Remember the beautifully upscale, while off-road-ready, Chevrolet Silverado High Desert concept from this year’s SEMA trade show? It featured a concept “cargo management” system which warrants some further discussion.
The cargo management system – and the truck itself – warrants a comparison with the discontinued Chevrolet Avalanche. The bed’s sidewalls are hollow to allow for flip-top storage bins integrated over the rear wheel wells. An adjustable divider which spans the width of the bed can lock into place to keep cargo items separate, and a hard tonneau cover locks into the rails alongside the bed to keep cargo safe from the elements – and from prying hands.
In fact, all of these panels are molded out of hard, durable plastic to match the bed liner itself. All three upper-edges of the bed feature a delicious Pewter-look lip with Oxide Gold and Russet accents, which play-off of the jade-green paint of the concept quite nicely, and continue some of the aesthetic elements found inside the cabin.
The much-loved Chevrolet Avalanche may have been raptured up into pickup truck heaven (located somewhere near Alabama, it is believed), but its flexible, configurable bed storage system lives on in this 2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Desert concept.