Adding to the abundance of luxury pickup trucks, Chevrolet introduced the Silverado 1500 High Country into the mix last year. This summer, Chevy will follow up its half-ton luxury truck with a heavy-duty version – the 2015 Silverado High Country HD – to compete with the Ram Heavy Duty Laramie Longhorn, Ford F-Series Super Duty King Ranch and even the GMC Sierra Denali HD.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country HD will get the same treatment as its half-ton counterpart with a flashier exterior and a plusher, fully loaded cabin. Chevrolet has yet to release any interior images of the High Country HD, but it promises same upgrades as last year’s truck including the perforated saddle brown leather with heated and cooled front seats and embossed logos in the headrests. Further standard equipment includes a Bose premium audio system, Chevy MyLink and front and rear park assist, while buyers can choose from options such as navigation, rear-seat entertainment system and a Premium Package the brings heated steering wheel, driver alerts and adjust pedals.
The Silverado High Country HD will only come in the Crew Cab body style, but it will still offer plenty of choices like two- or four-wheel drive and the 2500HD or 3500HD models. Those opting for the 2500 HD models will get 20-inch wheels, while the 3500 HD with single rear wheels will only get 18s; 3500HD models with dual rear wheels will stick with 17s. The High Country trim will stand out from other Silverado HD trucks with the body color bumpers, its own chrome grille, standard side steps, new “up-level” extendable tow mirrors and, of course, “High Country” badges.
The High Country HD will get all three of the Silverado HD engines including the 6.0-liter V-8 (in either gasoline or bi-fuel Compressed Natural Gas form) and the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8. This diesel not only delivers 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque, but it also maximizes the towing abilities with a 22,900-pound tow rating for a fifth wheel/gooseneck or 19,600 pounds with a standard hitch.
No word yet on pricing, but with the half-ton High Country starting at $46,700, expect the HD models to start closer to $50,000 not to mention a fully loaded price that will almost certainly top out in the upper $60,000 or low $70,000 range.
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