Chevrolet announced today (April 9) that they will join the select group of signature premium heavy duty pickup trucks when they debut their new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country HD (heavy duty) pickup this summer.
This debut follows the introduction of the 2014 Silverado premium full-size pickup – also called the High Country – that put Chevrolet into the small group of manufacturers offering signature premium level pickup trucks.
The 2014 Silverado 1500 High Country enabled Chevrolet to finally compete at that level with the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, Ford F-150 King Ranch, Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition.
With all but Toyota offering a similar signature model in heavy duty level pickup trucks, it was a logical (and necessary) market step for Chevrolet to develop and offer the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado High Country HD.
High Country to Stand Out
The 2015 Silverado High Country will come in both 2500HD and 3500HD versions that include many of the premium interior touches and advanced technologies that stand out in the High Country Silverado 1500 pickup.
From the advance pictures released, we see some of the signature content will include the chrome grille with horizontal bars along with body-color front and rear bumpers – and Chevrolet’s exclusive CornerStep rear bumper.
Silverado 2500HD High Country models will run big and bold with unique 20-inch chrome wheels. The single-rear-wheel 3500HD models will have an 18-inch chrome wheel, while dual-rear-wheel models will use a 17-inch forged polished aluminum wheel.
All models will include 6-inch tubular chrome assist steps with High Country badges on the doors and tailgate and High Country logos on the door sill plates.
Like the Silverado 1500 High Country, inside, the High Country HD will feature an exclusive saddle brown interior. Heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests will be standard, along with Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8-inch touch screen, Bose premium audio and front and rear park assist.
Some luxury and family oriented options will include a sunroof, navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a BluRay/DVD player.
A High Country Premium Package will include a heated steering wheel, driver alert package and power adjustable pedals.
For the new High Country HD, Chevrolet will make available new up-level trailer tow mirrors. The chrome-capped mirrors are heated and include turn signals in the glass plus they manually extend and feature power adjust with memory and power fold.
Heavy Duty Engineered
The new Silverado HD High Country will remain true to its capable work roots, says Chevrolet.
Both the 2500HD and 3500HD crew cab models come with two- and four-wheel-drive.
Three power trains will be available including a 6.0L V-8 specifically tuned for heavy-duty trucks and rated at 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, the 6.6L Duramax turbodiesel teamed with the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission rated at 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque, and a bi-fuel 6.0L V-8 that can seamlessly switch from gasoline to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
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.
Chevrolet says that, underneath, the 2015 Silverado HD lineup uses fully boxed frames with large cross sections, hydroforming and high-strength steels in key areas. The frame stiffness contributes to improved handling and ride comfort while the strength of the frames enhances payload and towing capability.
They add that the Silverado HD will 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.
Other heavy duty performance engineered elements will include available cruise control, auto grade braking, and diesel exhaust brake.
No pricing was included with this announcement, but we would expect that pricing will be in the range of both competitors, the 2015 GMC Sierra HD Denali HD and the 2014 Ram Laramie Limited heavy duty.
The 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali has a base MSRP of $50,540 for the 2WD and $54,835 for the $WD. The upcharge for the Duramax diesel power plant is $7,195.
By comparison, the 2014 Ram 2500 Laramie Limited has a base MSRP of $51,515 (2WD) and $54,935 (4WD). The upcharge for their 6.7L Cummins Diesel power plant is $7,995.
Source: GM Chevrolet Brand