Chevrolet is demonstrating these days in Las Vegas the Silverado's versatility with Alaskan Edition and High Desert concepts.

First order of business, the High Desert rides on massive 22-inch wheels and is based on the Silverado 1500 fitted with the namesake package developed for the LT, LTZ and High Country models. One of the main features is a lockable and water-resistant cargo system with sail panels inspired by the Chevy Avalance and a cargo divider to better manage the placement of items.

For the first time ever in the Silverado’s life, the Magnetic Ride Control suspension is available thanks to the High Desert package replacing conventional mechanical-valve shocks with electronically controlled shock absorbers. It changes damper settings in as little as five milliseconds based on the road conditions analyzed by the onboard sensors.

The High Country package tailored to the Silverado is available with the 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering 420 hp (313 kW) and 460 lb-ft (623 lb-ft) via an eight-speed automatic transmission. For this concept, Chevy has installed a performance exhaust kit bumping output by 7 hp (5 kW) and matched by beefier brakes. A similar power boost is also available for the smaller 5.3-liter V8 where it adds 10 hp (7 kW).

As far as the other concept is concerned, the Alaskan Edition concept is based on the Silverado 2500HD and brings immense plowing power courtesy of a turbodiesel 6.6-liter Duramax engine rated at 445 hp (332 kilowatts) and 910 pound-feet (1,234 Newton-meters) of torque. In order to tackle the heaviest winters, Chevy has installed a bespoke stainless steel snowplow and a leveling kit to maintain an even stance when the plow is attached.

Chevy Silverado High Desert concept live photo
Chevy Silverado High Desert concept live photo
Chevy Silverado Alaskan Edition concept live photo
Chevy Silverado Alaskan Edition concept live photo

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The near-production concept sits on 20-inch chrome wheels and has received a predominantly blue body with white accents and grizzly bear graphics. To make it SEMA-worthy, Chevy has applied more chrome plating noticeable onto the bumpers, front grille, side mirror caps, and even on the emblems.

It serves as a sneak preview for a forthcoming production-ready Alaskan Edition package and builds on the already available Alaskan Edition for the 2017 Silverado HD Work Truck and LT models.

These two Silverado-based concepts are being showcased at SEMA alongside a surf-ready Colorado Z71 Hurley. In addition, Chevy has prepared Camaro and Chevelle Slammer concepts as well as a sharper-looking Turbo AutoX concept based on the latest-generation Camaro. In total, Chevy has around 20 cars on display at SEMA these days.

Source: Chevrolet 

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