Chevrolet Silverado High Desert Concept introduced at 2014 SEMA Show

Article by Christian A., on November 4, 2014

Chevrolet brought the Silverado High Desert Concept at the 2014 SEMA Show and as expected, the new vehicle was designed to take passengers almost anywhere. Based on the Silverado High Country crew cab, the new concept is distinguished thanks to the new chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars, halogen projector headlamps as well as body-color front and rear bumpers.

Moreover, the design is underlined by the Deepwood Green exterior color and Oxide Gold and Russet accents. The standard chrome door handles and mirror caps found on the Silverado High Country were changed to body color just like the custom grille insert.

Furthermore, there is a concept cargo storage system but also a sport bar mounted in the bed with integrated stop lamp and LED cargo bed lightning. The exterior design is completed by the Chevrolet Accessories 220inch aluminum wheels with Oxide Gold and Russet accents, which hide the Brembo six-piston front brake calipers.

Inside, the Silverado High Desert Concept comes with a saddle brown interior, heated and cooled perforated premium leather front seats with High Country logos on the headrests, Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8-inch touchscreen, front and rear park assist and a premium audio system from Bose.

Under the hood, there is an EcoTec3 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, bolted to a Hydra-Matic 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission.

Building on Chevrolet's 95 years of truck heritage, the new Silverado is raising the standards anew for full-size pickups. For the 2014 model year, the Silverado boasts of stronger and more comfortable cab as well as revised steering, suspension and brakes. Furthermore, the new Silverado offers innovative solutions for cargo management in the bed as well as ample towing and hauling capabilities. In addition, three powerful yet efficient EcoTec3 engines are now available for the new Silverado.

Mark Reuss, president for GM North America, quipped that Chevrolet has a commitment to provide truck customers the most-refined, best-engineered pickups – ones that they could rely on for their daily activities like operating their businesses and taking care of their families.

Joining the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups, the 2014 Silverado completes the brand’s three-truck portfolio that is designed to allow customers to pick the most appropriate truck for their needs. Moreover, Chevrolet is now pursuing the development of an all-new Colorado midsize pickup.

Chevrolet designed and engineered the Silverado 1500 to cater to the exacting needs of its customers while boosting the brand’s reputation for building the most dependable, most affordable and most durable full-size trucks.

Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for full-size and midsize trucks noted that truck customers are among the most discerning and demanding clients in the business.

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Chevrolet Silverado High Desert Concept

Based on the Silverado High Country crew cab and featuring a flexible, lockable concept storage system in the cargo bed, the High Desert concept is designed take passengers nearly anywhere with their gear stowed securely and safely and protected from the elements.

The Silverado High Country production model is distinguished by a unique chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars, halogen projector headlamps and body-color front and rear bumpers. Inside, it features an exclusive saddle brown interior, along with heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests, Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an eight-inch touch screen, Bose® premium audio and front and rear park assist.

Designers built on the High Country’s high style with the High Desert concept, adding Oxide Gold and Russet accents to the Deepwood Green exterior color, along with dark-tinted wood accents on the interior. Chevrolet also changed the standard chrome door handles and mirror caps to body color and added a custom grille insert. In addition to the concept cargo storage system, there is a stylized sport bar mounted in the bed, with an integrated, high-mounted stop lamp and LED cargo bed lighting.

The truck’s capability was bolstered with a concept performance exhaust system and concept Brembo six-piston front brake calipers, performance brake pads and 16-inch slotted rotors. The High Desert concept rolls on Chevrolet Accessories 22-inch aluminum wheels accented with Oxide Gold and Russet accents that complement the exterior color accents.

The High Desert concept is powered by the Silverado’s available EcoTec3 6.2L V-8, which is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful engine offered in a light-duty truck. It’s backed by the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission – a combination that enables a 12,000-pound trailering capacity when equipped with the NHT Max Trailering Package.

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