Snow-plowing Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Alaskan Edition revealed at 2016 SEMA Show

Article by Christian A., on November 3, 2016

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.

Press Release

SILVERADO HD ALASKAN EDITION FORGES A NEW PATH

Snow happens. And when it does, the Silverado 2500HD Alaskan Edition concept is designed to make quick work of it.

Equipped with a custom stainless steel snowplow, this work-ready truck is designed to forge a path in the toughest winter conditions. It also previews the production Alaskan Edition package that incorporates a factory snowplow prep package.

“No matter what the weather brings, Chevrolet HD trucks are designed to make the toughest jobs easier,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Truck marketing director. “The new Alaskan Edition gives customers in snow country a stronger tool for tackling the worst that winter throws at them.”

The Alaskan Edition concept stands out with a custom silver-accented blue exterior and grizzly bear graphics. It also features chrome bumpers, grille, emblems and trailering mirrors, along with 20-inch chrome wheels. A leveling kit ensures an even stance for the truck when the plow is attached.

Inside, a rubberized floor covering makes it easier to brush out snow and ice, while Alaskan-themed embroidery distinguishes the seats.

The concept vehicle builds on the production Alaskan Edition offered on 2017 Silverado HD Work Truck and LT models that includes the available snowplow prep package, 18-inch wheels with max-traction DuraTrac tires, smoked amber roof marker lights, a spray-on bedliner and distinctive graphics. The snowplow prep package is offered across the model range and includes a power feed for auxiliary lights, 220-amp alternator, underbody shield, heavy-duty front springs and more.

“Silverado HD trucks are designed to perform in the most extreme jobs and conditions ― and that’s just what the Alaskan Edition delivers,” said Piszar. “Backed by the new, available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel, it will tackle the toughest jobs with confidence and dependability you can count on for the long haul.”

Next-generation Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel
The next-generation Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel engine offered in the 2017 Silverado HD lineup delivers more horsepower and torque than ever ― an SAE-certified 445 horsepower (332 kW) and net 910 lb.-ft. (1,234 Nm) ― for easier, more confident hauling and trailering.

Along with a 19 percent increase in max torque over the current Duramax 6.6L, the new engine’s performance is quieter and smoother for greater refinement. It also advances the Duramax’s legacy of low-rpm torque production, offering 90 percent of peak torque at a low 1,550 rpm and sustaining it through 2,850 rpm.

Models equipped with the new Duramax 6.6L incorporate a unique induction system that draws air through a bold air intake scoop on the hood.

“With nearly 2 million sold over the past 15 years, customers have forged a bond with the Duramax diesel based on trust and capability,” said Dan Nicholson, vice-president, Global Propulsion Systems. “The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels.”

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