High(er) Country: Chevy Debuts Fancy High Country Versions of 2015 Silverado HD

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD High Country

In an utterly unsurprising announcement, Chevrolet is adding a High Country trim level to its full line of sturdy 2015 Silverado HD pickups, and thus joins the Ram Laramie Longhorn HD, Ford Super Duty King Ranch, and the Silverado’s platform-mate, the GMC Sierra Denali HD in the high-zoot, high-profit, heavy-duty p’up club.

As with the light-duty Silverado High Country, the HD models wear glitzy chrome grilles, body-color front and rear bumpers, six-inch chrome side steps and a bevy of High Country badges. Their fancified interiors are rendered in saddle-brown leather, with heated and cooled perforated front seats (with those all-important High Country logos on the headrests), an eight-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and Bose audio. Front and rear parking assist help keep you from scratching up those nice painted bumpers. Options include a sunroof, navigation, rear-seat entertainment, a heated steering wheel, collision- and lane-departure warning systems, and power adjustable pedals.

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As with other Silverado HD models, the new High Country models offers a choice of three engines: a 6.0-liter V-8 with 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque, a bi-fuel version of the same mill that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas, or a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V-8 with 397 horses and 765 lb-ft of torque. All come in a crew-cab configuration, but can be ordered in 2500 HD or 3500 HD strengths, the latter with single- or dual-rear wheels. Chevy claims maximum tow ratings of up to 22,900 pounds for fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing, and up to 19,600 pounds for conventional towing for these highest of all High Country models. The Silverado 2500 HD High Country also features unique 20-inch chrome wheels, while the single-rear-wheel 3500 HD has 18-inch chromeys, and the dually model gets polished 17-inch forged-aluminum wheels.

The 2015 Silverado High Country HD models will be in Chevy dealerships—high and low—this summer, and if the pricing of the light-duty Silverado High Country models is anything to go by, expect about a $4500 increase over the LTZ trims, which start at $46,075 for the 2500 HD.


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