2019 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks: Most Impressive Ram to Date

With the available High Output 6.7L Cummins, Ram took the trophy in 2019 for first truck to reach 1,000 lb-ft of torque from the factory. While this number is very impressive, I wanted to test the new 5th Generation Cummins-equipped Ram HD trucks for myself. Last week, I flew to Las Vegas to put the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks to the test in the El Dorado Canyon. Steep grades, sharp turns, and narrow roads made for ideal testing conditions. Almost every model and trim was present, along with a variety of trailers and loads to tow up and down the canyon.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Performance

If you’ve ridden as a passenger when I drive my trucks, you would know that every time I drive, I’m pushing my diesel truck to the limit. Diesels are built for work. Why go easy on them? With the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks, I took the same approach.

What We Liked

1,000 Ft-Lb Torque Straight From the Factory

The 5th generation Cummins made history this model year. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck paired with an Aisin transmission will be the first truck in its class to reach the 1,000 ft-lb torque milestone. The engine underwent many changes to meet this mark. A new CGI block is used that is lighter and 75% stronger. Advanced Cylinder heads provide better cooling and durability. The fuel system is now a 29,000 PSI system. Turbochargers received some changes on the compressor side. Any diesel enthusiast knows that when it comes to engines, Cummins is at the top of the list. Even though the 6.7L platform underwent a couple of changes, it still holds true to its inline, six cylinder design. The 6.7L Cummins is a major sell-point for the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks.

Unparalleled Towing Capability

It didn’t matter what trailer I pulled, how fast I drove, or how steep the grade, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks paired with the high output 6.7L Cummins engine and the Aisin Transmission pulled better than any truck I’ve previously driven. Even with a 35,100 lb load, the trucks made moving the trailers look effortless. After sitting behind the wheel, I felt comfortable and confident that the truck could accomplish any towing task easily. The standard 6.7L Cummins engine paired with the 68RFE transmission also pulled astonishingly well. We drove for two hours with a 15,000 pound trailer just to get to our primary test-drive event. In that span of time, we had to navigate the highways, winding roads, and traffic! While I won’t tell you the highest speed we reached, let me tell you this- for a small period of time, I completely forgot I was pulling a trailer at all. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty truck with the standard Cummins engine felt as if it was unloaded.

2019 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Truck
35,100 pounds of weight pulled by a Ram 3500 Tradesman

Transmission Improvements

While I don’t particularly like these transmissions compared to Ram’s competitors, both the Aisin and the 68RFE performed very well under load. Journalists drove the trucks up and down the El Dorado Canyon for over four hours! After talking to different journalists, and along with my own experiences, transmission fluid temperature never spiked above 180 degrees. In fact, I personally never had the temperature rise above 176 degrees. My stock 2018 Ram 2500 Megacab has reached higher temperatures in Florida with lighter loads!

There is no doubt in my mind that the 5th Gen Ram diesel trucks drive significantly better stock over the 4th gen. Ram really stepped it up this year in terms of unloaded driving. Shift points felt firm and purposeful. On previous generation trucks, downshifts could be almost painful at times. That is not the case with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. A new dual core processor is used for faster communication in the transmission. The Dual Core processor helps execute quicker shifts and greatly improves shift quality. You can definitely feel the difference.

Maintain Speed Downhill Easily

The trucks’ capability to maintain a safe speed going downhill was very impressive. Even with a 35,000 pound trailer at a steep decline, I only had to press the brakes a handful of times in a 4 Mile stretch. One thing I did notice was that the engine braking felt significantly smoother than my current 2018 Ram 2500. Sometimes it can feel a bit clunky on my truck. This is especially the case when traditionally braking in tandem with the engine brake. The new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty engine braking system was practically flawless.

Quiet Performer

While I personally enjoy the sound of a diesel engine, I understand why a quiet cabin is important to so many of you. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks are the quietest they’ve ever been. Even with the hood open, the 2019 6.7L Cummins engine is unbelievably quiet. Ram also made improvements to the cabin itself to reduce external noise by up to 10 db. Acoustic glass and active noise cancellation help make this possible.

What We Didn’t Like

Two Variations, Two Different Outputs

While the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks are more capable than ever, they aren’t perfect. Due to the fact that there are two different available 6.7L Cummins engines, you won’t get the 1,000 lb-ft of torque unless you opt-in for the high output Cummins paired with the Aisin Transmission. There is a very noticeable difference between the two.

Lower Output

When compared to competitors, the 2019 standard 6.7L Cummins engine still falls a bit short. Both Ford and GM trucks produce over 400 horsepower and 900 ft-lbs of torque across their entire spectrum of diesel trucks. Can you notice the difference when towing? Nope. But if you’re someone who commutes in a diesel truck, this could be a pain-point.

Transmissions Improved, But Still Fall Short

Both the 68RFE and Aisin equipped 2019 Ram HD trucks feel significantly better on the road, but they still fall short compared to GM or Ford’s transmissions. The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty still feels like a truck. GM and Ford trucks feature 8 or 10 speed transmissions offering superb ride quality and effortless shifting, like a car.

