Chevy showed up a little late to the luxury truck party, as 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the Ford F-Series King Ranch. At the same time, it’s the fourth year on the market for the Ram Laramie Longhorn. Well, this all came to an end in 2013, thanks to the new High Country trim level for the Silverado.
The range-topping High Country trim was introduced on the Silverado 1500 just last year, when the new-generation truck was launched. Now, the luxurious appearance package has been transferred over to the company’s heavy-duty lineup in hopes that pretentious truck customers will finally have a reason to stop by GM dealerships.
Needless to say, the 2015 Silverado HD is well prepared ahead of a new battle with Ford and Ram , but it remains to be seen if its strong enough to compete in the $50,000+ market. The new High Country mule won’t go on sale until summer kicks in, so we might as well have an in depth look at its features and numbers.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country.
The Silverado 2500HD High Country can be distinguished from the regular versions thanks to its unique chrome grille with horizontal bars and body-colored bumpers
The Silverado 2500HD High Country can be distinguished from the regular versions, thanks to its unique chrome grille with horizontal bars (the other trims come with black bars) and body-colored front and rear bumpers, as well as the CornerStep bumper offered standard on all Silverado trucks . Another exclusive feature customers will find on the High Country model is a set of 20-inch wheels in chrome finish.
Naturally, the body sports High Country badges on the doors and tailgate and High Country logos on the door sill plates. In addition, Chevy ’s new trailer tow mirrors can be selected as an option. The extendable units incorporate auxiliary clearance and cargo lamps and turn signals in the glass.
The heated and cooled, front bucket-style seats are wrapped in perforated premium leather, with High Country logos embroidered in the headrests.
The truck’s exclusive appeal continues inside, where a saddle brown theme surrounds the entire cabin. The heated and cooled, front bucket-style seats are wrapped in perforated premium leather, with High Country logos embroidered in the headrests. Chevrolet ’s MyLink connectivity that includes an 8-inch touch screen, a Bose premium audio system and Park Assist come standard.
Those of you who are looking to add even more features can check a few boxes on the options list, which includes a cool rear-seat entertainment system with BluRay/DVD player and a sunroof. If that’s not enough, you can also opt for a navigation system and a High Country Premium Package that comprises a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals and Driver Alert.
If consumption is a concern, there's a bi-fuel version of the same plant that can run on both gasoline and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Chevy’s not offering anything special under the hood of the High Country, but you shouldn’t be disappointed, as the 2015 Heavy Duty lineup has an engine for every need.
First up is the proven, 6.0-liter V-8. Tuned to cope with trailering duties, the mill generates 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
If consumption is a concern, there’s a bi-fuel version of the same plant that can run on both gasoline and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). When switched to CNG, the engine’s power drops to 301 horsepower and 333 pound-feet, but total range goes up to 650 miles, according to the manufacturer. Both units are connected to a Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic.
Lastly, the almighty 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel Duramax delivers 397 horsepower and no less than 765 pound-feet of torque to the wheels via an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.
As with the rest of the 2500HD models, the High Country can be had with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Maximum payload for the 2015 Silverado 2500HD is rated at 3,760 pounds, while towing capability sits at a maximum of 17,900 pounds
|Powertrain Layout||Front-engine, Rear-drive (4x4 Opt)||Front-engine, Rear-drive (4x4 Opt)||Front-engine, Rear-drive (4x4 Opt)|
|Engine||6.0-liter 16-valve V-8 With OHV And VVT||6.0-liter 16-valve V-8 With OHV And VVT||6.6-liter DuraMax Turbo-Diesel 32-valve V-8 With OHV And Direct CR Injection|
|Fuel||Gasoline||Gasoline or bi-fuel CNG Natural Gas||Diesel|
|Engine type||OHV gasoline V-8 with variable valve timing||OHV gasoline or bi-fuel V-8 with variable valve timing||OHV turbo-diesel with Piezo-actuated fuel system and variable-vane turbo|
|2500HD Power (horsepower @ rpm)||360 @ 5,400 (2500HD)||301 @ 5,400 (2500HD)||397 @ 3,000|
|3500HD Power (horsepower @ rpm)||322 @ 4,400 (3500HD)||333 @ 4,400 (3500HD)||397 @ 3,000|
|Torque (pound-feet @ rpm):||380 @ 4,200 (2500HD & 3500 HD)||380 @ 4,200 (2500HD & 3500 HD)||765 @ 1,600|
|Transmission||Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed auto||Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed auto||Allison 1000 6-speed auto|
Pricing for the High Country trim has yet to be revealed, but the 500HD truck should start from around $50,000 with rear-wheel-drive and about $53,000 in four-wheel-drive guise.
Ford Motor Company announced an updated King Ranch package for the F-Series lineup, which will include new exterior colors, unique interior features, more standard equipment and a new selection of wheels.Based on the Lariat trim, the F-250 King Ranch comes with all the features found in the former, plus a unique Chaparral leather seat trim. Unlike the Silverado, it can be ordered with a two-tone paint scheme, but its wheel options are limited to 18-inch sizes.
Standard features include a navigation system, rearview camera, trailer brake controller, Messa leather seats, SYNC with MyFord Touch and a Sony premium audio system. Pricing for the F-250 King Ranch starts at $50,800.
When properly equipped, this truck has a payload of up to 3,640 pounds and a towing capability of up to 12,500 pounds.
