Although it is bound for 2014 SEMA Show in early November, Chevolet introduced at the State Fair of Texas the all-new Silverado Toughnology. What makes this concept so special is the high-strength steel, which according to General Motors is lighter, stronger and more efficient that the conventional carbon steel found in most of the vehicles.
The high-strength steel is pressed while still in molten form and comparing with carbon steel is 30 percent lighter despite offering the same strength. What’s more interesting is that the material is cheaper than aluminum. The high-strength steel is mostly found under the skin of the concept and used in the A-pillars, B-pillars, rocker panels, roof rails and strategic sections on the interior structure.
Furthermore, the Silverado Toughnology Concept gets a special paint job that mimics the look of unpainted steel, complemented by steel molecule graphics. The hood is the only part of the vehicle that isn’t made out of steel and this is painted in black.
Other exterior features include 22-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires, grille insert provided by Chevrolet Accessories, tubular assist steps, folding tonneau cover, washable carpet bedliner, fender flares and tinted headlamp lenses.
Under he hood, there is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, as well as a new performance exhaust system and upgraded performance brakes.
Based on the Silverado LTZ, the concept arrives with heated seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless phone-charging mat.