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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss represents an appearance package, and isn’t meant to square off against the Ford F-150 Raptor in terms of capability. The logical rival here is instead the Ram 1500 Rebel, which also mostly serves as an appearance package. We eagerly await confirmation of a Silverado ZR2.
Spotting a 2019 Silverado Trail Boss on the road is simple, thanks to the blacked out front fascia, two-inch lifted ride height, and noticeably more beefy Goodyear Duratrac tires. The Silverado Trail Boss can be had from the entry-level Custom trim level and the middle-ground LT trim level. There’s currently no way to get a Silverado High Country Trail Boss, or an LTZ Trail Boss. This also means no power tailgate, nor surround-view camera. Hopefully the trim level limitation on the Trail Boss lifts soon, because we envision a number of 2019 Silverado LTZ and High Country buyers seeking their lift kits and off-road enhancements from the aftermarket otherwise.
A quick off-road loop riddled with divots, logs, ravines and enough mud to make the 2019 Silverado Trail Boss resemble a clay model of itself gave us just a taste of what was possible with this new package. The Goodyears and Rancho shocks performed adequately through the rough log portions, damping the rumble and shake transmitted over the undulating surface area. Equally as important, the front air dam is removed on the Trail Boss, enhancing the approach angle, and the locking rear differential will likely prove vital in low-traction situations. And we never got stuck in the mud.
Ultimately, our conservative test loop in the 2019 Silverado Trail Boss left us yearning for more, as we felt like the limits of the truck remained to be seen, despite the simple improvements from the Z71 package. Again, this is no Raptor rival, but the Silverado Trail Boss will nevertheless help satiate the appetites of the hoards of Silverado customers demanding more off-road ambition from Chevrolet.