Report: More Glitz Inbound to GM's Biggest

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
report more glitz inbound to gms biggest

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.

  • SCE to AUX I charge at home 99% of the time, on a Level 2 charger I installed myself in 2012 for my Leaf. My house is 1967, 150-Amp service, gas dryer and furnace; everything else is electric with no problems. I switched from gas HW to electric HW last year, when my 18-year-old tank finally failed.I charge at a for-pay station maybe a couple times a year.I don't travel more than an hour each way in my Ioniq 1 EV, so I don't deal much with public chargers. Despite a big electric rate increase this year, my car remains ridiculously cheap to operate.
  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.