Towing Technology

Towing technology was big theme amongst automotive manufacturers this year. Because of this, I was curious as to what Ram would offer their customers to help their customers tow easier.

What We Liked

Bed Lowering Mode

Ram introduced a bed lowering mode on 2019 HD models. Drivers can now lower the truck’s bed 2.5 inches by pressing a button. This is a very useful feature for truck owners who tow frequently as trailer hook-up time is greatly reduced. When used in unison with Ram’s active grid lines you can easily line up your gooseneck trailer and ball. Once positioned correctly, simply press the button again and the truck raises. I think this feature will also make it easier for owners to enter the bed.

Modern Tailgate

While Ram’s HD tailgate doesn’t have the functionality we recently discovered on newer 1500 trucks, it still received some modern touches. For higher trims, you can lower the tailgate at the press of a button inside the cabin. I think this is a valuable feature as you now no longer have to exit the truck to open the tailgate. Tailgates now offer dampening control too, so you can’t slam them.

Camera Improvement

2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks will gain a couple of camera views geared towards towing. A split camera view is now available, giving you a line of sight down both sides of the vehicle. I really liked this feature as we had the opportunity to pull some very long trailers. Both Cargo and Rear-view cameras are also still included. Cargo cameras now, as I touched on previously, feature active grid lines to help drivers easily line-up their gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers. Auxiliary cameras can be used to provide an extra camera view of the rear-end of any trailers or inside the actual trailer. Ram also added a 360 degree camera for the truck. It made navigating tight spaces and sharp turns very easy.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty UConnect 4C split screen trailer hookup
Split Screen Camera Mode

Trailer Tire Pressure Monitoring

Monitoring trailer tires can be a very time consuming, but important task for drivers who tow. With Ram’s 5th generation heavy duty, drivers have the ability to add up to five trailers with tire pressure monitoring systems. The first truck I drove had this feature. It gave me peace of mind knowing that all I have to do is flip through a couple of screens to check on my trailer tires. If trailer tire pressure falls 10% or more, you actually get a warning too.

What We Didn’t Like

Ram added a couple of tow-centric features to their arsenal. However, they still fall a little short compared to other manufacturers’ recent towing innovations. For example, certain Ford trucks can back themselves up while pulling a trailer. If you’re someone that is very comfortable pulling a trailer, I doubt these features really matter to you. Either way, it seems Ram wasn’t as concerned with trailer innovation in 2019 compared to their competitors.


Ram has always done very well when it comes to their trucks’ interiors. With the fifth-generation Ram trucks, I was looking for them to maintain their dedication to interior excellence. The 4th generation Ram trucks had very impressive interiors, but could they improve? Absolutely! Here are my thoughts.

What We Liked

An Interior For Anyone’s Needs

Ram has always excelled at providing a large spectrum of interiors to meet the needs of any customer. Want a basic work truck? The Tradesman model is perfect. Want a truck that turns heads, and offers luxury that even certain luxury cars don’t contain? The Laramie Longhorn or Limited Trims are right up your alley. Want something in between? The Big Horn is a perfect solution for customers wanting some luxury for their work trucks. In 2019, the new Ram HD trucks will have six total available trim packages. Only five trims are available with diesel engines.

Operating System/Headunit

With the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks, there are now 3 different available head units. Tradesman models feature the 3″ Uconnect system. Ram’s 8.4” Uconnect is available middle level trims like the Big Horn or Laramie. Ram’s top tier trims including the Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims gain an exclusive 12” Uconnect headunit. 

The 12” Uconnect System single-handedly brought another level of luxury to Ram’s pickup truck line. A split screen feature gives greater connectivity,  allowing you to keep track of both your navigation and media screens simultaneously. You can also view the different available camera views simultaneously with another screen. Navigation visibility is also greatly increased. The large screen allows you to see a significant distance ahead of you without having to zoom out. 

Interior Comfort

I was instantly impressed sitting in the new truck. Ram added a significant amount of leather to all of the touch points in the truck. Wherever you rest your arm or however you sit, you will be more comfortable than ever before. To make the trucks even more comfortable, Ram added 4-way adjustable headrests. Front passengers gained all functions of the power seats. Heated and vented seats have three levels for optimum control. While I don’t live in a cold climate, I’m very happy Ram made some crucial changes to their HVAC system. A new inline heater helps bring heat faster to customers in colder climates. Ram also raised HVAC outlets up-front to help rear passengers receive more air.

Sound System Revamp

Previously, higher trim packages featured an Alpine sound system. While the Alpine sound system sounded pretty good, it is no match for the new 17 Speaker Harman Kardon Sound System. The new sound system even includes a subwoofer and amplifier. Ram also partnered with Sirius to give customers a new Sirius XM on demand experience.

New Center Console Design

The center console on new Ram HD trucks, labeled a Swiss Army knife by their lead interior designer, is the best center console I’ve seen to date. It boasts 40 liters of storage space, that can be configured by the driver. There are three adjustable positions, giving Ram truck owners the ability to configure the storage space to their distinct needs. The center console also has five USB ports and features wireless charging.

