Chevrolet has iterated more than a few times it will continue to hit the ground running with special editions. While some have been awesome, others have been … let’s say a tad watered down from concept to production. Okay, we’re looking at you Silverado Special Ops.
But, rejoice pickup truck-ians. Here is something that has actually transcended concept to production quite well. Feast your eyes on the Chevrolet Silverado High Desert. After two years, Chevrolet has decided to grace us with a production version of the 2014 SEMA Show concept truck. And it looks like exactly what you think it looks like: the dearly departed Chevrolet Avalanche.
We say Avalanche because it possesses the one thing many loved about the past pickup truck: a lockable, covered cargo bed. The system installs 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. So, yes, you could say it’s quite flexible.
“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. “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.”
If it’s content you seek, the Silverado High Desert delivers. This Silverado is the first variant of the pickup truck to be equipped with Magnetic Ride Control, the beloved setup seen on many other products within the General Motors portfolio. High Desert LT trims receive 20-inch wheels, while LTZ and High Desert High Country trims (yep, that’s what it’s called) receives 22-inch wheels.
And, LTZ and High Country trims may be equipped with the gutsy 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 paired to GM’s eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Rejoice yet again, because the Silverado High Desert will storm into dealers this coming fall.