Following the immediate success of the Ford F-150 Raptor a decade ago, both Ram and General Motors have done their best to put out off-road focused pickup trucks of their own. Unfortunately for GM die-hards however, the automaker’s current full-size off-road offerings aren’t nearly as compelling as the Ram 1500 TRX or the F-150 Raptor. While the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss and the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 are fine vehicles, they don’t pack nearly the same amount of off-road hardware or capability as their rivals. They make up for this by being significantly cheaper than the Ford or the Ram however. But can you imagine if GM was asking $81,500 for the privilege of owning a Trail Boss? As it turns out, our Australian friends don’t need to dream this situation up. That’s because GMSV is asking exactly that much for this off-road pickup Down Under.
This news came to us by way of the Australian outlet CarAdvice, who reported that the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss will carry an MSRP of $106,990 AUD. While we are used to seeing pickup trucks ringing in near six-figures in the States, that sort of pricing is usually reserved for top-trim models. The Trial Boss is no such vehicle, considering it is based on either the Custom or LT trims. Interestingly enough, this is actually the cheaper of the two Silverados slated to be on offer in Australia, with the Chevrolet Silverado LTZ taking top billing. The more luxurious offering is priced at $113,990 AUD. That is still cheaper than the Ram 1500’s Australian price of $114,950 AUD. Another instance in which it pays to be American, we suppose.
So what do Australian buyers get for their equivalent of $81,500? Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Trail Boss highlights include a 2-inch suspension lift with Rancho shocks, the Z71 Off Road package equipment, a mechanical rear locking differential, underbody protection, Hill Descent Control, a heavy-duty air filter, red tow hooks, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. The Australian model will be powered by the 6.2L L87 V8 engine, which produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. GM’s 10-speed automatic is the sole transmission option. Oh, and naturally GMSV takes the time to convert the truck to RHD for the Aussie market as well.
We understand that the Australian car market has taken a bit of a hit as of late. We also realize that we are totally spoiled with the wealth of pickup options on sale in the United States. But it’s hard to wrap our minds around giving GMSV over $80,000 for the Trail Boss, when the 702 horsepower Ram 1500 TRX starts at $69,995 here in the States. I mean, can you imagine?