Chevrolet’s all-new Silverado Heavy Duty LTZ Premium will commence its right hand drive production in November. The new truck will add a third utility model to the current Silverado line-up in New Zealand. GMSV (General Motors Specialty Vehicles) predict that the success of the new model will rest upon the company’s commitment to building a proper truck with a “torque rich diesel engine”.
The HD is the largest Silverado offered by the company and uses a 6.6 litre Duramax turbo diesel V8. Mated to a 10 speed transmission, using one of GM’s toughest drivetrain/powertrain combinations. Uniquely, the roof is the only panels shared with other Silverados in the line-up!
New Zealand’s model will get the ‘Appearance Pack’ as standard. This includes body coloured bumpers, black bonnet scoop, black skid plate, black badges and 20 inch black wheels. The handling is also improved thanks to the standard ‘Z71 package’. This includes ‘Rancho’ shocks, hill descent control, skid plates and the Z71 logo of course!
Another standard feature for NZ is the ‘Technology & Safety Pack 2’ which includes parking assist, lane change assist, blind zone alert, rear cross traffic assist and pedestrian braking. There’s also a heap of features to make towing a lot easier.
The Silverado’s big USP is the bed which can take 1,968 litres of volume accessed through an electronic tailgate! Prices for the Heavy Duty model start at $159,990 while the Silverado starts at $119,990.
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Words by Matthew D’Souza, pictures courtesy of GMSV Media.