2019 Ram Heavy Duty Truck Center Console
Center Console featuring 3 adjustable positions

What We Didn’t Like

A Few Features Could Take the Trucks to Another Level

Ram hit a homerun with their 12″ Uconnect, but they were missing a couple of key features I was looking for. Even the highest trims still feature a regular sunroof. The addition of a Panoramic Sunroof would’ve furthered Ram’s pursuit of best-in-class interior. I would’ve also liked to see a digital gauge display. Chevrolet’s new Silverado HD trucks along with the GMC Sierra HD trucks have this feature. GMC even took it one step further by offering a head up display. Other than that, it was so difficult to find things we didn’t like with the interiors of the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks.

Ram offers many different trims to meet the various needs of consumers. Basic models, however, are arguably too basic. I believe the 3″ Uconnect screen should be enlarged. It’s 2019, no head unit should be smaller than the screen of my iPhone.


Ram trucks are known for their big-rig look straight from the factory. Does the 5th generation maintain that same big-rig look? Definitely! Here are our thoughts on the new interior.

What We Liked

Antennas Disappear

Antennas have always been an eye sore on heavy duty trucks. Especially when you invest significant money on a show truck, you’ve always had to invest in an aftermarket antenna, like the 50 cal. bullet antennas. With the new 5th generation Ram trucks, they actually removed the antenna all together and included it in the “shark fin” on top of the cab! This is true for every trim!

2019 Ram Heavy Duty No Antenna
Antennas disappear on 2019 Ram HD trucks

An Almost Invisible Bed Step

One last feature I appreciate is the bed step beneath the rear bumper. GM has four steps to access the bed on their new HD trucks, however, they’re all integrated into the bumper or the side panels of the truck. While functional, the aesthetics just aren’t there. Ram’s new bed step hides beneath the bumper. This step is easily pushed in and out with your foot resulting in a more aesthetic solution.

Sharp New Exterior

Ram’s 2019 Heavy Duty is definitely a looker. A new grille featuring 30% more surface area adorns the front end. The new trucks feature three available headlight styles. Higher trims gained LED projector headlights with directional control. The new headlights look fantastic and provide a much better light output than standard halogen lamps. Middle level trims feature LED reflector headlights, and low level trims still have halogen reflector headlamps. Finally Ram trucks will be available with factory LED lighting. It The front bumper holds new fog lamps and redesigned tow hooks. Certain tow hooks even feature a chrome finish for a luxurious look.

2019 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty Dually
Front End 2019 Ram HD Truck

Round fenders are still present on the new trucks, allowing easy installation of bigger tires and wheels. New Ram logos and badges give the truck a more chiseled appearance. The sides of the trucks look very similar to the fourth generation overall.

Side View 2019 Ram 3500 HD Truck

An Updated Look, But Not A Total Redesign

I love the 4th generation Ram trucks, so I was very interested to see how the 5th generation Rams would compare. 5th generation Ram HD trucks look like a modernized 4th generation truck. GM made some significant changes to their trucks’ exteriors which have come with significant controversy. I’m glad Ram stuck within similar design boundaries for their new trucks.

Power Running Boards

Running boards don’t always add to the aesthetic aspect of a truck’s exterior, but they serve an important purpose. Many truck owners purchase aftermarket running boards like the Amp Research Powersteps. Ram’s Limited trims now come standard with electrically powered running boards. When a door is opened, the running boards extend. This gives easy access into the cab. After a door is closed, they contract and hide from sight! I’ve always wanted a set of Amp Research steps, so this is a feature I really appreciated.

What We Didn’t Like

Halogen Headlamps Should Disappear

While two variations of the new headlamps feature LED lighting, halogen reflective lighting is still present on Tradesman models. In my opinion, LED lighting should be used across the board. They provide longer life and better light output. If Tradesman trucks are built with function in mind, doesn’t it make sense that they receive the most functional headlights? In the HVAC company my family owns, we have several work trucks as a part of our fleet. Sometimes we have to work late at night. We would definitely benefit from longer lasting and brighter headlamps.

Beds Weren’t A Priority

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks offered some significant improvements over 2018 trucks. One area I found lacking innovation was the truck bed. When compared to GM’s new DuraBed, it’s clear this is one area Ram wasn’t focused on. No significant mentions of the bed were made during presentations either. There is a lot of room for improvement. We’re hoping for additional tow hooks and better utilization of cargo space in the future.

Disclaimer: For this event, Ram paid for our travel and stay in Las Vegas. It did not have any impact on our review of their trucks.

Pricing Released for 2019 Ram Heavy Duty Trucks

Ram made history with their optional Aisin/Cummins combination capable of 1000 lb-ft of torque this year. They didn’t just claim the trophy for first truck to 1000 lb-ft of torque, but they are also introducing a myriad of new features to make the daily struggles of Ram truck owners easier. A new body style was introduced to give trucks a fresh, new look. Ram really worked hard to create an all-new truck capable of whatever you throw at it. While we have a good grasp on these trucks’ capabilities, we have had zero details about pricing! Today, Ram released their pricing for new 2019 Heavy Duty trucks, both the Ram 2500, and Ram 3500. 2019 Ram heavy duty trucks will start at $33,395 along with a $1,695 destination fee that is not included. Ram Cab and Chassis trucks including the Ram 3500, 4500, and 5500 will start at $34,750.

