Report: More Glitz Inbound to GM's Biggest

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

All-new for 2020, the heavy-duty versions of Chevrolet’s Silverado and GMC’s Sierra arrived with front-end styling just as controversial as that of their light-duty siblings. Pricier, more potent (in gas V8 form), more capable, and boasting more gears, the new HDs made it easy for buyers to spend ever more bundles of cash outfitting them to just the right spec.

It seems the customization has only just begun.

As reported by The Car Connection, order guides for the 2021 Silverado and Sierra HDs show additions to the list of available packages.

While buyers of the 2020 Silverado 2500 could outfit their crew cab truck (in LT, LTZ, or High Country guise) with the Z71 Off-Road Package, bringing on board a beefier suspension and Rancho twin-tube shocks, skid plates, hill descent mode, badging, and 17-inch all-terrain rubber, 2021 adds two new flavors, guides show.

Joining the fray are Z71 Sport and Chrome Sport editions that liven up the model’s vast exterior with appearance add-ons, including 18- or 20-inch wheels. The packages differ from the existing, more off-road focused Z71. When a model boasts big sales and big margins, why not cater to the healthy handfuls who want to go a different direction. Adding another box for buyers to check is cash in GM’s pocket. Not many people are crying over the Impala.

In the Sierra 2500 order guide, GMC has reportedly added two very divergent new flavors for ’21: the Denali Black Diamond and the X31 package. The former is exactly what you’d expect — an even loftier strata of the glitzy sub-brand, while the latter apes the Silverado’s Z71 off-road package. Meanwhile, lux off-roader AT4 gains a convenience package that bundles together more niceties and safety aids.

GM hasn’t confirmed the new additions, but order guides rarely lie.

As it strives to replenish threadbare inventory and restock hungry dealers, GM is putting the pedal down at its truck plants, adding a second shift at Flint Assembly this week.

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  • Polka King Polka King on Jun 07, 2020

    If ugly stopped people from buying stuff, nobody would buy a new house.

  • Akear Akear on Jun 08, 2020

    GM just cannot admit they ruined the designs of their trucks. It is the main reason the RAM surpassed them in sales last year. GM has cancelled most of their carline so they better start making decent trucks.

  • AMcA My theory is that that when the Big 3 gave away the store to the UAW in the last contract, there was a side deal in which the UAW promised to go after the non-organized transplant plants. Even the UAW understands that if the wage differential gets too high it's gonna kill the golden goose.
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