Sil­ver­ado to kick off at $114,990

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Chevro­let’s Sil­ver­ado full-sized pick-up will be launched next month in Aus­tralia in a five-vari­ant range with pric­ing from $114,990 plus on-road costs – $25,510 cheaper than the most af­ford­able pick-up from ri­val Ram.

The Detroit-built Sil­ver­ado will be con­verted to right-hand drive by Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles, HSV, – the sis­ter com­pany to Walkin­shaw Au­to­mo­tive which con­verts Rams for Amer­i­can Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles – and dis­trib­uted through HSV’S net­work of 56 deal­er­ships in Aus­tralia and five in New Zealand.

The Sil­ver­ado will be sold along­side the Hsv-en­hanced Colorado Sportscat one-tonne ute, giv­ing deal­er­ships much-needed through­put after the demise of HSV’S per­for­mance sedan busi­ness with the clo­sure of the Holden Com­modore fac­tory last year.

Un­like Ram, which bases its pick­ups on the up-spec Laramie in Aus­tralia, Sil­ver­ado will of­fer a work­horse aimed at farm­ers, min­ers and the like, along with a Laramie-ri­valling LTZ, and two spe­cial edi­tions for those who like a bit of glam with their grunt.

All Sil­ver­a­dos sold here will be based on the 4x4 crew cab and pow­ered with Chevro­let’s Du­ra­max 6.6-litre turbo-diesel V8 putting out 332kw of power and 1234Nm of torque, mated with an Al­li­son six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

While the Sil­ver­ado’s 975kg load ca­pa­bil­ity pips the Ram’s 913kg, the Ram has the up­per hand on braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity, 6.94 tonnes to the Sil­ver­ado’s 5.89 tonnes.

Pro­duc­tion of RHD Sil­ver­ado 2500HD will start at HSV’S new Clay­ton South fac­tory in Mel­bourne in April, with ini­tial de­liv­er­ies to deal­ers later in the month. The big­ger 3500HD will fol­low about mid-year, with first sales about July.

The 2500 is ex­pected to be the biggest seller, and there­fore will get the biggest range of four vari­ants.

These will start with the six-seat 2500HD WT – stand­ing for work truck – at $114,990 and mov­ing up to the bet­ter-specced, five-seat 2500HD LTZ at $134,990.

Above those are two spe­cial edi­tions based on the LTZ – Mid­night Edi­tion and Cus­tom Sport Edi­tion, both priced at $139,990.

When it comes, the big 3500HD will top the range at $147,990.

HSV mar­ket­ing gen­eral man­ager Da­mon Paul told Goauto dealer feed­back sug­gested the Mid­night and Cus­tom Edi­tions were cre­at­ing the most in­ter­est from cus­tomers want­ing to get in the queue for a new Sil­ver­ado.

“They ap­peal to cus­tomers who want that lit­tle bit ex­tra,” he said.

Mr Paul de­clined to dis­close sales tar­gets, but said HSV was aim­ing for qual­ity, not vol­ume.

Pro­duc­tion is sched­uled to ramp up pro­gres­sively at the Clay­ton plant, with stock spread­ing across the dealer net­work through May.

The base 2500HD WT gets a 40-2040 split-fold front seat that can seat two – with the mid­dle sec­tion folded down as an arm­rest – or three as a bench seat with the mid­dle sec­tion lifted.

The in­te­rior is de­scribed as ‘dark ash with jet black ac­cents’. Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes a 7.0-inch touch­screen with Mylink con­nec­tiv­ity – fa­mil­iar to own­ers of new Hold­ens – along with a six-speaker sound sys­tem, air-con­di­tion­ing, re­mote key­less en­try, re­mote-lock­ing tail­gate, re­vers­ing cam­era and heated power ex­te­rior mir­rors.

A heavy-duty lock­ing rear dif­fer­en­tial is stan­dard, as is GM’S Sta­bil­i­trak roll avoid­ance tech­nol­ogy, trac­tion control, trailer anti-sway control and hill start as­sist.

Wheels are 18-inch steel rims with Goodyear Wran­gler all-ter­rain tyres.

The LTZ adds 18-inch al­loy wheels, fog­lights, more chrome trim and – for off-road­ing ven­tures – what Chevro­let de­scribes as the Z71 pack, which in­cludes twin-tube shock ab­sorbers, fat­ter front sta­biliser bar, trans­fer case shield and hill-de­scent control.

In­side, up­mar­ket items in­clude 10way power-ad­justed per­fo­rated leather front bucket seats with heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion, dual-zone cli­mate control, and leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel with reach and rake ad­just­ment.

The Mylink touch­screen goes up to eight inches and gains full colour. A seven-speaker Bose sound sys­tem is stan­dard, along with Blue­tooth au­dio streaming, hands-free smart­phone in­te­gra­tion, voice ac­ti­vated ra­dio, and phone con­trols and Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto.

Safety is stepped up with for­ward col­li­sion alert, lane depar­ture warn­ing, and front and rear park as­sist.

The Mid­night Edi­tion is fun­da­men­tally a black-hued ver­sion of the LTZ, with items such as black al­loy wheels, black bumpers, black grilled with chrome bars and so on.

PICK­ING UP: Chevro­let’s Sil­ver­ado 2500HD will be sold through HSV’S dealer net­work in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

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