Starting prices reflect 4×2 models featuring Ram’s standard 6.4L Hemi V8 Engine. Prices go up quickly based on upgrades like 4×4, upgrades in trim, or the optional 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel. The standard 6.7L Cummins with a six-speed 68RFE transmission is a $9,100 upgrade. High output Cummins trucks with the available Aisin transmission are an $11,795 upgrade. MegaCab models are available for an extra $1500.

2019 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Pricing

Ram 2500 Pickup Model: Price:
2500 4×2 Reg Cab Tradesman – LWB DJ2L62 $33,395
2500 4×2 Reg Cab Bighorn – LWB DJ2H62 $37,645
2500 4×4 Reg Cab Tradesman – LWB DJ7L62 $36,295
2500 4×4 Reg Cab Bighorn – LWB DJ7H62 $40,545
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Tradesman – SWB DJ2L91 $36,950
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Tradesman – LWB DJ2L92 $37,150
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Bighorn – SWB DJ2H91 $42,100
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Bighorn – LWB DJ2H92 $42,300
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Laramie – SWB DJ2P91 $49,100
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Laramie – LWB DJ2P92 $49,300
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Longhorn – SWB DJ2R91 $56,300
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Longhorn – LWB DJ2R92 $56,500
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Limited – SWB DJ2M91 $61,300
2500 4×2 Crew Cab Limited – LWB DJ2M92 $61,000
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Tradesman – SWB DJ7L91 $39,850
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Tradesman – LWB DJ7L92 $40,050
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Bighorn – SWB DJ7H91 $45,000
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Bighorn – LWB DJ7H92 $45,200
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Laramie – SWB DJ7P91 $52,000
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Laramie – LWB DJ7P92 $52,200
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Power Wagon – SWB DJ7X91 $52,900
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Longhorn – SWB DJ7R91 $59,200
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Longhorn – LWB DJ7R92 $59,400
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Limited – SWB DJ7M91 $64,200
2500 4×4 Crew Cab Limited – LWB DJ7M92 $63,900
2500 4×4 Mega Cab Bighorn – SWB DJ7H81 $46,500
2500 4×4 Mega Cab Laramie – SWB DJ7P81 $53,500
2500 4×4 Mega Cab Longhorn – SWB DJ7R81 $60,700
2500 4×4 Mega Cab Limited – SWB DJ7M81 $65,700

2019 Ram 3500 Pricing

Ram 3500 Pickup Model: Price:
3500 4×2 Reg Cab Tradesman – LWB D23L62 $34,845
3500 4×2 Reg Cab Bighorn – LWB D23H62 $39,095
3500 4×4 Reg Cab Tradesman – LWB D28L62 $37,645
3500 4×4 Reg Cab Bighorn – LWB D28H62 $41,895
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Tradesman – SWB D23L91 $38,300
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Tradesman – LWB D23L92 $38,500
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Bighorn – SWB D23H91 $43,450
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Bighorn – LWB D23H92 $43,650
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Laramie – SWB D23P91 $50,450
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Laramie – LWB D23P92 $50,650
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Longhorn – SWB D23R91 $57,650
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Longhorn – LWB D23R92 $57,850
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Limited – SWB D23M91 $62,650
3500 4×2 Crew Cab Limited – LWB D23M92 $62,350
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Tradesman – SWB D28L91 $41,200
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Tradesman – LWB D28L92 $41,400
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Bighorn – SWB D28H91 $46,350
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Bighorn – LWB D28H92 $46,550
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Laramie – SWB D28P91 $53,350
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Laramie – LWB D28P92 $53,550
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Longhorn – SWB D28R91 $60,550
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Longhorn – LWB D28R92 $60,750
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Limited – SWB D28M91 $65,550
3500 4×4 Crew Cab Limited – LWB D28M92 $65,250
3500 4×4 Mega Cab Bighorn – SWB D28H81 $47,850
3500 4×4 Mega Cab Laramie – SWB D28P81 $54,850
3500 4×4 Mega Cab Longhorn – SWB D28R81 $62,050
3500 4×4 Mega Cab Limited – SWB D28M81 $67,050

Don’t forget! The pricing for 2019 Ram Heavy Duty trucks listed above does not include destination charges or the addition of one of the available Cummins Engines! Add the respective upgrade cost for complete pricing for a cummins equipped truck!

My First Big Diesel Event: Reveal of the new 2020 Chevrolet HD trucks

Well, I just took a major step for Diesel Resource. I became a member of the “fake news” media. Chevrolet invited me to attend their 2020 Silverado HD reveal as a member of the press core. While I’ve been to several truck shows and large auto events, I’ve never been to the exclusive reveal of a diesel truck before. It was AMAZING and I absolutely plan on attending more truck events just like this one. Don’t worry though, I won’t feed you any political BS- just insightful truck information.

Prior to the Event

It’s hilarious honestly, I believed it too good to be true. I’m a young guy, 24 years old to be exact, so of course I told my parents.  The first thing my mother said was, “the whole thing is probably a sex trafficking scheme Kamil.” Oh yeah, mom, I’m sure I’m the ideal candidate for abduction by a trafficking organization. Sadly, the conspiracy theorist in me led me to call around to make sure it was legit anyways. As you can probably guess, it was legitimate!

