Motoring: Chevrolet offers premium luxury truck

Chevrolet Silverado High Country is coming in 2014. The High Country is distinguishable on the exterior by the unique grille treatment, halogen projector head lights and High Country-specific 20-inch chrome wheels. - Contributed
Chevrolet Silverado High Country is coming in 2014. The High Country is distinguishable on the exterior by the unique grille treatment, halogen projector head lights and High Country-specific 20-inch chrome wheels.
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DEER LAKE, Nfld.: Chevrolet is offering the 2014 Silverado High Country as its first entry in the growing premium pickup truck segment.

It is designed to complete with the Ford F-150 King Ranch and Ram Laramie Longhorn. The High Country sits above the Silverado LTZ and Z71 models as the Chevy’s truck flagship.

Available only in Crew Cab, the High Country has a different grille, body colour front and rear bumpers and halogen projector headlights.

High Country specific 20-inch chrome wheels with P275/55R20 all-season tires are standard as well as chrome body side moldings, door handles and mirrors.

The interior comes with standard saddle brown interior and heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Country logos on the headrests. Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an eight-inch touch screen, Bose premium audio and front and rear park assist are all standard.

It is powered by GM’s 5.3-litre EcoTec3 V8, SAE-certified at 355 hp and 380 lb/ft of torque and a claimed class-leading V8 fuel consumption of 9.0 L/100km (31 mpg) highway for 4WD versions. City mileage is rated at 13.3L/100 km (21 mpg) for the 4WD model.

Also available will be a 6.2-litre version of the EcoTec3 V8. Both engines feature direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing.

The 6.2-litre has 420 hp and 450 lb/ft of torque. At this writing fuel consumption was still being determined.

Active Fuel Management allows both V8s to switch to four-cylinder mode to save fuel during light-load driving.

In announcing the High Country at a press review of the full line of its 2014 pickups held in Deer Lake, Nfld., Chevy officials said, that besides the 6.2-litre V8, there will be few options due to the long list of standard equipment.

These include a chrome rear bumper with CornerStep, integrated trailer brake controller, sunroof, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system as well as a High Country Premium Package which includes heated steering wheel, driver alert package, adjustable pedals and integrated trailer brake controller.

If you’re looking for driving impressions, there are none. Chevrolet had one model at the 2014 Silverado press launch which no one was allowed to drive probably because is was the only one in the country and Chevy didn’t want anyone to bend it.

But having driven the 5.3-litre Crew Cab in both LT and LT trim levels, the overall impression was one of immense solidity with very little cabin noise intrusion.

Full driving impressions of the 2014 Silverado will appear shortly on these pages.

Pricing? Well, that’s the big question.

GM Canada has not set a price but the Ram Laramie Longhorn starts at $42,595 while at the other end the Ford F-150 King Ranch is $60,466 and the special edition F-150 Platinum Limited is $64,299.

My guess is the starting price will be closer to the King Ranch because the as-tested price of the mid-range Silverado LT 4WD Crew Cab I drove most of the time in Deer Lake was $47,440 not counting the $1,600 shipping fee.


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