Chevrolet has revealed the Silverado High Desert, based on the 2014 SEMA concept. The High Desert package will be available on LT, LTZ, and High Country trims. High Desert LT features 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, while the LTZ and High Country feature 22-inch wheels and all-terrain tires.
“The High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with the refinement and luxury of Suburban,” said Sandor Piszar, Director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing.
Piszar noted the storage capability in the High Desert’s bed. The enhanced, lockable cargo system is designed to resist the elements while still being practical. It fits over the bed, adding dual side bins and a three-piece hard tonneau cover. Inside, a cargo divider raises to secure smaller items or lowers to open up the the entire bed.
“It’s ideal for those customers who want both the security of a lockable cargo area, as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed,” he said.
The High Desert is the first Silverado with Magnetic Ride Control, where electronically controlled shock absorbers replace mechanical-valve shocks for better driving dynamics. GM’s technology “reads” the road every millisecond with damping changes taking place in as little as five milliseconds. The magnetorheological fluid inside the shocks contains something known as minute iron particles. During a magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide the necessary damping resistance – these changes in the magnetic charge alter the damping rate of the shocks for more comfort.
The changes occur almost instantly.
For those seeking additional torque for their High Desert, the EcoTec3 6.2L V8 is available on the LTZ and High Country. The small block V8 is mated to the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. GM’s 6.2 is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful engine offered in a light-duty truck today.
The High Desert trims will hit Chevy dealerships this fall.
*Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.
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