Chevy High Country badgeIt's been a good week for heavy-duty truck buyers. First, Ram revealed the Black Package for its HD trucks, then it rolled out its new Power Wagon, and now Chevy's getting in on the action with its Silverado High Country HD. Okay, so it may not pack quite the attitude of Ram's latest 2500-series offerings, but the High Country HD will come as a welcome addition to the Chevy Trucks range to those looking to pull their horse, boat or other trailer without skimping on creature comforts.

Rolled out a little under a year ago, the High Country trim is Chevy's answer to the likes of the GMC Denali, Ford King Ranch and Ram Longhorn. It has until now only been offered on the light duty, 1500-series Silverado, but now extends to the 2500 and 3500-series HD models, as well.

So what sets a High Country pickup apart from lesser Chevy trucks? You'll be able to pick it out based on its chrome horizontal grille, body-color bumpers, 6-inch tubular side steps, 20-inch chrome wheels (18-inch on the 3500 and 17-inch on the dualie) and, of course, plenty of special badging. But it's inside where the High Country makes its mark, with a cabin decked out in saddle brown perforated leather, seats that are both heated and cooled, eight-inch touchscreen with full MyLink suite, Bose audio and park assist functions front and rear to keep those color-keyed bumpers looking fresh. (Though Chevy hasn't yet showed us the interior of the HD model, it'll presumably look mostly the same as the cab in the 1500 High Country in the gallery below.)

Coming with a crew cab, buyers of the High Country HD will be able to choose between the 2500 model in two- or four-wheel drive, or the 3500 with single or dual rear wheels. Shoppers can also opt for a sunroof, navigation system, rear-seat Blu-Ray player and oversized power heated towing mirrors. Go for the extra Premium Package and buyers will also get a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals and driver alert system with lane-departure and forward collision warning systems.

Powertrain options, as with "lesser" Silverado HD models, include the 6.0-liter V8 with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, a version of the same equipped to run flexibly on CNG, or the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel with 397 hp and a mind-blowing 765 lb-ft of earth-turning torque.

Deliveries begin in the summer, and while Chevy has yet to released pricing, it won't be cheap. Consider that that the light-duty Silverado 1500 High Country fetches over $45k, it's not hard to imagine a High Country HD going for an easy $60k with the right engine. Scope out the details in the press release below.
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Silverado High Country: HD Pickups with All-Day Comfort
2014-04-09

- Rugged luxury with heavy-duty capability, Silverado dependability
- Choice of gas, diesel or CNG power
- Advanced chassis controls for more capable, confident towing

DETROIT – When you spend long days on the worksite or long nights towing a heavy trailer, comfort and capability are hardly a luxury.

With its quiet, well-appointed interior and advanced technologies that bring extra confidence to the most challenging towing situations, the 2015 Silverado High Country HD has what it takes to make the tough jobs easier.

Silverado High Country HD, Chevrolet's first premium heavy-duty pickup, combines the refinement and convenience of the Silverado 1500 High Country with the rugged capability of the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.

Luxury for go, not for show
Unique content includes a chrome grille with horizontal bars, and body-color front and rear bumpers – including Chevrolet's CornerStep rear bumper. All models include 6-inch tubular chrome assist steps, High Country badges on the doors and tailgate and High Country logos on the door sill plates.

Silverado 2500HD High Country models also feature a unique 20-inch chrome wheel. Single-rear-wheel 3500HD models have an 18-inch chrome wheel, while dual-rear-wheel models use a 17-inch forged polished aluminum wheel.

Inside, Silverado High Country HD 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.

Options 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 and power adjustable pedals.

New trailering mirrors available
Also available on the Silverado HD High Country are Chevrolet's new up-level trailer tow mirrors. The chrome-capped mirrors manually extend for wider trailers and feature power adjust with memory and power fold. They include heat and turn signals in the glass. They also incorporate auxiliary clearance lamps and auxiliary cargo lamps to help make backing a trailer easier.

Engineered for capability, built for dependability
Under the skin, the new High Country models are 100 percent Silverado HD, engineered to tame the toughest tasks and validated by the team that has helped make Silverado the most dependable, longest lasting pickups on the road.

The High Country comes in 2500HD and 3500HD crew cab models in both two- and four-wheel-drive. The 3500HD High Country will be available in single- or dual-rear wheel models, with maximum tow ratings of up to 22,900 pounds for fifth wheel/gooseneck towing, and up to 19,600 pounds for conventional towing.

Like other Silverado HDs, the High Country HD will offer a choice of three powertrains:
- A 6.0L V-8 specifically tuned for heavy-duty trucks, rated at 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.
- A bi-fuel version of the 6.0L V-8 that can seamlessly switch from gasoline to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
- The 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel teamed with the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Rated at 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque, the Duramax V-8 features a variable-vane turbocharger that acts as an exhaust brake, helping control speed on downgrades for more confident towing.

The foundation of the 2015 Silverado HD lineup is a family of fully boxed frames, which use large cross sections, hydroforming and high-strength steels in key areas. The stiffness of the frames contributes to improved handling and ride comfort while the strength of the frames enhances payload and towing capability.

The Silverado HDs employ an independent front suspension specifically engineered for HD pickup use. Torsion bars tailored to the weight ratings of the trucks allow easier trim height adjustments. In the rear, asymmetrical leaf springs balance ride-and-load carrying and improve control of axle hop.