If you’re looking to spend bigger bucks, then you should know that King Ranch isn’t the range-topping F-250. Ford is also offering a Platinum version that retails from $54,510. On the other hand, the Platinum’s payload and towing capability drops to 3,250 pounds and 12,200 pounds respectively.
Two engines are available from Ford. The standard 6.2-liter V-8 with 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet and the available 6.7-liter, Power Stroke turbo-diesel that generates 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque.
Priced from $49,020, the Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn includes standard features such as bifunctional projector lamps, rear wood inlays for the interior, a Uconnect with 8.4-inch touch screen, a nine-speaker amplified audio system, Parksense and Auto Temperature Control with dual zone. Of course, the options list is quite extensive, with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, on/off road tires, a Cargo Management System and keyless entry up for grabs. Moreover, the truck comes with no less than 17 exterior color combinations.
As for powertrains, a 5.7-liter, Hemi V-8 engine is available as standard, while a 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 is listed on the extras sheet. The former pumps 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet, while the latter provides more oomph at 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet. A 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel unit can be selected if more torque is needed. The oil burner is generates 370 horses and 800 pound-feet.
When fitted with the latter, the Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn can tow up to 17,970 pounds.
Amenities and performance aside, the Silverado 2500HD has fuel economy on its side through the available bi-fuel V-8.
If money isn’t an issue, the High Country is likely to make more sense. However, both Ford and Ram offer competitive alternatives. The latter lacks the towing capability of the Chevrolet, but Ram’s Laramie Longhorn is strong enough for GM’s proposition.
Amenities and performance aside, the Silverado 2500HD has fuel economy on its side through the available bi-fuel V-8.
If you’re the cost-conscious fellow and you don’t really need a heavy duty truck, then you might as well check our recent take on the "5 Best Pickups Under $30K ".
- Fuel-efficient CNG option
- Good towing capability
- Exclusive features
- Strong competition
- Crew Cab only
When you spend long days on the worksite or long nights towing a heavy trailer, comfort and capability are hardly a luxury.
With its quiet, well-appointed interior and advanced technologies that bring extra confidence to the most challenging towing situations, the 2015 Silverado High Country HD has what it takes to make the tough jobs easier.
Silverado High Country HD, Chevrolet’s first premium heavy-duty pickup, combines the refinement and convenience of the Silverado 1500 High Country with the rugged capability of the new Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD pickups.
Luxury for go, not for show
Unique content includes a chrome grille with horizontal bars, and body-color front and rear bumpers – including Chevrolet’s CornerStep rear bumper. All models include 6-inch tubular chrome assist steps, High Country badges on the doors and tailgate and High Country logos on the door sill plates.
Silverado 2500HD High Country models also feature a unique 20-inch chrome wheel. Single-rear-wheel 3500HD models have an 18-inch chrome wheel, while dual-rear-wheel models use a 17-inch forged polished aluminum wheel.
Inside, Silverado High Country HD features an exclusive saddle brown interior. Heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests are standard, along with Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8-inch touch screen, Bose premium audio and front and rear park assist.
Options include a sunroof, navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a BluRay/DVD player, as well as a High Country Premium Package that includes heated steering wheel, driver alert package and power adjustable pedals.
New trailering mirrors available
Also available on the Silverado HD High Country are Chevrolet’s new up-level trailer tow mirrors. The chrome-capped mirrors manually extend for wider trailers and feature power adjust with memory and power fold. They include heat and turn signals in the glass. They also incorporate auxiliary clearance lamps and auxiliary cargo lamps to help make backing a trailer easier.
Engineered for capability, built for dependability
Under the skin, the new High Country models are 100 percent Silverado HD, engineered to tame the toughest tasks and validated by the team that has helped make Silverado the most dependable, longest lasting pickups on the road.
The High Country comes in 2500HD and 3500HD crew cab models in both two- and four-wheel-drive. The 3500HD High Country will be available in single- or dual-rear wheel models, with maximum tow ratings of up to 22,900 pounds for fifth wheel/gooseneck towing, and up to 19,600 pounds for conventional towing.
Like other Silverado HDs, the High Country HD will offer a choice of three powertrains:
A 6.0L V-8 specifically tuned for heavy-duty trucks, rated at 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.
A bi-fuel version of the 6.0L V-8 that can seamlessly switch from gasoline to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
The 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel teamed with the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. Rated at 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque, the Duramax V-8 features a variable-vane turbocharger that acts as an exhaust brake, helping control speed on downgrades for more confident towing.
The foundation of the 2015 Silverado HD lineup is a family of fully boxed frames, which use large cross sections, hydroforming and high-strength steels in key areas. The stiffness of the frames contributes to improved handling and ride comfort while the strength of the frames enhances payload and towing capability.
The Silverado HDs employ an independent front suspension specifically engineered for HD pickup use. Torsion bars tailored to the weight ratings of the trucks allow easier trim height adjustments. In the rear, asymmetrical leaf springs balance ride-and-load carrying and improve control of axle hop.
The new Silverado HDs are engineered to bring new levels of confidence to tough towing through further refinement of Silverado’s available cruise control, auto grade braking, and diesel exhaust brake. Integrating these features helps the 2015 Silverado HD maintain a set speed up and down grades, even when towing a heavy trailer in mountainous terrain.
Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD High Country models will be available starting this summer.