The Chevy Silverado Trail Boss is a fantastic choice for those pickup enthusiasts looking to take their truck off-road, but unfortunately, the rough-and-ready trim level is only available with the value-oriented Custom and mid-tier LT trim levels, labeled as the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss, respectively. Which begs the question – why isn’t there a Chevy Silverado LTZ Trail Boss of High Country Trail Boss?
Before we dive into the why, let’s first example the issue in question. Basically, the issue with limiting the Trail Boss to the Custom and LT trim levels is that it restricts the off-roader’s feature set. Customers who may prefer the high-end features offered by the Silverado LTZ or Silverado High Country are unable to pair those features with the off-roading capability of the Silverado Trail Boss, and least not straight from the factory.
For a complete list of what those features include, check out the table in the toggle below:
|Feature||RPO Code||Custom Trail Boss||LT Trail Boss||LTZ||High Country|
|Heated and ventilated front seats||KQV||-||-||S||S|
|Heated second row outboard rear seats||KA6||-||-||A1||A1|
|Leather-appointed interior trim||CXH||-||A||S||S|
|10-way passenger seat adjuster including power lumbar||A7K||-||-||S||S|
|Up-level Rear Seat with Storage Package||SNR||-||A||S||S|
|Dual-zone automatic climate control||CJ2||-||A||S||S|
|Enhanced Driver Information Center with 8-inch display||UHS||-||-||A||S|
|Multicolor 15-inch Diagonal Head-Up Display||UV6||-||-||A||A|
|Inside rearview auto-dimming mirror||DD8||-||A||S||S|
|120-volt instrument panel power outlet||KI4||-||A||S||S|
|120-volt bed mounted power outlet||KC9||-||A||S||S|
|Rear sliding power window||A48||-||A||S||S|
|Power front passenger express up/down window||AEF||-||-||S||S|
|Univeral Home Remote||UG1||-||A||S||S|
|2 USB ports with auxiliary input||MCZ||-||A||S||S|
|Chevrolet Infotainment Plus System with 8-inch screen||IOS||-||A||S||-|
|Chevrolet Infotainment Premium System with Navigation and 8-inch screen||IOT||-||-||A||S|
|Bose Premium Audio System||UQA||-||A||A||S|
|SiriusXM with 360L with trial subscription||-||A||S||S|
|Wireless Phone Projection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||-||A||S||S|
|Front and Rear Park Assist||UD5||-||A||S||S|
|Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert||UKC||-||A||S||S|
|Rear Cross Traffic Alert||UFG||-||A||S||S|
|Forward Collision Alert||UEU||A||-||A||A|
|Front Pedestrian Braking||UKJ||A||-||A||A|
|Automatic Emergency Braking||UHY||A||-||A||A|
|Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning||UHX||-||-||A||A|
|Following Distance Indicator||UE4||-||-||A||A|
|Adaptive Cruise Control||KSG||-||-||A||A|
|Safety Alert Seat||HS1||-||-||A||A|
|HD Surround Vision with Two Trailer View Camera Provisions||UVS||-||-||A||A|
|HD Rear Vision Camera||UVB||-||A||S||S|
|Rear Camera Mirror||DRZ||-||-||A||A|
|Bed View Camera||UVN||-||-||A||A|
|Chrome front bumper||V46||-||-||S||-|
|Chrome rear bumper||VJH||-||-||S||-|
|Chrome door handles||E20||-||-||S||S|
|Chrome mirror caps||DP9||-||-||S||A|
|LED reflector (high intensity) headlamps with LED signature DRLs||-||A||-||S|
|Heated power-adjustable, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming mirrors with puddle lamps||DEZ||-||-||S||S|
|Power-adjustable, power-folding/extending vertical trailering mirrors with heated upper glass and puddle lamps||DQS||-||-||A||A|
|Power up/down tailgate with power lock and release||QT6||-||A||S||S|
|20-inch wheels and tires||-||A||S||S|
|22-inch wheels and tires||-||-||A||A|
|Advanced Trailering System||U1D||-||A||S||S|
|Hitch Guidance with Hitch View||PZ8||-||A||S||S|
|Integrated trailer brake controller||JL1||-||A||S||S|
- Standard on 2021MY units built before July 26th, 2021
So then, the question remains – why is there no Chevy Silverado LTZ Trail Boss of High Country Trail Boss?
GM Authority spoke with Director of Chevrolet Truck marketing Bob Krapes, who provided some insight into the issue.
“We currently are not doing that and I would just tell you that it’s because we have to swim in our existing swim lanes,” Krapes said. “Chevrolet is all about value, volume and variety, and – thinking with one GM hat on – when you look at our sister division GMC, that’s the only premium division on the market today and we allow them to go there. But we do have that capability.”
When Krapes says GM allows GMC to “go there,” he of course is referring to the GMC Sierra AT4, a premium pickup truck offering off-roading capabilities similar to those of the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss. The GMC Sierra AT4, however, is positioned higher than the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss.
That said, Krapes also told GM Authority that customers can essentially build a Chevy Silverado Trail Boss LTZ or High Country using the Chevy accessory lift kit, assuming the truck is configured properly from the factory. We were the first to report on such a configuration back in May.
Nevertheless, do you think General Motors should offer a Chevy Silverado LTZ Trail Boss or High Country Trail Boss from the factory? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock General Motors news coverage.