The high desert is a dangerous place filled with wild temperature swings, creepy crawlers, and (apparently) thieves who’ll snatch something right out of your truck bed. Fortunately, Chevrolet has a solution for the last problem with its latest special edition – the Silverado High Desert. Based on a concept vehicle from the 2014 SEMA show, trucks equipped with the High Desert Package will receive a locking cargo system, available magnetic ride control suspension, and “refined exterior styling”, according to a press release from the company. Do you notice any similarities to the now discontinued Chevy Avalanche?
“The High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with the refinement and luxury of Suburban,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. “It’s ideal for those customers who want both the security of a lockable cargo area, as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”
The High Desert package is available on LT, LTZ, and High Country trim levels… making it possible to own a Silverado High Country High Desert. The magnetic ride control suspension is the first time it has been offered on a Silverado and is only available on the High Country trim level. The system works by changing the suspension’s damping via electronically controlled magneto-rheological fluid-filled shock absorbers that replace the mechanical-valve shocks. The fluid is filled with minuscule iron particles that react to magnetic charges to align and alter the damping resistance. According to Chevy, the changes happen almost instantly.
Standard wheels on High Desert Silverados will be 20-inchers wrapped in all-season tires on LT models, while 22-inch wheels and all-terrains will be found on LTZ and High Country trim levels. This latest special edition Silverado will reach dealers in the fall, although pricing has not yet been announced.