Three Silverado Concepts We Wish Chevy Would Produce
Occasionally you’ll see a car company actually transform one of their innovative concept ideas into an actual model. Chevy has a history of taking these kinds of risks, leading us to have some hopeful thoughts for some future Silverados.
Over the past year, the company has unveiled several concepts, including pickups that partnered with musicians and outdoor enthusiasts. We’d be thrilled if even one of these Chevy trucks ended up hitting the market. In the meantime, we’ll have to appreciate the clever designs and mechanics…
2016 Silverado 1500 Z71 Special Ops Concept
This pickup appeals to those rescue personnel branches of special-operations forces. Using several of the major construction elements from the 1500 Z71 (like the “high-strength” steel body or the “fully boxed” frame), the engineers also tapped into some nautical history to get inspiration. This includes using the camouflage “Razzle Dazzle” three-tone blue exterior paint that first popped up more than a century ago. As Mead notes, this color was specifically chosen to help hide a ship’s “speed, direction, and profile.”
Besides the unusual paint job, the Silverado also includes a new sport bar with accompanying LED lights, giant 20-inch aluminum wheels, a “bed-mounted GearOn utility rack, storage, and tie-down system” and an exclusive rocker guard. Engineers also included the Chevy Performance package to the Special Ops Concept, which adds a “new brake package, air intake, and exhaust kits.”
2016 Silverado 1500 Realtree Bone Collector Concept
In partnership with Realtree, a company that produces camo hunting gear, and Michael Waddell, the host of Outdoor Channel’s The Bone Collector, Chevy managed to produce the ultimate off-roading pickup. Using the Silverado 1500 High Country as a basis, this concept version includes rugged four-wheel drive capabilities, capable off-road tires (with accompanying 22-inch black aluminum wheels), and Chevy’s new off-road package (which, as Mead writes, will include a “front push bar, assist steps, and sport bar”).
Realtree’s Bone Collector graphics cover the camo-themed/”glossy” black body, and the exterior is finished with Waddell’s signature (although we wouldn’t expect this to be an included feature if the vehicle is ever released). While taking a look at the exterior, you’ll also notice “six-piston disc brake calipers” and 16.1-inch-diameter disc rotors, as well as some rings and bungee cords for the pickup’s bed. Head to the truck’s interior, and you’ll find an exclusive lighting package, additional under-seat storage compartments, and a revamped instrument cluster (as well as some general hints of Bone Collector’s signature green).
Silverado 3500HD Kid Rock Concept
Kid Rock. America. The Silverado. What else could you ask for?
The musician teamed up with Chevy to produce this American-loving pickup. The customer chrome grille features the words “Born Free,” the title of one of Kid Rock’s most popular songs. The vehicle is also covered in “patriotic graphics” that help complement the “black metallic-flecked paint.”
The vehicle is actually quite the capable ride, which is the main reason we’d love to see Chevy release the truck. A Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel engine is found under the hood, and drivers can expect 397 horsepower and 765 pounds-feet of torque. The system is accompanied by an Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission, as well as custom 22-inch chrome wheels.
We wouldn’t necessarily bet money that these trucks would ever hit Chevy lots. However, we’ve certainly seen less capable vehicles be released to the general public, and we’re certain each of these concepts would be an instant hit.