But really, what an opportunity this was for me. I’ve owned several Duramax trucks already, and I know quite a bit about them. However, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this event. Was I as knowledgeable as everyone else?  Would I fit in? How would my writing compare to others? Who knew. As Im sure you all would agree with me, no man should back down from a challenge or uncertainty. So I went, and here’s what happened.

Day One

Upon arrival, a member from Chevrolet greeted us. They helped us load our bags, and we departed to the hotel in a brand new Chevrolet Tahoe. When we arrived, I got the keys to my room, went upstairs, and relaxed for an hour. Around six, I went downstairs for dinner. Chevrolet had a bus waiting to take us to the Tap House. Waitresses guided us to several long tables reserved for our party in the back of the restaurant when we arrived.  

The Dinner

Initially, I was nervous. This was my first, BIG-TIME networking opportunity and I didn’t want to screw it up. Fortunately, the guys and gals around me were amazing. I met some really inspiring people that gave me some terrific advice and insight. Some of them had been doing this for around 40 years- that is almost twice as long as I’ve been alive. If you’re reading this, I can’t thank you enough, Dave, Russ, and Mike. Be sure to check them out by clicking their respective links. They are some incredibly insightful guys that do some really neat stuff in the automotive industry. I tried to soak in every granule of information and advice possible. The bus took us back to the hotel after dinner.

According to the itinerary, we had to meet downstairs no later than 9 AM for transportation to the event the next morning. Originally, with the intent of waking up early and being extra productive, I set 10 alarms between 6 and 7 AM. There was no way I was going to be late to this event. Then, I spent a little bit of time working on some articles and posts, and I went to sleep.

Day Two

Not a single alarm went off the next morning. Thankfully, I’m a morning person. I woke up at 8:15, tried to get my $h!t together and proceeded downstairs. I made it down to the lobby at 8:55.

After all of us- the media- had taken a seat on the bus, we were taken to the Chevrolet manufacturing center where the underbodies for heavy duty trucks were built. There was a Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD dually conveniently placed right in front. The truck had a digital white/grey camo color scheme and I’m convinced it was put there as a tease, because we would only see SRW Silverado HDs that day.

After snapping as many pictures as possible, we were escorted to a large conference room in the facility. Chevy had set up an impressive reception for us. There was an abundance of food and drinks and even a staff of waiters. They gave us around 30 minutes to network before we were led to the location of the debut.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Debut

Several new 2020 Chevrolet HD trucks attached to massive trailers sat next to a huge screen that displayed the beginning of the presentation that was about to take place. Many of the higher-ups from Chevrolet were there, including the President of GM. I took a seat in the third row, and I awaited the start of the presentation. 

By this time, I could hardly contain my excitement. I was literally shaking. My heart was beating out of my chest and I won’t lie, I was really nervous too. So nervous in fact, I was sweating bullets. If you watched my first ever IG TV and YouTube videos covering the new HD trucks you may have noticed.  

The Presentation

After a couple of minutes, the presentation started. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD was introduced in style. Hype music, accompanied by the arrival of the presenters included the upper echelon of Chevrolet who listed facts, specifications, and highlighted some of the critical changes in the 2020 Heavy duty Silverado trucks. Upon conclusion, we had access to five sparkly, new trucks in varying trims, and two huge trailers.

The 2020 L5P Engine was on display along with the all-new 10-speed Allison Transmission that will be featured on 2020 Duramax trucks. Engineers and product specialists surrounded every single item of interest so we could ask questions and interview them about pretty much anything we wanted to. 

Because I’m the primary writer for a Diesel blog, DieselResource, I focused on the Diesel Trucks. I took over 700 pictures and videos in the course of maybe two hours. I talked to the engineers involved in the New L5P engine and the 10-speed Allison Transmission, and I took my very first live video for Facebook and Instagram. After watching it, to my surprise the video wasn’t as awkward as it felt while filming. No one starts out perfect; I’m just glad I did it. Once I finished, I returned to the conference room for lunch. That was it for the debut!

Touring GM’s HD Truck Facilities

The only thing cooler than the debut of the new truck was seeing the manufacturing process for Chevy HDs. The three facilities we visited were massive- millions of square feet between them to give you an idea. Our guide told us to stay with group before our visit because we could easily get lost, for instance.

UnderBody Facility

We began our tour with the Underbody facility. This facility is home to hundreds of machines and incredible robots responsible for assembling the foundation of the trucks. Now, while we did get to see the machines replicate their intended duties, they weren’t assembling any trucks. We met with several engineers who guided us through their respective roles.

Paint Facility

Next, we went to the state-of-the-art paint facility responsible for applying paint to the heavy duty trucks. Our first part of the tour took place where the HDs received their base layers. My initial theories of the painting process were completely wrong. Paint being applied categorically by color was how I had always envisioned it. In other words, X amount of white trucks would be painted, followed by Y amount of black trucks etc… Instead, machines paint the Silverado HDs one after the other in all different colors. Quality control workers scrutinize the trucks after every step of the paint process. They re-route trucks with defects for correction. Trucks move to the next facility when they have successfully passed all QC measures.

