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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.

Mixed Ma­te­ri­als

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.

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