Avalanche 2.0: Chevrolet Silverado High Desert Package

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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The buttress is back, baby!

Chevrolet fans still in mourning over the loss of their beloved Avalanche get an early Christmas gift this year. A new Silverado package arrives this fall with all the goodies a ‘lanche aficionado could want, minus the acres of grey bodyside cladding.

The High Desert Package, inspired by a concept vehicle shown at the 2014 SEMA show, is available on LT, LTZ, and High Country trims, adding upscale exterior fittings and a versatile locking cargo system with dual side storage bins. You’ll never find that hammer you left…somewhere.

Chevrolet views the waterproof, multi-compartment storage system as the answer for people who really want a pickup, but opt for an SUV due to the stuff they’re forced to cart around.

“The High Desert package blends the capability and utility of Silverado with the refinement and luxury of Suburban,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet truck marketing, in a statement. “It’s ideal for those customers who want both the security of a lockable cargo area, as well as the flexibility of a pickup truck bed.”

The package also brings GM’s Magnetic Ride Control suspension into the Silverado lineup. The self-aware, road-damping suspension lends a refined, SUV-like ride to the pickup, filling out the “luxury” side of the package.

While not a standalone model, Chevy clearly knows who it’s romancing with this package. The proof is in the pillars, or more specifically, the flying buttress treatment out back.

The Avalanche is dead, but it has a son with another name.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on May 13, 2016

    "High Country", "High Desert". What kind of lame committee comes up with these names? Ford has the King Ranch, named for a real place, and Toyota has the 1794 Edition, which refers to the founding date of the ranch where today the TMMTX plant outside of San Antonio is located. GM needs to get a clue.

  • RHD RHD on May 13, 2016

    Maybe they asked Art Bell for suggestions about the name of the special edition.

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  • ToolGuy • Nice vehicle, reasonable price, good writeup. I like your ALL CAPS. 🙂"my mid-trim EX tester is saddled with dummy buttons for a function that’s not there"• If you press the Dummy button, does a narcissist show up spouting grandiose comments? Lol.
  • MaintenanceCosts These are everywhere around here. I'm not sure the extra power over a CR-V hybrid is worth the fragile interior materials and the Kia dealership experience.
  • MaintenanceCosts It's such a shame about the unusable ergonomics. I kind of like the looks of this Camaro and by all accounts it's the best-driving of the current generation of ponycars. A manual 2SS would be a really fun toy if only I could see out of it enough to drive safely.
  • ToolGuy Gut feel: It won't sell all that well as a new vehicle, but will be wildly popular in the used market 12.5 years from now.(See FJ Cruiser)