Showing off its strength and technology features is the new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado “Toughnology” concept unveiled at the 2014 Texas State Fair. The concept, also headed to the 2014 SEMA show, highlights many of the details that helped the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado win the North American Truck of the Year award. It’s also a rather tongue-and-cheek answer to the 2015 Ford F-150, with its aluminum panel design, with steel molecule graphics along the sides. But there is an aluminum hood and tailgate, which are painted black to contrast the different materials. Aside from the details, the steel is largely unpainted.
Officially, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado has 67 percent of its cab made up of high-strength steel, which is 30 percent lighter than conventional carbon steel. It can be found in A-pillars, B-pillars, rockers and roof rails as well as in other key sections. Also, Chevy uses an ultra-high-strength-steel for the rocker panels and underbody. This usage helps improve safety during a crash and helped earn the truck a 5-Star Safety Rating in government crash testing.
Complementing the raw, unpainted steel paint job are several accessory styling upgrades. These upgrades, available at Chevrolet dealerships, include 22-inch wheels mounted on off-road tires and other items like:
- New grille insert
- Tubular assist steps
- Soft, folding tonneau cover
- Washable carpet bedliner
- Fender flares
- Tinted headlamp lenses
Besides the extensive use of new steel products and new appearance features, the Toughnology concept has Chevrolet’s new OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The 2015 Silverado Toughnology concept also makes use of the full slate of LTZ trim options like leather-appointed bucket seats, rear-seat entertainment system, wireless charging mat and other technology features.