Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss
Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss models are off-road-oriented variants that slot above and build on the Z71 sub-brand. The performance-enhanced pickups made their debut with the arrival of the fourth-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 for the 2019 model year.
Heavy-duty Silverado Trail Boss models are expected to arrive for the 2023 model year.
|Available Models: Silverado 1500|
|Model Year Availability||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|
Silverado 1500 Trail Boss
The Trail Boss sub-brand applies to two Silverado 1500 trim levels: the Custom Trail Boss and LT Trail Boss (see Custom Trail Boss vs LT Trail Boss comparison). For both trim levels, the Trail Boss moniker meant the pickup truck was equipped with off-road components, including a 2-inch suspension lift and the Z71 Off Road Package (see Z71 vs Trail Boss comparison) with a locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires.
For the 2019 model year, Custom Trail Boss models came equipped with the 4.3-liter LV3 V6 engine and the 5.3-liter L82 was available. Meanwhile, the LT Trail Boss came standard with the 5.3-liter L84 V8, which featured the same 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque as the L82, but with Dynamic Fuel Management.
Then, for the 2020 model year, Chevy allowed buyers to pair the more powerful 6.2-liter L87 V8 – which had an output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque – with the Trail Boss models. “The Trail Boss models are already some of the most popular in the Silverado franchise,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Adding the available 6.2L V-8 will ratchet that excitement up even further. Starting under $44,000 for the Custom Trail Boss, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts an affordable truck with serious performance on and off road.”
2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss models saw minor changes and updates, including OnStar as a standard feature for Custom Trail Boss models (2020 Silverado LT Trail Boss models already included this standard feature), and the Convenience Package with Bucket Seats became standard on LT Trail Boss models. See detailed 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 changes, updates and new features here: 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 change log.
For the 2022 model year, the light-duty Silverado Trail Boss models are expected to receive minor changes and updates.
Silverado HD Trail Boss
While there are currently no heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss models available, a recent exclusive report by GM Authority explains that such models are currently under consideration. According to sources familiar with the matter, General Motors is now considering bringing a new Chevy Silverado HD Trail Boss model to market. If the model gets the green light, it could arrive with the debut of the refreshed Chevy Silverado HD, set for a launch with the 2023 model year, one year after the model refresh of the light-duty Chevy Silverado 1500 for the 2022 model year.
Similar to the light-duty Silverado Trail Boss models and GMC Sierra HD AT4, the anticipated Silverado HD Trail Boss models are expected to be equipped with off-road suspension and Rancho shocks, skid plates, all-terrain tires, red front recovery hooks, and an electronic two-speed AutoTrac transfer case.
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