Chevrolet is previewing at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada a production version of the 2017 Silverado 2500 designed to tackle the snowy terrain in Alaska. The allows Chevrolet to provide a glimpse of how it plans to further its appeal among customers seeking vehicles with a strong personality, inherent versatility and dynamic functionality.
As it is, the Silverado 2500 HD Alaskan Edition concept builds on the production Alaskan Edition being offered on the 2017 Silverado HD Work Truck and LT models. This edition of the new Silverado includes 18-inch wheels with max-traction DuraTrac tires, a spray-on bedliner, characteristic graphics and smoked amber roof marker lights. Allowing the Alaskan Edition to make quick work of the snow even on the toughest days is a custom stainless steel snowplow, which is part of the available snowplow prep package.
This snowplow prep package -- also being offered across the Silverado model range -- makes use of an underbody shield, heavy-duty front springs, a power feed for auxiliary lights and 220-amp alternator.
The Silverado 2500 HD Alaskan Edition concept on display at the 2016 SEMA Show is wrapped in a custom silver-accented blue exterior finish and features grizzly bear graphics. Its exterior is marked by chrome bumpers, chrome grille and emblems as well as chrome trailering mirrors. Aside from 20-inch chrome wheels, the SEMA Silverado 2500 HD Alaskan Edition concept features a leveling kit that makes sure that the pickup truck has a steady stance while its custom stainless steel snowplow is attached.
As the occupants of the Silverado 2500 HD Alaskan Edition concept go in and out of the truck, it is unavoidable that snow and ice would make their way into the vehicle. However, truck owners would find it rather easy to brush out snow and ice thanks to a rubberized floor covering inside. Its seats feature Alaskan-themed embroidery.
Ample power is needed in driving, hauling and trailering in the snowy climate in Alaska, which is why the Silverado 2500 HD Alaskan Edition concept is powered by the newest generation of the Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine that is available in the 2017 Silverado HD lineup. Compared to the Duramax 6.6L V8 engine, the latest generation offers a max SAE-certified output of 445 hp (332 kW) and peak torque of 910 lb.-ft. (1,234 Nm), or around 19-percent more torque.
Interestingly, the new V-8 engine delivers 90 percent of peak torque at just 1,550 rpm while sustaining it through 2,850 rpm. Aside from more power, the Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine offers a quieter and smoother performance. Silverado models fitted with the new Duramax 6.6L come with a distinct induction system that hauls in air through an air intake scoop located on the hood.
Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director, remarked that Chevrolet HD trucks are designed to make the toughest jobs easier, with the new Alaskan Edition providing customers a stronger tool for tackling the snowy and icy season. He added that the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel allows the new Silverado HD to take on the toughest jobs with confidence and dependability.