain the same. Additional standard equipment gets added in the form of stability control and four-wheel disc brakes.