• Mar 18, 2009
The market for the largest of non-commercial pickup trucks may still be contracting, but it remains a necessary and profitable segment for American automakers that the imports have yet to infiltrate. You can bet that General Motors, Ford and Dodge will do their utmost to keep it that way, a point proven by this spy photo of the 2011 Chevy Silverado 3500 over at PickupTrucks.com. At first glance, it might be hard to notice the differences over the current HD behemoth, but closer inspection reveals that the entire front clip has been heavily revised.
The bumper has lost the huge chrome slabs that act as controversial visual bookends to the wide expanse under the grille of today's truck, which now houses rectangular fog lamps. A larger air inlet smack dab in the center of the new bumper funnels a cooling breeze to what appears to be a transmission oil cooler that may prove necessary given the huge loads that the Duramax diesel V8 will be able to haul with its rumored peak of over 700 lb-ft of torque.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Beastly looking trucks... Only thing I would say that can top it is if Dodge were to (and they likely will) put the '09 1500's front fascia on their 2500's and 3500's. Still, 700lb-ft of torque... I may just go sit in a corner for a while.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They don't really look much different. I was just commenting on the fact that they look like a friggin' freight train.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad they started to move ways from those huge, ugly, chrome bumpers. the corners don't even look proportional. (2009 model)

      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear god- 700+lb/ft of torque! Why can't they develop a small displacement diesel again?
      • 5 Years Ago
      OhmygawdthatisAWESOME!!!
      little sarcasm there. It's a friggin pickup truck bumper, what's the big deal?
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM, can I please have 700 lb-ft in a Suburban? Pretty please?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know about a 10 ton travel trailer, but the 6.0L feels taxed pulling over 7,500lbs and the mileage drops like a stone. When it comes to pulling a load a diesel in the 1500/2500 Suburban would be a welcomed option.

        Not to mention it would probably allow them to bump up the towing rating a bit, 9,600lbs for a 2WD 3/4 ton is a bit weak, even in a suburban. That truck should be able to do 10,000+lbs like the older suburbans.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you plan on towing a 20,000 lb travel trailer?