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Chevrolet has released three new additions to its “Midnight Edition” lineup for 2016, including the Colorado Z71, Silverado Z71, and this, the Silverado 2500 HD Z71. Like the Colorado and Silverado 1500, the Silverado 2500 HD gets an all-black, monochromatic look to match its off-road abilities provided by the Z71 package. It continues to offer all the same equipment and features found on the 2500 HD Z71, along with carryover drivetrain options.

Of the three Chevy trucks, the Silverado 2500 HD is the right choice for those who haul or tow heavy loads and need the extra capability the Chevy HD line provides. This includes stiffer springs front and rear, shorter gear ratios, beefy transmission options, and the choice between a 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 and the venerable 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 turbodiesel. The 2500 HD rides on a fully boxed, hydroformed frame constructed from high-strength steel.

Unlike the Colorado, the Silverado’s Z71 package is an option package rather than a trim level, meaning it can be had with a variety of trim levels. Opt for the Midnight Edition, however, and you’re limited to the mid-grade LT trim. That’s not a disadvantage, however, as the LT offers plenty of amenities and interior features.

Keep reading for the full list of upgrades for the 2016 Silverado 2500 HD Z71 Midnight Edition.

Updated 02/12/2016: We added a series of new images of the new Silverado 2500 HD Z71 Midnight Edition taken during its official unveiling at the 216 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Z71 Midnight Special Edition.

What makes the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Z71 Midnight Edition special

The Midnight Edition is basically an appearance package that adds black trim to the truck. Offered only with black paint – obviously – the Midnight Edition features a black grille and Chevy bow tie, black side mirrors and door handles, black bumpers, and glossy black wheels. The only bright bits include chrome grille inserts, the trim around the black bow tie, the headlights and fog lights, and the Z71 badge on the doors.

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Thanks to the Z71 package, the truck comes with an off-road suspension package that features Rancho shock absorbers, underbody skid plates, front tow hooks, Hill Decent Control, the Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential, and meaty Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain tires.

Beyond the outward aesthetics, the Silverado 2500 HD remains unchanged, including the interior. As for the powertrain, the 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 offers 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Max towing is rated at 14,800 pounds with a bed-mounted fifth-wheel hitch. Opting for the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel pushes horsepower to 397 while torque is a respectable 765 pound-feet. Towing is no problem for the V-8 turbodiesel. It can lug 18,000 pounds via its fifth-wheel hitch.

Prices for the Midnight Edition haven’t been announced, but should start between $1,500 and $2,000, above the cost of the Silverado 2500 HD with the Z71 package.

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Read our full review on the Chevrolet Silverado HD here.

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Press Release

Chevrolet is expanding the popular Midnight Special Edition with new models available on 2016 Silverado 1500 Z71 and 2016 Colorado Z71. They join a growing portfolio of special-edition trucks whose popularity helped Chevrolet truck sales increase 27 percent last year – double the increase for the total truck market.

“We introduced several special-edition trucks in 2015 – each combining equipment and appearance packages designed for specific enthusiasts in mind,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “They clearly resonated with buyers, as the special editions sold in one-third the time, and to younger, more affluent buyers than the industry average.

“The Silverado 1500 Midnight was by far the most popular model in 2015,” Piszar continued, “as demand outstripped supply in a matter of months. It only made sense to expand our special-edition offerings for 2016, including new Midnight editions.”

With the addition of the Silverado 2500 HD Z71 which was introduced in September, customers now can select from midsize, light-duty and heavy duty Midnight editions. Each combines off-road equipment and monochromatic details, such as:

Off-road suspension
Locking rear differential
Transfer case shield
Hill Descent Control
Aggressive Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires
All-black front end with body-colored grille, bumper, headlamp bezels, tow hooks and fog lamps
Black side moldings and beltline moldings
Black painted alloy wheels
Special Z71 badges on the doors
A spray-in bedliner (black, of course)
And black Chevrolet bowties for the front and rear

Other special-editions available for 2016 include the Silverado Realtree®, Silverado Special Ops, and Colorado Trail Boss, with additional models to be announced later this year.

“Each special edition is tailor-made to fit a specific customer – whether you are an off-road enthusiast who wants a Colorado or a hunting enthusiast who wants a unique Silverado,” said Piszar. “In addition, each special edition is designed to attract attention at the dealership and in the customer’s driveway.”

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