Holden Special Vehicles recently told Australia publication Motoring.com.au that customers will be able to buy the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in right-hand-drive form starting next month. HSV is the official importer of the vehicle in the country and is also the company responsible for converting the vehicles to right-hand drive. HSV already offers the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Camaro SS from GM’s American lineup locally, along with the previous-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.
According to Motoring.com.au, HSV will initially focus on well-equipped versions of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – likely to maximize the program’s profits early on. For this reason, only the Silverado LTZ with the Premium package, Dual Cab body and 5.3L L83 V8 engine will be offered from the get-go. Prices will start at roughly $110,000 AUD, which is equivalent to about $72,770 USD at the time of this writing. Shipping and logistics in getting the truck from the U.S. to Australia add to the vehicle’s price tag, along with the cost of the right-hand-drive conversion.
Walkinshaw, the operator of HSV, also offers the previous-generation Ram 1500 in the country under the ‘American Special Vehicles’ banner. While not as up-to-date as the current Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Ram undercuts the Chevy in price in Australia and is offered in a greater variety of trims. The base Ram is a V8 Dual Cab model that starts at $79,950 AUD, while the Crew Cab V8 costs $89,950 and the Laramie Dual Cab V8 costs $99,950.
In addition to the new Chevrolet Silverado, HSV will also soon begin offering the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD in the country, along with the new Chevrolet Suburban SUV. Like the light-duty Silverado, both of these vehicles will be converted to right-hand-drive by HSV.