This special edition is more than just a new storage system.
Does the new Chevrolet Silverado High Desert package look familiar? It looks a bit like the Avalanche, right? Yes, yes it does. The automaker's latest special edition Silverado "blends the capability and utility of Silverado with the refinement and luxury of Suburban," this according to Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing. Yup, it's the Avalanche. But not according to Chevy, which says the truck is based off of a concept with the same name that debuted back at the 2014 SEMA show. So what's new here?
The bed! Look at the bed! The High Desert package adds a covered and lockable storage system to the bed of the Silverado. There are dual side storage bins along with a water-resistant three-piece hard tonneau cover. There's also a cargo divider that can be raised or lowered and the entire setup can be locked via the key fob. But wait, there's more. Chevy is also bringing its Magnetic Ride Control suspension, the same tech used on cars like the Corvette Z06 and Camaro ZL1, to its flagship pickup truck. This is the first time the Silverado has had such tech, although other GM trucks already offer it. The High Desert package is available on the Silverado LT, LTZ and High Country trims, although only the High Country gets MRC.
On the LT trim you get 20-inch all-season tires while 22-inch all-terrain tires are optional on the LTZ and High Country. No word yet on pricing or availability, but we wouldn't be shocked if this package became a hit and eventually morphed into an option available on all trims. OK, maybe Magnetic Ride Control won't make it to every level of Silverado but how hard is it to put this bed storage system into an entry-level Silverado? Dare to dream, Avalanche fanboys.