SEMA Show: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert

Article by Christian A., on November 2, 2016

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has been one of the favorite pickup trucks not only because of its capability and utility, but also for its functional style. The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 continues that reputation and offers a greater blend with available packages.

Chevrolet, however, is announcing that the greatest blend of functional style and performance is yet to come with the presentation of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert show vehicle at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert is derived from the production High Desert package that could be availed for the LT, LTZ and High Country models of the 2017 Silverado 1500. This package includes a lockable and water-resistant cargo system as well as an available Magnetic Ride Control suspension. This lockable cargo system is mounted over the high-strength steel bed, thereby providing two side storage bins and a three-piece hard tonneau cover.

Drivers could raise the cargo divider inside the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert to secure smaller items or lower it to allow complete access to the bed floor’s full length. Since the tailgate of all Silverado LT, LTZ, and High Country models could be locked with the key fob, the cargo could be secured with just a push of a button.

Meanwhile, the Magnetic Ride Control suspension allows for more precise body motion control, thanks to sensors that could “read” the road every millisecond. Magnetic Ride Control could implement damping changes in as few as 5 milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers.

Wrapped in Slate Blue exterior finish as accented with bronze-tinted trim, the Silverado 1500 High Desert being displayed at the 2016 SEMA Show is laden with accessories and performance parts that can be availed at Chevrolet dealers like all-weather floor liners, illuminated black bowtie grille emblem, performance brake kit and performance exhaust kit.

The show vehicle is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that boasts of 7 hp more output thanks to the new performance exhaust kit. When this new performance exhaust kit is availed for the 5.3-liter V-8 engine, around 10 hp of output is added. Sans the kit, the 6.2-liter V-8 is SAE-certified to deliver 420 hp of max output and 460 lb.-ft. of peak torque.

Silverado 1500 High Desert presented at the 2016 SEMA Show is fitted with concept accessories and performance parts like a bold Chevrolet grille insert, a painted engine cover, 22-inch wheels with anodized bronze finish and a performance air intake.

On the other hand, the interior of the Silverado 1500 High Desert sports a distinct High Desert theme with Cocoa leather seat inserts and brown accent stitching as well as embroidered headrests. The Silverado 1500 High Desert also features heated and vented front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose audio system, Chevrolet MyLink with eight-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and navigation, and wireless charging.

Press Release

SILVERADO 1500 HIGH DESERT OFFERS FLEXIBLE STORAGE OPTIONS

With premium leather interior accents and unique appearance enhancements, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert SEMA Show vehicle is the ultimate expression of Chevy Trucks’ functional style and performance.

It is based on the production High Desert package offered on 2017 Silverado 1500 LT, LTZ and High Country models, featuring an all-new, lockable and water-resistant cargo system and available Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

The storage system creates a unique profile for the truck, with sail panels inspired by the Chevrolet Avalanche.

“The new High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with even greater refinement,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. “It’s ideal for those customers who want the security of a lockable cargo area as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”

The flexible, lockable storage system is mounted over the roll-formed, high-strength steel bed to add dual side storage bins and a three-piece hard tonneau cover. Inside, a cargo divider can be raised to secure smaller items or lowered to access the full length of the bed floor. As with all Silverado LT, LTZ, and High Country models, the tailgate locks with the key fob, enabling users to secure their cargo with the push of a button.

The High Desert package on the LT trim level features 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, while 22-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are available on LTZ and High Country trim levels.

The High Desert is also the first Silverado offered with Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which delivers more precise body motion control. Its sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as few as 5 milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace the conventional mechanical-valve shocks.

Silverado’s 6.2L V-8 is available on LTZ and High Country models and is backed by the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful engine offered in a light-duty truck.

SEMA Show truck

For the SEMA Show, Chevrolet designers distinguished the new High Desert with accessories and performance parts offered through Chevrolet dealers, including:

Illuminated black bowtie grille emblem
All-weather floor liners
Performance brake kit
Performance exhaust kit
The new performance exhaust kit adds 7 horsepower and a throatier note to the available 6.2L V-8 engine. Chevrolet also offers a performance exhaust kit for models equipped with the 5.3L V-8 engine that adds 10 horsepower.

The show vehicle also includes several concept accessories and performance parts, such as 22-inch wheels with anodized bronze finish, a bold CHEVROLET grille insert, a performance air intake and a painted engine cover.

The truck’s Slate Blue exterior is accented with bronze-tinted trim, while the interior features a unique High Desert theme with Cocoa leather seat inserts, brown accent stitching and embroidered headrests. Additional features include heated and vented front seats, wireless charging, heated steering wheel, Bose® audio system and Chevrolet MyLink with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and navigation.

“This Silverado High Desert is dressed to impress, inspired by the successful legacy of premium, special-edition models Chevrolet has introduced recently,” said Piszar. “As our customers continue to integrate their trucks in more personal ways, we’ll continue to offer more unique choices that speak to their lifestyles and interests.”

The Silverado 1500 High Desert show vehicle joins approximately 20 additional Chevrolet models at the SEMA Show. Follow the action at ChevySEMA.com, #CHEVYSEMA, @ChevroletPerformance on Instagram and Chevrolet Performance on Facebook.

 

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