The 2024 Chevy Truck Lineup: What’s New and What’s Best

August 11th, 2023 by

A blue 2024 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is shown from the side while off-road.

Chevy makes a handful of important changes to their lineups every year, and 2024 has been no exception. The bowtie brand has long been renowned for manufacturing reliable and downright rugged pickup trucks that excellently meet the demands of hard-working folks. Moving into the 2024 model year, Chevy once again shows us that they are bound and determined to make a splash with their pickup lineup. This makes finding Chevy trucks for sale in Cincinnati exciting year after year.

From its enhanced powertrain options to more boldly distinctive designs, Chevy is ramping things up for 2024, so you can expect new things from the Colorado, Silverado 1500, and Silverado HD. The past few years have seen big updates to the Colorado and Silverado 1500, plus there is the advent of the Silverado EV looming on the horizon. The heavy-duty (HD) Silverados are getting a major treatment this year, but they aren’t the only ones to see some significant alterations. Let’s dive deeper into all the changes coming to Chevy’s pickup lineup in 2024…

The 2024 Colorado

The midsize Colorado was just redesigned for the 2023 model year, so it doesn’t see a ton of prominent changes for the new model year. (Like they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!) The one thing that does change for the 2024 lineup is Chevy’s new follow-up to the last generation’s ZR2 Bison, a highly popular off-road-oriented trim.

Developed in conjunction with American Expedition Vehicles, the ZR2 Bison is fitted with special AEV features like a beefy rear bumper, fender flares, 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, and a winch-ready heavy-duty front bumper. You also get a slew of helpful off-roading specs, including steel skid plates and rocker protectors made from boron steel. Multimatic dampers help create a desirable ride quality, and the 12.2-inch ground clearance assists in traversing all kinds of rugged terrain.

The ZR2 Bison comes with the high-output 310-hp engine found on the previous ZR2. This 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder gets you 430 lb-ft of torque and comes with four-wheel drive (4WD) and front and rear locking differentials. This beefed-up 2024 Colorado also has the flowing grille badging and Bison exterior badging, plus there is AEV branding on the interior. A spray-on bedliner and spare tire carrier round out the list of updates to the ZR2 Bison.

A red 2024 Chevy Silverado 1500 ZR2 is shown from the side while off-road.

The 2024 Silverado 1500

Despite being revamped for the 2022 model year, the 2024 Silverado 1500 received some noteworthy changes. While there are no new trim levels available, there are some alterations that demand your acknowledgment.

The 2.7L Turbo four-cylinder engine is now known as the TurboMax, aligning with the ‘Max’ engine branding in which Chevy has engaged. The powertrain itself, however, remains the same. Nevertheless, you can now get the ZR2 trim with a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel inline six-cylinder engine that puts 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque on tap. The ZR2 formerly only had a 6.2L V8 equipped—the same engine found on the High Country trim. Should you go for the V8, it now gives you a dual-mode sport exhaust.

The High Country gets some changes, too. Adaptive Cruise Control is now standard, and a blacked-out Midnight Edition can be ordered. A Blackout Appearance package—akin to the Midnight Edition—can be added to the Custom, Custom Trail Boss, RST, LT Trail Boss, and ZR2 trims. On the base WT trim, you get standard wireless smartphone app integration and OnStar services to help keep you connected while you’re on the job. New exterior paint colors include Slate Gray and Lakeshore Blue. Also, a rear seat belt indicator comes standard, and a safety package adds front and rear parking sensors for extra safety measures.

The 2024 Silverado Heavy-Duty

Chevy’s heavy-duty models see a midcycle refresh for 2024, marking a rather important series of updates to their exteriors. Inside the cabin, you’ll find more physical buttons on the center stack’s switchgear, and a 13.4-inch center-mounted touchscreen and 12.3-inch gauge cluster now come on almost all of the trim levels. Air vents are equipped for the rear seats of the LT, LTZ, and High Country; these three trims also get the option for a wireless charging pad that’s compatible with Qi devices.

Another ‘first’ for the HD trucks is the availability of Adaptive Cruise Control, which now works when you’re hooked up to a trailer. The Transparent Trailer View by General Motors works with fifth wheel and gooseneck trailers, too, and the blind-spot monitoring grid is likewise enhanced to work better when towing.

The 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8’s Allison ten-speed automatic transmission also now comes with the 6.6L gas-powered V8 on the HD, which means the gross combined weight rating (GCWR) allowance increases. The diesel’s output is now 470 hp and 975 lb-ft of torque—now able to be put on all Silverado 2500 HD trims with the max tow package.

The ZR2 and ZR2 Bison off-road trims make their way to the 2500 HD, adding a 1.5-inch lift, advanced suspension system, skid plates, rear electronic locking differential, and 35-inch all-terrain tires fitted to the 18-inch wheels. The ZR2 Bison gets integrated recovery points with a setup for a winch on the steel bumper, as well as special wheels, cabin trim, and underbody skid plates done in stamped steel.

A blue 2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST is shown from the front at an angle.

The 2024 Silverado EV

The 2024 Silverado EV is undoubtedly the biggest change to the Chevy truck lineup. While electric trucks have already hit the market, the Silverado EV is the first Chevy to make the leap forward. The RST First Edition model comes with an adaptive air suspension, four-wheel steering, and the Multi-Flex midgate; it also has a massive 17.0-inch infotainment display, an 11.0-inch digital instrument display, and a 14.0-inch head-up display. What’s more, GM outfits this Chevy with the Super Cruise feature, which boosts trailering capabilities with the leisure and precision of semi-automated hands-free driving.

The Silverado EV comes with a standard dual motor design that works with the AWD system and puts forth up to 754 hp and 785 lb-ft of torque; this matches the 2024 GMC Sierra EV when you put it into Max Power mode. There will also eventually be versions with single-motor 2WD designs. The WT trim gets an estimated 450 miles of range, but a smaller battery could be on the way—and since it’s compatible with 350-kW DC Fast-Charging, the Silverado EV can gain back about 100 miles of range in ten minutes.

The EV’s interior is, according to Chevy, more generous on space than the gas-powered Silverado 1500. A modular center console and panoramic sunroof can be equipped if you’d like. The Multi-Flex tailgate can also be added, creating more floor length for the truck along with what Chevy calls an ‘eTrunk.’ It is also likely that Chevy will adapt the Trail Boss trim for the Silverado EV, making this EV even better suited for off-roading adventures.

Which 2024 Chevy Truck Speaks to You?

Chevy gives you a lot of great pickup trucks to choose from in their 2024 lineup. Whether you stick with something powered by gas or go the electric route, there is indeed something for every truck owner in this selection. You can customize these trucks to your heart’s content, given how many optional features and packages there are to equip.

There’s never a dull moment inside a Chevy truck, so whichever one you choose, you’re bound to have a good time in the years to come.