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Drive & Review: 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country with Nolan Merrill

Chevrolet announced that the next-generation Silverado HD will debut next year, as a 2020 model. It will be the third all-new truck in the Silverado lineup revealed in just 18 months, joining the 2019 Silverado 1500 and the 2019 Silverado 4500/5500/6500HD.

 

“Chevrolet already fuels the most successful truck manufacturer in the industry,” said Alan Batey, global head of Chevrolet. “With a completely new, expanded range of Silverado models on the horizon, we expect to see even more truck buyers in Chevrolet showrooms.”

The next-generation Silverado HD is designed for the specific priorities and needs of heavy-duty truck customers. On-road testing of the new Silverado HD prototypes will begin in the near future to reach Chevrolet’s increased durability and validation standards, and the bolder, larger proportions of the truck will be instantly apparent. More product information will be provided next year, with the first production models scheduled to roll off the assembly lines in Flint, Michigan, in the third quarter of 2019.

The 2019 Silverado 1500 was introduced in January. Through extensive use of mixed materials and advanced manufacturing, the new truck weighs less than the outgoing model — up to 450 pounds less for crew cab V-8 models — while building on the legacy of dependable, long-lasting Chevrolet full-size pickups. The new Silverado 1500 also offers a broad range of trims and engine/transmission combinations, providing customers with an array of opportunities to find their ideal truck.

The 2019 Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD chassis-cab models were introduced in March and are scheduled to go on sale in late 2018. The first-ever Silverado medium-duty trucks are designed specifically for commercial customers, with an emphasis on being easy to drive, easy to upfit and easy to service.

“Chevrolet has built more than 85 million trucks in 100 years and we have applied that accumulated truck expertise to the new Silverado range,” said Batey. “All three Silverado models offer a wide range of choices, as no two truck customers are alike. Every Silverado is built to be long-lasting and dependable, as many customers need their trucks to earn a living or to do what they enjoy most when they’re off the clock. Finally, every Silverado is built to work — as we know every truck, no matter how luxurious, has a job to do.”

NEW FOR 2018

  • Exterior colors: Cajun Red Tintcoat, Havana Metallic and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat (later availability; crew cabs only)
  • Tire pressure monitor system now includes tire fill alert
  • Rear-vision camera now standard on all models with cargo box
  • New grille mesh design on High Country and Z71; includes two-bar chrome trim on High Country and two-bar black chrome trim on Z71
  • Revised “Z71” and “4X4” graphics
  • MyLink 7-inch radio system now standard on WT model

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VEHICLE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. Regular cab models feature an 8’ box, while double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes
  • Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on double cab and crew cab models, while the High Country – Chevrolet’s premium heavy-duty pickup – is offered exclusively on the crew cab
  • Silverado High Country embodies rugged luxury and is offered exclusively in the crew cab. It is distinguished by a unique black mesh grille with two-bar chrome insert, 20-inch chromed aluminum wheels, all-terrain tires, body-color bumpers and more. Inside, it features premium leather, heated-and-vented front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests and brushed metal sill plates with the High Country logo
  • Special-edition models and appearance packages are offered across the lineup:
  • Silverado HD Custom – available on WT double cab and crew cab
  • Midnight Edition – offered on LT and LTZ crew cab
  • Custom Sport Edition – offered on LT and LTZ crew cab
  • Z71 Package – offered on LT and LTZ
  • All Star Edition – offered on LT
  • Texas Edition – offered on LT and LTZ (offered in Ark., La., N.M., Okla. and Texas)
  • Alaskan Edition – offered on WT and LT
  • Available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 engine offers segment leading horsepower: 445 hp (322 kW)
  • Standard automatic locking rear differential reacts in milliseconds in low-traction situations to improve safety and confidence on wet, snowy or muddy surfaces
  • Available Snow Plow Prep Package includes includes power feed for backup and roof emergency light, 220-amp alternator, forward lamp wiring harness, provision for roof-mounted lamp/beacon, underbody shields and heavy-duty front-springs
  • Alaskan Edition available on WT and LT with 4WD. Content includes the snowplow prep package, 18-inch black wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, smoked amber roof marker lights, trailering mirrors, spray-in bed liner, rubberized floor and distinctive graphics; LT model includes heated outside trailering mirrors, with 18-inch chrome aluminum wheels available. Z71 package available; not available with All Star Edition package
  • Nearly two-thirds of the cab structure composed of high-strength steel
  • Strong, versatile cargo box features two-tier loading capability, integrated tie-downs and accessibility via the CornerStep rear bumper and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking, for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Digital Steering Assist power steering enables easier handling and maneuverability, greater steering response, greater road-holding capability and greater stability control assistance (included on LT, LTZ and High Country crew cab models and double cab models with Duramax diesel engine)
  • Available Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package
  • Available spray-on bedliner
  • Available LED cargo box lighting
  • Capless fuel fill (gas models with cargo box)
  • MyLink 7-inch-diagonal color touch screen radio is standard on WT
  • MyLink 8-inch system is standard on LT and LTZ; 8-inch system with navigation is standard on High Country and available on LT and LTZ
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot (includes three-month/3GB data trial)
  • Remote vehicle starting is standard on LTZ and High Country; available on LT
  • Remote locking tailgate is standard on LT, LTZ and High Country; available on WT
  • Heated and vented perforated leather-appointed front bucket seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard on High Country and available on LTZ
  • Standard Teen Driver feature
  • Wireless device charging is standard on High Country and available on LT and LTZ

SAFETY FEATURES

  • Air bags — crew cab: single-stage frontal and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger, and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions. Double cab and regular cab: frontal airbags include driver single stage and front passenger dual-stage; thorax side-impact, seat-mounted, both driver and front passenger; head-curtain front and rear outboard seating positions. Passenger sensing system with infant-only suppression for passenger and passenger safety belt reminder status displayed on overhead console
  • Standard rear-vision camera system (not available with box delete)
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control and hill start assist
  • Driver Alert Package includes Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat and Front and Rear Park Assist (available on LT and LTZ and included on High Country models)

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