Chevrolet has released pricing information on its most luxurious Silverado ever, the High Country. Priced at $45,100, it undercuts its top-of-the-line competitors from Ford (F-150 Limited, $50,025), Ram (1500 Laramie Limited, $47,780) and Toyota (Tundra 1794 Edition, $48,785) - much less higher-priced offerings like the Ford King Ranch, Ram Longhorn and GMC Sierra Denali.

Available in both two- and four-wheel drive, the High Country's standard engine is a 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter EcoTec V8. Those that need additional grunt can also opt for the 6.2-liter, 420-horsepower V8. Regardless of which engine is chosen, High Country customers will get a number of unique exterior details, which includes no shortage of chrome trim. The cabin sports saddle brown leather, while the seats are heated and cooled. The result, according to Chevy, is a truck that's "equally adept when working a ranch during the day and stepping out for the evening."

While we have the basic starting price for the High Country, detailed pricing info pertaining to things like engine and drivetrain options, interior features like a sunroof and rear-seat entertainment system and the High Country Premium Package have yet to be released. But while we're waiting, you can delve into the full press release below.
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Silverado High Country Defines Rugged Luxury

DALLAS – Like a finely crafted saddle or pair of custom-fitted boots, the 2014 Silverado High Country embodies rugged luxury – craftsmanship, authenticity and functionality rolled into a truck that's stronger, smarter and more capable than ever.

It is Chevrolet's first premium truck and one of the industry's most capable, backing up an exclusive package of distinctive design elements, comfort and convenience features with segment-topping capability – including the segment's most powerful V-8 and a 9,800-pound trailering rating.

It goes on sale this fall, priced at $45,100 (including destination charge) for 2WD models equipped with the standard 5.3L engine. The crew cab body is exclusive to the High Country, and it is available with a 5'8" or 6'6" cargo box.

Unique content includes a chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars, body-color front and rear bumpers – including Chevrolet's CornerStep rear bumper – and specific 20-inch chrome wheels with P275/55R20 all-season tires. Additional standard equipment includes halogen projector headlamps, along with chrome body side moldings, door handles and mirrors.

Inside, Silverado High Country features an exclusive saddle brown interior. Heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests are standard, along with Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8-inch touch screen, Bose premium audio and front and rear park assist.

"There's a Western flair to the High Country's cabin that reflects the truck's polished yet rugged stature," said Maria Rohrer, Silverado marketing director. "It's a passenger environment that's equally adept when working a ranch during the day and stepping out for the evening."

Optional features include a sunroof, navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a BluRay/DVD player, as well as a High Country Premium Package that includes heated steering wheel, driver alert package, adjustable pedals and integrated trailer brake controller.

"Silverado High Country adds a higher degree of capability to the premium truck market and broadens the all-new Silverado's lineup with a unique combination of exclusive features and purposeful technologies," said Rohrer. "Its class-leading power is matched with the strong chassis and new suspension and drivetrain elements that make the 2014 Silverado 1500 the strongest, most capable and most refined truck in Chevrolet's history."

Launched earlier this year, the 2014 models contributed to a 13.9-percent jump in Silverado sales in August, while sales were up more than 25 percent for the first eight months of 2013.

Complementing capability
The Silverado High Country gives customers the capability they want with confident power to back it up, delivering a maximum payload of 1,957 pounds – more than Toyota Tundra and RAM 1500 – and a 9,800-pound towing capacity.

The EcoTec3 5.3L is the High Country's standard engine, with SAE-certified at 355 horsepower (250 kW) and 383 lb.-ft. of torque (519 Nm), and class-leading V-8 fuel economy of up to 23 mpg highway (2WD models). The available, all-new EcoTec3 6.2L delivers is the segment's most powerful V-8 engines, with an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing, producing refined power and torque truck customers demand – and both seamlessly switch to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving.

Each engine is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission featuring auto grade braking, which downshifts the transmission on downgrades to reduce brake wear. The brake system includes GM's new Duralife rotors, which feature a hardened and strengthened surface to reduce corrosion, helping them last up to twice as long as conventional rotors and providing quieter braking with less vibration.

Additional chassis and powertrain details include:

- Electric power steering, which helps save fuel and enables a more consistent, crisp steering feel and plenty of assist for parking maneuvers
- New, larger rear axles with the strength to accommodate the engines' higher outputs
- Standard locking rear differential with 3.42 ratio
- Standard trailering package, with frame-mounted trailer hitch, seven-pin and four-pin connectors
- Trailer sway control is standard and works with StabiliTrak to provide an added measure of confidence when towing a trailer.
- A fully boxed frame with the main rails and major cross members formed from high-strength steel provides a rigid base for maximum hauling capability, as well as greater noise and vibration isolation – contributing to the Silverado - High Country's balance of segment-best capability and industry-leading refinement.

