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.
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.
Gallery: Chevy Silverado concepts for SEMA
SILVERADO HD ALASKAN EDITION FORGES A NEW PATH
SEMA Show vehicle previews production model, features new Duramax 6.6L diesel
Snow happens. And when it does, the Silverado 2500HD Alaskan Edition concept is designed to make quick work of it.
Equipped with a custom stainless steel snowplow, this work-ready truck is designed to forge a path in the toughest winter conditions. It also previews the production Alaskan Edition package that incorporates a factory snowplow prep package.
“No matter what the weather brings, Chevrolet HD trucks are designed to make the toughest jobs easier,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director. “The new Alaskan Edition gives customers in snow country a stronger tool for tackling the worst that winter throws at them.”
The Alaskan Edition concept stands out with a custom silver-accented blue exterior and grizzly bear graphics. It also features chrome bumpers, grille, emblems and trailering mirrors, along with 20-inch chrome wheels. A leveling kit ensures an even stance for the truck when the plow is attached.
Inside, a rubberized floor covering makes it easier to brush out snow and ice, while Alaskan-themed embroidery distinguishes the seats.
The concept vehicle builds on the production Alaskan Edition offered on 2017 Silverado HD Work Truck and LT models that includes the available snowplow prep package, 18-inch wheels with max-traction DuraTrac tires, smoked amber roof marker lights, a spray-on bedliner and distinctive graphics. The snowplow prep package is offered across the model range and includes a power feed for auxiliary lights, 220-amp alternator, underbody shield, heavy-duty front springs and more.
“Silverado HD trucks are designed to perform in the most extreme jobs and conditions ― and that’s just what the Alaskan Edition delivers,” said Piszar. “Backed by the new, available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel, it will tackle the toughest jobs with confidence and dependability you can count on for the long haul.”
Next-generation Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel
The next-generation Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine offered in the 2017 Silverado HD lineup delivers more horsepower and torque than ever ― an SAE-certified 445 horsepower (332 kW) and net 910 lb.-ft. (1,234 Nm) ― for easier, more confident hauling and trailering.
Along with a 19 percent increase in max torque over the current Duramax 6.6L, the new engine’s performance is quieter and smoother for greater refinement. It also advances the Duramax’s legacy of low-rpm torque production, offering 90 percent of peak torque at a low 1,550 rpm and sustaining it through 2,850 rpm.
Models equipped with the new Duramax 6.6L incorporate a unique induction system that draws air through a bold air intake scoop on the hood.
“With nearly 2 million sold over the past 15 years, customers have forged a bond with the Duramax diesel based on trust and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice-president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels.”
The Silverado 2500HD Alaskan Edition concept joins approximately 20 additional Chevrolet models at the SEMA Show.
SILVERADO 1500 HIGH DESERT OFFERS FLEXIBLE STORAGE OPTIONS
SEMA Show truck based on production 2017 Silverado High Desert package
With premium leather interior accents and unique appearance enhancements, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert SEMA Show vehicle is the ultimate expression of Chevy Trucks’ functional style and performance.
It is based on the production High Desert package offered on 2017 Silverado 1500 LT, LTZ and High Country models, featuring an all-new, lockable and water-resistant cargo system and available Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
The storage system creates a unique profile for the truck, with sail panels inspired by the Chevrolet Avalanche.
“The new High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with even greater refinement,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. “It’s ideal for those customers who want the security of a lockable cargo area as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”
The flexible, lockable storage system is mounted over the roll-formed, high-strength steel bed to add dual side storage bins and a three-piece hard tonneau cover. Inside, a cargo divider can be raised to secure smaller items or lowered to access the full length of the bed floor. As with all Silverado LT, LTZ, and High Country models, the tailgate locks with the key fob, enabling users to secure their cargo with the push of a button.
The High Desert package on the LT trim level features 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, while 22-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are available on LTZ and High Country trim levels.
The High Desert is also the first Silverado offered with Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which delivers more precise body motion control. Its sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as few as 5 milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace the conventional mechanical-valve shocks.
Silverado’s 6.2L V-8 is available on LTZ and High Country models and is backed by the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful engine offered in a light-duty truck.
SEMA Show truck
For the SEMA Show, Chevrolet designers distinguished the new High Desert with accessories and performance parts offered through Chevrolet dealers, including:
- Illuminated black bowtie grille emblem
- All-weather floor liners
- Performance brake kit
- Performance exhaust kit
The new performance exhaust kit adds 7 horsepower and a throatier note to the available 6.2L V-8 engine. Chevrolet also offers a performance exhaust kit for models equipped with the 5.3L V-8 engine that adds 10 horsepower.
The show vehicle also includes several concept accessories and performance parts, such as 22-inch wheels with anodized bronze finish, a bold CHEVROLET grille insert, a performance air intake and a painted engine cover.
The truck’s Slate Blue exterior is accented with bronze-tinted trim, while the interior features a unique High Desert theme with Cocoa leather seat inserts, brown accent stitching and embroidered headrests. Additional features include heated and vented front seats, wireless charging, heated steering wheel, Bose® audio system and Chevrolet MyLink with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and navigation.
“This Silverado High Desert is dressed to impress, inspired by the successful legacy of premium, special-edition models Chevrolet has introduced recently,” said Piszar. “As our customers continue to integrate their trucks in more personal ways, we’ll continue to offer more unique choices that speak to their lifestyles and interests.”