Chevrolet ups the ante in the premium trim level pickup market with the announcement of its 2015 Silverado High Country HD models, which will be available starting this summer. This follows the earlier introduction of the 2015 Silverado 1500 High Country premium pickup.
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-in. 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-in. chrome wheel. Single-rear-wheel 3500HD models have an 18-in. chrome wheel, while dual-rear-wheel models use a 17-in. 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-in. 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.
These pickups also offer new trailering 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.
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 lbs. for fifth wheel/gooseneck towing, and up to 19,600 lbs. 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 hp 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 hp 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.