We had a few opportunities to drive the 2017 Silverado HD yesterday both on the infield (foreground) and the main track pulling a 10,000-pound trailer (background).

We had a few opportunities to drive the 2017 Silverado HD yesterday both on the infield (foreground) and the main track pulling a 10,000-pound trailer (background).

It’s a different approach than we’re used to, especially in the truck market, but Chevrolet isn’t looking to be the loudest, toughest kid on the block. In fact, while toughness is vitally important to its truck line, it isn’t aiming to be the loudest boaster of all the truck makers – it’s actually aiming to be the smartest by focusing on the heart of the market. That’s the goal with its new 2017 Silverado HD, and specifically the new fifth-generation Duramax L5P engine that powers it. Chevrolet feels its heavy-duty trucks are focused on the core of the market and improving the experience for the masses. It’s not worried about having the biggest headline grabbing numbers.

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To unveil its new 2017 Silverado HD and its new Duramax 6.6L V8 turbo-diesel engine, Chevrolet today set the Guinness World Records title for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle with the new truck.

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At a press event today at the Texas Motor Speedway, Chevrolet announced the performance numbers for its new L5P Duramax diesel engine for its HD trucks. The new diesel engine will produce 445 horsepower and 910 lb.-ft. of torque.

Chevy says its new fifth-generation Duramax power plant will provide an increase of 19 percent more torque than the previous generation, 12 percent more horsepower and 35 percent fewer emissions. Chevrolet says it’s looking to improve the capability of its new diesel engine without compromising its abilities. Chevy says its new 6.6-liter Duramax is practically a new engine, featuring an all-new cylinder block and rotating assembly, along with the GM-developed control system. Chevrolet also says the low-rpm torque hasn’t changed on the new engine, as it still provides 90 percent of its peak torque at only 1,550 rpm and sustains it up through 2,850 rpm for consistent pulling power at low speeds.

We’ll have the chance to take a short test drive with the new Duramax engine at the Speedway later today, so check back tomorrow for more technical detail and our ride impression of the new Duramax.

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Texans like trucks. They use them for work, play and as family cars, and the versatility of trucks is why Texas consistently has some of the strongest truck sales in the nation. To help build on the community of truck lovers in the lone star state, Chevrolet recently launched Truck Legends, which is describes as “an exclusive community recognizing customers in the heart of truck country.”

Warn-Industries-Ascent-Bumper-6-3-16Clackamas, OR – To complement its Ascent Front Bumper lineup, Warn Industries has just released the Ascent Rear Bumper for full-size pickups. Like the front bumpers, the rear models offer exceptional durability, rugged good looks, and improved off-pavement capability for Chevrolet, Ford, and Ram pickup trucks.

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– OR-Fab designed a heavy-duty 3/16-inch thick steel skid plate for the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank on 2011 to 2016 model Chevrolet/GMC 2500 and 3500 HD Duramax pickups. The skid plate protects the tank when the vehicle is subjected to off-road conditions and delivers piece of mind to anyone worried about damaging the tank while off-roading, or from debris that might be kicked up by the passenger side tire.

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For our 2015 Mid-Size Shootout, the Chevrolet Colorado walked away with the victory because it simply was the best all-around truck in the test. GM built a great new platform shared on both the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon to compete in the mid-size truck segment, and they jumped back in just before Toyota unveiled its new Tacoma in 2016. For the 2016 Mid-Size Truck Shootout, the GMC Canyon now gets an option 2.8L Duramax diesel engine.

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BDS Suspension now offers FOX 2.5 factory series remote coilovers adding to the lineup of 5.5″ suspension systems for the 2015-2016 Colorado, Canyon trucks. This new #722F performance coilover system joins the #722H standard IFS system and #722FDSC DSC coilover system currently available. Designed to outperform on and off-road, these new suspension systems ride smooth on road, handle great on any terrain and provide superior dampening when you’re running wide open down the trail. Get the look and performance with room for 33s.

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According to a report on sister site AutoGuide.com, General Motors is teaming up with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) to test a commercial hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system in the  Chevrolet Colorado.

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– Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is opening up a new off-road performance world for half-ton GM pickup owners by offering a long-travel suspension system as a bolt-on kit for 2014 and newer Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s – both 2wd and 4x4s.