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What Does The Chevy Silverado EV Have That The Ford F-150 Lightning Doesn’t? An Off-Road Trim!

Chevrolet debuted the Silverado EV and noted that the ‘Trailboss’ trim will be added to the lineup as well

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Chevrolet finally debuted the Silverado EV and gave us a few details about the truck. Initially, it will be offered in two trims – WT and RST First Edition – one on each end of the spectrum. Apart from these, there will be a few more trims gracing the lineup. One of them is the Trailboss, an off-road-oriented trim that even the Ford F-150 Lightning doesn’t have so far. How about that!

What Do We Know About The Silverado EV Trailboss?

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There’s not much known about the Trailboss trim yet, but the company has confirmed that it will be making the cut. Chevrolet even included one image of the Trailboss Silverado EV, further cementing the fact that this isn’t a floating thought or a publicity stunt. The Silverado EV Trailboss looks a lot more aggressive than the other WT and the RST Final Edition that the company unveiled.

It can be seen in the wild with a frontal view. There’s the black front fascia with LED lights and an LED DRL strip running the width of the truck. There’s honeycomb mesh at the bottom, partly covered by a matte gray bull bar-like element. You can even spot two red tow hooks here. The Trailboss sits a lot higher than the standard Silverado EV. It is equipped with all-terrain tires shod around a unique set of tires.

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Since there are no other details provided, we’ll have to speculate about what it will offer. A liftkit is a given, seeing the stance of the car. Locking diffs, air springs, and four-wheel-steering are the other things you can expect here. Features like the Crab Walk from the Hummer EV may also be offered here.

Apart from this, Ultravision cameras that offer multiple underbody views could be a standard offering. The same is offered on the Hummer and gives 18 different views to the driver to traverse beaten paths with ease. On the inside, it will be tech-heavy with the touchscreen and digital instrument cluster tuned to show off-road data as well.

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The company revealed just one image of it. There’s the black front fascia with LED lights and DRL strip running the width. There’s honeycomb mesh at the bottom, along with two red tow hooks

The Silverado EV was revealed with power tunes. We speculate the higher power output to be offered on the Trailboss model. This means the dual-motor setup will churn out 664 horses and 780 pound-feet of torque. The Silverado EV will have a range of 400 miles in its best avatar, but the same can’t be expected on an off-road-oriented trim. Perhaps, it will be rated at around 350 miles. The lower trims are expected to come with a smaller battery pack and a range of under 300 miles. To keep the Trailboss’ price low, Chevy could offer the smaller battery pack as standard and the bigger one as optional.

There’s no word on the pricing either, but we speculate a starting sticker price of around $80,000 for it.

What’s The Chevy Silverado EV All About?

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The two trims that are unveiled are priced at $39,900 and $105,000. Going by this, we speculate the Trailboss trim to start around $80,000

In a nutshell, this is what the Silverado EV is all about:

  • Based on a narrower version of the Ultium platform that also underpins the GMC Hummer EV
  • Available only in Crew Cab body style
  • 400 miles of range and fast charging up to 350 kW
  • A 10.2 kW PowerBase charging system onboard generator will also be available as optional
  • It will be offered in two trims, to begin with – WT and RST First Edition

Here’s What’s Special About The RST First Edition

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The Silverado EV comes in two power tunes. In the Trailboss, we expect the same tune as the RST First Edition. This is a dual-motor setup that makes 664 horses and 780 pound-feet of torque
  • Two Electric Motors
  • 664 Horsepower and 780 Pound-feet of Torque
  • 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with Wide Open Watts (WOW) Mode
  • 10,000 Pounds of Maximum Towing Capacity
  • 1,300 Pounds of Maximum Payload Capacity
  • Automatic Adaptive Air Suspension
  • Four-wheel Steering
  • 24-inch Wheels
  • Multi-Flex Tailgate
  • Multi-Flex Midgate
  • 17-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
  • 11-inch Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 14-inch Head-up Display
  • Super Cruise Hands-Free Driver Assistance Technology
  • Priced at $105,000 plus $1,695 destination
  • Set to arrive in Fall 2023

Here’s What’s Special About The WT

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  • Two Electric Motors
  • 510 Horsepower and 615 Pound-feet of Torque
  • 8,000 Pounds of Maximum Towing Capacity
  • 1,200 Pounds of Maximum Payload Capacity
  • A Max Tow Package will be released after the truck’s launch that will increase maximum towing capacity to 20,000 pounds
  • Priced at $39,900
  • Set to arrive in Spring 2023

Conclusion

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Chevy hasn’t given even a tentative date yet, but don’t expect the Trailboss to come any time before 2024. Along with this, the standard RST will also join the lineup. Chevy has even announced that there will be multiple offerings with a starting price of around $50,000, $60,000, $70,000, $80,000, and more. This could mean that other trims like the LT, LTZ, Custom, and High Country could make the cut as well.

What do you have to say about the Trailboss Silverado EV and the electric truck in general? Let us know in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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