Chevrolet Brings Suburban, Tahoe, and Silverado to SEMA Party
Chevrolet will be bringing three fullsize trucks to the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show based on the 2015 Silverado, Tahoe, and Suburban. The vehicles look somewhat tame, particularly for a SEMA concept, but they strut some pretty cool custom touches.
The Silverado High Desert Concept starts life as an extremely luxurious Silverado High Country. Chevy designers swapped out much of the High Country’s chrome for body-colored accents, including the custom grille and door handles. Additionally, the High Desert’s bed is fit with a pretty cool concept locking storage system that completely encloses the bed.
A sport bar is fit as well, as on the Colorado Performance Concept for SEMA, and the vehicle’s Deepwood Green paint gets accented with Russet and Oxide Gold accents. Mechanically, the truck is fit with Chevrolet Accessories 22-inch wheels, which show off enormous 16-inch brake rotors and concept eight-piston Brembo calipers. A one-off exhaust system helps the truck’s 6.2L V-8 breathe, and we’d bet it sounds pretty good too.
The Tahoe Premium Outdoors Concept, based on the 2015 Tahoe LTZ, is supposed to be a stylish, classy vehicle that also works well out in the wild. Black Ice paint and brushed silver accents give the exterior a subtle, upmarket look, while black-and-saddle tan leather with blue piping cover the seats for a rich, custom feel. A set of 22-inch wheels with color-matched accents ties the whole vehicle together. An accessory Borla exhaust exits just behind the rear wheels for a cool, hot-rod look.
The Suburban gets a Premium Outdoors Concept as well, but this version swaps the standard 5.3L V-8 for a version of the 6.2L V-8 found in the Silverado High Country. A Borla exhaust with side pipes makes an appearance in the Suburban as well, announcing the family hauler with authority. The same braking system as the High Desert Concept shows up in the Tahoe and Suburban concepts, helping bring all that power and mass to a halt safely.
Tan paint (GM calls it Pepperdust) and Warm Tarnished accents give the exterior a simple, sophisticated look. It’s more understated than either the Silverado or the Tahoe concepts, which suits the luxury Suburban well. Aside from the new powertrain, the SUV’s party piece is its tailgating package, featuring a Smart HDTV in the cargo area and a custom picnic table and benches built out of wood salvaged from deconstructed Detroit homes.
The customized vehicles are extremely understated compared to many SEMA rigs. Unlike some of Ford and Mopar’s concepts, there are no mobile DJ stations, sky-high lift kits, or giant chrome wheels. That’s kind of a shame, since SEMA should feature truly wild ideas. But with these concepts, Chevy has also shown us what’s actually feasible for many owners, and that’s a good thing too.