Calling the truck a pickup that combines the form of a Silverado with some of the features and functionality of the Suburban SUV, Chevrolet has unveiled the 2017 Silverado High Desert.
Based on a concept vehicle revealed at the 2014 SEMA show, this new Silverado package will be available starting this fall for the LT, LTZ and High Country trim levels.
Beyond a bit of unique exterior styling, a new cargo system that is lockable and water resistant is the marquis feature on this truck. The flexible storage system in the High Desert’s bed allows you to lock up and protect cargo from the elements while also providing an ample amount of organization.
The system adds dual side storage bins and a three-piece hard tonneau cover to the bed.
Inside the bed, a clever cargo divider can be raised to secure smaller items, or lowered to access the full length of the bed floor.
As with all Silverado LT, LTZ, and High Country models, the tailgate locks with the keyfob, enabling users to secure their cargo with the push of a button.
The High Desert package on the LT trim level features 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, while 22-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are available on LTZ and High Country trim levels.
The High Desert is also the first Silverado to be offered with Magnetic Ride Control suspension, which Chevy says delivers more precise body motion control. Here’s the automaker’s very technical explanation of how it works:
Its sensors analyze the road every millisecond, triggering damping changes in as little as five milliseconds in electronically controlled shock absorbers that replace conventional mechanical-valve shocks. They’re filled with a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles and under the presence of a magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance. Changes in the magnetic charge alter the damping rate of the shocks, with changes occurring almost instantly.
Chevy’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8, is available on LTZ and High Country models. The engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with the new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission.