From the day the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 heavy duties were introduced at the 2013 State Fair of Texas, many asked why Chevy did not have a new premium trim package, offering some kind of parallel to the half-ton Silverado. At the time, the official answer was that GMC's Denali trim package was doing very well in that segment. Privately, we were told to stay tuned. Now we know why.
As part of a late availability option package, Chevy will now offer the Silverado 2500 and 3500 in the High Country trim. Unique exterior features will include a chrome grille made up of a major and several minor horizontal bars, front and rear body-color bumpers, chrome tubular sidesteps, and interior and exterior High Country badging.
The High Country will be offered only in four-door crew cabs, but will be available with all three engine choices — the 6.0-liter V-8 gas engine, the bi-fuel gas and compressed natural gas option (also with the 6.0-liter), and the carryover Duramax 6.6-liter V-8 turbo-diesel (now with a more sophisticated exhaust brake). The 2500 models will have 20-inch chromed wheels; 3500 single-rear-wheel models will have 18-inch chrome wheels; and 3500 dualies will have 17-inch polished forged aluminum rims.
Inside, the trucks will have exclusive saddle brown leather, heated and cooled front bucket seats, logos in the headrests, a Bose premium audio system and Chevy's MyLink with the 8-inch touch-screen. Options available for the new trim package include rear-seat Blu-ray/DVD entertainment, a sunroof, a driver alert safety system and adjustable pedals.
Of special note, the new trim package will be the first to offer Chevy's new towing mirror (standard on all High Country models), which will be chromed and offer front and rear integrated lighting and split-level rear viewing.
Although pricing won't be available until closer to the late-summer sales date (it should be just less than the Sierra Denali), you can expect this new package to compete with Ford's King Ranch and Platinum models, as well as Ram HDs' Laramie Limited and Longhorn editions. More to come.