GENERAL Motors Specialty Vehicles (GMSV) has released details of an attention-grabbing addition to the brand’s model portfolio, revealing the impending arrival of a new Chevrolet Silverado variant.
The Silverado LT Trail Boss, which has a distinct focus on off road capability, can be ordered now, and will arrive down under in Q3, just ahead of the right-hand drive Corvette, due to land in Australia in Q4.
“LT Trail Boss personifies what Silverado is all about. It’s big, it’s tough and it comes ingrained with brand-DNA which showcases qualities of strength, power, performance and no-nonsense work-hard attributes,” GMSV Director Joanne Stogiannis said.
Key to its performance credentials is a factory-fitted suspension lift-kit, which increases ride height by approximately 25mm at the front and 30mm at the rear. Rancho monotube shocks provide for better damping, and enhanced ride and handling.
A mechanical rear locking differential and 18-inch painted black aluminium wheels mean the LT Trail Boss is ready for off roading, while hill descent control, a heavy-duty air filter and protective all-terrain skid plates complement the package.
The driver receives a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and, together with the front passenger, enjoys a 10-way power and heated seat. There is more than ample lounge chair-like seating for five people, with heated, hard wearing cloth seats.
The vehicle will feature a 6.2-litre EcoTec3 V8 petrol engine coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The column-mounted gearshift selector provides space for a large centre console which acts as a storage chest, capable of hiding away bulky items.
A remote vehicle starter system, consisting of keyless open and start, adds to convenience features. Body-coloured bumpers and a black painted bumper bar ooze toughness and enhance the eye-catching aesthetics of the LT Trail Boss as well.
A choice of nine exterior colours allow an element of personalisation. Set to be remanufactured to right-hand drive by the Walkinshaw Automotive Group, the LT Trail Boss has a 4.5 tonne braked towing capacity.
A suite of active safety features includes front and rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are also included.
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss is priced at $106,990 plus on-roads. The announcement of the new Silverado from GMSV was also paired with an update regarding details of the eagerly-anticipated C8 Corvette.
“The Corvette is one of the world’s most recognisable sports cars and over-delivers with regards to performance expected of such a machine,” said Ms Stogiannis.
“It is the epitome of a true icon as it has heritage, performance and unparalleled desirability – generation after generation.”
The Corvette was introduced in 1953 and this, the eighth generation, is the first to feature a mid-engine configuration and – most importantly for Australian performance-car enthusiasts – is the first time it is available as factory-built right-hand drive.
To celebrate the local launch of the new model, a special ‘Carbon Edition’ will be available in Australia and New Zealand. This offering is based on the 3LT coupe and feature hand-picked interior trims, premium wheels, brake calliper package, and exclusive build plate.
“Full specifications for 2022 have not yet been released globally, but we anticipate being in a position to reveal more information in the second quarter, as well as pricing for the Carbon Edition.”
In addition to the Carbon Edition, GMSV will also offer Corvette as both 2LT and 3LT models, available in Coupe and Convertible body styles.
The recommended retail price for the Coupe will be $144,990 for the 2LT, while the 3LT, with enhanced interior appointments, will have a recommended retail price of $160,500. The Convertible will be an additional $15,000. All prices are plus on-roads.
A myriad of comfort and convenience features, including colour head-up display and a Bose Performance Series 14-speaker audio system, feature in both models, which are powered by a 6.2-litre V8 engine.
GMSV has elected to specify the new arrivals with the Z51 Performance Package and front lift. The package includes a performance dual mode exhaust, performance suspension with magnetic selective ride control, and larger Brembo brakes.
It also adds an electronic limited slip differential, a front splitter, rear fascia-mounted spoiler, extra cooling provisions and specific rear axle ratio.
The acclaimed magnetic selective ride control provides real-time damping that reads the road every millisecond and adjusts the suspension accordingly, resulting in excellent chassis responsiveness, poise and control.
“Corvette is an iconic car and there is a massive groundswell of interest and anticipation building ahead of its local launch,” said Ms Stogiannis. “We have every expectation it will more than live up to its legendary status.”