Mechanical Assembly Facility

Next, we visited the mechanical assembly plant. This is where the trucks receive their final assembly. This was by far my favorite part of the tour. There had to be hundreds of workers assembling all the different trucks. I remember one particular station, where we watched workers assembling multiple types of trucks.

I thought there would be a separate line for each distinct powertrain combination. This was not the case! Major props to GM’s workers for having the know-how to assemble every truck they put out. Workers wasted no time when putting together HD trucks. In true assembly line fashion, workers complete their designated portion of the truck. The trucks hardly stop, they just proceed along inch by inch. By the time the truck had left two workers, it was inching into the space of another pair, who proceeded with their role. It was teamwork at its finest.

HindSight And The Road Home

After the event, Chevrolet took me to the airport. My mind was full of ideas for future events, and how I could better serve my audience. All it takes is one big break. Chevrolet made that happen for me. If you’re reading this Chevrolet, I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity. Everyone I met from Chevrolet was wonderful, and willing to help. I am looking forward to working with you in the future!

Find Out More About the 2020 Silverado HD

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD had exceeded my expectations. It was definitely Chevrolet’s most unique heavy duty truck to date, featuring a multitude of new features and a redesigned body. Check out the full article covering the new trucks by clicking here. Make sure you subscribe to our Diesel Blog! We are actually going to Las Vegas next week for our first look at the new Ram 2500! Don’t Miss Out!

Ford Introduces New 2020 Super Duty

Ford just released the first details on their new 2020 Super Duty trucks coming out this Fall. Major performance changes include two new available engines, a new transmission, and chassis upgrades. Because of these changes, Ford managed to post increases in both towing and payload ratings! In fact, Ford is labeling the 2020 Super Duty as their most powerful and capable heavy duty truck to date. New interior and exterior designs, along with new smart trailer technology will also be added. Here is what we know so far.

2020 Super Duty Performance

Two New Engines

Ford’s 2020 Super Duty will have two new engine offerings in addition to their existing 6.2L Gas V8. First, a new 7.3L Gasoline powered V8 engine will be available on the new Super Duty. Ford believes this engine will be the most powerful Gas V8 engine in its class. A new third generation 6.7L Powerstroke V8 diesel engine will also be available. The new Powerstroke engine will utilize a new 36,000 PSI fuel injection system, new injectors, and a redesigned variable-geometry (VGT) turbocharger to achieve higher horsepower and torque numbers. How much higher? That information isn’t available yet, but as soon as we have more details, we’ll be sure to share!

The new 6.7L Powerstroke will receive critical structural improvements to the cylinder head, block, connecting rods, and bearings to achieve higher output and cylinder pressure. Steel Pistons were also added, resulting in higher firing pressure capability and less friction.

New TorqShift 10-Speed Transmission

The 2020 Super Duty will receive a new 10-Speed TorqShift transmission this Fall. All 2020 Super Duty trucks, not just the diesel, will be available with the new TorqShift. This new transmission features a much wider gear ratio range than the previous 6-Speed, to handle the most difficult towing tasks. Class-exclusive live-drive PTO (Power Take Off) will still be available. The Live-Drive PTO option allows customers to power accessory industrial equipment or accessories with the truck in motion. New drive modes like eco, slippery, ,deep sand and snow are now available. Ford managed to accomplish all this while utilizing the same space and only adding 3.5 pounds to the new TorqShift!

10-Speed TorqShift Transmission found in 2020 Super Duty Powerstroke trucks
New 10-Speed TorqShift Transmissions

Refined Interior

Numerous interior changes were made to higher trim packages. Updated decorative appliqués were used on doors and the media bin door of Lariat trucks. Platinum Super Duties added Onyx Argento wood. Interiors of 2020 Limited trim trucks received an overhaul. Ebony and Highland Tan colors grace their new interiors. Genuine leather, ash wood, and brushed aluminum adorn the trim. The leather-wrapped instrument panel topper, door armrests, seating, and console lids all received decorative stitching. Floor mats now feature an embroidered Super Duty logo. Miko suede is even used as a headliner for Limited trucks too.

Exterior Updates

Ford’s 2020 Super Duty didn’t receive a full body-style redesign like GM or Ram. Instead, they opted to make subtle changes to optimize performance. A new front-end improves cooling and lighting performance. A new high-airflow grille on all Dually trucks increases powertrain cooling capacity. This is accompanied with a new bumper and air dam for further improvements in air induction and cooling capacity. New LED headlights give the 2020 Super Duty a new look too. Higher trims feature headlights that maintain continuous accent lighting. New tail lights, rear bumpers, and tailgates bring style to the rear end of the new Super Duty trucks too.


Every diesel truck manufacturer has added significant trailering technology to their 2020 model trucks so far. Therefore, Ford had to make some pretty big strides in towing technology too. As a result, they will be introducing a new Pro Trailer Backup Assist to their 2020 Super Duty. Drivers will be able to use the Pro Trailer Backup Assist knob to steer the truck using the rear camera. With this feature, Ford hopes to make it much easier to navigate tight spaces. This is made possible by the trucks’ Trailer Reverse Guidance System that shows trailer angle and direction. Then, it provides steering advice to easily back-up your trailer. In addition, the Pro Trailer Assist feature can be used in conjunction with all trailers, even fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers.

