Chevrolet Concept Trucks Flaunt Versatility and Toughness
Colorado and Silverado Concepts Unveiled at the State Fair of Texas
In addition to the production-ready Z71 and Texas Edition packages for the Suburban and Tahoe, Chevrolet also revealed two unique concepts, one based on the fullsize Silverado pickup and the other on the midsize Colorado. You can see both in person at SEMA in November, but we first learned about them at the State Fair of Texas.
Silverado Toughnology concept Instead of previewing a new model, the Toughnology concept was instead designed to show off the advanced technology behind the current Silverado’s construction.
The concept’s very cool paint job pays homage to the high-strength steel that comprises 67 percent of the Silverado cab. The paint is intended to mimic the look of raw steel, and the truck also incorporates a steel-molecule motif and neat red-and-black fender and hood graphics.
Chevrolet credits high-strength steel for the Silverado’s five-star safety rating in government crash testing, and since high-strength steel is lighter than conventional steel, it helps the truck earn best-in-class V8 fuel economy.
The Toughnology concept is based on the Silverado LTZ and includes the available OnStar 4G LTE, with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It also features an inductive cell phone charging mat and standard LTZ features like heated leather seats. Additionally, the concept adds production accessories like 22-inch wheels, fender flares, and tinted headlamp lenses, among others. If you love the features of the Toughnology concept, most of them are available in production trim. Happy building.
Colorado Sport concept Sketches of the generically named Colorado Sport Concept were shown Thursday, and the actual truck will show its handsome mug at SEMA. The images released by Chevrolet show the Colorado Sport sporting a pair of bicycles riding in a cool, bed-mounted rack.
“It’s not just mountain bikes, but just about any passion you can name, from kayaking, fishing, dirt bikes and more,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. Johnson said the Colorado is perfect for people who need a pickup for their work and their interests, but don’t need or want a fullsize truck. If early reports are to be believed, there are quite a few people like that in the world.
Almost all of the accessories on the truck will be available for the production Colorado. The only concept-specific items are the wheels, and even they are being evaluated for production potential. As with the Toughnology concept, a devoted owner could pretty closely replicate the Colorado Sport using production accessories.
Source: General Motors