Chevrolet Trail Boss
Trail Boss is a Chevrolet sub-brand of off-road-oriented vehicles that slots above and builds on the Z71 sub-brand.
Chevrolet Trail Boss made its debut with the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss, which was available for only a single model year before being discontinued. The Trail Boss name then returned with the arrival of the fourth-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 for the 2019 model year.
The Trail Boss name is used on the following Chevy models:
- Silverado 1500 (2019 – Present)
- Colorado (North American model, 2022 – Present)
- Colorado (North American model, 2016)
- Colorado (International model, 2019-2020)
Future / expected:
- Silverado HD (2023 – Onward)
Silverado 1500 Trail Boss
The fourth-generation Chevrolet Silverado 1500 introduced the Trail Boss brand to the Silverado nameplate for the 2019 model year. In fact, the fourth-gen Silverado was first shown exclusively as a Trail Boss as part of its reveal. The Silverado 1500 Trail Boss is offered in two trim levels – Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss.
For both Silverado 1500 Trail Boss trims, the Trail Boss moniker means the pickup truck is equipped with various off-road components, including a factory 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
|Model Year(s)||2019 – Present|
|Engine(s)||4.3L LV3 V6, 5.3L L82 V8, 5.3L L84 V8, 6.2L L87 V8|
|Transmission(s)||6-Speed Auto, 8-Speed Auto, 10-Speed Auto|
|Availability||U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, Middle East|
Colorado Z71 Trail Boss (North America)
The Trail Boss sub-brand debuted with the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Trail Boss pickup truck, which featured black 17-inch wheels wrapped in aggressive Goodyear DuraTrac tires and a new sport bar with LED lighting, enabling adventures to continue past sundown. Altogether, the Colorado Z71 Trail Boss featured the following equipment:
- Z71 off-road truck suspension package
- Automatic locking rear differential
- Transfer case shield on four-wheel-drive models
- Front recovery hooks
- Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 265/65R17 all-terrain tires
- 17-inch dark argent metallic painted cast-aluminum wheels
- GearOn moveable cargo tie-down rings, load bar and cargo divider
- Black, three-inch round rocker steps
- Black fender flares
- Spray-on bedliner
- Projector beam headlamps
- Front fog lamps
- Rear black Chevy bowtie
- All-weather floor mats with Z71 logo
The Colorado Z71 Trail Boss was only available for a single model year before being replaced by the Colorado ZR2.
|Model Year(s)||2016 only|
|Engine(s)||2.5L I4, 2.8L LWN Duramax I4, 3.6L V6|
|Drive Wheels||Two-Wheel or Four-Wheel-Drive|
Colorado Trail Boss (International)
The Colorado Trail Boss was added to the international Chevy Colorado. For the mid-size pickup truck, the Trail Boss model includes the 2.5L XLD I-4 turbo-diesel Duramax engine, while adding a variety of exterior design upgrades, such as black Bow Tie badging and a black grille, Trail Boss badging, a thick sport bar, fender flares, and unique 18-inch wheels.
Notably, this model was only available for the 2019 and 2020 model years, after which GM withdrew the Chevrolet brand (including the Colorado model) from Thailand, along with most Southeast Asian markets.
|Model Year(s)||2019 – 2020|
|Engine(s)||2.5L XLD25 Duramax I4|
Silverado HD Trail Boss
Currently, the Trail Boss name remains exclusive to the Silverado 1500 model in North America, though a Silverado HD Trail Boss model is under consideration, as GM Authority exclusively reported.
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