The all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500‘s top-of-the-line off-road package – Trail Boss – will only be available on Custom and LT models from launch, effectively forcing customers to choose between upscale features and supreme off-road capability. Apart from the Work Truck, the Silverado 1500 Custom is GM’s lowest-priced version of the truck, meaning it lacks much in the way of premium content. The LT sits a bit higher on the pecking order, slotting in toward the middle of the Chevrolet Silverado trim hierarchy, but there are a full two trim levels above it.
What we’d like to see in the future: Trail Boss versions of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ and High Country, coupling the best off-road package currently available in Chevy’s full-size truck arsenal, and the finest in leather interior appointments and high-tech features.
The Trail Boss package builds on the content of the Z71 off-road package with a factory two-inch suspension lift, beefier Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires, and a blacked-out front fascia. The Z71 package brings with it a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, and 18-inch wheels. All of this might seem a tad antithetical to the aims of a well-appointed, feature-rich premium truck like the Chevrolet Silverado High Country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t buyers who would love the option of a luxurious-yet-rugged go-anywhere machine.
A Chevrolet Silverado High Country Trail Boss would pair that off-road capability with an exclusive chrome-and-bronze front grille design, standard leather interior appointments, chrome assist steps running between the wheels, and a standard power tailgate. It would also include a power sunroof, dealer-installed floor liner, and Safety Package II, which consists of Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, IntelliBeam headlamps, a Following Distance Indicator, and Safety Alert Seat. Buyers might have to say goodbye to those sweet 22-inch wheels, though; we don’t imagine those would do much good off-road.
Of course, even more interesting than the question of whether the Trail Boss package will be expanded to the Chevrolet Silverado High Country and LTZ is whether GM might be cooking up an even-more-capable ZR2 off-road package for the Silverado 1500. For more on that and other breaking Chevrolet Silverado 1500 news, stay tuned to GM Authority.