2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Overview
Featuring high maximum towing/payload capabilities, a more powerful and efficient Duramax turbo-diesel and stronger high-strength, fully boxed steel frame, the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Heavy Duty pickup can’t be beat.
Starting with power, the 2011 Silverado 3500HD receives a new 397-horsepower, 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbo-diesel that packs an astounding 765 pounds-feet of torque (an improvement of 105 lb-ft) and is mated to a stronger six-speed automatic Allison 1000 transmission with manual shift control. A 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 (380 pounds-feet of torque) gasoline engine is standard and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive comes standard for all models, with four-wheel drive optional. Choose between a traditional floor-mounted transfer case and an Autotrac knob-controlled electric transfer case that engages when wheel slippage is detected.
Even though the new diesel engine produces more power, it delivers 11 percent better fuel economy and lower emissions over last year’s model. A larger 36-gallon fuel tank yields up to a 680-mile range at what comes out to be around 18.8 combined mpg.
One of the biggest changes to the 2011 Chevy Silverado 3500HD is the all-new fully boxed frame that improves towing capacity to 21,700 pounds when pulling a fifth-wheel trailer with a dual-rear-wheel and the Duramax diesel. Maximum payload is up to 6,635 pounds with the DRW 6.0-liter gas V-8. The only difference between the 3500HD and the 2500HD is towing and payload capacity.
Four models, three cab configurations and two bed lengths allow you to order the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD just the way you need it. On a basic, two-wheel-drive, two-door Work Truck, standard features include vinyl seats, XM Satellite Radio and a CD player. The high-end, four-wheel-drive LTZ model includes automatic locking hubs, leather seats, remote power door locks, cruise control, dual zone climate control, heated and powered front seats, and an upgraded Bose stereo with seven speakers and a subwoofer. Options include a power glass sunroof, adjustable pedals, a rearview camera, a TV, and a DVD-based navigation system. OnStar 9.0, mobile WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port are also available.
When it comes to safety, the sturdy frame structure of the Silverado 3500HD combines with dual front airbags to protect occupants in unavoidable collisions, while standard antilock brakes paired with traction and stability control systems help keep accidents from occurring. Trailer sway control, hill-hold assist and GM’s StabiliTrak stability and traction control systems help keep the Silverado 3500 in line, even when towing.
For unprecedented towing and payload capacities, coupled with a beast of an engine, the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD is the real deal.