It’s been a big day for General Motors Specialty Vehicles. Along with confirming pricing for its much anticipated Corvette C8, it has also announced a new model of Silverado for the New Zealand market.
The model in question is the Silverado LT Trail Boss, which joins the Silverado LTZ Premium and whopping Silverado 2500. In the three-strong American boy band, the Trail Boss is set to be the boisterous outgoing one, geared towards gravel galavanting more than the other Silverados offered to New Zealand.
It gets a suspension lift-kit from the factory, adding 25mm of ride height up front and 30mm out back, plus Rancho monotube shocks, a mechanical rear locking differential, hill descent control, a heavy duty air filter, and all-terrain skid-plates.
These are paired to a 6.2-litre EcoTec3 V8 petrol engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Towing capacity is rated at 4.5-tonnes, giving the Boss a hefty advantage in the lugging stakes over standard double-cab ute affair.
The skid plates are one of a selection of visual changes denoting the Trail Boss variant. Another difference are the four black 18-inch wheels, while the model also favours the black-out treatment over chrome seen on the LTZ.
As you’d somewhat expect, like the Corvette the Trail Boss is set to land with a lot of standard equipment. This includes a heated steering wheel, heated and electric front seats, remote start, and wireless Apple CarPlay. Pricing will start from $119,900, with orders now open. The first models are set to land in the third quarter of 2021.
“LT Trail Boss personifies what Silverado is all about. It’s big, it’s tough and it comes ingrained with brand-DNA which showcases qualities of strength, power, performance and no-nonsense work-hard attributes,” said GMSV New Zealand general manager Matthew Taylor.
“LT Trail Boss is purpose-built, born to perform, offering rugged dependability in off-road settings when exploring on the weekend, but is also at home in urban environments during the week. It will enable big thrills and big adventures – it’s a way to really enjoy and experience the road less travelled.”