When the fourth-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 made its debut for the 2019 model year, it was the first example of Chevrolet‘s full-size pickup truck to offer a Trail Boss variant that features a factory two-inch lift, along with a host of other off-road-oriented hardware and features.
In fact, there are two Chevy Silverado Trail Boss models. One is the Custom Trail Boss, which – as the name implies – is based on the entry level Custom trim. The other is the LT Trail Boss, based on the LT trim level. This is where availability stops. There are officially no Trail Boss versions in the higher-end LTZ and High Country trim levels, which can be disappointing for those who wish to have a luxurious Silverado with the off-road-oriented wares featured by the Trail Boss. The good news is that it’s possible to create one by following two steps.
The first step is for the dealer to order a 2021 Chevy Silverado in the LTZ or High Country trim levels with the Z71 Off-Road Package. The equipment is different for each of the two trims, but in both cases it includes Z71 off-road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks, Hill Descent Control, skid plates and a heavy-duty air filter.
The second step is to order Chevrolet’s own two-inch suspension lift. Though not compatible with all Chevy Silverado 1500 models, the kit was developed by engineers who worked on the rest of the truck, and it will not void the New Vehicle Limited Warranty when installed by an authorized Chevrolet dealer.
|Feature||RPO Code||Custom Trail Boss||LT Trail Boss||LTZ||High Country|
|Hill Descent Control||JHD||S||S||A1||A1|
|Heavy-duty air filter||K47||S||S||A1||A1|
|275/60R20SL all-terrain blackwall tires||QAE||-||-||A1||S|
|2-speed transfer case||NQH||S||S||A1||S|
|2-inch lift with monotube shocks||Z7X||S||S||-||-|
|2-inch lift kit (Chevrolet Accessory)||-||S1||S1||A||A|
- Included and only available with (Z71) Z71 Off-Road Package.
- Included with vehicle from factory.
The MSRP for the accessory two-inch lift for 4WD models is $1,295 ($995 for 2WD models), which includes reconfiguring the front camera and calibrating the electronic power steering system. The lift kit can be installed on its own, but it is not enough to recreate the complete Trail Boss package. However when combined with the Z71 Off-Road Package, it means that customers can end up creating a truck that’s essentially a Chevy Silverado LTZ Trail Boss or Silverado High Country Trail Boss in all but name.
“A few truck team members are driving Silverados [with the accessory lift kit] and they’re great,” director of Chevrolet truck marketing, Bob Krapes, told GM Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview.
It’s also worth noting that the LTZ and High Country models come standard with 20-inch wheels and all-season tires, while the Silverado Trail Boss models get 18-inch wheels wrapped in LT275/65R18 Mud Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrec rubber. For those who want the complete Trail Boss experience, it would be possible to swap in the smaller wheels with the more aggressive rubber, also via official Chevrolet accessory channels.
In Q1 of 2021, the Chevy Silverado (including all Light Duty, Heavy Duty and Medium Duty variants) retained its position as GM’s most popular vehicle in the United States, accounting for 30 percent of Chevy sales and 20 percent of all General Motors sales.
Chevrolet Silverado Sales Detail - Q1 2021 - USA
|Model||Q1 2021 / Q1 2020||Q1 2021||Q1 2020|
Meanwhile, the 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 will deliver several important updates via a mid-cycle refresh consisting of new front and rear ends and an overhauled interior, complete with an all-new center stack housing a larger infotainment screen. Higher quality materials throughout the cabin are also expected. What’s more, a new Silverado ZR2 (or Trail Boss ZR2) model is expected to join the lineup as a more capable version of the Trail Boss.
Last week, GM Authority exclusively showed you the revised front end of the updated Silverado. However, the launch date for the refreshed model has been cast into doubt by the global semiconductor shortage.