Manufacturers have been expanding upon the off-road vehicle market as more and more people opt for vehicles they can take on adventures. In the case of the Chevrolet brand, we have the ZR2 trim, which offers incredible off-road performance for the trucks. For the Chevrolet Silverado HD, it provides even more capability without sacrificing the ever-important towing capacity. However, General Motors has plans to launch a mid-range Trail Boss lineup for the Silverado line, essentially giving customers a more affordable entry into off-road trucks. It’s more capable than the Z71 package but less extreme than the ZR2. For comparison, think of Ford and its Tremor lineup, and you get a pretty good idea of what we’re getting at.
Chevrolet Silverado HD Trail Boss: What To Expect
Based on what we saw last week during the Chevrolet ZR2 Performance drive in California, the brand will soon introduce a Silverado HD Trail Boss to slot in below the ZR2 trim and above the Z71. If it follows the Trail Boss formula we see with the Silverado 1500, the Silverado HD Trail Boss should feature the Z71’s off-road suspension and a factory lift with slightly beefier tires for rugged terrain. Like other vehicles, the Silverado HD Trail Boss will likely only be available in crew cab configuration. That said, it’s safe to assume that customers will have two engine options available to them: either the 6.6-liter gasoline V8 with 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque or an optional 6.6-liter Duramax diesel with 470 horsepower and 975 lb-ft of torque.
As for pricing, that is a bit fuzzy, though with the knowledge that it’ll be placed between the Z71 and ZR2, it’s safe to say the price range will be somewhere around the $60,000 range. The Silverado 2500 HD Custom 4WD with the Z71 off-road package costs around $55,000, and the ZR2 costs around $71,495. Of course, that’s just the starting price, and adding an assortment of options is bound to bump the price even further.
It’ll be exciting to see Chevrolet add another off-road trim option for customers to enjoy, something that’ll offer a little more than the Z71 package but still cheaper than the ZR2. It’ll also give Ford some increased competition, which we all know translates to more innovations between the two and an overall win for the customers who decide which they want based on price and what’s on offer.