The new Silverado HDs are engineered to bring new levels of confidence to tough towing through further refinement of Silverado's available cruise control, auto grade braking, and diesel exhaust brake. Integrating these features helps the 2015 Silverado HD maintain a set speed up and down grades, even when towing a heavy trailer in mountainous terrain.

Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD High Country models will be available starting this summer.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      bethany.omalley
      • 8 Months Ago
      "... and a mind-blowing 765 lb-ft of earth-turning torque." So what have you got to say about the 2015 Super Duty's 860 ft. lbs. of torgue and 440 horsepower right off the showroom floor?
        Carpinions
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bethany.omalley
        That's in the F-450, which the Chevy 3500 doesn't compete with. The F-350, even if it has the uprated 2015 diesel engine, hardly tows more, and the payload is lower.
          Luke
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Carpinions
          @Carpinions: The class is the class. If GM chooses not to 'compete' with the F450 with a 4500 of their own (like Ram does), that's their loss. Ford leads the heavy duty class in towing, payload, HP, TQ...and sales.
      SayItAintSo
      • 8 Months Ago
      4 eyes.. hehheee hehe
      Chris
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow just when you thought they were done with the ugly stick, they came out with this one.
        Carpinions
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Chris
        Wow, just when you thought the comments about utterly subjective minutiae would stop ruining pickup posts on AB...
      Jim R
      • 8 Months Ago
      OK GM, listen to me. You are not building the truck you should be building. Yeah, okay, this is a nice truck. But you're missing a segment of the market that Ram has you on, dead to rights. Because from Ram, I can get an honest to God muscle truck for under $25,000. 1500, LSD, Hemi V8, 6-speed automatic, minimal brightwork. This is what you need to build, GM. Regular cab, short box. 6.2L V8. 6-speed auto. 2WD, limited slip. Roll-up windows, manual locks, steel wheels. I KNOW you can build this truck at a competitive price. But you won't. And that's why if I buy a truck in the next year, it's going to be a Ram.
        S.
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        There's a reason guys like you aren't in marketing positions with GM, because there are probably 10 people in America that want a new truck like that.
        hdcjm1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        Jim, your sort of the truck buying minority here. Do you know what the percentage is of regular cab trucks being sold as compared to their extended and crew cab counter parts? it is pretty small piece of the pie. Take the Tremor for instance. It is the type of sport truck you are looking for, but it is damn near having to just special order it. I work close to the Dearborn plant where they build them and in all the holding lots around here I don't see any of them. I do see a decent amount of Raptors. You have to understand that within the regular cab piece of the pie there are fleet sales and private sales. Most regular cab trucks are work trucks, not sport trucks. It would be cool to see the sport truck segment start up again, but I feel it is unlikely. Not sure if you have to have a Chevy or not, but I do know a while ago Chevy did offer the Colorado with a 5.3L V8 in it......... Until then good luck on buying your RAM.
        tylermars.design
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        No you can't. The lowest of the low tradesman Ram with a V6 is 24.5k......
        Carpinions
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        LAWL No way in hell you can get a Hemi Ram for $25k unless it's used with some miles on it. The V8 upgrade in any of the Big 3 trucks is at least another grand, and many times comes with other upgrades that raise the price further. Are you thinking the WT versions after taking the money-back off the hood? Seriously, if you want a truck that stripped down, I'm certain there are tens of thousands on AutoTrader that will cost you less that you can spec out aftermarket like you want. and, you won't usually have a sales guy trying to upsell you or hold you over a barrel because what you want entails $4k extra.
          jtav2002
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Carpinions
          Um, while it's probably not a common truck carried in a dealers inventory, a regular cab Ram in Tradesman trim with no options but the Hemi costs $25,230 MSRP. Which would fit the bill for a stripped out truck with V8. Sure, I agree that it's not a truck most people want and I wouldn't fault an automaker for not offering that config.
        Joey Franklin
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jim R
        The Express is a great deal, one of the lots near me has one of the Black Express regular cabs with the 8 speed transmission and 3.92 limited slip and its right at $30k. It has power windows and some decent options on it too. You can get a stripper model Tradesman with vinyl floor and black bumpers and grille with the hemi, we have a used one at our dodge lot cheap.
      hdcjm1
      • 8 Months Ago
      They roll it out, then quickly recall it back!
      Terry Actill
      • 8 Months Ago
      You would have to be a little high to want this thing. Anybody older than 8 years old who likes this truck should be ashamed of themselves.
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 8 Months Ago
      I will summarize my reaction to this with a line from Steel Magnolias: "Clairee, are you high??"
      axton72op8
      • 8 Months Ago
      thats a nice rig. thats probably the best looking version of the new silver ado, its classy and beefed up.
      bubba_roe
      • 8 Months Ago
      Chevy cant even handle heavy keychains how are they going to handle hauling anything other than pillows.
        Mark
        • 8 Months Ago
        @bubba_roe
        If recent history is any indication, then still alot better than Ford and Ram do. Just sayin.
          Luke
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Mark
          Oh, I was unaware that Ram and Ford were having issues with faulty ignition switches. And fires in their trucks...well, Ford anyway.
      Daniel D
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love how many on here bag the Chev SS (Holden) for being bland and then you get a picture of something like this truck. Trust me, it could only be sold in America.
      RobG
      • 8 Months Ago
      My word that thing is ugly!
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 8 Months Ago
      I always thought the current Tundra was Japan's interpretation of what Americans wanted from a full-size truck. And now I feel that way about the Silverado; it's a truck being designed by people that aren't truck people. Very disappointing effort. Their biggest accomplishment for this generation was adding LED lights under the bed rail.
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