Ford is adding FordPass Connect on every new 2020 Super Duty too. As a result, Super Duty owners will have connectivity no matter where they are, with Wi-Fi access for up to ten devices. New Safety features are also standard on XLT and higher trims, including lane-keeping alerts, Pre-Collision Assist, and a blind spot monitoring system with trailer coverage will be available. Wireless charging and USB-C ports will also be added to Super Duty trucks.

Don’t Miss Out on more 2020 Super Duty News

Because Ford’s first release was vague in certain areas, we are positive more Ford Super Duty news is coming! Because we get new Super Duty information periodically, you need to stay tuned for the latest news! All of the photos used in this article were provided courtesy of Ford’s Media group. Let us know what you think about these new Super Duty trucks!

5 New Convenient Features of the 2020 L5P Duramax

Whether you’re a Duramax, Powerstroke, or Cummins fan, you know that there are some small details that can really be a pain in the a$$ or a serious eye-sore when it comes to your truck. Unfortunately, you usually don’t notice these minute details until after you buy. While you put up with them, life would be a lot easier if they just had a better design from the manufacturer. GM just released their 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD, and 2020 GMC Sierra HD Duramax trucks. While you may not appreciate the new body style yet, you will appreciate these 5 small, convenient features that make a BIG difference on the 2020 Duramax.

DEF Fill Location

When it comes to Duramax trucks, I have always HATED how the DEF fill location is under the hood. While you don’t have to deal with it that often, it’s just so inconvenient. No matter what precautions I take, I ALWAYS manage to spill some DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid). I can actually remember one distinct occasion when the cheap spout of my BLUE DEF bottle actually came off. Diesel exhaust fluid went all over my truck, and I was angry to say the least. Well guys and gals, GM finally moved the inlet under the fuel cap. Now, just like your Cummins and Powerstroke friends, you can fill your DEF tank from under your Fuel Door. Hooray!

2020 Duramax new DEF Fill Location
New DEF Fill Location on 2020 Duramax Trucks

GM’s Biggest Eye Sore: The DEF Tank Location

It took me a while to get accustomed to the new LML trucks when they came out. The only thing I noticed was how huge the DEF tank was and how awkwardly it was located. It was actually why I waited until the L5P to get another Duramax. I just couldn’t get past it because I knew it would drive me nuts. Then, the L5P was released, and I just couldn’t resist buying the truck because of their sheer performance numbers. But guess what? That DEF tank still made me bitter every time I approached my truck, until finally, I bought some running boards. While they helped, it still didn’t resolve my issue as the DEF tank was still glaringly obvious. GM finally moved the Diesel exhaust fluid tank, and relocated it further back on the Frame and out of sight.

New Bed Steps: Easier access to the front of your Bed

GM’s corner steps integrated into the Duramax trucks’ rear bumpers are an awesome feature that make getting into the bed a lot easier. What about accessing the front of the bed without hopping in though? This is something every truck has struggled with. Running boards or nerf bars were the only solution! Not any longer! GM just introduced new bed steps that are located in front of the rear wheel openings to make accessing this area much easier.

2020 Duramax Bed Step
2020 Duramax New Bed Step

New Easy-Access Engine Block Heater Outlet

Because I live in Florida, this isn’t one of my pet peeves, but i’m sure it drives a few guys up north bonkers. Engine block heater outlets are an eye sore when situated behind the grille or near the bumper. We’re uncertain if this issue was resolved on GMC trucks. However, Chevrolet placed the engine block heater on the lower, side portion of the front bumper. The new Engine block heater outlet is unnoticeable and better protected from the elements. You no longer have loose hanging cords or have to open the hood for plug-in.

New Snow Prep Package

Snow plows aren’t something we use every day in Florida. I know how important they are to you guys up north though. We’re not sure about GMC, but Chevrolet introduced a new snow prep package. Chevrolet designed the front end of these trucks for easy removal of the Air Dam and skid plate for easier installation of snow plows and their hardware. You don’t even have to drill additional holes in your front bumper! We can all appreciate the goodness of a bolt-on design. When you take the plow off your truck, your truck will now maintain its clean, aesthetic appearance.

New 2020 Silverado HD Snow Prep Package
New 2020 Silverado HD Snow Prep Package

Chevrolet took many of the photos used in this article. You can find them here.

Looking For More Information on the L5P?

Check out some of our other helpful resources for diesel owners and enthusiasts. Our l5P Duramax Specifications resource will give you all the nitty-gritty details you want to know about these new trucks.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Trucks Officially Debut

If you’re a diesel enthusiast like me, you may have seen some shots of Chevrolet’s Silverado HD prior to their official debut. They’re vastly different than any truck Chevrolet has made so far. The 2020 Silverado HD features a redesigned exterior that is taller, wider, and longer. Compared to the 2019 Silverado HD crew cab SRW standard box, the new 2020 counterparts have a 5.2″ longer wheelbase, they’re 10″ longer, 1.6″ Taller, and 1.4″ wider. When I said they’re taller and bigger overall, I meant it.

