Chevy reveals Alaskan Edition and High Desert Silverado concepts at 2016 SEMA [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2016

Chevrolet unveiled during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show) two concepts aimed at displaying just how versatile the Silverado is.

The first is the Alaskan Edition which is founded on the Silverado 2500HD. To overcome even the heaviest of winters, the brand made sure to put in a stainless steel bespoke snowplow. In addition, to make sure that the snowplow kept its even stance once attached, a leveling kit is included.

Of course, having a snowplow would be useless without the power to move the vehicle and this is where the Duramax 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine comes in with its output of 332 kW (445 hp) and peak torque at 1,234 Nm (910 lbs.-ft.).

Fitted to this model are the chrome 20-inch wheels with the body coming mainly in a blue color with the while highlights plus the grizzly bear graphics. To ensure that this concept is a fit for SEMA, the brand put in more chrome plating on the side mirror caps, front grille, and bumpers. Even the emblems have been plated in chrome. This particular concept is a teaser for the production-ready package of the Alaskan Edition and is generally based on the Alaskan Edition already offered for the 2017 Silverado HD Work Truck as well as the LT versions.

The second concept is the High Desert which is based mainly on the Silverado 1500. It is equipped with the package of the same name that was originally made for the High Country, LT, and the LTZ models. Of the many features in this concept, the main one would have to be its cargo system which is water-resistant and lockable. This cargo system has sail panels that are clearly inspired by the Chevy Avalanche.

There is even a cargo divider that manages better how the items are placed. The High Desert comes with the Magnetic Ride Control suspension. This type of suspension is a first for the Silverado as the base version has the standard mechanical-valve shocks that have shock absorbers which are electronically controlled. The new suspension allows the damper settings to be changed in as fast as 5 ms by the on-board sensors based on the current conditions of the road.

For the Chevrolet Silverado, the High Country package is equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 engine offering power at 313 kW (420 hp) and peak torque of 623 Nm (460 lbs.-ft.). The engine is then paired with the automatic 8-speed transmission. However for the High Desert concept, the brand put in a performance exhaust kit which increases output by 5 kW (7 hp). This is complemented by the stronger brakes. Even with the 5.3-liter V8 engine, power can still be increased by 7 kW (10 hp). The model is then fitted with the 22-inch wheels.

In addition to these two concepts, Chevrolet will be exhibiting the Colorado Z71 Hurley. The Chevelle Slammer and the Camaro concepts will also be displayed together with the Turbo Auto X Concept based on the current Camaro. Overall, the brand will be putting on a display of around 20 cars for the 2016 SEMA.

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