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2006 Chevrolet Silverado HD Full-Size Pickup Truck

Description: Full-Size Pickup Truck
Base MSRP Range: $24,405 - $41,345
Invoice Price Range: $21,354 - $36,177
Where built: USA

Chevrolet's heavy-duty work trucks under the Silverado banner, built on a modular structure to allow multiple configurations for cabin size and box length, appear in 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton) packages. The trucks conform as a two-door Regular Cab, four-door Extended Cab and four-door Crew Cab.

Powerhouse engines and strong transmissions apply, including two gasoline Vortec V8 choices and a Duramax turbo-diesel V8. The Vortec 6000 6.0-liter V8 is the Silverado HD entry plant with 300 hp. A Vortec 8100 8.1-liter V8 with 330 hp is optional. The Duramax 6600 6.6-liter V8 direct-injection turbo-diesel puts out 310 hp, although a new version, arriving later in 2006 as coupled to a new Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission, will generate even more muscle -- up to 360 hp with the torque rising to 650 lb-ft.