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Chevy Centennial Editions: 100 Years, Vintage Bowties

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet building pickup trucks, and a momentous occasion like that has not gone unnoticed by the bowtie brand. To celebrate, Chevy developed a special Centennial Edition for both the Colorado and the Silverado trucks. They aren’t particularly radical special editions, but they do have nice touches, and loads of vintage-style bowties.

In fact, the vintage-style bowties are probably the defining characteristics of these trucks. Instead of the current chrome and gold badge, or one of the optional black and chrome or even illuminated badges, both the Silverado and Colorado get a navy blue bowtie with a chrome border. On the navy blue field is the word “Chevrolet” with a pair of hash marks above the words. According to Chevy truck design director Rich Scheer, the color and design of the badge was inspired by the badge on the original 1918 truck, as well as other early Chevys. The same badge is then found in the trucks’ bedliners, and on the floor liners. For good measure, the doors of both trucks are adorned in “100 Years” badges.

Aside from the badging, each Centennial Edition is painted in a dark blue similar to the badge. They also come with chrome trim, door handles, tow hooks and mirror caps. The Silverado receives 22-inch painted wheels with chrome inserts, while the Colorado makes do with 18-inch painted wheels. You’ll also have a slightly limited selection of trim and body styles for the Centennial Edition. The special edition is only available on the Z71 Colorado with either extended or crew cabs, and the crew cab LTZ Z71 Silverado. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the Silverado Centennial Edition reaches dealers in October, with the Colorado following in November.

View some of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado and Chevrolet Silverado Centennial Editions.

One final note: If you don’t feel like springing for a whole truck, or you want matching merch, Chevrolet will be selling a wide array of products with the badge. This includes simple stuff like hats, up to a Phoenix bass boat and an inTech enclosed trailer in the same color scheme as the Centennial Edition trucks. Chevrolet will also show a custom 1967 C10 finished in the special edition look at the Texas State Fair and at SEMA.

 

Article credit: Auto Blog
2017 Silverado High Country

Quick Overview: 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 High Country

Chevy Silverado High Country

The Silverado High Country is the top-of-the-line in Silverado 1500 pickups, and it comes with every feature imaginable.

Key Competitors: Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra

Starting Price: $56,270

Silverado High Country Overview:

2017 Silverado High Country

The Silverado 1500 High Country trim gets every option thrown at it, including power foldout running boards to climb into the high-rise cabin.

The High Country trim is as nice as you can make a Silverado from the factory, and it shows. The cabin is well-appointed and about on par with the King Ranch offerings from Chevy’s rival Ford. The chrome wheels might make it obvious to your contractor friends that you don’t actually need your truck to hit the jobsite and if you do, you’ll take your pedestrian work truck. Instead, the Silverado High Country is a mall-crawler and dinner-getter that you’d want in place of a full-size luxury sedan. It’s powered by a 6.2-liter V8, eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive transmission.

If you do need to do any work, the Silverado High Country will be able to handle it. The powerful 6.2-liter V8 has a whopping 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This should let you haul just about anything short of a semitrailer. Payload capacity is close to 18,000 pounds of trailer, depending on your configuration. Power delivery is linear and pulls through the rev range, falling off only after hitting 5,600 rpm. It’s by no means a substitute for your Corvette or your Camaro, but if you had to haul some plywood and still want something that hauls ass, this can do it.

The comfortable cushy seats and relatively soft suspension make driving this Silverado High Country feel a bit like driving a ’70s full-size sedan. You might not glide over every bump, but it won’t make you spill your coffee, and there’s only a minor shudder through the frame. Corners result in predictable body roll, but everything is well-controlled.

If you’ve only got space for one vehicle or insist that your luxury car have a pickup bed, the Silverado High Country delivers a bowtie-clad solution.

  • Drivetrain: 6.2-liter pushrod V8, 4WD eight-speed auto
  • Output: 420 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 460 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
  • Curb Weight: 5,299 lb
  • Fuel Economy: 15/20/17(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
  • Options: High Desert package ($6,995); Engine, 6.2-liter V8 Ecotec3 ($2,495); Power sunroof ($995)