Back in 2013, Chevrolet introduced the High Country trim level for the 2014 Silverado 1500 pickup truck. Widely seen as Chevy’s answer to Ford’s King Ranch trim, High Country bundles some exterior equipment and interior features to make for a fully-loaded truck. Today, the very attractive trim sits at the top of the Silverado hierarchy above the LTZ, where it commands high Average Transaction Prices (ATPs) while attracting gazes of passers-by (nearly) everywhere. And though it’s only been about two and a half years since its introduction, we would already describe the Silverado High Country as a success, so it would only make sense for Chevy to bring the trim to other trucks and SUVs, such as the Silverado’s SUV-bodied platform mates — the Tahoe and Suburban.
Doing so would not only deliver more features and equipment, but it would also grow the breed of the full-size SUVs. On top of that, it could also pave the way for Chevy to offer the excellent 6.2L V8 L86 in the Tahoe and Suburban, which are currently only offered with the smaller and less powerful 5.3L V8 L83. The move would also be great for GM from a business standpoint, raising profit margins and Average Transaction Prices.
Here’s what we can see a Tahoe High Country or Suburban High Country offer, on top of LTZ features:
- 22-inch wheels unique to High Country
- LED Matrix headlights
- Unique interior appointments
- Self-deploying running boards
- Standard driver awareness/active safety package
- Possible Magnetic Ride Control, or an upgraded suspension system
- 6.2L V6 L86 engine mated to GM’s 8-speed 8L90 automatic transmission
As far as price goes, the 2016 Tahoe LTZ has a base MSRP of $62,805, and we can see the Tahoe High Country being priced at $68,000. The same goes for the Suburban: the 2016 Suburban LTZ starts at $65,505, and we can picture a Suburban High Country carrying a base MSRP of $70,000-$72,000.
All in all, a Chevy Tahoe and Suburban High Country seem like no-brainers to us. What would you like to see ? Talk to us in the comments.