Silverado High Country Defines Rugged Luxury
Oshawa, Ontario (Friday, September 27, 2013) – Like a finely crafted saddle or pair of custom-fitted boots, the 2014 Silverado High Country embodies rugged luxury – craftsmanship, authenticity and functionality rolled into a truck that’s stronger, smarter and more capable than ever.
It is Chevrolet’s first premium truck and one of the industry’s most capable, backing up an exclusive package of distinctive design elements, comfort and convenience features with segment-topping capability – including the segment’s most powerful V-8 and a 4,354 kg (9,600-pound) trailering rating.
It goes on sale this fall, priced at $53,315, plus $1,650 destination charge, equipped with the standard 5.3L engine. The crew cab body is exclusive to the High Country, and it is available with a 5’8” or 6’6” cargo box.
Unique content includes a chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars, body-colour front and rear bumpers – including Chevrolet’s CornerStep rear bumper – and specific 20-inch chrome wheels with P275/55R20 all-season tires. Additional standard equipment includes halogen projector headlamps, along with chrome body side moldings, door handles and mirrors.
Inside, Silverado High Country features an exclusive saddle brown interior. Heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests are standard, along with Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8-inch touch screen, Bose premium audio and front and rear park assist.
“Whether using the High Country for work or play, passengers will appreciate the functionality and craftsmanship built into the refined interior,” said Rob Assimakopoulos, general director of marketing and communications, General Motors of Canada. ”The rugged stature of the truck is balanced by the luxuriously appointed cabin.”
Optional features include a sunroof, navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system with a BluRay/DVD player, as well as a High Country Premium Package that includes heated steering wheel, driver alert package, adjustable pedals and integrated trailer brake controller.
“The Silverado High Country will offer Canadian customers an expanded, all-new Silverado line up that allows for unlimited combinations of exclusive features and purposeful technologies,” said Assimakopoulos. “Its class-leading power will add a higher degree of capability to the premium truck market with the strong chassis, new suspension and drivetrain elements.”
The Silverado High Country gives customers the capability they want with confident power to back it up, delivering a maximum payload of 887kg (1,957 pounds) – more than Toyota Tundra and RAM 1500 – and a 4,354kg (9,600-pound) towing capacity.
The EcoTec3 5.3L is the High Country’s standard engine, with SAE-certified at 355 horsepower (250 kW) and 383 lb.-ft. of torque (519 Nm). The available, all-new EcoTec3 6.2L delivers is the segment’s most powerful V-8 engines, with an SAE-certified 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
Both engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing, producing refined power and torque truck customers demand – and both seamlessly switch to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving.
Each engine is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission featuring auto grade braking, which downshifts the transmission on downgrades to reduce brake wear. The brake system includes GM’s new Duralife rotors, which feature a hardened and strengthened surface to reduce corrosion, helping them last up to twice as long as conventional rotors and providing quieter braking with less vibration.
Additional chassis and powertrain details include:
- Electric power steering, which helps save fuel and enables a more consistent, crisp steering feel and plenty of assist for parking manoeuvers
- New, larger rear axles with the strength to accommodate the engines’ higher outputs
- Standard locking rear differential with 3.42 ratio
- Standard trailering package, with frame-mounted trailer hitch, seven-pin and four-pin connectors
- Trailer sway control is standard and works with StabiliTrak to provide an added measure of confidence when towing a trailer.
A fully boxed frame with the main rails and major cross members formed from high-strength steel provides a rigid base for maximum hauling capability, as well as greater noise and vibration isolation – contributing to the Silverado High Country’s balance of segment-best capability and industry-leading refinement.
The stiff chassis enables more precise tuning of the front and rear suspensions, giving the Silverado a more responsive feel with smoother performance and less vibration and shake, particularly on harsh terrain.
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