It’s also the most capable Chevy to date, featuring a max towing capability of 35,500 lbs. A myriad of new features inside and out make using the truck and towing easier, including new integrated bed steps and the DuraBed cargo box. Five trims are available for Chevrolet’s new HD: the Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ, Custom, and High Country Editions. While there are differences in features across the trim spectrum, it’s crystal clear that Chevrolet built all of these trucks with one thing in mind. Functionality.

How do we know all this? Chevrolet actually invited us out their event where we, along with some other media members, had exclusive access to these trucks. Here is what you need to know about the all new 2020 Silverado HD.

2020 Silverado HD New Exterior

The 2020 Silverado HD is Chevrolet’s third new Silverado in 18 months. The Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD were released last year, as well as Chevrolet’s new Silverado 1500. While all these trucks are coming out around the same time, they don’t share any similarities when it comes to their exteriors. In fact, the only metal the Silverado 1500 and the Heavy duty shares is the roof. The new generation 2020 Silverado HD received a major overhaul from their previous L5P too.

A massive new grille paired with a hood that contains a larger hood scoop gives the new Chevy HD’s cooling system a boost. New headlights were added, as well as optional fog lights, and clearance lamps. For the first time ever, Chevrolet’s heavy duty trucks also have LED strips built into the headlights of certain models. While it’s a small detail, I believe it adds significantly to the luxury aspect of these trucks.

New tow mirrors are standard on all new 2020 Chevrolet HD trucks. These new tow mirrors extend and retract, and have an available power extension feature to make adjusting the mirrors while driving easy. A larger surface area gives Chevy HD owners a larger view of what’s behind their trucks. New spot lamps that face forward at 45-degree angles provide better illumination at night and the mirror housings actually contain side-view cameras that can also be paired with puddle lights and rear spot lamps.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Mirror
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD High Country Mirrors

In addition to their existing bed step feature, they added steps to the side panels of the truck bed, to give customers an easier access point to the front of the bed.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD bed step
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD bed step

Compared to the 2019 Silverado HD crew cab SRW standard box, the new 2020 counterparts have a 5.2″ longer wheelbase, they’re 10″ longer, 1.6″ Taller, and 1.4″ wider. When I said they’re taller and bigger overall, I meant it.

Chevrolet’s New DuraBed

As someone who uses their truck daily for work, a truck’s bed is critical to me. Chevrolet really outdid themselves with their new DuraBed cargo box. For the first time ever, Chevy HD’s won’t share a bed with their lighter-duty relatives. These beds add 6.7 inches of width of useable space to standard box models. The standard box receives an added 3 inches of length too. This results in an added 14% increase in total cargo box volume for regular bed trucks, and a 9.5% increase for long bed application.

Chevrolet managed to add in a variety of other useful features as well. Chevrolet’s EZ-Lift/Lower tailgate was so impressive to me the first time I saw it. They were so impressive I purchased an aftermarket part, the Dee Zee Tailgate Assist to have these features on my own truck. The new tailgates for these trucks takes innovation a bit farther. They have an exclusive power up/down feature to raise and lower the tailgate. Gone are the days of the slamming tailgate or struggling to lift a heavy tailgate! Gone are the days where you need to lift or lower your tailgate yourself too. Twelve fixed tie-down rings and an available 120V power outlet also add to the functionality of Chevrolet’s new DuraBed.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Performance

While the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD equipped with the L5P Duramax didn’t post any noticeable gains in the Horsepower and Torque departments, Chevrolet once again added to the functionality aspects of these trucks. Increasing towing capacity by 52% was a tall task. In order to accomplish this feat, a new 10-speed Allison Transmission was partnered with the 6.6L L5P Duramax engine. This will allow the truck to deliver 910 lb/ft of torque in lower gears. A new, variable speed, 28 inch cooling fan was added, along with the addition of several blades to the existing oil cooler. Engine braking capacity was also increased by 14%.

“4 Auto Mode” is electronically controlled by Chevy’s new Autotrac active two-speed transfer case, allowing the truck to shift between 4WD and 2WD in varying road conditions. An enhanced version of their existing ladder-frame was created to support the new GCWR of up to 43,500 lbs. Larger, more durable front and rear axles, as well as beefed-up prop-shafts were used to achieve “best-in-class-so-far” tow capacity.

Interior & Trailering Technology

Chevrolet made just as many drastic changes regarding their interiors and their new trailering technology. Similar to GMC’s Sierra HD, the 2020 Chevy HD trucks received the addition of numerous trailering technologies. So many, in fact, that we will write a separate article altogether to cover it all in detail. Fifteen unique camera views give drivers unparalleled visibility. I’m the most excited for their transparent trailer view, which gives you a view as if the trailer wasn’t there. The 2020 Chevrolet HD trucks also gained auto park brake assist and park grade hold assist features.

Drivers and front-seat passengers enjoy class-leading head and leg room. Crew Cabs gained three inches of leg room. The trucks also received a new infotainment system and an available head-up display. Higher trim models also gained a digital gauge display.

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