The High Volume models are the LT, RST and LT Trailboss. These trucks will make up a majority of Silverado sales and offer a great value. The RST package provides an aggressive “streetperformance” look and features full LED lighting (foglights, headlights and taillights), body-color trim and up to 22-inch wheels. The LT Trailboss is the truck in this lineup which most interests us, as it is set up to venture off-road and looks the part. It adds a full compliment of quality off-road features to the wellappointed LT model, including Rancho shocks, a 2-inch suspension lift, locking rear diff, skid plates and 18-inch wheels wrapped in 33-inch Goodyear Duratrac AT tires.
The High Feature models include the LTZ and High Country. These models offer a lot of bling and comfort straight off the showroom floor. The LTX offers a ton of chrome accents, including down the side of the truck, as well as folding and heated mirrors and a leather interior. The High Country is the top-spec truck and offers an exclusive two-tone interior, chrome and bronze finish, unique front grille, lots of color-matched accents, chrome assist steps and many other quality luxury touches.
Materials technology is advancing at an incredible rate, and while we might not think about it much when making a vehicle purchase it does make a huge difference in so many new vehicles. The new Silverado is all about a high-tech mix of materials that optimize strength, improve rigidity, reduce weight and increase usable volume, both in the interior and cargo box.
All exterior swing panels (doors, hood and tailgate) are aluminum while all fixed panels (fenders, roof and bed) are steel. This keeps weight down, making the truck lighter by 88 pounds, while lowering cost, retaining functional durability and improving rigidity for driving performance. The integrated cabin safety cage utilizes seven different grades of steel to create a perfectly tailored (for safety and rigidity) cabin structure. The fully boxed steel frame is not only lighter but also offers 10% greater torsional rigidity. On LT models there are composite second-stage rear leaf springs, which save 12 pounds over their steel counterparts.