The stiff chassis enables more precise tuning of the front and rear suspensions, giving the Silverado a more responsive feel with smoother performance and less vibration and shake, particularly on harsh terrain.


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      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      “much less higher priced offerings” huh? Please revise, Autoblog writer.
      641Workmaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel for the small farmer or contractor who needs a truck. I spec'd out a bare bones work truck with the smaller quad cab, 4x4, v8, and necessary options for towing. It priced at $35,600! On the other hand you can upgrade for $500 and get the same thing in a Ram 2500! Both are hideously ugly trucks with no features at that trim level. Oh yeah, remember when you could get a base truck with a sliding rear window? Only in a high content vehicle now. If Toyota wanted to sell there trucks in volume, make a useable work truck and sell it for what they really cost, about $20,000.
      breakfastburrito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aptly named - as you'd have to be high to spend that much on a pickemup truck.
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          moderate fringe
          • 1 Year Ago
          Many of the people that own these (actually the bank does) are poor thanks to this wise investment. I know people that have high truck notes, high insurance and two thousand dollar tags for these 13mph machines and 1700 for new tires. They aren't rich. $25000 mobile home and a fifty thousand dollar truck in front. They didn't even haggle on the interest rates.
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      A M
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't get it, who can afford $40k+ trucks? I mean, I make a decent living, but no way am I spending that much on something that depreciates the minute I sign the contract.
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        Jason B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A M
        -$40k -$50k is way out of line for any pickup.. Every maker has cheapened the interiors to glorified plastic garbage. The crack below about you not being able to afford anything $40k would appear to be from the same type of thinking that got GM almost bankrupt, requiring taxpayer dollars to bail them out. And just because people are buying them, doesn't mean they can afford them.. Sure, some can.. Others chose to make it a priority and then can't afford to make their mortgage or utility payments.. Most purchases are financed. Many businesses buy trucks for work, can write them off for taxes.. The ones who buy them as a personal or family vehicle are the ones that take the financial beating.. I'm not against anyone buying anything, but I get real tired of people and companies making it sound like these vehicle are the greatest things since sliced bread, when, in fact, they are no better than they were in previous models.. Vehicles are one of the worst items to invest in.. Everyone knows these things depreciate $5k a year the first years.. They are worth wholesale if you are trading them, and retail if you are buying them.. If they were build so well, where is the 100k BUMPER to BUMPER warranty, instead of 36k ? Sure you get the big "drivetrain" 100k warranty.. Well if they can't produce a vehicle driveline that doesn't last 100k today they are in the wrong business..
      Dustyn Truax
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll just wait till the end of next year and like all other truck models and trim. There will be a $12,000 to $14,000 off msrp just so they can get it off the lot. Happens every year so I can just a nice version of w/e I want without being totally ripped off. $31,000 for this truck now seems a little reasonable right?
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Say no to that front chrome.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Family Truckster.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      Might want to check your facts on the Ford lineup autoblog. Your pricing is incorrect as well.
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      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love these luxurious trucks in mid 50s whether it's the F-150 or the Silverado, but I can definitely see some very pleased Texans driving these things. I'm glad we have such products on offer in the US, I think the Europeans would be endlessly confused if they were to see such a thing in London, Paris or Berlin.
        Sir Duke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        Hey, screw the europeans. Have you seen the roads in Texas, Florida, Alaska or even New York City? These trucks are mostly built in America for America. Anyone else who wants one can surely buy one, if they don't, they need to STFU and get on with their lives. Signed: A guy who has never owned a pickup truck, and probably never will.
      Dustyn Truax
      • 1 Year Ago
      a single cab short bed with that 6.2 engine sure sounds fun but odds are they'd never let you configure a truck like that.
        Txdesign
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dustyn Truax
        I have driven a few trucks but never owned one. Fun is not the word that comes to mind. These things weigh 5,600 lbs or more, have a high center of gravity, are way front heavy and take about 140 feet to stop from 60 mph. They are built to haul, but fun...?
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          Carpinions
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Txdesign
          Perhaps you don't know then that GM cut several hundred pounds out of these trucks. These new ones average around 5000lbs, not 5600.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Txdesign
          Silverado SS, not so much. The others I'd agree on.
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