A concept truck to showcase production equipment

If this Silverado 1500 High Desert looks familiar, it should. This is a concept version of the soon-to-be production High Desert package, which came from a SEMA concept in 2014. Got it? Yeah, so this truck is basically a dolled-up truck for the 2016 SEMA show that’s based off the 2017 Silverado 1500 High Desert available in Chevy showrooms.

Chevy designers changes things up a bit for this year’s SEMA show, including several exterior and interior touches. The truck’s bolder appearance helps attract attention to the High Desert package, which boils down to the slide-in bed organizer and the optional Magnetic Ride Control.

“The new High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with even greater refinement,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. “It’s ideal for those customers who want the security of a lockable cargo area as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”

While the rendering of this SEMA concept looks lowered with skinny tires and a widened stance, the actual truck is far more reserved. It has a standard ride height with 22–inch wheels with standard tires. The truck does boast several concept parts that we’ll cover below the jump.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert.

Exterior

Of course, the big deal about this truck is its slide-in cargo storage system. Chevy will offer the High Desert package on 2017 Silverados Crew Cab, short box truck with the LT, LTZ, and High Country trim levels. The box system features lockable side boxes and a three-piece tonneau cover very similar to the old Chevrolet Avalanche. A cargo divider can be slid along rails the length of the bed or folded flat for use of the entire bed space.

The rest of the truck includes custom parts that help it stand out against the SEMA crowd.

The bed area is watertight and secured thanks to the lockable tonneau cover and tailgate. The top of the tonneau cover can hold 250 pounds, further increasing the storage space. The Avalanche-like sail panel incorporates a center high mounted stoplight, as well.

The rest of the truck includes custom parts that help it stand out against the SEMA crowd. An illuminated black Bowtie in the front grille gives the truck an interesting presence at night, the 22-inch, seven-spoke wheels are a Chevy concept accessory and feature an anodized bronze color. That same color is mirrored on the front grille inserts and in the interior. The exterior color is called Slate Blue.

Interior

Chevy didn’t just concentrate on the exterior of this truck. The interior received plenty of attention, too. The seats, center console armrest, and door panels are all covered in Cocoa leather with brown accent stitching, white contrast stitching and embroidered headrests that show the High Desert logo. Various trim pieces around the cabin are treated to a bronze color, including the cup holder rings, door handle pulls, and steering wheel trim.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert Interior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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The seats, center console armrest, and door panels are all covered in Cocoa leather with brown accent stitching, white contrast stitching and embroidered headrests that show the High Desert logo.

Other features are more common, including heated and vented front seats, a heaters steering wheel, the Bose audio system, and the Chevy MyLink infotainment system with its eight-inch touch screen. Chevy-branded floor liners help keep the carpet clean and are said to offer a better fit than aftermarket floor liners.

Drivetrain

This particular truck is motivated by Chevy’s most powerful gasoline V-8 – the 6.2-liter. It generates 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, sending it through GM’s new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic. 4WD trucks get a two-speed transfer case with entropic controls. Both RWD and 4WD trucks come with the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential.

Added to the engine is Chevy’s performance exhaust kit that brings another seven horsepower and a deeper exhaust tone. LT and LTZ trucks come standard with Chevy’s 5.3-liter V-8. It makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Adding the performance exhaust kit adds another 10 horsepower to that.

The truck is also fitted with Chevy’s performance brake kit, which brings better rotors and stronger calipers for shorter stopping distances.

Conclusion

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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The 2017 Silverado High Desert concept does a good job showcasing Chevy’s new in-bed storage system. Though it’s only one aspect of this truck, it greatly increases the functionality for those wanting dry and lockable storage for smaller items. Famers and construction workers might not need this style bed system, but it will undoubtedly prove handy to the “urban trucker” who hauls more groceries and golf clubs than hay bales and cattle.

The High Desert package will be available for the 2017 model year on the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with the short bed in LT, LTZ, and High Country trims.

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    • * Decreases large-load bed capacity
    • * Not the flashiest truck at SEMA

Press Release

Photo Credit: Chevrolet

With premium leather interior accents and unique appearance enhancements, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert SEMA Show vehicle is the ultimate expression of Chevy Trucks’ functional style and performance.

It is based on the production High Desert package offered on 2017 Silverado 1500 LT, LTZ and High Country models, featuring an all-new, lockable and water-resistant cargo system and available Magnetic Ride Control suspension.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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The storage system creates a unique profile for the truck, with sail panels inspired by the Chevrolet Avalanche.

“The new High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with even greater refinement,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. “It’s ideal for those customers who want the security of a lockable cargo area as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”

The flexible, lockable storage system is mounted over the roll-formed, high-strength steel bed to add dual side storage bins and a three-piece hard tonneau cover. Inside, a cargo divider can be raised to secure smaller items or lowered to access the full length of the bed floor. As with all Silverado LT, LTZ, and High Country models, the tailgate locks with the key fob, enabling users to secure their cargo with the push of a button.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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The High Desert package on the LT trim level features 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, while 22-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are available on LTZ and High Country trim levels.

The High Desert is also the first Silverado offered with Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which delivers more precise body motion control. Its sensors “read” the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as few as 5 milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace the conventional mechanical-valve shocks.

Silverado’s 6.2L V-8 is available on LTZ and High Country models and is backed by the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine is SAE-certified at 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful engine offered in a light-duty truck.

SEMA Show truck

For the SEMA Show, Chevrolet designers distinguished the new High Desert with accessories and performance parts offered through Chevrolet dealers, including:

Illuminated black bowtie grille emblem
All-weather floor liners
Performance brake kit
Performance exhaust kit

The new performance exhaust kit adds 7 horsepower and a throatier note to the available 6.2L V-8 engine. Chevrolet also offers a performance exhaust kit for models equipped with the 5.3L V-8 engine that adds 10 horsepower.

The show vehicle also includes several concept accessories and performance parts, such as 22-inch wheels with anodized bronze finish, a bold CHEVROLET grille insert, a performance air intake and a painted engine cover.

The truck’s Slate Blue exterior is accented with bronze-tinted trim, while the interior features a unique High Desert theme with Cocoa leather seat inserts, brown accent stitching and embroidered headrests. Additional features include heated and vented front seats, wireless charging, heated steering wheel, Bose® audio system and Chevrolet MyLink with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and navigation.

“This Silverado High Desert is dressed to impress, inspired by the successful legacy of premium, special-edition models Chevrolet has introduced recently,” said Piszar. “As our customers continue to integrate their trucks in more personal ways, we’ll continue to offer more unique choices that speak to their lifestyles and interests.”

The Silverado 1500 High Desert show vehicle joins approximately 20 additional Chevrolet models at the SEMA Show. Follow the action at ChevySEMA.com, #CHEVYSEMA, @ChevroletPerformance on Instagram and Chevrolet Performance on Facebook.

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