GMSV introducing new ‘Boss’ to take on Ford Ranger Raptor
Wednesday 31st March, 2021 - 9:30am
General Motors Special Vehicles confirmed details of the new Chevrolet Corvette yesterday – and that’s not the only new addition for 2021. The brand has also confirmed it will add the Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss to its line-up, alongside the regular Silverado 1500.
As the name implies, the Trail Boss is designed with off-road trails in mind and features a number of key mechanical upgrades. For starters it rides higher, thanks to a factory-fitted lift kit that raises the front ride height by 25mm and the rear by 30mm. There’s also Rancho monotube shock absorbers, a mechanical rear locking differential, skid plates and 18-inch black alloy wheels.
“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,” explained Joanne Stogiannis, Director of GMSV.
“LT Trail Boss is purpose-built, born to perform, offering rugged dependability in off-road settings when exploring on the weekend, but is also at home in urban environments during the week.”
The Silverado Trail Boss is powered by a 6.2-litre V8 petrol engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. GMSV claims the Trail Boss can tow up to 4.5-tonnes.
Pricing for the new addition starts at $106,990 (plus on-road costs). Part of the reason for the high price is that unlike the Corvette that is built right-hand drive in the US, the Silverado will be re-manufactured into right-hand drive in Australia; by GMSV partner Walkinshaw Automotive Group (WAG)
WAG has plenty of experience converting left-hand drive models, since the closure of Holden manufacturing it has transitioned to switching the steering wheels on a variety of models, including the Silverado 1500, 2500 as 3500 as well the Camaro.