2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country
Luxury haulers are serious business these days. Ford serves up a trio of such trucks in its Harley-Davidson special edition, King Ranch, and Limited trims. Ram has the Laramie Longhorn. And GMC, of course, does quite well for itself peddling the high-zoot Denali versions of its Sierra. Now comes the debut of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country.
The new Chevy will come standard with the same 355-hp, 5.3-liter Gen V small-block V-8 available in scruffier 2014 Silverados. The uplevel 6.2-liter V-8 that we expect will be standard in the new-gen Sierra Denali will be optional. Specifics on the 6.2 haven’t been made available yet, but we do know that it will share the 5.3’s cylinder-deactivation trick for increased efficiency.
Inside, the High Country’s interior carries a Western theme, executed in an exclusive saddle-brown color. Perforated leather upholstery is slipped over the seats (heated and cooled up front), High Country logos adorn the front headrests, an eight-inch touch-screen interface controls Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment setup, and audio is handled by Bose-branded gear. Outside, chrome is applied to the High Country’s unique slatted grille, as well as its side moldings, door handles, side mirrors, and 20-inch wheels.
The High Country is as high as the new Silverado can get, but a handful of options and packages nevertheless exist. In addition to the 6.2-liter engine, boxes may be checked for an integrated trailer-brake controller, a rear-seat entertainment package, and navigation. Oh, and if you don’t think the High Country is shiny enough, feel free to order the chromed rear bumper. There’s also a bundle that includes a heated steering wheel, a suite of driver-assistance tech, adjustable pedals, and the trailer-brake controller; it is called the High Country Premium package. (“Hello, department of redundancy department? I’d like to register my Chevrolet Silverado High Country High Country.”)
Some might find trucks like this pointless—why dress up a workhorse?—but the tradesworkers, foremen, and long-haulers who spend hours on end in their vehicles would beg to differ. For them, these trucks often serve as mobile offices or even makeshift hotels, and comfort and convenience are as important as payload or tow ratings. Such models also deliver tidy profits for the companies that build them, so we can’t fault Chevy for wanting a piece of the pie. And besides, what’s a natty suit without a bow tie?
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